Have you ever wondered how you will be able to check your web-connected security cameras when a summer storm knocks out the power? Well, if your smart devices fall under the Amazon Sidewalk umbrella, that’s your saving grace.
Sidewalk is an amazing networking feature that Amazon has rolled out to a number of its smart home devices. Utilizing the power and efficiency of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and 900 MHz radio spectrum broadcast signals, the Sidewalk signal can be transmitted and received by a number of Amazon devices. If your Wi-Fi goes down, Sidewalk kicks in to ensure the most vital parts of your web-connected gear can still function as needed.
Plus, Sidewalk connectivity helps speed up the process of setting up smart cameras, doorbells, locks, and other compatible products.
A popular member of the Amazon family, various Ring devices are compatible with Sidewalk, with the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired, Spotlight Cam Mount, Floodlight Cam, and Floodlight Cam Pro, referred to as Sidewalk Bridges. Although there are many Sidewalk-ready devices that can receive Sidewalk broadcasts, Bridge products are capable of receiving and broadcasting the full range of Sidewalk signals.
Can you disable Amazon Sidewalk?
Enabled by default, Amazon Sidewalk is a great emergency network for your Ring devices, but some users may not want to share precious chunks of bandwidth on the zip code. Although the amount of data that Sidewalk fetches is very small, that doesn’t mean the feature should be enabled.
If you have a Sidewalk-enabled Ring device, here’s how you can completely disable Sidewalk networking.
Step 1: Grab any phone or tablet that has the Ring app installed and launch the app.
2nd step: You will see a three line menu button in the upper left corner of the screen. Select this menu button, then select Control center.
Step 3: On the Control Center screen, select Curb. On the next screen, you will be able to enable or disable the sidewalk. Once you disable Sidewalk, the Ring app will ask you to confirm this decision.
Once you officially confirm, Sidewalk will be disabled.
Step 4: If you change your mind, you can follow the same steps to reactivate Sidewalk.
Is Amazon Sidewalk dangerous?
Sidewalk’s network sharing may make some users a little uneasy, and that’s not an unfounded fear. Once a web-connected device is online, there is always a small risk that the device and your web connection will be targeted by hackers.
Fortunately, the Amazon Sidewalk development team designed Sidewalk to be extremely defensive when it comes to your bandwidth and personal data.
Three strong layers of encryption are applied to all Sidewalk networks, and any data transmitted cannot be viewed by Amazon or other companies.