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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: group plays on one device only
« Last post by buffaloquinn on January 14, 2019, 05:18:42 pm »
Not all music will play in group mode. What service are you trying to use?
Echo Across the Pond (Europe) / Re: International Use of Alexa
« Last post by daffy98 on January 14, 2019, 03:20:55 pm »
What about Spotify ... or Audible?
Are they any easier to use on Alexa and do they care what country you're in?

The content right holders care a lot about geo-location. So distributors (Spotify, Audible, Amazon) do, too.

Your best bet is to decide on exactly one location and then tie everything to that location. This includes:
* transferring your Amazon digital content to the relevant store (there are options on your account page)
* assuming an identity that is in the right location
* entering appropriate address data into Alexa stationary devices
* tying the Internet connection to the intended location (using a VPN for Alexa)

I do not know the extent to which Amazon try preventing this massaging.
Maple Leaf Echo (Canada) / Location Arrive Leave
« Last post by RichardT on January 14, 2019, 11:53:26 am »
Am I correct that the "arrive" and "leave" routine "when this happens" trigger is not available in Canada? It doesn't appear as an option in my iPhone app. If it is not available do we know when it will be?
Amazon Echo Discussion / group plays on one device only
« Last post by Rolystaffs on January 14, 2019, 11:26:30 am »
Hi all, I have set up a group for my 2nd gen Echo and my 3rd gen dot, when I tell the echo to play music/radio on the group it only sounds on the dot - what am I missing?
Amazon Echo Discussion / The Archers
« Last post by Killjoy on January 14, 2019, 08:59:12 am »
What form of words is going to get Alexa to play the Archer's Omnibus, I got it once but cannot remember what I said.
Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Setting up a smart home.
« Last post by fstbusa on January 14, 2019, 08:49:53 am »
I personally don't like using smart bulbs unless in a table or floor lamp.  If anyone turns the switch off then the bulb doesn't work.  Also if someone is visiting, they won't know how to operate the lights if you have to use alexa for everything.  I chose to go with a central hub(Smartthings) and use smart light switches.  You can still operate them as a normal switch for those that don't want to utilize the smart aspect or be operated via phone, automation, alexa, etc.  You can use normal bulbs and replace them as needed.

just about any hub with work with the smart light switches.  If I owned my home, I would have went with wall switches instead of bulbs.  one thing to remember, the wall switches require a neutral wire.  so it is something you should not buy unless you know your house has the proper wiring.

So I had to buy a replacement dimmer for my basement lights because the zwave module appears to have kicked the bucket.  I ended up buying this one and to my surprise, it DIDN'T have a neutral connection.  The old one I had needed a neutral and this new one did not.  I ended up capping off the neutral and it works perfectly.   I also have LED bulbs and it works fine.  This model doesn't have a neutral connection.  The recommended model for LED does have one.
Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Ceiling Fan Options
« Last post by fstbusa on January 14, 2019, 08:40:23 am »
any idea how many wires are at the fan that you have to wire up?  If you have separate power wires for the fan and light, you can install a zwave relay on the lights.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa doesn't turn on lights
« Last post by asianrocker on January 14, 2019, 07:25:04 am »
The word light is Alexa's weakness. My echo says a few share that name excuse.

Meanwhile, the cheaper Alexa enabled speaker has no problem understanding  turn on/off the lights commands and yes I did not have to add the word all in there. It turns off all lights with that command.

That's AI lifestyle for you.
Echo Across the Pond (Europe) / International Use of Alexa
« Last post by Mwalsh on January 13, 2019, 05:25:27 pm »

I live in Germany and my mother lives in Ireland. I bought two Alexa devices from and brought one of them to Ireland. At some stage I got the video conferencing to work ... and in general we are very happy with that. Both Alexas use English language and are associated with accounts. The UK account from the Alexa in Ireland has an Irish mobile phone number and the UK account from the Alexa in Germany has a German mobile phone number.

So far, so good. Now for some issues that I hope someone can help me with ...

1. RADIO: On the Alexa in Ireland I can ask Alexa to play Irish Radio "Alexa ... play RTE Radio 1" and it works fine. But on the German one it doesn't work ... and I also can't get it to play any German stations either. Apparently we're meant to use TuneIn for that service, but I am fairly certain I never needed to activate TuneIn on the Irish Alexa. When I tried to activate it on the German one "Alex Open TuneIn Live" it just ignores me. So I cannot get the German one to play ANY radio stations. How do I even pronounce German Radio stations to an English-speaking Alexa? Any ideas?

2. AMAZON MUSIC UNLIMITED: We set up the Irish Alexa with an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription and it was initially working fine. (GBP/EUR 3,99 per month). But now my mother cannot play any music. When I try to see what is wrong using the Alexa Mobile apps and using the UK account associated with the Irish device with an Irish mobile number, then I get told that the account is being managed by .... to which I get transferred and am asked to login using an account, which I don't have for THAT device. It has clearly been configured to use a UK account. Am I doing something wrong?

Whilst In Germany I have full access to the Irish mobile phone account and to the account that is assocaited with the Echo Show in Ireland ... but I am obviously not physically in Ireland and depend on my 87 year old mother to tell me what is working and what isn't.

Does anyone have any suggestions abut services that can be of use to elderly people?

What about Spotify ... or Audible?
Are they any easier to use on Alexa and do they care what country you're in?

Many Thanks - Michael.

THANK YOU!  My Media is exactly what I was looking for.  It works perfectly.
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