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setting up an echo and a dot

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setting up an echo and a dot
« on: December 31, 2020, 07:01:21 am »
I am setting up the system for a disabled friend.

But have a few questions.

Do I have to use the same tablet everytime to install skills etc or can I use mine instead of my friends, or can I set things up on my windows laptop.

Also, when I asked the dot to play music it did, then in the other room I asked the echo to play music which it did but from the dot speaker, what do I have to say to get the sound output transferred from one to the other.

Also, is there a website you would reccomend I visit as although I am computer literate (used to build them from component parts) I find Alexa so complicated (possibly because attempts have been made to simplify things and I dont think like that).

Re: setting up an echo and a dot
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2020, 07:07:15 pm »
When you add skills, in my experience, it adds them to your account, not each echo product individually. So you only need to add them once through one device.

The thinking behind these little guys is a bit different than building a computer and they are a completely different kind of complex. Don't think of them as a computer. think of them as children. You have to teach them what todo. The problem with that is, you have to know their language (Which is very literal in some instances, and very loose in others) So much is already native to the echo devices, you really don't have to teach them much, but you do have to learn how they "think" a little. Adjusting *how* you say things will come along slowly, as they require some specificity in language (whichever you speak and use). They also learn your habits, and can sometimes start "skills" without as much prompt as they took the first several times.

There's no*one way* to use the Echos, as everyone who uses them has different uses for them, from information (news and weather etc...) to entertainment (music, audio books, etc...) and smart home control such as turning on lights and setting them up to routines, and turning on the TV or coffee pot or such... too much to cover in one simple post for sure.
My Alexa environment includes :
1 Full Sized Echo
3 Echo Dots 2nd gen
2 Echo Dot 3rd gen, One with Clock
1 Echo Spot
Several Hue Lights with a single bridge
5 Fire Tablets (1 as a control panel in Kitchen)
One Ring Doorbell Pro
Also 4 cell phones with Alexa app installed!
You should see My Apple Device List!