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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Echo and Group Names Problem
« Last post by kevb on February 20, 2018, 09:39:18 am »

But I just don't see how you can use one phrase and only one phrase(same exact phrase)to turn on the light in whichever room your in. Are you telling me you can say "Alexa turn on the Smart Plug" and it will turn on any ONE of the smart plugs in whichever ONE  room your in(if there is both a smart plug and a Alexa in that room as well as a Alexa and smart plug in every other room)?

To make it more clear. I want to enter living room and say "Alexa turn on the light" and only the living room light comes on.
Then I want to go to basement and say "Alexa turn on the light" and only the basement light comes on.
Then I want to go to garage and say "Alexa turn on the light" and only the garage light comes on.
Plus while still in the basement I still want to be able to say "Alexa turn on the garage light" and the garage light will come on. That's how it is set up now.



rderkis, name your living room light "Living room light". Make a group called "Living Room". Place the living room light AND living room echo in the group "Living Room".  Then when you are in the living room, say "Alexa, turn on the light". That Echo will turn on that light because they are in the same group. You can also tell any other echo to "Turn on the living room light" to control it from other areas. Repeat this process with a bedroom, garage, etc, putting each light switch (or plug) into a group with the appropriate Echo, in an appropriately named Group. It works exactly as you want it to. Each Echo "understands" which light to turn on, as they are in the same Group as the light. Each echo can also control lights in other areas by using the specific name of the light. Hope this helps you out.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: New guy with Alexa questions
« Last post by justcrash on February 20, 2018, 09:38:51 am »
Thank you for responding! How did you attach those activities to that voice command? What are the magic words I should be able to say to initiate a routine? And again, I apologize if these are dumb. I understand technology but not how Alexa functions... lol.

In the app, there is a menu item 'routines'. I don't see it on the website.

Thank you, I'll check it out.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: New guy with Alexa questions
« Last post by dragon123 on February 20, 2018, 09:12:50 am »
Thank you for responding! How did you attach those activities to that voice command? What are the magic words I should be able to say to initiate a routine? And again, I apologize if these are dumb. I understand technology but not how Alexa functions... lol.

In the app, there is a menu item 'routines'. I don't see it on the website.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: New guy with Alexa questions
« Last post by justcrash on February 20, 2018, 09:07:27 am »
Try renaming the scenes in the app. "Good night", "I'm home", "goodbye", "good morning" etc are trigger sentences for alexa, probably not a good idea to use those as names for scenes/groups/items.

I've never used scenes as 'stand-alone' commands in alexa. What I know you CAN do is make routines with those names, ie "Alexa, good night" and have her execute scenes and other stuff one after the other.

For instance, my own "Alexa, start my day" routine does this:
- set livingroom lights scene "dimmed"
- report weather
- report traffic
- play news from flash briefing

And my "good night" routine does this:
- turn off all lights
- turn off my harmony hub (tv, stereo, settopbox)
- turn off my 3D printer
- report weather
- says "goodnight. Talk to you tomorrow."

Thank you for responding! How did you attach those activities to that voice command? What are the magic words I should be able to say to initiate a routine? And again, I apologize if these are dumb. I understand technology but not how Alexa functions... lol.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: New guy with Alexa questions
« Last post by dragon123 on February 20, 2018, 09:04:56 am »
Try renaming the scenes in the app. "Good night", "I'm home", "goodbye", "good morning" etc are trigger sentences for alexa, probably not a good idea to use those as names for scenes/groups/items.

I've never used scenes as 'stand-alone' commands in alexa. What I know you CAN do is make routines with those names, ie "Alexa, good night" and have her execute scenes and other stuff one after the other.

For instance, my own "Alexa, start my day" routine does this:
- set livingroom lights scene "dimmed"
- turn on my server
- report weather
- report traffic
- play news from flash briefing

And my "good night" routine does this:
- turn off all lights
- turn off my server
- turn off my harmony hub (tv, stereo, settopbox)
- turn off my 3D printer
- report weather
- says "goodnight. Talk to you tomorrow."

