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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Block people from pairing to Echo Dot
« Last post by strayfish on June 23, 2018, 11:07:01 am »
I guess that's back to voice recognition then. If you have that facility and you've trained your device to respond to your voice then, as I understand it, it shouldn't respond to anyone else's.
Is that so, Hive Mind?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: where do you want to put echo spot?
« Last post by scottrods on June 23, 2018, 10:29:39 am »
I voted "Nightstand" with one caveat... as long as the camera is covered... It would be a very smart thing for manufacturers of these wifi camera devices to install a MECHANICAL cover to take the cameras completely off line at times or make it where they are only usable as necessary. One day they will do it without thinking... until then there's a small piece of electrical tape to handle things at home.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: ZWave hub for use with Echo
« Last post by Yarrenbool on June 23, 2018, 10:27:28 am »
Well, bitten the bullet, returned the SmartThings hub to Amazon and ordered the Wink Hub 2.

Fingers crossed that my various ZWave modules will work with it.
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Reading the survey, I see there is really only one choice... but I kind of have a different approach to some... maybe most even...

I HAVE 5 echo products. 1 Original Echo, and 4 Dots. I do have several Fire Tablets as well as an amazon Fire Stick too... but they're not truly official Echo Products.

If I were limited to Just one (and having my knowledge and experience with Nearly all of them now) I would Still Buy the original Echo or 2nd Gen echo. Basically the same unit in different packages... Yeah, the new one has better sound... so Likely would win out as First "only choice".

I set my Echosystem up this way - My "MAIN" unit is with me and my computer - All the rest are used as satellites but are capable of everything on their own. The sound is better on the Full Echo, so it is the only one I use for music. The rest are mostly for Smart home controllers as I have 17 Hue Bulbs and devices with plans for more. It is truly a convenience for my In-Laws as they're able to turn lights on/off without getting up to activate a switch. My wife loves the voice control and motion sensors to help her while she has her hands full working around the house. If it weren't for the old people I'd buy one of the Smart Automated vacuum systems as well, to reduce the work load my wife takes on. I also use the "Master" one to control TV nearby, so I can see what's going on, since none of my AV system has a way to check Status from the Echo's.

Other than that I don't think any one fits my needs any better than the rest, and my wife expresses no interest in having a SHOW, or any other devices... yet. Once she figures out the voice control for the Show and recipes... It could be a deal changer for sure.

The funniest thing about this Survey is no one here would buy the dot as their only Echo... but several of us have even stated that we own more of them than any other Echo Product...
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Echo Technical Support / Using ALEXA ECHO SHOW in my WIFI Equipped Vehicle
« Last post by ShawnRiley on June 23, 2018, 10:13:40 am »
Just activated AT&T Hotspot (unlimited data) in my 2018 Ford Explorer and tried to activate my ALEXA ECHO SHOW. Plugged in to vehicle and connected Alexa to my hotspot OK. However when I place a call to another ECHO SHOW in my home (or vice versa) it will not connect.  ALEXA SAYS "CHECK FIREWALL".  How do I do that?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Block people from pairing to Echo Dot
« Last post by Nisa715 on June 23, 2018, 09:31:57 am »
Ah, I thought from the original post that people were using voice somehow to do this. If not, then as Renegade says, you're out of luck. I hadn't considered this, no one in my circles has ever tried it. If they did, I might covertly start the self destruct countdown :)

They did use voice to do it. We were sitting at a table and told Alexa to pair with their device. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to kick them off cause I didnít think that would be possible. I want to avoid that ever happening again.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Block people from pairing to Echo Dot
« Last post by strayfish on June 23, 2018, 03:23:46 am »
Ah, I thought from the original post that people were using voice somehow to do this. If not, then as Renegade says, you're out of luck. I hadn't considered this, no one in my circles has ever tried it. If they did, I might covertly start the self destruct countdown :)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: can't have both our iphones work in alexa app
« Last post by mike27oct on June 23, 2018, 12:02:12 am »
Weird.  If it was happening to our iphones I would contact Echo Support line.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Block people from pairing to Echo Dot
« Last post by renegade600 on June 22, 2018, 06:27:05 pm »
that is one of the problems with bluetooth, anyone within range can connect to the device.  basically you are out of luck. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Block people from pairing to Echo Dot
« Last post by strayfish on June 22, 2018, 06:02:52 pm »
Are you in a country where Alexa has voice recognition capability because that could be your answer. If you're in the UK like me, you're out of luck with that so I hope someone else has another solution.
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