Amazon's Geek Squad-like service installs your smart home gear

From Engadget - July 10, 2017

Pay the typical $99 fee (more for long or multi-device services) and Amazon will install your smart home device and teach you the essentials of how to use it, including through voice commands if you have Alexa-capable gear. Amazon wo not set up just any device, but it handles some of the common brands: Philips Hue lights, Ecobee thermostats, Eero WiFi routers and Ring doorbells are some of the eligible gadgets.

The services are only available in a handful of areas, including Amazon's home turf of Seattle as well as Los Angeles, Portland (Oregon), Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. While Amazon is not commenting on the offering, any expansion will likely depend on whether or not Amazon can hire enough technicians to support a given area. It might not be available nationwide, then, let alone worldwide.


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