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Echo Tips & Tricks / Re: Echo controlling Fire TV
« Last post by mike27oct on August 18, 2017, 01:43:59 am »
I hardly see any utility of using Alexa with w/FireTV.  I think Amazon is getting carried away with using Alexa for everything, it seems.  I mostly do not even use the FireTV for much else other than using MrMC app (aka Kodi) with it. (I also prefer Netflix and Amazon video from Roku).
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Echo Tips & Tricks / Re: Echo controlling Fire TV
« Last post by jwlv on August 17, 2017, 11:22:29 pm »
As far as I can tell, there is no way to ask Alexa to play a specific episode.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: New User to Amazon Echo
« Last post by mike27oct on August 17, 2017, 10:03:59 pm »
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Broadlink RM2
« Last post by Insanocat on August 17, 2017, 09:06:12 pm »
Hi all again,
Because of the many conversations that talk about the android tasker app running in the background that acts as a negotiater between Alexa and the RM Pro I thought I would clearly state I don't use this method.  I simply use the latest IHC and e-control apps and customise TV remotes to suit my needs as in the case of the Yamaha amp.

As you can see in the linked vid I am able to the control the TV in more than just simple on/off commands...it is worth noting the little flat panel TV is the troublesome Chinese TV I mentioned previously...but the RM Pro and Alexa deal with it no problems at all.

It is also worth noting that I haven't been drinking in the vid...my voice is slow and jittery because I had just woken up after a night shift ;)

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AhlyTuPMfXkOlGk8UxnVFzjsvwd5
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Broadlink RM2
« Last post by Insanocat on August 17, 2017, 08:42:58 pm »
Hi all,
I am new to your forum so please excuse me if I have posted in the wrong area.  It is a long post so you have an idea of where I am at and where I would like to go with the RM Pro and Alexa...
It is fantastic to see so many people tinkering with Alexa in so many ways...I view her as the standout low level AI currently accessible to people like me.

To give you a bit of an idea where I am currently with AI incorporation into home automation...
I have...
X1 Echo Dot
X1 Broadlink RM Pro
X2 Sonoff 4-gang wifi switches
Multiple iOS devices
Many electronic devices I am endeavouring to control via Alexa with the initial focus being centred on creating speaker 'zones/compartments' throughout my house, man cave and also outside the house.  I enjoy music and for me it is the perfect test bench for voice control home automation.

I am located in Tasmania (small island State at the southern most tip of Australia)...I mention this due to the added technical challenges my geographical location adds to utilising Alexa herself.  Amazon is only just starting to try and enter our country officially and therefore we have zero support and a few technical difficulties when trying to make use of the AI.

As it stands Alexa controls the Sonoff wifi 4-gang switches straight out of the box.  They are incredibly cheap and as they can handle both low volt DC and mains AC they are perfect for many applications.  Thier primary use for me to begin with is to switch on/off pairs of speakers I have dotted in & around my house.  The relays are extremely low impedance so having the speaker wires directly spliced into the relays doesn't seem to present a problem.  It is worth noting I am running the many varied speakers from a 'middle of the range' Yamaha Amplifier that does have existing capacity for two zones.  However two zones doesn't cover my needs...ERGO my need for creating multiple zones via the Sonoff relays with the added bonus of Alexa doing the background leg work.

I tinkered with Alexa controlling the Yamaha Amplifier through IP commands e.g. XML etc.  but this became overly complicated and required me to do a crash course in coding...bothersome to say the least.

Then I found the Broadlink RM Pro online and purchased one to see how truly 'universal' it was.  To my amazement it immediately did all it was touted as being able to do.  It even learned the codes to control some derivative Chinese branded TV I have sitting in the kitchen...which none of the various Logitech Harmony universal remotes I have owned have ever been able to learn/mimic.

So now I have given you a run down of my situation and my immediate goals I will outline my current situation as it relates to Alexa and the Broadlink RM Pro...

As it stands I am using the latest IHC app in conjunction with the associated e-control broadlink app and Alexa is able to turn on/off etc. my amp (plus my Plasma TV in the same room).  Once I figured out the only way Alexa is able to control a device (any device) is by pretending it is a TV in the app itself and customising/learning the appropriate IR codes for the device such as the Yamaha Amp...I was up and going.

However I am now at the stage I would like to add 'scenes' to Alexa's ability to control devices.  I have 'programmed' scenes in both the IHC app and also the Broadlink e-control app to do something simple e.g. Power on the zone 2 function of the amp, however in the Alexa app itself she can't find any scenes in the smart home section of her skills.  I know the button to turn on the Amps Zone 2 is functional as pressing it in the IHC app GUI works.  The scene I have created in the apps is simply a one step process...initialise this one button that turns Zone 2 on/off.

I would really appreciate any thoughts, suggestions or solutions to this niggling little issue.

Cheers
Ed
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 Have Echo Dot and Fire tv on a CEC enabled tv. When you say "Alexa, Watch Fire TV", Alexa says "OK" but does nothing. When I cast to my Chromecast it automatically switches input to Chromecast. Why doesn't Echo? 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / New User to Amazon Echo
« Last post by beera on August 17, 2017, 05:00:30 pm »
Hello Experts, i am brand new user to Amazon Echo and i am loving it.

I have few questions in regards to integrating my Amazon Echo to other external devices

1. How do i connect Bluetooth Bose to Amazon Echo

2. Can i integrate my official outlook to Amazon echo

3. Can i integrate Apple TV to Amazon Echo

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Echo Technical Support / Re: Dot sometimes doesn't turn on
« Last post by rusty on August 17, 2017, 07:42:15 am »
Thanks guys , I unplug most things before bed as an old habit safety thing that was done by my parents so carried on doing this.
Im going to keep it plugged in from now on as your right there's no need to unplug.
The silence after asking it to play radio or music happens sometimes, ironically a switch off then on normally gets it working again.
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Potpourri / Re: stuff
« Last post by renegade600 on August 17, 2017, 05:00:49 am »
At the risk of pissing anyone off, I request that this thread be closed for addl. comments, and everyone COOL it!  It's just not worth it.  I'd like to think we are all friends here, and everyone is trying to be helpful.

not making me mad  I am done with this thread.  I have rules when responding to certain types of threads and I have reached my maximum postings in this one  :-)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Terminator
« Last post by renegade600 on August 17, 2017, 04:57:06 am »
wonder what gh will say  :-) 
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