‘Amazon Sidewalk’ to link internet bandwidth between neighbors -- here’s how to turn it on or off

Company aims to create network to extend range for some devices

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Amazon is launching a new feature designed to link the internet bandwidth of neighbors and create a network called the “Sidewalk.”

Amazon Sidewalk will turn select devices, including some Echos and Ring Doorbells into “bridges,” the company announced.

Those bridges will share a small portion of the homeowners’ bandwidth and pool it with that of their neighbors, according to Amazon. It will create a low-bandwidth network that would result in extended range for some devices, Amazon says.

Click here to read directions to enable or disable Sidewalk on Alexa.

Click here for directions to opt in or out of Sidewalk on Ring.

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