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Alexa Tips & Tricks / Re: Is it possible to change the date of Christmas in Alexa?
« Last post by jwlv on October 23, 2020, 08:22:03 am »
Use Amazon's BluePrints skill to create your own Q&A, including count downs to a specific date.
https://blueprints.amazon.com/
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Amazon Echo Discussion / "Alexa, Code Red" !!!
« Last post by Lawn Mower on October 23, 2020, 06:57:22 am »
Hi,

My dad age 73 in a couple of weeks, lives with us, he's already had one heart attack, so I like to keep an eye on him. I maintain and repair a lot of lawnmowers etc during wintertime spending a lot of hours in a workshop in the yard behind the house. That leaves my dad alone in the house at times when I'm running noisy machinery, hand grinders etc. My concern is, if dad felt ill I wouldn't be able to hear him shout for me, that would be disastrous, so...

I've been looking as how Alexa might be able to help, what I had in mind was, if dad felt ill he might not have time to find his phone and call me, but he probably would be able to give Alexa a "command" something like "Alexa, Code Red" that would instruct Alexa to sound a siren loud enough for me to hear it, his Alexa is connected to a bluetooth speaker, that's all I need Alexa to do. I know Alexa can be set up to make phone calls, but if I was already speaking on the phone I wouldn't know what was going on.

I don't know if there's an App or a Skill that could do this, hopefully you guys do ?

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Bill.
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Alexa Tips & Tricks / Is it possible to change the date of Christmas in Alexa?
« Last post by Ktmfan on October 23, 2020, 01:16:27 am »
We will be celebrating Christmas on December 30th this year, due to me being away on Xmas day.

My kids ask Alexa ďhow many days until ChristmasĒ

Is it possible for me to set December 30th as ďChristmas dayĒ? 

If not, Iím going to have to unplug Alexa until after Christmas.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / AT&T Call Linking Feature USELESS
« Last post by jonelli on October 22, 2020, 07:09:58 pm »
I have three phone numbers on my AT&T account, one is mine that I also use for business, and one is my wife's. 
It didn't make sense to link my number to Alexa since I'm not at home when I make my calls, and it would make no sense to bother my wife all day with incoming business calls.  So, I thought it would be nice for Alexa to be linked to my wife's number.  But, there is nowhere in the Alexa app that can specify using anything but the primary number on the AT&T account.  Even tried it from my wife's phone, doesn't work. 

So, this was a useless feature.  How many households are single people with one phone and one AT&T account?
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Echo Technical Support / Large clock for echo 8?
« Last post by merlin777 on October 22, 2020, 10:01:09 am »
Is there any news on a larger clock being added to the echo 8 like the echo 5?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Echo 8 clock bottom left
« Last post by merlin777 on October 22, 2020, 09:57:29 am »
Is there any way to force the echo 8 to show th slightly larger clock bottom left all the time ?
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Alexa Across the Pond (Europe) / Re: Having to reset
« Last post by renegade600 on October 22, 2020, 08:50:07 am »
how are you turning them off?
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Alexa Across the Pond (Europe) / Having to reset
« Last post by Thomasina on October 21, 2020, 10:24:53 pm »
Firstly I should say hi, Iím new to this forum.

I turn Alexa off at night - itís just something Iíve always done. Fir the past three days when Iíve turn it on Alexa has not connected and Iíve had to reset. Has anybody ever had this happen to the for a few days on the trot? Has work well all the time up to 3 days ago. Anyone have any ideas? 🤷🏻‍♀️

I have echo dot 3rd gen

TIA
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Echo Technical Support / Echo Dot Puts Songs In Wrong Playlist
« Last post by CChamp on October 21, 2020, 11:57:15 am »
Hi all, I have several Dot 2nd generations and for quite some time now when Alexa is playing a song and I say "Alexa, add this to my playlist" she says "to which playlist" and I say "rock". She then says "ok, adding to COUNTRY". If I try it again she will add it to a different playlist. She refuses to put it in the playlist that I said. This is happening on all my dots. I have cleaned and reset them and still no luck. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks in advance
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Thanks!  Interesting article regarding the spatial perception feature.  I did a bit of research as well, and there are a few others (not many) that have reported this issue.  Another possibility is that it's a time synchronization for the multi-room audio feature, especially since UDP port 55444 seems to be used for "time sync".

It's not just the packet size that matters, it's the rate as well (packets per second or pps).  A large number of small packets can place more load on a network than a smaller number of large packets with a higher total data rate.  This is why networking equipment specifications are given not just in Mbps, but also in pps.  In the streaming audio/video example, the packet size would be close to the 1500-byte maximum.

In this particular case, my equipment can handle the load, but it's an unnecessary inefficiency.  As someone with an engineering background, I hate inefficiency.  I therefore moved all of my Echo devices into my IOT WLAN with layer-2 segregation between clients, and separated from my main LAN on its own VLAN.  This stopped the extraneous traffic, and the Echo devices continue to work fine - I see no difference in functionality.  However, I don't use the multi-room audio feature and my Echo devices are far enough apart that determining which one should answer an "Alexa" query (via spatial perception) is not an issue.  Works for me.

Thanks,
cinergi
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