What You Need to Know About Amazon Sidewalk

What You Need to Know About Amazon Sidewalk

Amazon officially introduced Amazon Sidewalk on June 8th. It's not a device, but rather a shared network that allows certain smart home devices to connect to the internet more easily, including as Echo speakers, Ring Security cameras, outdoor lighting, motion sensors, and more.


How Amazon Sidewalk works 

Amazon Sidewalk establishes a low-bandwidth network, after which authorized smart home devices in a certain community contribute a percentage of their internet bandwidth to the Amazon Sidewalk network, therefore strengthening the network. Although Amazon smart home products, such as Amazon Echo speakers and Ring cameras, will be the key contributors to the network, any smart home device that meets the Sidewalk standard can contribute to the network.

The idea is that entire communities pool their bandwidth so that all devices can access the community's fastest internet connection rather than just the device's home network. A Sidewalk community's radius would be around half a mile. Consider each smart home gadget that qualifies as a tiny mesh network. The stronger the Amazon Sidewalk network gets and the better connection all devices can have, the more devices that contribute to it.

This implies that your gadgets will still be able to connect to the internet even if your home internet connection fails. It also means that if you're too far away from your router (maybe because you moved your Echo speaker to the backyard or want to unlock your smart door from across the street), you'll be able to stay connected to the internet and utilize your smart home devices via the Sidewalk network.


Amazon Sidewalk works like mesh WIFI


How much of your bandwidth will you have to share?

Because each device only provides a maximum of 80 Kbps, it's critical that as many smart home gadgets as possible join to the Amazon Sidewalk network (0.08 Mbps). For comparison, streaming in regular definition takes 3 Mbps, while streaming in HD or 4K takes up to 25 Mbps. Amazon has also said that no account will use more than 500 MB of data per month. Most data limitations for internet plans are around 1 TB.


Can you opt out of Amazon Sidewalk?

Unless you opt out, your Amazon smart home devices will automatically participate to the Amazon Sidewalk network. You'll need to disable Amazon Sidewalk in your Alexa app.
It's simple as this:
Settings -> Account settings -> Amazon Sidewalk (use the slider to disable). 


Should you be concerned about your privacy?

Many security experts are (cautiously) positive about the Amazon Sidewalk because of its excellent encryption technology. According to industry experts, there aren't many triple-protected, triple-encrypted systems on the market. However, there is no such thing as a foolproof system.

Others, on the other hand, are far more concerned. The main concern is that data will be leaked, making Sidewalk users more vulnerable to hackers.



As a result, it's still uncertain whether using Amazon Sidewalk is any riskier than using Facebook or using public Wi-Fi. It's essentially a matter of personal preference when it comes to how much you're prepared to risk in order to stay more connected and have a better smart home experience. If you are still having doubts if Amazon Sidwalk is safe, for you and your family. You can look for other cheap and secured internet plans here:

safe and reliable

Related Posts

What You Need to Know About Amazon Sidewalk

Fri, Jul 6, 2018 7:04 PM

Where to recycle your technology hardware!

Easy tips on recycling your old computers and phones

What You Need to Know About Amazon Sidewalk

Fri, Dec 6, 2019 6:47 PM

Terrifying Cybercrime Figures

The internet allows us to connect with each other from all over the world, find the answer in a matter of seconds to almost every question, order food, get directions, send pictures, and so much more.