Amazon Buys Mesh-Networking Company Eero

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Amazon has purchased Eero, maker of home mesh Wi-Fi systems, long a favorite amongst techies. The move will ensure the future of Eero’s technology but has some worried about the privacy implications of all network traffic passing through Amazon hardware.

This topic was discussed at length a while back in TidBITS Talk:

I am in no hurry to replace AirPort Extreme basestations. I am looking at the spread of voice over IP (VOIP) as replacement for land line telephones. Most current Customer Premise Equipment does not properly share bandwidth between file transfers, screen updates, and voice. This can result in choppy or interrupted voice transmission which makes it difficult to understand others in a conversation. The underlying problem has been termed “buffer bloat”. So far, Eero appears to be the only company actively deploying newer Active Que Management technologies which help prevent large transfers from hampering VOIP. This is why Eero is my current choice for new installations.

There is an outfit that sells a router called iQrouter that is very active in resolving bufferbloat. I’m trying to figure out if this router would work for me. I like the Peplink Surf Soho but its throughput maxes at 600mbps.
As for my two Airport Extremes. I’ve recently found out there is a known security issue with a Broadcom wifi chip that may be used in the AE but I can not determine if the issue applies to my versions.

I’m aware of recently found vulnerabilities with a couple of Broadcom software drivers that are apparently in common use, but not anything involving the chip itself. Apple is listed as affected. VU#166939 - Broadcom WiFi chipset drivers contain multiple vulnerabilities
Can you point me to details on what you found?

I stand corrected. Your post shows the article I misunderstood.