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Needs more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections

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Needs more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections
« on: January 23, 2017, 09:15:48 pm »
What about more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections?

For example, would be pretty simple programming to be able to pair a bluetooth speaker to the echo, then have an option to name it "upstairs bedroom", then another called "kitchen", then be able to say "Alexa, connect to upstairs bedroom"

This could even be added as a feature in the "Smart Home" section where you're able to make groups for smart devices.

Currently all we have are some generic profiles, for example, I connected my laptop, Alexa named the speaker "BCM20702B0 Generic USB Class 1 @ 20 MHz", and then told me; if I want to connect ot his device again, just say "Alexa, connect to my phone". I'm sure you can see the issue, this isn't my phone, this is my laptop, and now I have to hear "Connected to BCM20702B0 Generic USB Class 1 @ 20 MHz" from Alexa when I connect to it being forced to say "Alexa, connect to my phone" rather than, "Alexa, connect to my laptop"

I'm sure it's on the to-do list, but I hope it's a priority item, this is such a huge smart home feature that I know many people have been waiting for. Walking up the stairs and yell to Alexa to switch the music to upstairs? Come on. So obvious.

Re: Needs more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2017, 10:26:24 pm »
It's all about the BT speakers, not Echo devices.  Not going to happen if you understand BT better.

Re: Needs more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2017, 05:01:15 am »
What about more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections?

For example, would be pretty simple programming to be able to pair a bluetooth speaker to the echo, then have an option to name it "upstairs bedroom", then another called "kitchen", then be able to say "Alexa, connect to upstairs bedroom"

This could even be added as a feature in the "Smart Home" section where you're able to make groups for smart devices.

Currently all we have are some generic profiles, for example, I connected my laptop, Alexa named the speaker "BCM20702B0 Generic USB Class 1 @ 20 MHz", and then told me; if I want to connect ot his device again, just say "Alexa, connect to my phone". I'm sure you can see the issue, this isn't my phone, this is my laptop, and now I have to hear "Connected to BCM20702B0 Generic USB Class 1 @ 20 MHz" from Alexa when I connect to it being forced to say "Alexa, connect to my phone" rather than, "Alexa, connect to my laptop"

I'm sure it's on the to-do list, but I hope it's a priority item, this is such a huge smart home feature that I know many people have been waiting for. Walking up the stairs and yell to Alexa to switch the music to upstairs? Come on. So obvious.

I think companies like sono is working on that feature.  just keep watch for it on your favorite tech site. 

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Re: Needs more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2017, 07:26:12 am »
For 50 bucks, you can get another dot for upstairs.

Re: Needs more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2017, 07:37:06 am »
The BT device name is pulled from the device it looks at the mac address first then the name.
Some devices can be renamed like your Phone or laptop I've done both of these.
My DOT sees My phone as "T's Phone" it sees my PC as "Tuicemen's PC" it sees my Laptop as "Win10 Laptop"
Although I have most of my devices renamed I still have to say Alexa connect to my phone to connect to my PC :o :(
Speakers can't be renamed of course (yet)
I played with BT discovery while creating a Bluetooth program to trigger events based on who came home.
It is possible to rename a BT device in a program like Alexa but suspect it is low on the to do lists. However if it hasn't been suggested yet it will never get done. ;)

Re: Needs more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2017, 07:21:39 am »
What about more advanced bluetooth device pairing/connections?

For example, would be pretty simple programming to be able to pair a bluetooth speaker to the echo, then have an option to name it "upstairs bedroom", then another called "kitchen", then be able to say "Alexa, connect to upstairs bedroom"

This could even be added as a feature in the "Smart Home" section where you're able to make groups for smart devices.

Currently all we have are some generic profiles, for example, I connected my laptop, Alexa named the speaker "BCM20702B0 Generic USB Class 1 @ 20 MHz", and then told me; if I want to connect ot his device again, just say "Alexa, connect to my phone". I'm sure you can see the issue, this isn't my phone, this is my laptop, and now I have to hear "Connected to BCM20702B0 Generic USB Class 1 @ 20 MHz" from Alexa when I connect to it being forced to say "Alexa, connect to my phone" rather than, "Alexa, connect to my laptop"

I'm sure it's on the to-do list, but I hope it's a priority item, this is such a huge smart home feature that I know many people have been waiting for. Walking up the stairs and yell to Alexa to switch the music to upstairs? Come on. So obvious.

I know this is old and just had an echo almost a month now. But when I connect to my laptop, echo names it how I  named my laptop so I don't know why it is named so long like that.

Also, all I say when I want to connect to BT device is.. alexa, pair. When I turn on my laptop, echo also automatically pair with my laptop anyway.
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