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Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa on PC
« Last post by harrym1byt on September 08, 2020, 02:14:52 pm »
I have installed Alexa on my Win10 laptop.  In Smart Home > Devices, it list my Fire Stick, Box, Cube and TV, but all are marked 'Currently not accessible from your PC'.

I have also installed onto my Iphone, which shows all of the devices 'available'. Is that correct, or am I missing something on the Win10 version? 
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Bond is a product that works with ANY fan that has a remote with it.  It even works with DC fans, no other system does.  Just link the Amazon Echo Skill for Bond and you can control fan speed, and any light on the fan.  https://bondhome.io/products/bond-bridge/
Thanks for the reply, and yes, I know there are multiple products that work with ceiling fans to "make" them remote, but I was hoping to find something that pairs with/works directly with my Echo Studio (or Zigbee).
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Very new to Fire Cube Alexa
« Last post by harrym1byt on September 07, 2020, 03:04:48 pm »
Hi All, as said - very much a newbie, with not much idea about what Alexa can do yet.

My initial plan was to use it to remote control outside lights and power printers, rather than walking up stairs when I want to print. I already have these on a radio remote control, but thinking I could hand control over to Alexa - maybe(?)

I have bought 4x what are described as Alexa compatible, cheap, 13amp plug adaptors, probably due for delivery tomorrow. When they turn up, where do I go from there please? Something about loading a 'skill'?

Is Alexa able to do more than turn lights off when commanded? Can I set Alexa to turn lights on/off at set times? Can Alexa turn lights on at dusk? Am I asking silly questions?   
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Echo Assistive Technologies / Voice activation for incoming calls
« Last post by Vickie on September 07, 2020, 02:57:09 pm »
Iím new to the forum, but I have a few questions about the best set up for my Mom who has MS and canít really use her hands anymore. Iíve read through a ton of stuff on the web, but no one seems to address incoming phone calls from non-Alexa numbers.

It seemed that using an Echo connect with an Echo devise would allow her to use her landline in conjunction with the voice activated answer feature, but it sounds as though ďtheyĒ are no longer making the Echo connect. Can anyone confirm this?

Can the stand alone Echo device allow her to receive phone calls from individuals who do not have the app? And if so, is there anyway to get her landline to ring through the Echo? Do I need to connect a cellphone service instead?

Has anyone out there come up with a slick hands free way for the disabled to not only call out, but receive phone calls from anyone that can be answered with Alexa? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Ceiling fan controller that works natively with Echo studio
« Last post by froglips on September 07, 2020, 02:25:37 pm »
Bond is a product that works with ANY fan that has a remote with it.  It even works with DC fans, no other system does.  Just link the Amazon Echo Skill for Bond and you can control fan speed, and any light on the fan.  https://bondhome.io/products/bond-bridge/
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Echo Technical Support / Re: Routine to turn off all lights after power outage
« Last post by marklyn59 on September 05, 2020, 11:41:58 pm »
I completely forgot about this - if you have all hue bulbs, you should be able to go into the hue app and use the power on behavior settings so the lights will turn off after power comes back on.
renegade600, I did test that. DL'd the hue app, connected to a hue bulb via bt and set it to perform the last state it was on before the power went off.  I tested it several times with it off and unplugged the lamp for a few moments. In most cases it turned on when plugged back in, once it didn't. So that didn't seem reliable. It.should.just.work.
Frustrating.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Guard: how random is the lights?
« Last post by jwlv on September 05, 2020, 10:08:26 pm »
According to Amazon, Guard learns from your normal usage behavior. So if you normally turn on your living room light at 9pm and turn it off at 11pm, Guard will tend to do the same thing. But if all of your lights are normally off at 3am, Guard will probably just turn on/off some random lights.
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Echo Technical Support / Re: Routine to turn off all lights after power outage
« Last post by renegade600 on September 05, 2020, 07:36:26 pm »
I completely forgot about this - if you have all hue bulbs, you should be able to go into the hue app and use the power on behavior settings so the lights will turn off after power comes back on. 
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Alexa Across the Pond (Europe) / Re: Epson printer
« Last post by Pete_p on September 05, 2020, 06:49:20 pm »
Epson printer skill is not available in the UK. I've contacted Epson and awaiting reply.
Chatted with Amazon support USA who seem to be located in other countries.

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Echo Technical Support / Re: Routine to turn off all lights after power outage
« Last post by marklyn59 on September 05, 2020, 06:14:03 pm »
not sure what you are asking but telling alexa to turn off all hue will do it.  or are you wanting it to do it automatically without a voice command?   in that case, it would be difficult to create a command since it could take a while for the network to restart.
No, this is under the assumption that I'm not at home and there is a power outage. If I'm on vacation, I don't want all of the lights on in the house 24/7.  Eventually, when the power returns and network comes back up, I'm trying to find a way (routine?) that sees one light on (that is never on; ie-attic), and when that light is on, the routine tells all lights to turn off (including the "tattle tale" attic light).
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