What is Amazon Sidewalk and how to configure it on your device | Digital Trends Spanish
Amazon Sidewalk, the latest bet of the technology giant, look for a network that expands the internet connection for your Amazon devices. If you want to know exactly how it works, how much data it uses or what the privacy protections are, we will tell you what is Amazon Sidewalk and how to disable it, in case you are not convinced that it is what you need.
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What is Amazon Sidewalk
Amazon Sidewalk is a tool that transforms devices such as Amazon Echo speakers and screens, Ring security cameras, outdoor lights and motion sensors, into something like Wi-Fi signal repeaters, with the aim of ensuring that these devices remain connected to the internet in every moment.
For example, if your Echo speaker loses its Wi-Fi connection, the Sidewalk feature makes it easy to reconnect to your home router using another device as a bridge. For the Ring ecosystem, it allows you to continue receiving motion alerts from security cameras, even if they lose access to Wi-Fi.
Another feature is that it expands the range of action of such as smart lights, pet locators or smart locks, ensuring they stay connected over longer distances.
To work, it requires devices called Sidewalk Bridges – Echo speakers or Ring cameras – which extend the coverage of the network. These devices help to extend coverage with part of your internet bandwidth through the 900 MHz spectrum and other frequencies.
Sidewalk does not support high-bandwidth connections such as Wi-Fi or cellular networks, so according to Amazon its operation will not interfere with your daily tasks, such as streaming movies or surfing the internet.
In addition, it limits the maximum bandwidth to 80 Kbps, 1/40 of what is necessary to transmit high definition video. In addition, it establishes a limit of 500 MB per month, which is equivalent to 10 minutes of streaming high definition video.
According to Amazon, Sidewalk has multiple layers of privacy and security that protect user data. No one will have access to your passwords for Wi-Fi access and the owners of devices that share their signal will not know which devices are connected to the network either.
Another caveat from Amazon is that while Sidewalk Bridge owners will share the approximate location of their device – for example, to help other users locate a pet – no one will ever know its exact address.
If you want to verify the Amazon Sidewalk configuration on your devices, either to activate or deactivate the function, you only need to use the Alexa app and follow the following steps:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Opens More and select Setting.
- Choose Account settings.
- Choose Amazon Sidewalk.
- Enable or disable Amazon Sidewalk for your account.
The tool is currently only available in the United States. The products that can become a Sidewalk Bridge are:
- Ring Floodlight Cam (2019)
- Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019)
- Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019)
- Echo 3 and 4
- Echo Dot 3 and 4
- Echo Dot Kids 3 and 4
- Echo Dot with Clock 3 and 4
- Echo Plus 1 and 2
- Echo Show 1, 2, 5, 8 and 10
- Echo spot
- Echo studio
- Echo Input
- Echo Flex