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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: ZWave hub for use with Echo
« Last post by froglips on June 22, 2018, 02:05:20 pm »
Wink Hub https://www.wink.com/products/wink-hub-2/  Works very well for my zwave units.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: ZWave hub for use with Echo
« Last post by kevb on June 22, 2018, 01:45:31 pm »
I use a Vera Plus, but to be honest, I am thinking of switching to Homeseer. There's native Alexa capabilities, but I use the HABridge since I had that up prior to the Vera Skill. Based on your statements about SmartThings, I don't know that you'd like Vera. There are some others out there, like Hubitat, but I don't know much about them.  May I ask why you left Homeseer?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: I love my Echo Dots, but...
« Last post by asianrocker on June 22, 2018, 07:36:58 am »
You have to do the ask command part if you have not enabled the skills yet I think. But once you enabled it, you don't have to do that.

I don't use skills so not sure. Just looked at Hive on skills list. The sample command does not have the ask part.

So maybe you are just confused how you use your hive.

I don't have a hive so hopefully a hive user can chime in about this.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / I love my Echo Dots, but...
« Last post by sirrah on June 22, 2018, 05:02:51 am »
I love my Echo Dots, but I find the system of having to invoke skills very cumbersome, perplexing and frustrating. 

Why do I need to say, “Ask Hive to boost the heating”, whereas I only need say, “turn on the lounge light” (which is also on Hive)?  And what about, “Ask Pollen count for the pollen count”!  I can ask, “Alexa, what is the current tube status” without invoking the Tube Info skill or, “what is the weather forecast for tomorrow” and ”What’s on TV tonight?” without having to say, “Ask TV Guide” first.

There may be a reason for this but, it is illogical and inconsistent.  Why can’t I just ask for what I want without the invocation phrase, some of which are difficult to remember as well as the correct words for the action I want Alexa to perform. And some are ridiculous or repetitive as in the pollen count example above.   Then there are those like Jurassic Bark where I am told to say, “Ask Jurassic Bark to bark”, but it works perfectly well if I just ask Alexa to bark like a dog.

OK, so maybe Alexa needs to be steered in the right direction.  So, how about allowing the Alexa app to keep a list of default skills.  Then, when I ask for something to do with my heating, it already knows that I only have one heating system and connects to Hive or nest or whatever.  I also only have one robot carpet cleaner, so if I set Dyson as the default carpet cleaning skill, I would only have to say, “Start cleaning the carpets” instead of “Ask Dyson to start cleaning”.

Just a thought.
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Echo Across the Pond (Europe) / What devices to buy
« Last post by MarcoAndradePT on June 22, 2018, 03:40:23 am »
Hi everyone,

I have been wanting to get Alexa. I want to control as much as I can through Alexa.
The use i want to give is control tv, music, lights.. make video calls.. pretty much all it can do.. but, i am unsure how the devices work, like witch ones I have to buy. Thats why i need the help of the experts  ;D ;D
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Echo Technical Support / Re: How to talk to Alexa on my phone
« Last post by AlanH on June 22, 2018, 02:40:33 am »
The instructions on the internet say to click the microphone icon in the Amazon shopping app. However that icon does not exist on my phone. Probably there is some sort of setting that keeps that frim showing up.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

David C
Hi David

I know exactly what you mean. I have an iPhone and the Amazon shopping app. When I open the Amazon app, the microphone symbol is at the top right of the screen. Are you not seeing this? I’ve attached a thumbnail. Simply click the thumbnail to see the full image.
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I picked original, but now after consideration, I would pick Dot and a good hard wired powered stereo speaker set for best sound and most versatility.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Dying Echo or one time glitch?
« Last post by iolinux333 on June 22, 2018, 01:07:09 am »
End of life cycle? Solid State was supposed to live forever.

I have a 68 year old am/fm tube radio that has never had the back off, is completely original, and still works perfectly.

End of life cycle my butt.

The giant corps and govs have us over a barrel.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / ZWave hub for use with Echo
« Last post by Yarrenbool on June 21, 2018, 08:06:53 pm »
Are there any other ZWave hubs, besides the SmartThings Hub, to enable using ZWave modules with Echo Plus and Echo.

I’m switching from HomeSeer/Windows using a lot of ZWave switches, plugs, and sensors to Amazon/Echo. I purchased the SmartThings Hub and tried it with both the iOS apps SmartThings publishes.  All I can say is both their iOS app definitely deserved the incredible number of one-star reviews on the app-store. Neither of the apps support any of the 4 or 5 brands of ZWave modules I own, and neither include a generic option. Registration was very buggy and still only is usable in one of the apps.

So, in desperate search of a different, more reliable, ZWave hub for use with Echo.
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