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Hi all! I am Aafaq and I am a computer science PhD student at North Carolina State University and I am conducting an interview based research study on Smart Voice Assistants (Amazon Alexa etc) with the goal of improving the voice interface based on users suggestions. Please consider signing up if you are eligible based on the criteria mentioned in the details below. Participants will be compensated with a $15 Amazon e-gift card if they are called for and complete the interview.
Sign up using this link: https://go.ncsu.edu/va_interface_study

Flyer and details (also see flyer attached for QR code):
"Join Our Interview Research Study On Usage of Smart Voice Assistants!

Do you live in the US? Are you at least 18? Are you an active user of smart voice assistants (like Amazon Alexa etc)?
If so, we would like to hear from you!

About us: We are a group of researchers at North Carolina State University studying smart voice assistants.

Interview study details:

Where: Remote (via Zoom)
When: Interviews will take place in March and April 2024
Duration: 30 to 45 mins
Compensation: One $15 Amazon e-gift card (if you are interviewed). After you submit the initial short survey, we will notify you within 30 days if you are selected for an interview. Interviews will be audio recorded.
Questions? Email: asabir2@ncsu.edu

To participate in the interview study, please fill our short initial short survey: https://go.ncsu.edu/va_interface_study

This study has been approved by NC State University's Institutional Review Board."

Note: Consent was taken from the admin @jwlv before making this post.
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I have 2 x echo dot, both connected via TP-LINK mesh, using TPLINK wifi (made a new connection as told too)
The main server went down for 3 days (yes 3 days), and when i reconnected the dots i had to start all over as although the devices/routines was still in place they didnt work
OK, took me a long time, and now heres the problem

Ask alexa to say "Alexa open global player and play smooth"
alexa takes 34 seconds to reply, then another 25 seconds to connect
then Im lucky if she connects the first time.
same as all devices, takes approx 34 secs for alexa to say "OK" when asked to on the hallway lights"
likewise when i ask to turn off

Ive de-registered
Ive unplugged for 10 secs and plugged her back in
Ive re-set TP-LINK (3 times)
Reset the router

All to no avail....still the problem persist

Signal strength on test my speed is 110MBPS
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Astro is now available for purchase to the public
« Last post by renegade600 on February 21, 2024, 09:52:43 pm »
The subscription is just a Ring subscription, which you can bundle with Ring doorbells, cameras, and security system. It doesn't cost much.

The subscription is 80 bucks plus tax a month since this is the securty version of the astro.

from Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Astro-for-Business-mobile-security-robot/dp/B0BX1HG85N
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Subscription
To get the most out of Astro for Business, try both Astro Secure and Ring Protect Pro free for 30 days—a $80 value + applicable tax. Terms and conditions apply. These subscriptions (sold separately) unlock scheduled and custom patrols, smart alerts, and more. A Ring Protect Pro subscription is needed to subscribe to Astro Secure. Learn more about what Astro for Business can do.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Astro is now available for purchase to the public
« Last post by jwlv on February 19, 2024, 05:32:30 pm »
The subscription is just a Ring subscription, which you can bundle with Ring doorbells, cameras, and security system. It doesn't cost much.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Astro is now available for purchase to the public
« Last post by renegade600 on February 19, 2024, 12:09:29 pm »
and that is not counting the monthly subscriptions once the trial is over. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Astro is now available for purchase to the public
« Last post by jwlv on February 17, 2024, 02:34:19 pm »
I just noticed that the Amazon Astro is now available for purchase without an invitation.
https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Astro-for-Business-mobile-security-robot/dp/B0BX1HG85N

It's a whopping $2349!!!

I bought one more than a year ago when I received an invitation. I was not impressed. It was buggy and felt like there was a disconnect between the Astro robot side and the Alexa side of things. Also the loud click-clack noise it made as it rolled around the kitchen tiles at night was annoying. The two big wheels are rubberized and dampen the sound. But the single plastic wheel in the rear is what makes it really annoying. It's been over a year, so i don't know what improvements Amazon has made.

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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Connecting to Wifi
« Last post by Joachim47 on February 14, 2024, 01:03:33 pm »
I am not sure your case with car enabled control has direct baring on the initial question. A fully integrated functional and stabil echo system may not show a dependence of dynamic change in the WiFi network. So let's assume there are multiple independent WiFi systems rather than a true mesh situation. Will the functionally in a large home be effected by the locality within or outside different wifi regions?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Connecting to Wifi
« Last post by scottrods on February 13, 2024, 09:17:29 pm »
I can control everything in my Alexa eco system, With my car infotainment system... even when not in the same zip code... I Don't think it matters which device is on what Ghz, or wifi router, as long as the router/access point is permitted access. On the other hand, if you have some Hue bulbs set up as Blue tooth devices, it may not control them the same due to the non/wifi connection. That's a user choice generally. If it requires a bridge for full features, I can almost guarantee it will require the bridge for full access by other devices.

Keep in mind though, I have a 2023 Honda Accord, with Alexa built in. I had to give the car access to my Alexa account, and my Google account for maps and Alexa connectivity. This stuff with me in the car... not sure if my phone has to be with me or not, except for Apple Car Play functions.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Connecting to Wifi
« Last post by Joachim47 on February 13, 2024, 10:53:49 am »
The question in this regard is, if the locality of the setup location of the primary "echo" device is in WiFi_1 zone and you take your phone connected to WiFi_2 zone and try to control your "echo", does this lead to complications? There are devices that require the phone to be on the same WiFi net to allow control, not only that but even distinguish between 2.4 vs 5G net frequency. What is the protocol on Alexa devices?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Connecting to Wifi
« Last post by renegade600 on February 12, 2024, 06:36:57 pm »
you should be able to select which wifi network to connect to during the setup process.   
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