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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Alexa
« Last post by alexafriend on May 23, 2019, 05:33:55 pm »
Ok & thanks :)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Alexa
« Last post by Laurel on May 23, 2019, 05:06:53 pm »
You could try re-setting it, but I"m not sure what would happen. Having it deregistered by your friend is probably the best approach.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Alexa
« Last post by alexafriend on May 23, 2019, 03:19:44 pm »
make sure your friend de-register those devices from their account.   until that is done, they will not connect.
Would resetting either or both work ? :)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Using smart device to notify me when power is applied
« Last post by jwlv on May 22, 2019, 10:22:57 pm »
I'm not sure if there's any ready-made device that can do this more easily and elegantly.

But this is how I would do it. It's probably not the best way to do this.

I'd get a Raspberry Pi board that's powered by a 5v power supply. The power supply would be connected to the power of the flood light, assuming it's just a regular AC plug. If it's a standard light bulb socket, I'd get one of these that adds an extra AC outlet to a light bulb socket. https://www.amazon.com/Light-Bulb-E26-Socket-Adapter-Polarized-Converter-Standard/dp/B07HQ918GL

When the flood light turns on, the Pi also turns on. Then on the Pi, I'd write a simple script to send an email or some other notification process to wherever you want to be notified. The script will only run once when the Pi first starts up (when it gets power). When the flood light is off, the Pi is off. If the flood light turns on again, the Pi will run the script again. I suppose if you have an extra computer, you can do the same thing but it would just take up a lot more space.

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Amazon Echo Discussion / Using smart device to notify me when power is applied
« Last post by fickesd on May 22, 2019, 06:40:56 pm »
I have a light that is tied to a holding tank float.  When the holding tank if full the float sends power to an external flood light.  This is a lakeshouse that I rent out and I am not there but I need to know when the holding tank is full so I can get someone there to pump out the tank.    I would like to hook up some sort of wifi device that will notify my when Power to the flood light comes on.   

Any ideas, so far all we can think of is pointing a wifi camera at it and checking in daily to see if the light is on or off.   I would prefer not to have to check in and just receive some sort of either email notification or Alexa notification.

Thanks
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Alexa
« Last post by alexafriend on May 22, 2019, 06:10:53 pm »
Thank you, I will be talking to him soon :)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Alexa
« Last post by renegade600 on May 22, 2019, 05:51:52 pm »
make sure your friend de-register those devices from their account.   until that is done, they will not connect. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Alexa
« Last post by kevb on May 22, 2019, 01:36:51 pm »
If you can't get it connected, it may be that your friend forgot to remove the echo from his account. You could ask him to double check this.
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You can use "Routines" (under main menu) to set Alexa to play the Big Ben Chimes on whatever hours you schedule. Select routines, click on the "+" button to add a new routine. Set the time and select the music task and type in "Big Ben Chimes" and then select the music provider (I use Amazon Music). You will have to set up a separate routine for every hour you want the chimes to play. I have mine set beginning at 5:00 a.m. and chimes set for every hour with the last at 9:00 p.m.

It will not however chime the number of the hour, you will need to set up an additional voice message task in the routine to announce the hour. You can also add a weather report to whatever hours you want to receive it and other tasks as well, even voice announcements to yourself for reminders or simply to make things more personal. For example, at my 6:00 a.m. routine, Alexa plays the Big Ben Chimes, then says, "Good morning, the time is now 6:00 a.m" and then gives me a current weather report. And at 9:00 p.m. Alexa plays the Big Ben Chimes and then announces the hour, gives me the current weather report, then the weather forecast for tomorrow, and then finally another voice announcement that says, "Good night, sweet dreams" followed by a slow, soft song that helps me relax and go to sleep.

However, you cannot reorder the tasks. The music (including the chimes) will always play last and I want my routines to start with the chimes so I have actually set Alexa to play the chimes at the minute before the hour and then voice announce the time on the hour followed by any other tasks I have included in the routine. For example, at 5:00 a.m. Alexa plays the Big Ben Chimes. Then at 5:59 Alexa plays the Big Ben Chimes and at 6:00 a.m. Alexa greets me with "Good morning. The time is 6 o'clock," and then follows with a weather report. During the hours when only the chimes play I have them set to play on the hour. During hours when I have other tasks I have set the chimes to play the minute before so that the voice announce occurs on the hour.

Hope this helps, it's the best way I have found to do this but it would be nice if Amazon would develop a program that chimes the hour.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Amazon Alexa
« Last post by Laurel on May 22, 2019, 12:41:14 pm »
So your "Amazon Alexa" sounds like it is actually an Amazon Echo. So you to the website, settings, select set up a device, choose Echo and follow instructions.
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