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Echo Across the Pond (UK/International) / Re: Smart Bulbs and Plugs recommendations
« Last post by Jon1606 on November 23, 2017, 09:35:17 am »
I currently use the energenie MiHome platform (hub, 4 sockets, 2 light switches) and a TP plug and a Weinstein plug.

All work brilliantly via the ios app, alexa can be a smidge slow and annoying when she does not hear me properly.

I really like the idea of smartbulbs and would be interested in any comments
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Hi, i have home assistant on another pi2 and emualted hue, pi1 is the original linux machine running domoticz and habridge. pi2 can see domoticz devices and pi1 habridge can import pi2 home assistant devices. I still can not get Alexa to see either pi1 habridge devices or pi2 homeassitant via emulated hue devices. Tried new version 5 still Alex see's no devices.
Started from scratch with just pi1 running domoticz and habridge, when habridge has no devices added, i get Alexa to discover devices it seem to be complete process, from logs i can see this,
Nov 23 14:05:01 debian java[7774]: 2017-11-23 14:05:01,748 [qtp2134582552-111] INFO  com.bwssystems.HABridge.hue.HueMulator - Traceupnp: hue lights list requested: 73e2f2b2d41c4aeda6e4420d36b9e32f from 192.168.0.50
Nov 23 14:05:06 debian java[7774]: 2017-11-23 14:05:06,942 [qtp2134582552-106] INFO  com.bwssystems.HABridge.hue.HueMulator - Traceupnp: hue lights list requested: 73e2f2b2d41c4aeda6e4420d36b9e32f from 192.168.0.50
Nov 23 14:05:10 debian java[7774]: 2017-11-23 14:05:10,410 [qtp2134582552-113] INFO  com.bwssystems.HABridge.hue.HueMulator - Traceupnp: hue lights list requested: fc57d0ba41274112ad7204cc01671c36 from 192.168.0.49

192.168.0.50 is the Alexa and 192,168.0.49 is the other pi running home assistant. Now if i add a device to habridge either using the Domoitcz built in process, or just adding a manual switch, home assistant pciks up the switch no problem and i can control it from the other pi2 running home assistant no problem, now i do another discovery on Alexa, no switch found. looking at log i do not see com.bwssystems.HABridge.hue.HueMulator - Traceupnp: hue lights list requested: 73e2f2b2d41c4aeda6e4420d36b9e32f from 192.168.0.50 from Alexa but i do see it from pi2 home assistant
INFO  com.bwssystems.HABridge.hue.HueMulator - Traceupnp: hue lights list requested: fc57d0ba41274112ad7204cc01671c36 from 192.168.0.49

I've tried running habridge on 2 pi's, different versions same issues, Alexa seems to successful   request if habridge has no devices. Strange thing is the very first time i set up Alexa it found them, not sure where to go from here ? will also post on habridge to see if anyone else has had this issue. Thanks
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Simpler commands
« Last post by asianrocker on November 23, 2017, 09:20:22 am »
This is just FYI. I only had one smart device - nest thermostat. And everytime, I have to say Alexa, set livingroom to [n] for the longest time. I gave in to a hue starter kit that I really believe had a good deal on, thanks price match.

Thanks to my husband I found out all i have to just say now is  alexa, livingroom [n] - for temp settings. In fact I might just change that name to nest. Much shorter.

And as for lights. Just say alexa, room [n] - for brightness setting or alexa, room on/off.

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Amazon Echo Discussion / Newbie question: multi-room music
« Last post by GrandmaCar on November 23, 2017, 09:10:25 am »
I have an interesting phenomenon with using multi-room music. Just wondering if anybody else experiences it or if you have any ideas of a cure. I have three dots, one with a Vaux speaker, set up in various rooms in my house. When I ask Alexa to play Pandora or Amazon music on the group, it will play 2 or 3songs and then just stop! I have to give the command all over again. If I do the same thing on just one device. It plays fine. if I ask her to play a radio station on the group it plays forever! Any comments or suggestions as to how to cure this annoyance! Pandora is my most played radio station and I really don't want to have to keep re-starting it!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon's Black Friday deals start 11/17/17
« Last post by Jerome on November 23, 2017, 09:01:53 am »
Black Friday discounts on Alexa-based devices are now live on most websites (Amazon, Best Buy, etc...) !!!
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Echo Across the Pond (UK/International) / Smart Bulbs and Plugs recommendations
« Last post by Compact on November 23, 2017, 07:52:15 am »
I currently have Hive bulbs and plugs, speak to Alexa and Google.
I am looking to get more bulbs, plugs, maybe camera and locks in the future.
From the top level in cost I am looking at; Hive, Hue, Ikea, TPlink
I have also looked at the cheap chinese stuff, but wasn't impressed e.g. Smart Plugs only 10Amp

Even with Black Friday, it is expensive to buy more bulbs and plugs, thus open to suggestions.

Thanks
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Echo Tips & Tricks / Re: Using Alexa with more than one Harmony Hub can be done!
« Last post by Banished on November 23, 2017, 06:50:34 am »
Yes, correct on signing in and setting up hubs. Thats how I did mine. You bring up a good point with the voice training..I'm not sure how that will work out but I will try it at some point on another device thats not related to that second hub and see what happens. Maybe the bathroom one we use for music ,news and the light in there. The only real issue I have had consistently with Alexa and understanding is I have about 20 lights I control with Alexa and she seems to get confused as to which "light" I am talking about as I named many of them light..bathroom light, kitchen light fireplace light etc. She will ask often.."which light?" So I am changing most of them to just what area they are in to avoid conflict. I'll keep you updated. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Google Home / Google Home Mini $29.99
« Last post by jwlv on November 23, 2017, 03:49:39 am »
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/promo/google-home-mini-offer

Right now at Best Buy, $29.99 and get a $10 eGift Card.
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Alexa can't find Philips Hue bulb (voice command)
« Last post by asianrocker on November 22, 2017, 11:24:50 pm »
Don't know if this was said before. But since I have hue lights now, I am glad turning on/off lights is so simple. In my case I just say alexa, room on/off. And alexa, dim bedroom (whatever percent I want). I woot.
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Thank you, tuicemen I will definitely explore this ha bridge then. Too bad I gave in to hue starter kit but I think I got a good deal. And now I have voice activated lights. Woot.
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