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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: I need to hard reset alexa, so many probs
« Last post by jwlv on October 01, 2022, 08:06:02 pm »
Two things you need to do for a hard reset.
1. Go to the Alexa app and de-register the Echo device.
2. Physically reset the Echo device by pressing a combination of buttons. Every Echo device has a slightly different way to do this. See this Amazon help page to find your device: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=GXSS2ZF8TA78X865
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: I need to hard reset alexa, so many probs
« Last post by jwlv on October 01, 2022, 08:03:52 pm »
Over time, some Echo devices become deaf. In my opinion this is probably due to dust, grease, hair spray, or whatever else is in the air. Most electronics run warm, so warm airs rises through the ventilation holes on top and draws cool air from other places such as the holes where the mics are. As air moves through the holes, tiny amounts of dust, grease, whatever else attach themselves to the mics. Over several years, your Echo becomes deaf.

To illustrate, I have an Echo Show 5 in my kitchen. It's about 8 ft away from the stove. Just by touching its screen, I could feel a sticky film over it. I assume that the same sticky film got into the mics as well. Of all of my Echo devices, that particular Echo Show 5 is the most hard of hearing. I could be speaking 5 ft away from it in the kitchen and the Echo Dot 15 ft behind me in the living room would answer.

I don't know of a good way to clean grease off the mics without damaging it. So when you are completely fed up with it, that's the time to replace it.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: I need to hard reset alexa, so many probs
« Last post by renegade600 on October 01, 2022, 03:09:34 pm »
see the following link.   
Briefly
I brought echo dot in the UK...moved to Philippines
Alexa works ...BUT..I have to liereally SCREAM & SHOUT at her for commands
She wont play global player, until I reboot her....then she wont change stations
She wot do a lot of things that she did in the UK

Im thinking she doesnt have the proper wifi???...but hey thats why im on here to get advice please

I want to do a hard reset on everything inc the app.
Like start over as if I brought her in the Philippines.

Any advice on how to do this please???

since there are several echo dots, and they reset differently, you need to give the generation of the model you have.    Maybe the following link will have the model you need.

https://www.howtogeek.com/825564/how-to-reset-alexa/
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: I need to hard reset alexa, so many probs
« Last post by scottrods on October 01, 2022, 10:25:27 am »
Briefly
I brought echo dot in the UK...moved to Philippines
Alexa works ...BUT..I have to liereally SCREAM & SHOUT at her for commands
She wont play global player, until I reboot her....then she wont change stations
She wot do a lot of things that she did in the UK

Im thinking she doesnt have the proper wifi???...but hey thats why im on here to get advice please

I want to do a hard reset on everything inc the app.
Like start over as if I brought her in the Philippines.

Any advice on how to do this please???

Contact Amazon Echo Support to have them change the country of operation (if possible)... If it's not possible, then you should be able to buy a new one for the new area... They're not that expensive, however, no purchase is cheper, I get that too. Just throwing out ideas that might be...

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Amazon Echo Discussion / I need to hard reset alexa, so many probs
« Last post by hrpuffnstuff on October 01, 2022, 04:19:58 am »
Briefly
I brought echo dot in the UK...moved to Philippines
Alexa works ...BUT..I have to liereally SCREAM & SHOUT at her for commands
She wont play global player, until I reboot her....then she wont change stations
She wot do a lot of things that she did in the UK

Im thinking she doesnt have the proper wifi???...but hey thats why im on here to get advice please

I want to do a hard reset on everything inc the app.
Like start over as if I brought her in the Philippines.

Any advice on how to do this please???
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Devices announced by amazon
« Last post by scottrods on September 29, 2022, 07:22:53 pm »
I like the Halo Rise, but at $140 it is waaaaaaay too expensive. I might even hesitate at $50.

The Echo Dot gen 5 seems like a decent upgrade.

The Ring panic button seems like it's just an Echo button that's been pre-programmed.

To me, this was a rather boring new lineup. Move along... Nothing to see here. :)

Yeah... Pretty lackluster for the most part. There are 1000 sleep tracker devices already out there, and most are integrated into something else, such as a phone or wearable (Watch)... better products for such tracking anyway. Gen 5 dot seems like a non-upgrade to me... I suggest of you get one go ahead and get the clock one too... It's kind of a weird color of "cloud blue" but is close enough to the white it's not too annoying. I think that's the color the 4th gen one I have is as well... not terrible, just not white.

The rest was a bunch of disappointing half measure moves to try and keep everyone's attention... if things keep moving like this each yer Amazon will find themselves behind in AI... but that's OK by me, since I love the ads so much <rolls eyes>
Maybe next year they'll do better on hardware...
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Devices announced by amazon
« Last post by jwlv on September 29, 2022, 03:14:08 am »
I like the Halo Rise, but at $140 it is waaaaaaay too expensive. I might even hesitate at $50.

The Echo Dot gen 5 seems like a decent upgrade.

The Ring panic button seems like it's just an Echo button that's been pre-programmed.

To me, this was a rather boring new lineup. Move along... Nothing to see here. :)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Updated list of echos (in my signature)
« Last post by renegade600 on September 28, 2022, 03:22:28 pm »
my current list of smart devices.  I don't think I missed any  :-)   

Ring security
two fire sticks
show 5 1st gen
show 8 2nd gen
show 10 3rd gen
original echo
polk soundbar
roomba
amazon smart oven
instant pot
air fryer
2 google nest
google hub
original google home
20 hue bulbs
12 kasa smart plugs
4 ring door cams
honeywell thermostat
both gen of frames
both gen of echobuds
8 Ring stickup cams
Lepro Smart Table Lamp
Nest Smoke detector
and finally, Twerking Bear
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Devices announced by amazon
« Last post by renegade600 on September 28, 2022, 03:04:44 pm »
Was just going over the list of all the new devices Amazon announced today and there's nothing for me, a bit disappointed, I think this is the first announcement where nothing interests me. 

New devices include
Echo Dot - 5th generation
Auto - 2nd generation
Fire Cube 3rd generation
Halo - sleep tracker
Kindle with digital pen
Voice Remote Pro
Eero
Blink Spotlight
Blink Mini Cam
Ring Panic Button

https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/amazon-hardware-event-2022-everything-announced-from-kindle-scribe-to-halo-rise/
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Updated list of echos (in my signature)
« Last post by tuicemen on September 28, 2022, 08:37:41 am »
This reminds me of a thread I started many years back on the X10 forum.
There I requested users to post there home automation devices and update their list as it evolved
Lists in a signature can get longer then a post. And why have that in every thing you post? 
I use to try to keep up with the latest greatest but since retiring the cash just isn't there.
Over the years I've tried and shelved different devices of different protocols.( cash permitted) I never jumped fully onto one protocol as many I found never lasted long. For this reason I have few Amazon  devices.
3 dot second gen
1 flex
2 fire sticks
 As for modules that Alexa controls I use mostly x10.  That protocol has stood the test of time for me.
A few years back I decided to try my hand with mini PCs which introduced me to the Raspberry Pi.
 I ran all my home automation  from this.  I've started to move some timers and scenes to Alexa.
 As for annoying pop up ads on Amazon devices. I realize this is how bills are paid.
 What I find offensive and misleading is when ads are inserted into posts on this forum.
 This practice makes the user appear as a spammer which is not the case.
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