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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Turn off the TV at a certain time?
« Last post by Mtnrunner@gmail.com on June 24, 2018, 07:12:35 pm »
How?
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Echo Technical Support / Echo Connect - Invalid phone number
« Last post by swalwick on June 24, 2018, 05:50:03 pm »
I have an echo connect and would like to use voice controls to open and close my driveway gate.  To open and close my gate I use my landline phone and dial ##81# (to open) and ##83# (to close).  I have added "Open Gate" and "Close Gate" to my contacts with phone numbers ##81# and ##83#, but when I ask Alexa to "Call Open Gate"...Alexa Connect will not dial ##81# and Alexa simply replies "Sorry...that is not a valid phone number".  Any ideas how to get around this?

Thanks.  Sean W.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Turn off the TV at a certain time?
« Last post by scottrods on June 24, 2018, 12:22:09 pm »
set up a routine to make it happen. Entirely doable with The Harmony stuff and Alexa Combined.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Turn off the TV at a certain time?
« Last post by jwlv on June 24, 2018, 11:10:57 am »
Not exactly, but most TVs have a sleep timer button on the remote. The sleep timer is usually set for 30 mins, 60 mins, 2 hours, and so on. What you could do is set up a command on your Harmony to press the sleep button once, twice, etc. to activate the sleep timer.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Turn off the TV at a certain time?
« Last post by Mtnrunner@gmail.com on June 24, 2018, 10:59:37 am »
Iím really enjoying my echo dots and have it controlling my TV via Harmony Elite. It would be great if I were able to tell Alexa to turn off the TV in 30 minutes or like at 10:00PM.

That way I can fall asleep watching the TV and it will turn off automatically! 😊

Is there a way to do this?
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Echo Technical Support / Re: Echo app stuck on home screen
« Last post by Larry Hinklestein on June 24, 2018, 10:31:07 am »
I only got this thing as a freebie when I went and bought a car. Too much trouble, it's going in the trash. Thanks anyway.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: ZWave hub for use with Echo
« Last post by kenf on June 24, 2018, 10:03:01 am »
Wemo' and ST were the top reviewed hubs when I looked last year.

My ST Gen 2 is working fine, but I stick with GE z-wave.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: ZWave hub for use with Echo
« Last post by kevb on June 24, 2018, 09:04:12 am »
Yarrenbool, thanks for sharing your experience!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: ZWave hub for use with Echo
« Last post by iolinux333 on June 24, 2018, 09:00:50 am »
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Echo Across the Pond (Europe) / Re: What devices to buy
« Last post by MartinB999 on June 24, 2018, 06:40:18 am »
Hey
Well you will have to buy other things to control devices such as your lights and TV. You can easily make video calls on both the Show and Spot. I have to say, I've got both and wouldn't buy either again. The show is far too expensive and in my view "clunky"; by that I mean a bit unreliable. Sometimes it picks up what I am saying, other times I have to say it three or four times ....... and of course with the video, you can ONLY video call someone else who has a compatible device or has the app on their phone. The Spot is an expensive alarm clock in my view. The screen is too small really for video calls and I don't like the sound quality. I had mine in the kitchen on a shelf but then when I realised that I was having to get really close to see the screen writing, I moved it to the bedroom, covered up the camera lens and now it's my alarm clock!
I love the Echo and the Dot but am really frustrated with them at the moment as you cannot make landline calls in them as you for free on another well known device..........
My lights are controlled using the Philips Bridge (something else you need to buy) along with the special light bulbs. You can of course just use the TP controllers in the plug sockets; they look a bit like a plug in timer (you plug a device into this and then plug the whole thing into the wall), a bit bulky but they do a good job with the app installed on the phone. The TV can be switched off and on using a TP but changing channels - no - unless you buy other equipment.
I've had all the devices since they first came out and upgraded when the 2nd generation came out.
That said, I am really close to moving from the Alexa set up to the Google Home and Mini. I can keep all my other "link equipment" and the real advantage is that I can use the Google search engine on these (not available on the Alexa without a patch which I've been unable to get to work) and of course, the free calls to landlines even if that person doesn't have a Google device. Alexa has been too slow to release this function for me.
Hope this rambling helps!
Basically, BOTH setups have their limitations - but for me the Alexa is falling behind, hence moving.
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