Amazon Echo shares your internet with neighbors. You can turn off Sidewalk in under 1 minute
If you have an Amazon Echo or Ring, chances are you're part of Amazon Sidewalk. This new service automatically turned on in your Echo speaker or Ring doorbell when Amazon lit up the feature this week. The purpose is to siphon off a tiny fraction of your internet bandwidth from these two devices and create a kind of neighborhood network that makes it possible to use Amazon gear slightly farther afield.
The range isn't terribly far. People who own the new Amazon Echo, Ring Spotlight Cam and Ring Floodlight Cam will see increased range for their smart home devices, so they can be farther from your router and other gear, but still maintain a reliable connection. Plus, Sidewalk works with other Amazon users, so everyone in your neighborhood can contribute to that larger network. In theory, that means your device could be blocks away from your home and still function.
The problem is, not everyone may want to participate, and to opt out, you need to go through a few steps -- it isn't as simple as mashing a button …
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