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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Echo and Group Names Problem
« Last post by dragon123 on February 21, 2018, 03:34:56 am »
Exactly as above. How would Alexa know that device( "Bedroom Light") was a light?

My lights in the groups (hue lights, livingwhite plugs and osram smartplugs) have a lightbulb icon, so alexa apparently knows it is a light. Do your wemo plugs have that same lightbulb icon?

My windows server shows as a light ( ???), my domoticz smartplugs and water sensor have a on-off switch icon, my thermostat has a temperature icon.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Is Anyone Using the Native Texting Feature?
« Last post by mike27oct on February 21, 2018, 03:25:46 am »
I just saw this post for first time, and since I have awful vision. I have dictated text and emails to Siri on iphone and ipad when I first got them years ago.  After I finish them, I take out my magnifying glass to look for errors and edit them before ever sending.  These things do a good job, but maybe I could enunciate better and there would be fewer errors.

Bottom line, although this can be a faster way to get the message created, too many errors occur and there is no way I will send an important message this way to anyone unless I see the results before hitting Send unless my message was a one or two word comment. I would never use the feature on Alexa, as I have had a lot of voice composing of text with dodgy results.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Spot bug
« Last post by AlanH on February 21, 2018, 03:11:50 am »
Agreed - there’s definitely an issue with voice levels on Spot, but Echo and Dot are fine.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Spot bug
« Last post by Pagemakers on February 21, 2018, 03:09:18 am »
They’ve raised another support ticket and have promised that the same person will keep ownership.

I’ve replicated this bug on 4 Spots now.  It definitely exists.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Spot bug
« Last post by AlanH on February 21, 2018, 02:58:20 am »
That’s not helpful!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Is Anyone Using the Native Texting Feature?
« Last post by malliekm on February 21, 2018, 02:00:19 am »
Having a stroke?  Good one LOL  Yeah, I'm not going to rely on any hands free texting if I can't hear it first and give my blessing to send.  I've had the Mastermind skill for months and I used to use that with Alexa for texting.  It reads back what you said and asks if  you want to send.  Just found out that Mastermind works with GH now but I can't seem to link the device and the app.  When I get this figured out I'll use it till the texting feature comes to GH.
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: JASCO Smart Switch and the Echo
« Last post by holydoc on February 20, 2018, 10:56:53 pm »
Kenf,

Good find!  However I was hoping not to have to purchase another hub just to access the couple of plugs I have from ADT.  Currently that does not make financial sense.  Would be better for me to purchase a couple $24 plugs to just replace the ADT ones.  Now if I had ADT cameras, maybe.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Eco Dot/ Alexa updates. What’s New
« Last post by holydoc on February 20, 2018, 10:51:26 pm »
Dragon,

How do we know when our Echo has been updated and where do we find out what features have been added?  It would be interesting to know when Amazon fixes a bug or adds a feature.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Add Echo to Multiple Groups?
« Last post by holydoc on February 20, 2018, 10:49:25 pm »
I haven’t tried telling Alexa to play music “upstairs and downstairs”. Awkward, but it may work. (That idea just came to me while typing this post.)

I would be interested on how this works out for you.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Echo and Group Names Problem
« Last post by rderkis on February 20, 2018, 06:06:59 pm »
The short answer is it's impossible to do that currently.

Sure. Which is why I have that working in every room in my apartment...  ::) ;D

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Regarding group names, you cannot have groups with the same name. That is, you can't name the group "lights" for every room you want to control. If a group is named "lights" additional groups must be named something different.

As dragon123 stated, the alternative is to give each group a unique name such as "kitchen", "bathroom", "bedroom". If you have multiple bedrooms that you want to control, you must give each one a different name, e.g. "bedroom one", "bedroom two", "bedroom three", "John's bedroom", "Mary's bedroom". As you walk into a room, you would say "Turn on kitchen" or "Turn on bedroom two".

There are 2 threads about this. Again, DO NOT NAME A GROUP "LIGHTS". Ever. At all.

Name them by room or give them another name just not 'lights' or 'light' and all your alexa-enabled groups will behave EXACTLY like OP wants. "Alexa, turn on the lights" will then turn on the alexa-enabled group of the room you're currently in. Voila.

Just out of curiosity doing it as you suggest how does wemo know it is a light? Not a remote control or something else? If Alexa did no know what light is she would respond "Sorry I did not find light"
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