Amazon is new, which cuts off a small portion of your Wi-Fi bandwidth to power a larger network for Bluetooth and 900 MHz radio frequencies, won̵
The problem is that not everyone wants to participate in Sidewalk. Sure, it’s a cool idea: users of the, and see greater range for their smart home devices, so they can be further away from your router and other equipment, but still maintain a reliable connection. Plus, Sidewalk works with other Amazon users so everyone in your area can contribute to that larger network – meaning your device could, in theory, be a stones throw from your home and still be functioning.
But that public aspect has raised some privacy and security questions. The network communication will use three layers of encryption and Amazon appears to be confident that security will not be an issue. But until the feature is live, it is difficult to predict what the actual results will be.
If you’re like me and want to wait and see before hopping on the Sidewalk Express, here’s how to turn the feature off until you’re ready to sign up yourself.
How to disable Amazon Sidewalk
1. Open the Alexa app.
2. Crane Lake in the lower right corner of the app.
3. Crane Settings.
4. Crane Account settings.
5. Crane Amazon sidewalk.
6. Turn off Sidewalk.