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Route Amazon Sidewalk traffic through the Eero Guest SSID

Everyone is anxious about Amazon Sidewalk, launching today using existing Echo and Ring devices and defaulted to "on."  For most people, the concern is giving strangers access to the home network.  ...and I can see why they would be concerned.  This is a route past the router's normal firewalls designed to keep strangers out.

Many routers, including Eero, already have a function to deal with this concern.  Guest mode sets up a public wifi access point outside of the home network that still protects the home.  Especially since Eero is an Amazon company, it's the best positioned to take advantage of this -- have Sidewalk enabled, but the traffic gets routed through the router's guest wifi.  Meaning, Wifi can be offered to nearby devices that need it, but the router still protects the home network.

 

A similar configuration might be to set up all of those Amazon devices on the guest network so that the only network that gets shared is the guest, but then that limits what the Amazon devices have access to in terms of managing smart home devices.  Managed light switches, sprinkler timers, and Alexa-managed TVs would then also need to be on the guest network for them to respond to Alexa commands.  Which could be done, but it means in theory, a malicious app could monitor those unprotected light switches to determine when someone is home and provide information to a potential burglar.  I know, I know, paranoia, but automation makes life simpler... for the bad guys too, so that needs to be protected.

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