Amazon’s New, which shunts a tiny fraction of your Wi-Fi bandwidth to power a larger network thanks to Bluetooth and 900MHz radio frequency, goes live Tuesday. Has been part of the feature in the Alexa app For Alexa users.
The problem is that not everyone will want to participate in the sidewalk. Sure, it’s a good idea: Users of, and Your smart home devices will see increased range, so they can be further away 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 — meaning, in theory, your device could be a block away from your home and still function. Can do.
But that public aspect has raised some privacy and security questions. Network communications will use three layers of encryption, and Amazon is confident that security won’t be an issue. But it’s hard to predict what the actual results will be until the feature is tested more thoroughly.
If you’re like me and you want to wait and see before jumping on the Sidewalk Express, here’s how to deactivate the feature until you’re ready to pick yourself up.
How to Deactivate Amazon Sidewalk
1. Open the Alexa app.
2. Tap more in the lower right corner of the app.
3. Tap Adjustment.
4. Tap account settings.
5. Tap Amazon Sidewalk.
6. Close the sidewalk.