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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: How to avoid Geoblocking on Echo Dot?
« Last post by jwlv on September 16, 2018, 03:54:22 pm »
Although I have never done this, I do know the technical aspects of how this can be done.

What you'll need to do is use a VPN so that your IP address appears to be from a German location. Since everyone connects their Echo Dot using WiFi to their router, the router is going use whatever IP address that the ISP gives you. And if you're in the US, it'll be a US IP address. Nothing you can do about that. So you can't connect your Echo Dot to your router if you want to appear as a German IP address. That said, what you can do is set up a PC with software that makes it to have the functionality of a WiFi router. And with that PC, you will set up a VPN that exits to a German IP address. With all this set up, you would reset your Echo Dot and connect to the PC instead of your router.

Some caveats:
- VPN's are not free. You'll have to pay a fee to a VPN provider especially if you want an IP address from a specific country
- The PC that you'll set up with router software must be on 24 hours a day. It essentially will behave as a 2nd router that you'll use only with your Echo Dot. You could use it with other devices if you want those devices on a German IP address.
- VPN's are sometimes slow. Streaming music, videos, or even simple web browsing can have delays or buffering for several seconds.
- Even if you set everything up correctly and paid lots of money to do so, it might not work with the Echo Dot. Many VPN IP addresses are known and catalogued by large companies like Amazon, Google, etc. They might know that you're using a VPN and not allow connections with their servers.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / How to avoid Geoblocking on Echo Dot?
« Last post by Rj on September 16, 2018, 11:01:26 am »
Hello,
I am an American living in the USA. However, I wanted to access the German version of Alexa, so I hooked up my Dot to a fake German Amazon account, and can now get almost all of the German content. But now many German TV channels are getting geoblocked. How do I set up my Echo (Change IP address?) to avoid geoblocking?
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Echo Technical Support / Re: Annoying static/hum from Echo Dot with wired speaker connection
« Last post by jwlv on September 15, 2018, 05:59:26 pm »
That is true. The Echo Dot's audio jack is unusually tight. And most people think it's plugged all the way in when it really isn't. Just give it a firm push and you'll see that the buzzing/humming noise will go away when your audio plug is pushed all the way in.
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There is a ground problem because the ground connection is not making contact because the jack is not fully plugged in!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: echo show functions on other devices
« Last post by scottrods on September 15, 2018, 10:07:53 am »
How completely rude... OP asked a question. Can you answer without being derogatory and insulting people? If not, Can it. No need to call anyone "Clueless" to tell them you are unaware of any such capabilities. And to a New poster as well. "Welcome aboard, You're an idiot"... good lord...

This is what Amazon people are capitalizing for. Clueless people who had no idea you can do all that on tablet and phone and smart tv.

Not voice enabled though if that's what you're asking about..

But you can do all that on those devices way before Alexa.
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Anyone else have the problem of not being able to stream the station "Best of Prime music" on their Echo devices. I have 2 echo shows, 2 echo spots and 1 echo plus and none of them will play it. even if i ask the echo shows to "show stations" and select it from there is just says "Amazon cannot be reached at this time. I can however play the station threw my phone and pc with no problem. everything plays the playlist best of prime, just not the the station.
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Echo Technical Support / Re: Echo dot has a solid blue light won't work
« Last post by Dumelachris on September 15, 2018, 09:15:37 am »
I had the same issue. Checked the cable and my son had switched the power block for an old phone one. Switched back to correct block and all is well.
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Echo Technical Support / Re: Unable to get group to work properly
« Last post by froglips on September 14, 2018, 10:51:09 pm »
Have you tried it without adding the word "group"?  My groups work well without having to add the word group to the phrase.  Good luck.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: echo show functions on other devices
« Last post by asianrocker on September 14, 2018, 09:10:43 pm »
This is what Amazon people are capitalizing for. Clueless people who had no idea you can do all that on tablet and phone and smart tv.

Not voice enabled though if that's what you're asking about..

But you can do all that on those devices way before Alexa.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Do Not Disturb function
« Last post by scorpiorsh on September 14, 2018, 08:33:30 pm »
I just set up a few echo devices (including Echo Connect) at my mom's house.  She naps a lot during the day time and I don't want all the incoming telemarking calls to ring on her devices.  Can I set 'Do Not Disturb' ON, without having to provide a scheduled time range?  In other words, if I simply tell Alexa to "Turn do not disturb ON", I would like it to stay on until I tell Alexa to turn DND off.

In the meantime, I did set her devices to DND ON, with a long time range, but the next day they were all reset back to DND off???

Bottom line is that I want to have DND ON nearly all the time, unless there is a need to have it OFF and therefore have the telemarketing calls continue to ring on her Echo devices.

Please inform if you have an answer to this one.  Thanks, Robert
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