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Alexa Tips & Tricks / A Push Button to activate Alexa?
« Last post by Ed_B on January 07, 2021, 04:26:07 pm »
Here's the situation: Phone rings and until I answer it I don't know if it's going to be a confidential call or not. So it would be inconvenient to verbally instruct Alexa to turn on the Alexa enabled "Do No Enter" signs each time the phone rings. Now here's my problem, I answer the phone and the caller requires confidentiality so I need to enable the signs. Since I'm on the phone it would seem weird for me to say "Alexa, enable Confidential signs" while the caller is on the phone. I'd really like to just have a button to press on my desk that would enable Alexa to light 3 grouped Alexa enabled signs. Any advice or products to guide me towards?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo Dot alternatives with RJ45 Ethernet port?
« Last post by PaulFancher on January 07, 2021, 02:42:15 pm »
Noob note: I hope I don't disrupt the veterans here by posting on an old thread, I'm just here because this popped up at the top of a Google search I ran today.

Option 1: Poor man's solution: Don't use ethernet, use a speaker system: Put a microphone in your room feeding an audio receiver in your closet with a headphone jack output down a 50'-500' speaker cable to a speaker sitting on/near an Alexa. Est cost new: $1000 (parts+labor)
This will work like a charm but it won't give you visual feedback.

Option 2, if you crave visual feedback: Put a Josh.ai in your ceiling, it runs over ethernet cable instead of WiFi. Tie the Josh.ai to a Crestron CP4 processor via a network switch. Have a programmer make a program that feed's the speech-to-text output from Josh into the Alexa console for the echo dot on the same network. Est cost new: $20,000 (parts+labor)

Hope that helps any future Googlers who stumble across this post like I did.

Best Regards,
Paul Fancher - AV Design Engineer
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Echo Technical Support / Re: Ring Doorbell issue with Echo Dots -- not connecting
« Last post by rlhess on January 06, 2021, 04:18:41 pm »
Check the firmware versions of your Echo devices against this list from Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=GMB5FVUB6REAVTXY

Thank you for this, I learned two things:

(1) My software is up to date (you don't have to check the list, if you try and update it and it's up to date, Alexa will tell you that you have the latest version).

(2) Based on the software versions, I have Gen 4 DOTs. I thought they were Gen 3.
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Alexa Across the Pond (Europe) / two echo dot 4th gen
« Last post by oakland47 on January 06, 2021, 05:47:39 am »
I had set up a 4th gen echo dot  for a family member, which worked fine so  we decided to get a second one,   which was set up on the same network,  two different names  in two different rooms,
we are now getting a red light and a voice statement of, I cant do that now try later when we try to access Alexa,
each one works fine  on their own,  when the second one is disconnected,
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Amazon Echo Discussion / URL command
« Last post by abzaatari on January 05, 2021, 03:42:58 am »
Hi,
I need to mute or pause alexa if it is playing music and I receive a phone call, I did that with tasker, sharp tools and routine in alexa app. The question is how to send the http (api) command from tasker  directly to alexa  and not using smartthings?
   Thanxs
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Echo Technical Support / Re: Ring Doorbell issue with Echo Dots -- not connecting
« Last post by jwlv on January 04, 2021, 09:56:22 pm »
Check the firmware versions of your Echo devices against this list from Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=GMB5FVUB6REAVTXY

To find your firmware version, go to the Alexa app, tap devices, choose your device, tap about.

If you have an out of date firmware, you can say to your device "Alexa, update software."
For devices that have a screen (e.g. Echo Show), touch Settings on the Echo screen, then device options, then check for software updates.
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Echo Technical Support / Re: Ring Doorbell issue with Echo Dots -- not connecting
« Last post by rlhess on January 04, 2021, 08:23:11 pm »
A further note.

A friend of mine and I linked our two accounts. He has a Doorbell 2.

We both can access my Doorbell Pro and his Doorbell 2 with our Echo Show 5 devices.

We can both can access his Doorbell 2 with our Echo Dot devices (multiple generations).

NEITHER of us can access my Doorbell Pro with our Echo Dot devices (multiple generations).

I have used a completely different WiFi connection for the Doorbell Pro and it behaves the same as shown above.

This is rather upsetting, frankly...and just now I found an "at least" 45 minute wait at Ring Support after verifying my account.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Echo 8 Show issues
« Last post by cfwebmaster on January 04, 2021, 02:22:53 pm »
Apparently "skip" doesnt work. Playing music, or NPR it seems to say I dont know how to do that. All other echos work fine. When you say something else it says "i am sorry" for every subsequent verbal request until you exit... Anyone else see this bug?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo show 8 behavior
« Last post by cfwebmaster on January 04, 2021, 02:21:11 pm »
Sounds like your echos are set as an speaker group
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don't see anyone else having similar problems with updates as you claim you are having.   I checked several forums including amazons own forum and reddit.    If you are really having those problems, you need to contact amazon. 
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