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QUESTION:  Does the Sonos One (with its in-built Alexa) work identically to a separate Echo Dot and a separate Sonos speaker?

BACKGROUND:  I have several Echo Dots and several Sonos Play1 speakers.  The integration between Echo and Sonos isn't seamless but it works well enough.  I don't want to get a Sonos One if I have to use slightly different commands as it is already not entirely intuitive!

Any information would be welcome.

Echo Technical Support / Can't stop IFTTT from blinking the lights
« Last post by jorisstrien on May 25, 2018, 07:19:41 am »
I used an IFTTT aplet which blinks my Hue ligths at sunset. After a while I erased the aplet, but my lights keeps blinking at sunset. How can I stop  this?
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa recorded and forward private conversation
« Last post by jwlv on May 24, 2018, 06:16:31 pm »
I'm not concerned about this. Like they said, it's more of an elaborate "Alexa butt-dial."
For those who are concerned, just disable calling from Alexa. Similarly if you are concerned about butt-dialing on your smartphone, don't put your phone in your back pocket. There are always going to be possibilities of activating functions unintentionally, whether by voice, by an errant press of a button or screen, or something else. Years ago I had a touch-screen monitor for my computer that was clicking things on the desktop because a fly was crawling on the screen. It was an older screen that used optical sensors instead of pressure or capacitive sensors. If I wasn't right there in front of the computer watching this happen, I might have thought I was hacked and someone on the outside had control of my computer.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa recorded and forward private conversation
« Last post by renegade600 on May 24, 2018, 05:03:39 pm »
It is being reported that the Amazon Echo recorded and forwarded a private conversation to a contact without permission or even them knowing about it.   Anyone have any second thoughts?

the family got in touch with Amazon's engineering department, who were able to confirm that audio had indeed been unintentionally broadcast.

"They said, 'Our engineers went through your logs, and they saw exactly what you told us, they saw exactly what you said happened,
Amazon Echo Discussion / Timer sounds
« Last post by Paul Milton-Lyons on May 24, 2018, 02:14:30 am »
Why is it that the timer sound cannot be changed? This is not the same as the alarm sound which has several sounds to choose from.
Sorry I offended you Asianrocker, I was under the impression that the reason these types of forums existed was so information could be shared since no one has the ability to know it all. I have a few installs of the Echo Dot and its ability to control Sonos so I'm not clueless I just hadn't seen this issue before. I tried searching for the answer first but was unsuccessful finding any information regarding the issue I was having so in my naivety I came here to see if I could get an answer. I appreciate the effort you gave in giving me a hand as you were quite helpful.

By the way I figured out the resolution today when I was able to get back to my customer. If you're interested I'd in how I'd be glad to tell you just let me know. 
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Spot bug
« Last post by AlanH on May 23, 2018, 04:13:21 pm »
Thanks for the update. It does seem to be taking Amazon a long time to get to the bottom of the issue.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Spot bug
« Last post by Pagemakers on May 23, 2018, 04:10:29 pm »
Latest update from Amazon...


This is Micaela from the Amazon Support team. I trust this finds you well.

I'm glad to inform you that thanks to your latest video, our developers have found the true cause of the issue related to the volume of Alexa.

They are now working on an update to fix this feature. I cannot guarantee as to when this update will be released but I hope to receive more feedback for you soon.

Thank you for your continued patience, I'll be in touch soon.

Have an awesome day!

Warmest regards,

Echo Technical Support / Re: Playing playlists from 'My Amazon Library' Playlist
« Last post by Zanussi on May 23, 2018, 03:58:29 pm »
I know this is an old thread but having spent a frustrating evening with the subject we found that if you name your libraries something simple like "Mike" Alexa struggles, use a word or several words with multiple syllables. "Spitfire" worked great, "Spitfire Sal" was interpreted as "Spitfire Song" and failed. Changed Mike to Zanussi and no probs.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: turn lights on
« Last post by kenf on May 23, 2018, 02:57:44 pm »
I'm assuming you mean to use GeoFencing to recognize when you get to your house, and a trigger fires to turn on the lights, without any action by you.

Alexa itself cannot do that.

Nest Thermostat does have GeoFencing, and can change its state.
If you have Hues lightbulbs, they might hook into IFTTT (I'm pro  smart-switch, not a smart bulbs)
IFTTT could then watch the Nest state change to "home" and then trigger Hues to work.  But that can be slow.

Since I am a smart-switch guy, i'll tell you how I do it:
Samsung SmartThings2  Hub (ST) is the brains.
GE Z-wave switches on one light per room (at least).
ST exposes all my z-wave stuff to Alexa so voice commands work
ST also has GeoFencing so it knows when I'm Back (the name of the template it has for that purpose)
That routine fires when my iPhone gets close to home and turns on what I set it to (the front porch light)

SmartThings or Wemo are the top hubs with the most protocols they support (z-wave, zigbee and more).  Most future proofing I could get.  I use z-wave smart light switches or outlet adapters (GE is my preference).  Everything has a mechanical switch for WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) or tech outage.  Either of those hubs will smoothly translate all that stuff to Alexa, ensuring you'v got brains AND voice commands.

Smart bulbs have their place, mostly for renters.  I'm looking into making custom lamps with Z-wave adapters built in AND physical switches wired up correctly.  Hues can't touch that, and Phillips' smart lamps are ugly as they are over-priced.

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