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Quick way to check if your Internet is up

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Quick way to check if your Internet is up
« on: June 04, 2015, 03:11:16 pm »
The other day someone in my house was having trouble accessing the Internet and asked me if the Internet was down. Rather than going to my office and using the computer, I just said "Alexa, how are you feeling?" She replied that she was great and ready to answer questions. If she had no Internet connection, the light ring would have glowed red and she would have replied "I'm sorry, I'm having trouble understanding you right now."

Offline jwlv

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Re: Quick way to check if your Internet is up
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2015, 06:20:50 pm »
I've done this too, except I said, "Alexa, time?" If my internet connection is good, then Alexa would tell me the time.
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Re: Quick way to check if your Internet is up
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2015, 08:33:58 pm »
Sorry but that is not right anymore.  It stopped being right with an update about 2 weeks ago.  Alexa has a buffer and can respond to common commands for 10ish minutes with no internet connection now.  To check for internet connection you have to ask for something like tune-in that she would not store locally.  She may act like she will play it but no sound will come out.

The light at the base near the power cord does not even start flashing amber until the buffer is flushed.

Edited because apparently last night was an odd fluke.
« Last Edit: June 06, 2015, 08:15:22 pm by BeesKnees »

Re: Quick way to check if your Internet is up
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2015, 09:13:24 pm »
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« Last Edit: June 06, 2015, 08:15:54 pm by BeesKnees »

Re: Quick way to check if your Internet is up
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2015, 09:42:33 pm »
Still not sure.  Further testing needs to be done.
« Last Edit: June 06, 2015, 11:20:41 pm by BeesKnees »

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Re: Quick way to check if your Internet is up
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2015, 12:55:03 pm »
I did exactly what he did and it worked for me. I asked what time it was. She replied she was having trouble connecting to the internet. When we were back up and running, I inquired again.
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Re: Quick way to check if your Internet is up
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2015, 04:38:35 pm »
The little LED next to power wire will flash red when internet is down.

Re: Quick way to check if your Internet is up
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2015, 05:23:40 pm »
I just ask Alexa if she is connected to the Internet. ;)

Re: Quick way to check if your Internet is up
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2015, 07:45:48 pm »
This last question may be the best, but just because the Echo has a good connection does not mean other wireless devices do!