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Echo Technical Support / Re: renaming the device
« Last post by A.Mike on August 09, 2019, 10:18:56 am »
Good Day.
I've renamed my echo dot in the alexa app and the change is reflected in the alexa apps as well as online.

However, the name is not reflected at the router

I was able to edit the names of my Echo and Dots in my router's on-screen dashboard. It involved a bit of detective work - switching off/unplugging them then connecting one at a time to see what showed up on the network OR finding its IP address and identifying it that way (new router - I discovered and identified a lot of things). I could also see what part of the network it was connecting to and if that changed (with mobile devices) if I moved it around. That way I could ensure everything had been given access to any part of the network it needed. No dropouts on anything since. Well chuffed!

-- Rather than doing the detective work (if you're like me, your devices are scattered all over the house and it's a lot of legwork), you can actually find the Mac Address for each device through the Alexa App and cross-reference that with the Mac Address list from your router. 
1.  Open app and select "Echo & Alexa"
2.  Select a device (you'll see device settings at the top of the next screen)
3.  Scroll to the bottom and select "about"
4.  Your Mac address is listed
2.  Select the device you want to identify
Maple Leaf Echo (Canada) / Re: Attention Music Lovers
« Last post by renegade600 on August 09, 2019, 10:18:00 am »
I have been using my media for a while now.  it was simple to setup and use. 
Maple Leaf Echo (Canada) / Re: Attention Music Lovers
« Last post by mike27oct on August 08, 2019, 07:30:10 pm »
Nice that you found My Media; some members here have been using it for a while and like it.

As for me, I use the very popular PLEX MEDIA SERVER which is installed on my WD My Cloud NAS device where my music is stored.  I can also team Plex and Alexa together for more capabilities by adding the Alexa skill for Plex to continuously RANDOMLY play my music on any Alexa device OR on my iPhone using the button on the alexa app. (It also displays track info on phone's screen.)  I can also use bluetooth speaker or headphones, to listen to phone's music that is being played.  Plex also  enables remote access/playback using Alexa on wi-fi OR via cell plan data!  This set up can do it all.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Sound effects help
« Last post by jwlv on August 08, 2019, 02:24:36 pm »
Here's how I would do it.
I'd set up a routine that triggers at a specific time, say 2:00AM.
Step 1 of the routine: set the volume to 10
Step 2: play Halloween sound effects. (it's available on Prime Music for free). This particular sound is only about 30 seconds long. You should search for any other music/sounds that's available to you. Just ask Alexa to play xxxxxx to see if you like it.
Step 3: set the volume back to 5 (or whatever your normal volume is)

That's about it!
I have had some similar problems but have not really explored it yet.   one thing I did do however is connect some devices together .  example "Alexa play 80's rock down stairs" and just the 2 I have down stairs will play,   same with "upstairs" and Everywhere" that all of them play.   

Perhaps linking the ones you use the most or that she does would help alleviate some of this?   

another thing that is a possibility that I just thought of is the voice recognition thing?  would alexa recognize either of your voices that it would differentiate between the both of you and the streams?
Maple Leaf Echo (Canada) / Re: Attention Music Lovers
« Last post by fstbusa on August 08, 2019, 08:27:27 am »
What app do you have to run on your computer?
Amazon Echo Discussion / Sound effects help
« Last post by shaftdx on August 08, 2019, 06:51:27 am »
Ok guys I need some help here,

Long story short I installed an Echo Dot at my job to make things easier for the office (Works great) but now I want to have some fun too!   

Recently my boss has taken to sleeping in the office over night.   I want to create a routine that at say 2am alexa will play a door slamming sound or a cat screeching type thing and then be quite!    something short and sweet so he thinks to himself "Did that just happen?   

I can't find or know how to add these sound effects to the skills or what ever I need to do to do this.   any help would be apprechated
Maple Leaf Echo (Canada) / Attention Music Lovers
« Last post by studlygoorite on August 07, 2019, 11:11:50 pm »
If you are like me and have a Prime membership and like playing music through your Alexa Device but don't like Prime Music or Prime Music Unlimited I just came across a Skill that I have wanted for years. The My Media Skill lets you ask Alexa to play any of your own songs from your computer though your Echo devices. You can ask My Media to play playlists  that you create or just pick a song or artist. Just what I was looking for and it is working well, had some issues with a song but found I had it named incorrectly on my PC. As for Prime Music Unlimited, I found that they had every different remake of a song except the original in many of my cases. Just an FYI for anyone interested.
Echo Technical Support / Re: Echo Dot doesn't stay disconnected from Bluetooth
« Last post by CW5 Z-Killer on August 07, 2019, 10:28:38 pm »
I know I'm late to answer on this, but I find that many old forums for some are new ideas/problems for others, so here is my input:

As silly as the solution may be, I didn't see this in the forum and this is what I did.

I put my Bluetooth receiver on a smart plug and made a routine in Alexa that turns on the switch when I say, "Alexa, turn on home audio". When the switch turns on, the Bluetooth receiver turns on, and the echo automatically connects (as we've observed). When I'm ready to have audio back on the Dot again, I tell Alexa to "turn off home audio". This turns off the smart switch that the BT RCVR is on, which causes the Dot to disconnect, which allows audio to come out of the Dot again. It's a bit of a work around, adds the cost of a smart plug (about $7), but once you have it set up, it works like a charm....hope this helps someone
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo 1st gen stuck at startup light
« Last post by mindmagic on August 07, 2019, 12:08:46 pm »
I had a problem with mine that fixed itself when I turned it upside down to look for the reset hole. I accidentally touched the volume ring and it came back to life. I can only assume that the power cable wasn't properly connected underneath,
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