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Amazon Echo Discussion / alexa answers
« Last post by renegade600 on May 22, 2020, 05:47:39 am »
sometimes you just got to laugh at the answers alexa gives.  I ask how many individual tea bags are in a family bag for the fun of it as I was making tea.   Alexa started explaining the fertility rate to me.  It showed the question I asked on the screen so it heard me right.  Now I wonder if there is some sort of relationship between the two  :-)

decided to ask the same to google home.  It just said it could not find that information...
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Routines on/off
« Last post by renegade600 on May 21, 2020, 10:36:37 am »
you need two, one to turn things on, and another to turn things off. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Routines on/off
« Last post by jvk of md on May 21, 2020, 06:47:41 am »
Just curious, but when I set up a routine I always have to make 2 of them.  Example might be "movie time on" and it turns off light 1, dims light 2, and turns on tv.  Then another routine "move time off" to undo those items.  Is that the normal way or am I doing things the hard way? 
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Echo Technical Support / Re: can a routine enable a routine ???
« Last post by jwlv on May 20, 2020, 04:50:00 pm »
I've been wanting this too, but apparently it cannot be done by voice. The only way to disable a routine is to edit the routine and tap the toggle from enable -> disable. It's a pain because the app is so slow and you have to find the routine (if you have several).
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Done that. I noticed today they start playing in stereo within a few minutes of a new track playing. Just dodgy.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: What command to know ON-OFF status of smart plug?
« Last post by scottrods on May 19, 2020, 07:51:38 am »
I agree... Mine shows status as log as nothing weird has happened... I have a 7 inch Fire Tablet as a control panel in the kitchen, and it gets the status right every time. I suppose it queries the items as it "starts up from a closed tablet position. I mounted the tablet cover to the end of a cabinet, so the screen would turn off by closing it. When in use, the tablet cover hangs below the screen and allows easy access, but you do have to "open, Swipe, and wait a few seconds" at least for the tablet to wake up and do it's job... It's the slowest option I have, but was pretty cheap.

I tried to find an easy controller app to change the Fire Tablet to, but no matter what I tried it got too difficult and time consuming for me to dig into, and most of the results described have no better response times. I could be wrong as there are several options available. All of it still beats buying, building, and programming your own Raspberry pi or Arduino...
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Echo Technical Support / can a routine enable a routine ???
« Last post by schuh8 on May 18, 2020, 09:16:16 pm »
I have a motion sensor, which, when activated, uses a routine to announce through Alexa "motion detected". I would like to enable or disable this routine by voice. In other words I would like to say, "Alexa enable motion sensor". Can this be done with another routine ?     ....or am I missing something obvious ?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: One Echo at a time
« Last post by renegade600 on May 18, 2020, 07:31:40 pm »
pull the power plug on them for over 40 seconds and see if it helps.
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I have had a number of Echo devices for some time.  My partner and I call each other (we don’t currently live together) on Echo Show 5s.  This has always worked fine until about 4 weeks ago, when although the calls themselves are successful, our other Echo devices (including iPads/iPhones) continue to ‘ring’ after the Show 5s have been answered.  The other devices show the calls as being from “unknown”.  This issue appears in either direction i.e. irrespective of which of us makes the original call.  Any suggestions please?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / One Echo at a time
« Last post by Hovawart on May 18, 2020, 03:22:54 pm »
We have five Echoes, and suddenly the system will only allow one at a time to play music. If someone is working in the garage, and listening to the Echo there, and someone in the master bedroom wants to play music, nothing happens until the Echo in the garage is turned off. Then the command can be given again in the bedroom, and it will work.
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