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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Automation
« Last post by froglips on September 02, 2018, 11:07:44 pm »
With the Wink hub you can use the "ROBOTS" function to build a robot that will do exactly what you want to do.  I have mine doing almost exact thing with my August lock.
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Echo Technical Support / Unable to get group to work properly
« Last post by left-corner on September 02, 2018, 02:12:02 pm »
I have a group of two called "UPSTAIRS."  Occasionally it works correctly.  But frequently (like now) something like the following happens:

I say to Echo device #1 "Alexa Play KUOW FM on the UPSTAIRS group."

Alexa replies on Echo device #2 (not device #1) and proceeds to play material from KUOW FM on Echo device #2 (not device #1).

If I say to Alexa on Echo device #1 "Alexa Play KUOW FM" with no mention of the group, Alexa plays material from KUOW FM on Echo device #1.

Very strange.

Any suggestions?
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / More than one Fitbit user possible?
« Last post by muffking on September 02, 2018, 01:23:28 pm »
I've got the FitBit Skill running ok and can check my progress, but we have 3 other FitBit users in the family. Can these be added to the same Amazon Echo or does each member need their own?
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: New feature - Alexa gadget
« Last post by muffking on September 02, 2018, 01:16:01 pm »
It won't be long now before all the mainstream TV manufacturers launch Skills for their TV's. I believe that Panasonic have one in the pipeline and I'm sure I've already seen one for Sony out there already.
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Echo + controlled light switch, no hub, no neutral wire
« Last post by muffking on September 02, 2018, 12:57:43 pm »
 Just to add. I don't know what the regulations are in other countries, but in the UK you wouldn't be able to energise the ground wire (although it has a different name over here) as our regulations require RCD circuit protection which would detect the imbalance between Live & Neutral and cut the power to the circuit.

 May be worth removing the old switch to check properly in case a 3-core & earth wire is used where one of the cores can be connected to Neutral. Also worth asking if the switch is on a 2-way or Intermediate circuit which may also have a Neutral.
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Nest voice control issue
« Last post by muffking on September 02, 2018, 12:51:27 pm »
My first post here, so I'll make it a helpful one before I start asking questions.
I got my first Echo yesterday and added the Nest Skill. Alexa is running on my wifes Amazon account the Nest is running off mine. Both work fine. I just ask Alexa to, "Set the temperature in the hallway to **" or "Tell me what's the temperature in the hallway set to".
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Echo gen 2 + TP Link Smart Plug
« Last post by jwlv on September 02, 2018, 12:41:03 pm »
This is a pretty good deal if you're looking for a new Echo device.

Echo (gen 2) with a TP Link Smart Plug (model HS110) for $70. Looks like the deal is valid through 9/9/2018.

It's sold by and shipped from QVC. Amazon sells the Echo (gen 2) for $85 without the smart plug. The TP Link Smart Plug is worth about $25 by itself.

If it's your first purchase on QVC, you can use code FIVE4U for $5 off.

https://www.qvc.com/Amazon-Echo-2nd-Generation-Speaker-with-TP-Smart-Plug.product.E232314.html?sc=SRCH
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I'm not clear how this is useful.  I can already control the music I play from my Alexa app on my phone.

Trying to play music from the Alexa app is dismal. The Amazon Music app is a little better.


For a minute I almost thought maybe Amazon should roll all the apps into one... Then I thought about iTunes. Lol no the world is better off with lots of sperate apps!
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I'm not clear how this is useful.  I can already control the music I play from my Alexa app on my phone.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Automation
« Last post by stringbob on September 01, 2018, 10:52:08 am »
Thanks for your reply. Yes, the switch is Z-Wave, running on Wink Hub 2. Your reply reminds me that I haven't connected the August Smart Lock to Wink yet. I'm kinda new to automation and I hadn't even considered using Wink to run the logic. Thanks for the hint!
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