You can also use routine to schedule things. So instead of a spoken command to tun the routine, you set it to run at a scheduled time. Not sure about sunrise/sunset, my hue lights can do that using the hue app, but not sure if alexa can. Maybe someone else here knows?
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Maple Leaf Echo (Canada) / Re: TuneIn Radio thinks I'm in US
« Last post by mtbnrulz on February 20, 2018, 08:53:59 am »
That's good to know.  Thanks Laurel for the update.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa keeps shuffling spotify playlist
« Last post by Jerome on February 20, 2018, 08:19:27 am »
I noticed that last night too.
I asked "Alexa, play Discover Weekly" and it responded "Shuffling Discover Weekly on Spotify" ???
I don't often turn shuffle on so I was surprised but did not investigate further.
Will have to do some tests...
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Amazon Echo Discussion / New guy with Alexa questions
« Last post by justcrash on February 20, 2018, 08:19:27 am »
Hello, and thank you for allowing me to join! I apologize if this question isn't in the right place. Mods, feel free to move it or close this and I can put it wherever you'd like me to post it.

With this tax return, I decided to go "all in" on making my home a "smart home." I work in IT so most of this has been pretty simple, but I am just not familiar enough with Alexa to know what I am doing wrong.

If these are dumb questions, forgive me. I have an Echo or a dot in every room of the house (I think 7-8 total), 3 Amazon firesticks that Alexa will not control, which seems silly to me. I bought a Roomba 680, several TP Link bulbs and outlets, a Ring door bell and floodlight (not installed yet, waiting on warmer weather. Today it is going to be 72 in Central Ohio, so of course this is a 17 hour work day for me), an Ecobee 4, and a Samsung smartthings hub.

I THINK the Smartthings hub pulled "scenes" off of the ecobee and fed them to Alexa. Shed now has scenes, good morning, good bye, I'mhome and good night.

Alexa will not recognize these scenes by any voice action I take. "Alexa, good night." "Alexa, turn on good night."

I don't know how to use "scenes" with Alexa, I guess.

Also, is it possible to use Alexa to schedule things? My goal is to get door sensors (I was hoping for a decent set of door sensors that didn't require a hub but I don't see any) to arm when I say "good night" or "good bye." I don't need notifications every time we put the dogs out.

I want to buy 3 more TP Link bulbs for outside, can Alexa to schedule those to turn on/turn off with sunset/sunrise?

Tl;dr version:

  • How do I use scenes with Alexa?
    Can I add things to "scenes" to get multiple devices to do actions I set up in advance?
    Can I schedule lights to turn on/off with a schedule with the equipment I have?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo dot
« Last post by mike27oct on February 20, 2018, 03:27:12 am »
It occurs to me there is a distinction I may be overlooking (others may too); that's the distinction of a snart wall switch (light switch) and a smart plug to control a lamp or light.  Maybe wall switches act differently than smart plugs. I dunno since I only have smart plugs as I have no interest in smart wall switches.  Jeeze, I am not unable to flip on a wall switch since all in my house are at each doorway, but lamps are a little more of a pain since many are within the room or in corners etc., not on ceilings controlled.by wall switch.  Another reason for plugs vs wall switches is cost and time to install.  I also do not have the urge to talk to most everything inanimate in my house.  Sometimes silence is golden. Sometimes home automation gets carried too far, I believe.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Add Echo to Multiple Groups?
« Last post by BrainKing8585 on February 19, 2018, 11:18:43 pm »
But the issue here is not smart home devices, rather multi-room music. I have the identical problem. According to Amazon (on their Alexa help page under multi-room music) it says:
“To stream different music on multiple devices or on MORE THAN ONE MULTI-ROOM MUSIC GROUP AT THE SAME TIME, you must have an Amazon Music Unlimited Family plan.” (the caps are mine for emphasis). So despite having Spotify Premium and Tidal, I’m now forking over for the macdaddy Amazon music plan, and still can’t have an upstairs group, downstairs group, plus an everywhere group that combines the two. Frustrating!
I haven’t tried telling Alexa to play music “upstairs and downstairs”. Awkward, but it may work. (That idea just came to me while typing this post.)
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