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That's really disappointing.But, technology is constantly changing and it's no surprise that it has passed me by.Could you then recommend a brand of lamp/appliance modules that Echo can control that won't require a second mortgage on my home?Thanks,TJ
Thanks DParker,So, if I understand you, with the $47 Hue hub and these Hue bulbs at roughly $15 per, I can reach my goal of controlling my lights with the Echo with out the Cm15a and additional software?TJ
Quote from: Tjmay on August 16, 2016, 03:48:08 pmThanks DParker,So, if I understand you, with the $47 Hue hub and these Hue bulbs at roughly $15 per, I can reach my goal of controlling my lights with the Echo with out the Cm15a and additional software?TJThat's correct. Alexa (the cloud-based service behind the Echo) is directly integrated with the Philips Hue system, among others, so all you need is your Echo, the Hue bridge and some Hue or GE Link bulbs. Bear in mind that the communication between your Echo and the home automation stuff it's integrated with is all cloud (internet) based. This means that when you say something like, "Alexa, turn on the living room lights" your Echo will forward that voice command across the internet to an Amazon server for analysis (just like it would any other command). The Amazon server software recognizes that the command is one that is intended to control your Hue lights, so it translates the command into one (or possibly more, depending on your configuration) that the Hue integration service recognizes. That/those commands are then forwarded on to a server run by Philips (again, via the internet), which then translates the request(s) into one(s) that the Hue bridge in your house will understand, and sends it/them on to the bridge, which then acts on the command(s) by...once again...translating them into instructions that your bulbs understand (based on a standardized automation protocol named "Zigbee") and sending them to your bulbs via radio frequency transmission(s).
I am a 72 year old technophobe who has been successfully using X10 with a CM15a for more years than I care to admit.I just bought an Amazon Echo and I want Alexa to control my lights. I've searched this forum for CM15a and X10 but cannot find what I need or can understand.Could someone please point me to the hardware/software needed to do this?Thank you...TJ
The way I see it this should not really involve the cloud that much. But for some darn reason Amazon and Phillips seem to be intrested in how often I turn my lights on and off and we're paying for it.
It's crazy! This should really be just a streightshot communication from Alexa to lightbulb.
All Amazon needs to do is put a Zigbee radio in with it.