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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: group plays on one device only
« Last post by buffaloquinn on January 15, 2019, 05:30:33 pm »
Amazon should. I don't know about the other one. Are you specifically namimg the group when you ask it to play, i.e. "Alexa, play Bruce Springsteen on (Name of your group)"
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: group plays on one device only
« Last post by Rolystaffs on January 15, 2019, 11:47:39 am »
Radio 2, and amazon unlimited, it did work, now it doesn't sooooo frustrating
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Echo Technical Support / Echo Gen3 stops working with Insignia Fire TV
« Last post by DamnYankee on January 15, 2019, 09:13:40 am »
Hello all. I just bought 2 new Gen 3 Echo Dots and a new Insignia Fire TV. I can get the two to link up and work together briefly. Meaning, I can get Alexa to turn on the TV, change inputs and channels correctly, then turn off the TV. When I ask Alexa to turn TV back on, Alexa tells me either there is no device named TV or that function is not supported. I go back into my Alexa app and the device TV is clearly there and shows as linked. I unlink it, re-link it, and all is well again and the cycle begins once more. I added the Insignia Connect skill and tried it again with the same result. Am I missing something here? All the other functions including my 4 Meross plugs work flawlessly.
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Setting up a smart home.
« Last post by fstbusa on January 15, 2019, 08:45:07 am »
I personally don't like using smart bulbs unless in a table or floor lamp.  If anyone turns the switch off then the bulb doesn't work.  Also if someone is visiting, they won't know how to operate the lights if you have to use alexa for everything.  I chose to go with a central hub(Smartthings) and use smart light switches.  You can still operate them as a normal switch for those that don't want to utilize the smart aspect or be operated via phone, automation, alexa, etc.  You can use normal bulbs and replace them as needed.

Usually these works by always leaking a small current through the light to energize its circuit and with incandescent lights, work well. However, with LED lights that don't require much current to work, you might end up with lights that never fully shut off.

just about any hub with work with the smart light switches.  If I owned my home, I would have went with wall switches instead of bulbs.  one thing to remember, the wall switches require a neutral wire.  so it is something you should not buy unless you know your house has the proper wiring.

So I had to buy a replacement dimmer for my basement lights because the zwave module appears to have kicked the bucket.  I ended up buying this one and to my surprise, it DIDN'T have a neutral connection.  The old one I had needed a neutral and this new one did not.  I ended up capping off the neutral and it works perfectly.   I also have LED bulbs and it works fine.  This model doesn't have a neutral connection.  The recommended model for LED does have one.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07361Y54Z/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Whether they turn off or not.... the bulbs are dark.  The switches themselves are always using power anyway for the zwave or ZigBee transmitter and receiver so using a few more watts from 6 LED bulbs isn't going to significantly increase my electric bill anyway.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa doesn't turn on lights
« Last post by dragon123 on January 15, 2019, 08:35:31 am »
If i say "Alexa, turn on/off the lights", she responds with, "sorry, i didn't find a device named lights".

Did you make a smartgroup?
That specific command 'the lights' only works in for lights in a specific room when you speak to a specific echo and you included both in a smartgroup.

"All the lights' means literally that: all lights alexa knows about, through the whole house.

I have a number of echos and placed them all in smartgroups. So when I'm in a room where there's an echo, she knows exactly where I am and which lights I mean.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: The Archers
« Last post by renegade600 on January 15, 2019, 05:57:03 am »
try using the name of the service it is on as part of the command
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Echo Across the Pond (Europe) / Re: Alexa is behaving like she has Dyslexia
« Last post by renegade600 on January 15, 2019, 05:55:44 am »
personally I would leave the word light off all together.  it is a word that is part of some commands and can confuse alexa.  You will find all kinds of posts where others have similar and other oddball  problems when using the word light as part of the name. 
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Setting up a smart home.
« Last post by SylvainG on January 14, 2019, 11:03:30 pm »
I personally don't like using smart bulbs unless in a table or floor lamp.  If anyone turns the switch off then the bulb doesn't work.  Also if someone is visiting, they won't know how to operate the lights if you have to use alexa for everything.  I chose to go with a central hub(Smartthings) and use smart light switches.  You can still operate them as a normal switch for those that don't want to utilize the smart aspect or be operated via phone, automation, alexa, etc.  You can use normal bulbs and replace them as needed.

Usually these works by always leaking a small current through the light to energize its circuit and with incandescent lights, work well. However, with LED lights that don't require much current to work, you might end up with lights that never fully shut off.

just about any hub with work with the smart light switches.  If I owned my home, I would have went with wall switches instead of bulbs.  one thing to remember, the wall switches require a neutral wire.  so it is something you should not buy unless you know your house has the proper wiring.

So I had to buy a replacement dimmer for my basement lights because the zwave module appears to have kicked the bucket.  I ended up buying this one and to my surprise, it DIDN'T have a neutral connection.  The old one I had needed a neutral and this new one did not.  I ended up capping off the neutral and it works perfectly.   I also have LED bulbs and it works fine.  This model doesn't have a neutral connection.  The recommended model for LED does have one.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07361Y54Z/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Echo Across the Pond (Europe) / Alexa is behaving like she has Dyslexia
« Last post by HomeAuto123 on January 14, 2019, 07:15:19 pm »
Lately and normally associated with unpublished background updates to Alexa by Amzon , Alexa has randomly started to mix up the order of my commands. Example I have three switches called Living Room Light one, Living Room Light two and Living Room Light three.
Normally for the last year, I could ask Alexa to turn On or Off any of the switches by stating its name. i.e
Alexa turn off Living Room Light one, Alexa turn off Living Room Light two.

Suddenly now I have to say Alexa turn off Living Room one Light or Alexa turn off Living Room two Light. The order of the words is wrong and it is not how it is proapp.ed in my app . I only have one living room with three switches not three living rooms with a switch each. So how can Alexa just change the order and still recognize the command? Dyslexia?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa doesn't turn on lights
« Last post by Laurel on January 14, 2019, 06:08:48 pm »
We never use the word "lights" so it is Alexa turn off back porch, Alexa turn off front porch. Just what we learned by trial and error and hair pulling out. lol
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