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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Issuing non verbal commands
« Last post by Bremhillbob on April 23, 2018, 04:33:36 pm »
I still find it hard to think that this 'can't happen (regardless of whether anyone things is a good idea or not)

The sort of thing I had in mind was the use of 1btn or My Strom - both are buttons that connect to your wifi and send IfTTT commands.  I don't know about 'dash' but Flic also looks like a possibility
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Issuing non verbal commands
« Last post by Alpha Bitch on April 23, 2018, 03:15:51 pm »

An Echo is not an alarm clock. Spot is.  So is an alarm clock.  Get the right tool for the job and it will have a button to do what you want.
An Echo DOT 2nd gen is.  Which Echo device are you fonting about that is not an alarm clock?  The tall cylinder looking one?
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Setting Up HA-Bridge on Windows
« Last post by sheriffdude on April 23, 2018, 03:13:21 pm »
yes you were correct i got it working on port 80
Type net stop HTTP
If there are other running services that depend on the HTTP service, you'll get a list; double check to see if there's anything listed there you can't bear to do without. Or, if you're just stopping HTTP to use port 80 temporarily, make a note of those dependent services that you'll want to restart once you're done with the port. Either way, if it's okay, enter y to continue.
and you were correct it made no difference alexa could still not find ha bridge ..so that me done i think will have to search some more ..but thank for all your help ..if anything have learned a few things 
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Echo Tips & Tricks / Re: Grand kids a problem
« Last post by Alpha Bitch on April 23, 2018, 03:03:01 pm »
My 6 yr old asks Alexa to play the superman song thinking they will play a superhero theme song or something and its starts playing Superman by Eminem!!!!  Not acceptable!!
BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

That's my jam!!!!!!  Your 6 yr old is a "Slim Shady" fan.  Echo played the right song.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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I don't have your setup, but nobody who does has replied yet.

Here's my assumptions of best practice:
each house has its own Echoes tied to that homeowner's account.
each echo is named after the room it is in in its own house (ex, kitchen rather than Mom's Kitchen)

Within your house, if you were in the kitchen, and wanted to call the wife in the Office, you'd say:
"alexa, call the office"
Then the Office would ring and presumably your wife would answer.

To call your mom, assuming she is entered in your contact list as "Mom" you would say:
"Alexa, call Mom"

Since Mom isn't a room-named Echo in your house, it should scan your contacts she's in there AND her email address is tied to an Echo and her Echo should start to ring.

If you did the same for your son, (who also has multiple devices), all his Echoes in his house would ring until he accepted or rejected the incoming call from you.  I don't think you can target a specific device in his home because it is outside your account profile and you aren't electronically privy to what he calls his devices (Naked Lady Room, etc.)

Disclaimer: I have done the intercom thing in my own home.  I've not used the call somebody else feature, but I've read about it and what I've described seems accurate.



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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Setting Up HA-Bridge on Windows
« Last post by sheriffdude on April 23, 2018, 02:08:15 pm »
have tried this when u save and go back it is still on web server 8081 so i cant change it to 80 ..also firewall is fine but did as you said just to try it even turned of firewall ..but alexa still can't find ha bridge 
Then your doing something wrong or port 80 is already in use.
If your still using a batch file to start the Bridge it is possible it is setting the port. open the batch file with note pad and see what calls it is making.
if you see 8081 in the text change that to what ever port you wish to use then save the file.
Besure the bridge is closed not running before using the batch file again (use taskmanager to besure it has stopped)
Post to the HA-Bridge Github issues the developer may have more things for you to try.
Also there are several threads about Alexa not seeing devices so read them the answer may be in one of them. ;)
ok thanks for all your help yes i think you are correct port 80 must be in use as i can start it by changing the batch file anything but 80 works ..not sure that will help with alexa have looked at loads of thing with that no luck there ,,so now i need to find out what is using port 80 ..but thanks for all your help have got all the hex commands now for on off rooms colors ect 
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Echo Tips & Tricks / Re: Grand kids a problem
« Last post by fstbusa on April 23, 2018, 01:40:34 pm »
Its not just the problem with the grandkids... there needs to be a way to enable Parental advisory on the device.  My 6 yr old asks Alexa to play the superman song thinking they will play a superhero theme song or something and its starts playing Superman by Eminem!!!!  Not acceptable!!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo Spot - turn off the screen
« Last post by stocklen on April 23, 2018, 12:38:35 pm »
I know this doesnít address your question about turning the screen off, but just wanted to know if you are aware of the night mode setting? I use the high contrast clock, and at night itís just dim orange numbers that I can still read if I wake up at 3 am, but itís not bright enough to keep me awake.

Absolutely, thanks.  I tried night mode on the first couple of nights i had the spot... but for me pitch black beats dim :-)

Not quite my point though.  It would be nice to have an option for the screen to turn off and stay off until needed.  If it inadvertently turned back on then it would be nice for it to turn off again after a few minutes if thats how I wanted it.

As I say, it just feels wrong to me to have something with a permanently on screen when for many hours of the day (and night) im not really going to be in the same room as it, let alone looking at it.

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I was an avid fan of the Samsung SmartThings hub and bought it because of its integration with Amazon Echo. My smart home was humming along smoothly and I just needed to tell Alexa what I wanted done.

Then I had s glitch after an update and ended up having to factory reset my Hub. A pain, but the price you pay for being an early adopter. But then the REAL PROBLEM SmartThings is dropping support for all Voice Assistant other than Samsung's own Bixby.  After finding nothing on the Internet I finally found this buried in the Help->FAQ section of the New App:

"You cannot connect Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or Microsoft's Cortana if you try to connect any of them for the first time using SmartThings.

However, if you have connected and have been using Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon Alexa, or Google Home in SmartThings Classic and then updated it to SmartThings, you can use the relevant devices like you used to."

I'm switching to a Wink hub ASAP and abandoning all things Samsung because they did this without input or warning - VERY POOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT.  Good bye Samsung.
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Setting Up HA-Bridge on Windows
« Last post by tuicemen on April 23, 2018, 11:25:45 am »
have tried this when u save and go back it is still on web server 8081 so i cant change it to 80 ..also firewall is fine but did as you said just to try it even turned of firewall ..but alexa still can't find ha bridge 
Then your doing something wrong or port 80 is already in use.
If your still using a batch file to start the Bridge it is possible it is setting the port. open the batch file with note pad and see what calls it is making.
if you see 8081 in the text change that to what ever port you wish to use then save the file.
Besure the bridge is closed not running before using the batch file again (use taskmanager to besure it has stopped)
Post to the HA-Bridge Github issues the developer may have more things for you to try.
Also there are several threads about Alexa not seeing devices so read them the answer may be in one of them. ;)
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