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Ok.. So after talking with people here I understood zigbee is much faster, and it is. so i bought a zigbee hug, 2 zigbee door sensors, all works perfect in the tuya smart app. alexa even detects them as "security system". however, she detects them as "motion sensor" (hence no open/close but motion/no motion). I have tried making routines using that but nothing works.
ie when device X senses motion announce X or turn on light. but nothing actually happens.
anyone can share his/her thoughts?
Amazon Echo Discussion / BuzzOff Introduction
« Last post by DarrenElectric on August 04, 2020, 06:26:21 pm »

I'm Darren Humphrey, the Co-Founder of Electric Chateau. I am posting to you to let you know about our new Echo accessory called “BuzzOff". BuzzOff lets you take back your privacy by temporarily cutting power to your connected Echo, and restoring it later. If you have lots of Echo devices like me, you can turn them all off with one voice command or by using our IOS/Android app. There’s a quick video demo here:

One of our users is a lawyer, and he turns off his Echoes during confidential phone calls. Another one has a 5 year old daughter who loves the show "Alexa and Kate"--you can figure out why he uses BuzzOff.

I developed this product because I didn't want my Echo listening to me 100% of the time. A lot of people say "If you don't want Alexa listening, throw it out!" But they don't get it. We love our Alexas, we don't want to get rid of them, we just need to take a break sometimes.

We are launching BuzzOff nationwide on Kickstarter on Sep 1st and we would love your support.  We also have a few early access units available for reviewers. So if you're a journalist or a tech blogger, I'd love to hear from you.

Got questions? Ask me. I am happy to answer. We're a real startup based in Orlando,FL. We 're 3 guys committed to making our tech be respectful of our privacy. Check out our website at
Thanks for reading,
Darren Humphrey
there's been several threads about this already.  best bet to read them.   the following is one of them,2842.msg15552.html#msg15552
Alexa Across the Pond (Europe) / Re: Alexa Guard is no longer available in UK
« Last post by renegade600 on August 04, 2020, 04:14:14 pm »
guess it was not ready for primetime in the UK
Alexa Across the Pond (Europe) / Re: Reminder notifications
« Last post by GaryM on August 04, 2020, 10:15:32 am »
Someone else recently said this but I don't know why it's happened. The must have deleted the feature.  I just set reminders on my phone to start with...
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Show 8 vrs Show 10 premium
« Last post by Wolfman420 on August 03, 2020, 11:31:46 pm »
You can't make custom videos on Echo devices yet, but perhaps Amazon's Blueprints can help.

Take a look here:

I suggest using the Custom Q&A for what you want to accomplish.
Alexa Across the Pond (Europe) / Alexa Guard is no longer available in UK
« Last post by jwlv on August 03, 2020, 09:58:10 pm »
According to Forbes:

Alexa Guard is the cool feature that many people use to have Echo devices listen for breaking glass, alarm sounds, and randomly turn on/off lights to deter burglars. But this week Amazon pulled the service from all UK devices. And if you had it in service previously, Amazon is going to compensate you with a £10 Amazon gift card. If you didn't have it enabled before, you won't be receiving the gift card.

As for me, since I'm in the US, I won't be getting anything. But I'd prefer to keep using Alexa Guard than to get a small gift card.

Hi there - i have the exact same situation as you and am looking for even more BASIC help.  i just want to be able to drop in on my mom (i'm not even going to try to get her to say "Alexa" and call me") but i'm wondering if i can even do that and how it works.  i bought an Echo Show 5 and she has WIFI at her Assisted Living Facility.  if i set it up on her wifi network will i be able to see her from my Alexa app?  and, even more importantly, would she be able to see me when i drop in?  i have the Ring Camera (which i highly recommend in any sort of senior facility, btw) but it's very confusing to her when i speak to her through the device because she can't see me so it's like some strange, disembodied voice.  sorry i'm answering your question with a question but i would love any help.  thanks in advance!
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Trying to leave alexa radio constantly on, shutting off
« Last post by jwlv on August 03, 2020, 09:49:57 pm »
Like what others have said, most streaming services will shut off automatically after a set number of hours. Streaming services pay a fee for every title they play, albeit it's a tiny fee for any one particular user. And the bandwidth they use are also expenses that they have to pay. Multiply that by millions of users and it could become very expensive for them to provide you with free streaming music.

One way around this is you can set up a routine to play whatever station or playlist that you want. Create routines to starting playing at 8am, then again at 2pm, and again at 10 pm. Or even more often if you find that your music has stopped sooner than you'd expected.
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