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Echo Technical Support / Using Echo Buttons as remote in routines
« Last post by jwlv on December 12, 2018, 05:05:49 pm »
I just picked up a couple of Echo Buttons so that I can use them as a remote to start certain routines. For example, I want to use a button to turn on a group of lights when I leave the house. I already have a routine setup to do this. I have another routine to turn off the group of lights when I come home. While this works fine, I can't figure out how to make the Echo button as a toggle switch. That is, if the lights are already on, the button should turn it off. Or if the lights are off, then turn it on. Right now the only way I can make it work is to use two Echo buttons. One button for turning off the lights and another button for turning on the lights.

These are the Echo buttons if anyone is interested:
https://www.amazon.com/Echo-Buttons-Pack-gaming-companion/dp/B072C4KCQH/
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: lists
« Last post by renegade600 on December 12, 2018, 03:47:21 pm »
not really much work.  just download and install mymedia, point to the folder your music is in, then play your music using voice commands.   I am guessing plex is similar
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: lists
« Last post by silentsam on December 12, 2018, 01:31:21 pm »
Thanks for your help too much work for an eighty year old man.
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: hue scenes
« Last post by asianrocker on December 12, 2018, 12:17:08 pm »
I just use the color loop command.  In fact I have been using it since Thanksgiving. My hue lamp  shade is my festive color for my house minus the Christmas lights.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: No Music
« Last post by Darryl on December 12, 2018, 11:02:11 am »
I'll give it a go. I have to go out for a couple of hours.
Thanks

Darryl
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: No Music
« Last post by Darryl on December 12, 2018, 11:00:36 am »
Yes, everything else works, as Raj from "Big Bang" would say, Honky Donkey.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / 2 Echo devises and accounts
« Last post by JimH54 on December 12, 2018, 10:07:11 am »
I recently purchased 1 Echo Dot 2 for me and 1 Echo Dot 3 for my ex mother-in-law. I had to create a new Amazon account for her. I set up both using my Windows 10 laptop. I do not have a smartphone or tablet. I am using the browser Alexa App. The problem is that when I set up my ExMIL's device I used my account. Then realizing that she could access my settings (alarms, music, skills...), I set up her account. Now there are two accounts for one Echo Dot. The problem is that when I deregister my account from her device, I also delete it from mine. When I reregister mine, it is also reregistered on hers. I need help in changing the settings so that I cannot access her account and she cannot access mine.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: lists
« Last post by buffaloquinn on December 12, 2018, 09:50:47 am »
To do that you will need some kind of server that works with Alexa. I'm using 'MyMusic', but there is also "Plex' & some others. Most are pay services.
This is a great article on the subject:
https://www.techhive.com/article/3257787/speakers/how-to-play-music-you-own-on-an-amazon-echo.html
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Logitech Harmony Hub
« Last post by fstbusa on December 12, 2018, 08:31:05 am »
I have the harmony hub and I have it working with echo devices just fine.  I use it to control volume and activities mainly.

The harmony hub will control all devices and settings you need to get things working.  I use it to control a tv, blueray, receiver, roku, amazon firestick, chromecast, a Tablo(OTA dvr).

Also don't worry about how old your stuff is... its likely in the database.  If its not, you can still create custom controls by teaching the system all the IR commands directly from your existing remote.  Its takes some time to setup but totally worth it.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Logitech Harmony Hub
« Last post by scottrods on December 12, 2018, 07:45:41 am »
Harmony Hub does a ton of stuff. Controls up to 8 remote controlled devices, smart or not. Depending on HOW OLD your RCA TV is, it should be able to recognize the model number in it's database, as it has a very good TV database, as well as for any other devices such as cable and TIVO devices and such. It is easy enough to set up, over all... but requires line of sight connection just like a TV remote already requires. There is a IR blaster extension you can add to it as well (Comes with it) so you can control things inside an entertainment center cabinet as well. There are other devices, but Harmony (Logitech) has the biggest database to work with on these things... so it's a no brainer to me. If you already have all the remotes, you don't need to buy the remote + Hub, you can just buy the hub and use it with the existing remotes.

The one thing that kills me on my stuff, is when the components turn off automatically (if left sitting and not watching a show) then you have to turn them back on with the remotes that they came with in order for the Harmony to understand their correct status (on/off). If it turns it on, it thinks it is on until IT turns them off. So when the TV turns off on it's own, it has no idea this has occurred since the TV cannot share it's status with the hub... I've gotten very used to all of it and am still. very satisfied. As time goes on, and more products are produced with IOT capabilities, there will be status communication in more of the items on the market... I can't wait til I get a TV with Status Sharing... It will change the way we do things with our Entertainment center.
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