The range is not very far. People who own the, and will see greater range for their smart home devices, so they can be further from your router and other equipment, but still maintain a reliable connection. Plus, Sidewalk partners with other Amazon users so anyone near you can contribute to that larger network. In theory, this means that your appliance can be blocks away from your home and still function.
The problem is, not everyone might want to participate, and to opt out involves going through a few steps – it’s not as simple as pressing a button or sliding a switch on your Echo or Ring. In addition, the public aspect has raised some privacy and security questions. Amazon’s Sidewalk network will use three layers of encryption, and Amazon seems 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 want to wait and see before hopping on the Sidewalk Express, here’s how to disable the feature until you’re ready to sign up.
How to disable Amazon Sidewalk on your Echo or Ring
1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
2. Crane More in the lower right corner of the app.
3. Crane Settings.
4. Crane Account settings.
5. Crane Amazon sidewalk.
6. Turn off Sidewalk and exit the app.
Fortunately, the process of opting out of Amazon Sidewalk is simple and reversible. There’s a lot more to know about how it works and what you need to know before joining the service. Ourwill have more answers to your questions about reach, privacy and more.