Amazon Sidewalk uses your Internet Service to create a shared network with your neighbors.
Sidewalk uses the always-on Amazon devices that are already in your home to create a basic mesh network to keep up connectivity between each device.
What is a Mesh Network?
Mesh networking is a newer form of wireless internet. A mesh network is designed to blanket your entire home with WiFi coverage. A mesh network is a system composed of multiple mesh nodes (commonly referred to as points or satellites) that work together as one large home WiFi system.
If one Sidewalk-enabled device loses internet access, it can grab some bandwidth from another one in the vicinity. As a result, the more devices that have Sidewalk turned on, the better it will work.
Starting June 08, 2021, Amazon turned this on as a default, meaning all Amazon devices that connect to your WiFi will automatically have Sidewalk turned on — whether you’ve had your devices for a while or just bought one.
Amazon maintains that the network is privacy-protective
“Preserving customer privacy and security is foundational to how we’ve built Amazon Sidewalk. Sidewalk is designed with multiple layers of privacy and security to secure data traveling on the network and to keep customers safe and in control,” the company said.
Amazon’s Echo and Ring devices are set up to connect to Sidewalk bridge. They include:
- Ring Floodlight Cam (2019)
- Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019)
- Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019)
- Echo (3rd Gen and newer)
- Echo Dot (3rd Gen and newer)
- Echo Dot (3rd Gen and newer) for Kids
- Echo Dot with Clock (3rd Gen and newer)
- Echo Plus (All generations)
- Echo Show (2nd Gen and newer)
- Echo Spot
- Echo Studio
- Echo Input
- Echo Flex
If You Want to Opt-Out of Sidewalk
Amazon customers who want to opt out of Sidewalk Bridge can turn it off by following these steps:
- Open your Alexa app on your iPhone or Android device
- Tap the More menu
- Tap Settings
- Tap Amazon Sidewalk
- Toggle the slider to “off”