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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: How do I keep an Echo awake
« Last post by GrahamMackie on November 24, 2020, 01:00:22 pm »
Hi thanks for the advice.  I had already set the PC up to sleep 'never' and run it on a performance power plan to try and keep everythign alive - although there doesn't seem to be a setting for Bluetooth.  I have given up and connected a 4th gen device via a 3.5mm jack cable and that seems to do the job - although the 4th gen is overkill for video calls :)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: How do I keep an Echo awake
« Last post by renegade600 on November 24, 2020, 09:53:48 am »
it's not the echo, it is your pc that is disconnecting from the echo.  it could be because of your power management setting.   when your computer powers down because of sleep, hibernation or whatever, it disconnects everything.  I am not sure if there is anything you can do about that.  If you are running win10, try installing the alexa app from the microsoft store and see if it works better. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / How do I keep an Echo awake
« Last post by GrahamMackie on November 23, 2020, 04:01:28 pm »
I want to use an Echo as a speaker for my PC for video calls.  I can connect using Bluetooth and it all works fine however the Echo seems to go to sleep after a period of time and when it gets a sound from the PC it precedes it with 'connected to Graham PC' or something similar before playing the sound.

This means that when I get an e-mail during the night I get the Alexa voice heralding the beep.

I could turn the PC volume off when I go to bed but is there a way to keep the Echo permanently awake ?  I have 2nd, 3rd and 4th Gen Echo's about the house so could use anyone if it matters.

regards
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: frustrating
« Last post by jwlv on November 22, 2020, 07:03:14 pm »
Thanks for responding, I forgot to add to the list that all so-called 'battery saver' functions have been disabled on my android device as well...would this not have affected my google maps function also?
I'll double check on the settings anyway...

Well, Google Maps is made by Google. Android is made by Google. They probably would set the default permissions for Google Maps so that it will work flawlessly. With any other app, that would be a different story.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: frustrating
« Last post by renegade600 on November 22, 2020, 05:26:23 pm »
I found over the years that geo-fencing is extremely unstable and unreliable with my security cameras.   I am having to regularly check to see if the camera is on.  When I don't check, that is when they quit working. 

I noticed one thing you did not try is wiping the system cache from your phone  :-)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: frustrating
« Last post by kalanikaau on November 22, 2020, 03:52:08 pm »
Thanks for responding, I forgot to add to the list that all so-called 'battery saver' functions have been disabled on my android device as well...would this not have affected my google maps function also?
I'll double check on the settings anyway...
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: frustrating
« Last post by jwlv on November 22, 2020, 03:41:09 pm »
What I've noticed on Android is that different manufacturers have different ways to deal with prolonging battery life. And the recent Android versions have even more ways that the Android system limits apps and background tasks.

Some phones will put background apps to sleep, some will disable certain functions (like GPS), some will limit or disable background data, etc. All of these can have an affect on Alexa's ability to report your location to Amazon's servers, which in turn will run your routines. In other words, geofencing might not work depending on how long it's been since you opened the Alexa app, and whether the app is in the background, closed, or put to sleep, and what Android decides to do with it.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / frustrating
« Last post by kalanikaau on November 22, 2020, 01:28:43 pm »
I've an Alexa routine set up in which the trigger is via geofencing which suddenly stopped functioning, it did work for a month or so.
Here's what I've done so far in an attempt to fix it:
  forced stopped/re-started the Alexa app on my android device
  deleted, then re-programmed the routine
  set the location accuracy on my phone to use both wifi and bluetooth scanning
  ensured that my phone is running the latest android version (10)
  ensured that my phone and the smart devices which the routine is supposed to operate on are on the same wifi
  channel
  increased/decreased the location detection zone and allowed Alexa access to this feature at all times
All intended functions of the routine work OK when manually triggered, it's just that the geofencing trigger apparently has stopped. For what it's worth, google maps works OK, it can still read my present location.
Stumped here...
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Internet/Online Radio in Echo Show 8 - Need HELP
« Last post by jvk of md on November 21, 2020, 12:41:26 pm »
You can't go directly to the station.  You must use like Iheart radio or TuneIn or one of the other services that alexa allows that accesses your station. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Run a routine to enable or disable
« Last post by jvk of md on November 21, 2020, 12:22:28 pm »
check with the lights own app and see if it has the sunrise/sunset setting.

It does... but then I still can't connect to it thru the rings doorbell motion detection.  I do it thru the alexa app  Turning the lights on and off is no problem. 
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