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I was running into this error with TP-Link Smart Plugs. Here's how I got in the situation and how I fixed it.

I had a smart plug called "Guest Bedroom". I was able to turn on it on by saying either:

"Alexa, turn on Guest"
"Alexa, turn on Guest Bedroom"

Then I added a few more smart plugs and decided to change the name of that device from "Guest Bedroom" to "Guest Bedroom Light". There were no other devices named "Guest" or "Guest Bedroom" or any devices that started with those. There was only "Guest Bedroom Light" now. After making this change, saying:

"Alexa, turn on Guest"
"Alexa, turn on Guest Bedroom"

I got the dreaded "A few things share that name, which one did you want" and I had to specify the whole name "Guest Bedroom Light". Not a big deal, but frustrating, because I know there's an entry in a database somewhere that's no longer needed, but it's stopping me from using the abbreviated versions with Alexa for my guest bedroom light. I figured I needed to somehow reset that database.

Here's what finally worked.

1. Start Alexa app on iPhone (make sure you have the most current version of the App)
2. Tap Device icon on lower right of screen
3. Tap the "+" icon in the upper right to add a new device
4. Tap "Add Device" (Even though there is no new device to add)
5. Tap "Plug"
6. Tap "TP-Link Kasa"
7. Tap "DISCOVER DEVICES"

And that fixed it. My guess is in trying to discover devices Alexa/Amazon rebuilt the database and all the old names that no longer existed were discarded. Don't know if this will work for everything, but it worked for TP-Link Smart Plugs.
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trying to control my back porch lights to start at sunset each day. Since that time changes all year I would like to avoid setting s specific time. Right now I am running a GE smart switch with Zwave to a smart things hub controlled through the echo.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: GOTOMEETING and ECHO
« Last post by renegade600 on October 15, 2018, 06:15:31 pm »
Thanks.  I seen that but I don't see where you can start the meeting (if you are the organizer).  This would be very helpful for us.

you may want to contact them.  you are asking for specific info about a skill that unless someone here is using it, nobody will know anything about it. 
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Sonos vs Echo vs Homepod
« Last post by Phawx on October 15, 2018, 06:11:51 pm »
I am using the echo show downstairs in my house and now a sonos one synced. I can play music to the group to fill the whole house with the music if wanted but truth be told I wanted to try the sonos because when you have the music turned up on the echo it will not hear voice commands. So having the main unit control other speakers is a huge quality of life boost when jamming out to whatever I am feeling like at that moment.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: GOTOMEETING and ECHO
« Last post by eddielance on October 15, 2018, 05:32:35 pm »
Thanks.  I seen that but I don't see where you can start the meeting (if you are the organizer).  This would be very helpful for us.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: GOTOMEETING and ECHO
« Last post by kenf on October 15, 2018, 05:29:19 pm »
Go to Skills in the Alexa app (or site) and search for GotoMeeting.  the LogMeIn folks have two skills listed (they own GoToMeeting now)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / GOTOMEETING and ECHO
« Last post by eddielance on October 15, 2018, 04:17:27 pm »
I'm trying to figure out if I can link my echo to gotomeeting so that we can say "Echo start our Tuesday Morning meeting" and it will do it?  I can't find any info :(
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: 2 Questions if I may please.
« Last post by kenf on October 15, 2018, 09:28:43 am »
What you need to know is if there's a Skill for those.

When you add a skill for something like Spotify or Pandora, it includes a step to login, and thus get that benefit of having an account.

YouTube is google and Google is arguing with Amazon about YouTube on the Echo Show, so it's not likely there's a skill for YouTube right now...

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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Stereo Pair and Timers
« Last post by RazMan on October 15, 2018, 08:44:34 am »
I have the same problem - a stereo pair of plus bluetoothed to my TV. I can only get one channel unless I connect each one individually (but then they are out of sync and sound terrible)
If I ask for music only one channel plays (the one that hears me)
The only way I can get both channels in sync is to use my phone app with the 'everywhere' command

Sounds like a software issue to me
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Amazon Echo Discussion / 2 Questions if I may please.
« Last post by Peter.R on October 15, 2018, 05:40:19 am »
Hi.

I have a couple of questions that after looking around these forums I couldn't find an answer to, so thought I would ask here. If anyone knows of someone / somewhere I should ask then, by all means, please do let me know.

1) Will we be able to log into our favourite radio stations such as Absolute Radio here in the UK via the Echo smartphone app so we get fewer ads seeing as we are logged in, just like I can through my smart TV?

2) Will we be able to log into our Youtube account via the Echo smartphone app so we can play our playlist over the Echo V2?

Kind of like adding faves to an IE site, rather than having to keep going through your mobiles Bluetooth and having the mobile on all the time!

Thank you in advance for any help.
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