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Smart Devices and Gadgets / unable to trust amazon smart oven
« Last post by renegade600 on July 24, 2022, 03:33:32 am »
over three years and I can no longer trust using the amazon 4-1 smart oven.   I loved that it worked with alexa and used it regularly until yesterday.  I noticed a dish cover was cracked and warped from heat, though I wondered how it happened, really did not give it much thought. 

Then I literally burned up some frozen foods I was microwaving.  First four minutes no problem, turned over, the next four minutes,  when I opened the door, smoke flowed out and the food, paper towel and paper plate was black and still burning.   Had to toss the smoke alarm into the dryer before it went off. 

Wonder if it can no longer tell the difference between microwaving and baking.   Whatever, cannot trust it right now.   Might be time to get something else, as long as it works with alexa.
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Maple Leaf Alexa (Canada) / Re: Making calls
« Last post by renegade600 on July 22, 2022, 09:13:04 am »
Hi all! Recently ordered an Amazon Show 5 and the dot (waiting for it to arrive), switching out from the Google Home.  I have a question about calling from/to Alexa.  Can you make calls to other people with Alexa without cellphones? My Google home right now can call out, but it still goes through my cellphone (as in if I leave home with my phone, my senior parents can't use it for calls). I read online that Alexa is supossed to be able to make/recieve calls WITHOUT the use of cell phones, but I'm not actually getting any info beyond this.  Any help?

All you needed was a phone number.   I used google voice for a while for my echo calls because I did not want to give them my cell number but, there were changes last year where you can only call up to 10 people in your contact list and it is only echo to echo calls. 

Things changed last year where if you want to call numbers, you had to link your phone account to alexa.   I don't know about your neck of the woods but go to your alexa app under communications and see if there are any phone carriers in your area that you can link to if you want to go that route.

Also if you have a skype account, you could use it for phone calls using alexa.   I believe if you have a skype number, you can use it.   

 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Shopping list prints items that are deleted
« Last post by Bigsetzerfan on July 21, 2022, 11:09:52 am »
All of a sudden, when I ask Alexa to print my shopping list, she prints the items that are on the list plus all the items that I have cleared from the shopping list.  If I ask her how many items are on my shopping list, she only counts the ones that need purchased, but for some reason when I ask her to print the list, she prints the previous items too.  Now I have to go onto my Alexa app and clear the completed items.  If I ask her to clear the completed items, she wants to clear the whole list.  Any suggestions? 
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Maple Leaf Alexa (Canada) / Re: Making calls
« Last post by jwlv on July 21, 2022, 05:01:39 am »
Alexa can call a phone number (cell or not). Alexa can also connect to other Alexa enabled devices. If the person you are calling is also using a Show device, it would be a video call. If it's not a Show device, then it would just be an audio call.

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Maple Leaf Alexa (Canada) / Making calls
« Last post by Kovarr on July 20, 2022, 09:32:01 am »
Hi all! Recently ordered an Amazon Show 5 and the dot (waiting for it to arrive), switching out from the Google Home.  I have a question about calling from/to Alexa.  Can you make calls to other people with Alexa without cellphones? My Google home right now can call out, but it still goes through my cellphone (as in if I leave home with my phone, my senior parents can't use it for calls). I read online that Alexa is supossed to be able to make/recieve calls WITHOUT the use of cell phones, but I'm not actually getting any info beyond this.  Any help?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Specifying a speaker group in a routine
« Last post by jwlv on July 20, 2022, 01:58:36 am »
I suppose you can use a custom command in the routine by typing in what you want Alexa to do. Ex: Play 102.7 FM on the Outside Group.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Specifying a speaker group in a routine
« Last post by wfc on July 20, 2022, 12:14:42 am »
Did I miss anything obvious, but can you specify a destination speaker group in a routine to play music?   Iíve looked around but I donít see any way to specify anything but a single device.

Thanks

Bill
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Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: Triggering Routines with Zigbee Motion Sensors
« Last post by KyleMW on July 19, 2022, 04:57:41 pm »
I have two hubs on my network, a Philips Hue and a SmartThings.  I gave up trying to get any Alexa hubs to co-exist with them and have removed all Alexa devices with internal hubs from the network.  Everything just seems to operate more smoothly.

I use both Philips and Samsung (SmartThings) motion sensors, in a variety of situations, to trigger Alexa routines all the time.

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If youíve trained different voice profiles, Alexa will know automatically who is talking. Once Alexa knows your voice she will use that profile to access info from that particular account, such as shopping lists, reminders, etc.

To set up voice profiles, go to the Alexa app, tap more at the bottom right, then settings, then your profile & family. Then add a name or choose your name, then set up Voice ID.

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To preface, I have 2 account profiles set up with the Echos in my house - let's call them [Jerry] and [George].

Without getting into it too much, I am working on some automations (routines) that get triggered externally, via SmartThings, which I have gotten to work very well. The problem is, for those to execute to, say, shuffle and play [George]'s music, that echo has to first be in [George]'s account. Otherwise a command

I know that through a routine, I can send a specific command to Alexa. So what I thought would be easy is to first 'say' "Alexa, Switch to George's Account" and if it was currently in [Jerry]'s account, it would switch to [George]'s account. It DOES this! Great! The problem is, when it is already IN [George]'s account, it switches to [Jerry]'s account, as though it doesn't matter WHO I'm saying, it just acknowledges the command to switch accounts regardless.

Any suggestion for how to ensure an echo is in a specific account/profile?
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