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Alexa New Technology Day 1 Editions / Re: Alexa Frames
« Last post by Tzarcone on March 27, 2020, 12:58:25 pm »
I wonder if the no they can't do it is the same no you can't use it when trying to use samsung pay on a non-nfc terminal just before proving how wrong they are.   the instructions that came with the frames seemed clear enough.

Funny thing happened to me...... I went to first one medium sized chain. Said would do it but I would need to sign release. Not thrilled about that, asked if after exam he would give me script for lenses said yes he would. Scheduled an appointment 5 days out. Than went to small shop that I went before he was like no way looked at frames said don't want to be bothered with them. So figured I would wait to get the most from my insurance for the lenses and wait 5 days. Afternoon before my appointment I get a notification that they are cancelling all appointments till further notice due to the virus.

Great that is now 2 week min wait time just for exam. I went online to lensesrx, didn't have physical script for prescription but had my current numbers documented. I figured I want to use them for now and for the money they are a backup pair of lenses if needed. Or maybe will 3D print another set of frames for the lenses later lol. Well I ordered and picked 2 week shipping because of other comment on how fast they are. I got mine just under a week took like 30 seconds to put on each lense. Didn't come with instructions but still very very simple there are even YouTube videos of needed for it. I ended up getting the standard lenses for Amazon echo $45 but ended up adding the HD option for $40 giving shatter resistant, scratch resist, UV protection, and anti reflective plus 10% off. So not too bad was nice being able to see so clear though the echo frames. Lenses are so light weight also about the same as the lenses that came with it.

So if you need lenses and have a script or atleast know all your script numbers grab them through lensesrx.com if you pick 2 week delivery you could get them in half the time. You pick quick might get in days.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Access point Echo dot controlled by House Echo dot
« Last post by renegade600 on March 27, 2020, 10:53:59 am »
different wifi don't mean a thing, as long as the echo device is connected to the same amazon account there should be no problems.   In addition it makes no difference where you are when you give the command as long as you are connected to amazon. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Access point Echo dot controlled by House Echo dot
« Last post by Nivek on March 27, 2020, 05:10:32 am »
Hi, my apologies if this question has been asked before. I have cabin at the bottom of my garden approx 50mtrs away. Ran an ethernet Cat5e cable and fitted a TP link router in Access point mode which gives me wifi down there but obviously on a different wifi via the TP Link. I would like to be able to say cabin lights on to my Echo dot in the house on my home wifi and for the cabin echo dot to respond (smart plug fitted). I may be able to use the Smart life app to physically do this but really would like voice activation to switch on heating, lights etc. I would appreciate it if anyone knows how I can do this?
regards Nivek
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: reserved names
« Last post by renegade600 on March 26, 2020, 12:34:34 pm »
Renegade, you mentioned that your device was called "stove." Do you have any skills that potentially could control some kitchen device? In the Alexa app, you can check the date when certain skills were updated. If you can narrow down when "stove" became a reserved name and a skill that was updated around the same time, that might help you find out what caused it.

as far as I know, I do not have any skills that would apply to smart kitchen appliance other than amazon but they have microwaves.     
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: reserved names
« Last post by jwlv on March 26, 2020, 06:19:22 am »
I've noticed that certain skills could override your existing names. This happened to me several months ago. I have several Wyze Cams. I enabled the Wyze skill but I almost never use the skill. But if I wanted to look at a particular camera, I would say, "Alexa show me the front door." The company that makes Wyze Cams also make a security system. While my security system is entirely different and from a different company, the Wyze skill intercepted the name of my security system. I used to be able to say "Alexa, arm security system." I would always work. And it has worked for many months prior. Then one day it didn't work. It took me a few days to realize that the Wyze skill did something so that I couldn't call my alarm/security equipment "security system" any more. I think Wyze reserved "security system" for itself, even though I don't have a Wyze security system. Since I never look at my camera on the Echo Show I just removed the Wyze skill and everything went back to the way it was. Since Alexa skills automatically update when a new version is available, it is conceivable that things like this could happen out of the blue one day and you'd have no idea what happened. It would be difficult to troubleshoot and determine that a skill update caused certain words or names not to work as they did previously.

Renegade, you mentioned that your device was called "stove." Do you have any skills that potentially could control some kitchen device? In the Alexa app, you can check the date when certain skills were updated. If you can narrow down when "stove" became a reserved name and a skill that was updated around the same time, that might help you find out what caused it.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / reserved names
« Last post by renegade600 on March 25, 2020, 09:56:43 pm »
for the past couple of weeks, I could no longer use the name stove for the hood light.  keep trying until now.  kept saying something about  not finding anything that do that and I needed a smart kitchen appliance.    it still worked as part of a group and with gh.  anyway, I renamed it so problem is solved

anyone here find any new reserved names lately.  could give a hint as to what devices or appliances thats about to be released. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa an rs232 control
« Last post by tuicemen on March 22, 2020, 07:41:11 pm »


MOXA Nport ethernet/serial device (LAN IP Control)

So within the app I can send Control string to the moxa serial device via static IP, this string is then sent via the assigned rs232 port to the device connected on that port.

If you know the commands sent to the moxa IP address you could use HA-Bridge as a bridge for Alexa.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa an rs232 control
« Last post by renegade600 on March 22, 2020, 05:03:58 pm »
this is above me.   the following link may not help you but hopefully it can give you or someone else here ideas.  look like they are using alexa with their iview setup

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/commandfusion/W0MXm9WzS7Y
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa an rs232 control
« Last post by Foneworkshop on March 22, 2020, 03:11:30 pm »
Ok so in more detail:-

I use command fusion iviewer app.  This allows to to create a GUI for home automation control

I open the app and select the room I am in
This brings up a GUI for all components in that room
Each device is connected via Lan cable or RS232

Sky box (rs232 control)
Sony AV Receiver (rs232 control)
PC (LAN Control via IP)
NAS (LAN Control via IP)
TV. (rs232 Control)

MOXA Nport ethernet/serial device (LAN IP Control)

So within the app I can send Control string to the moxa serial device via static IP, this string is then sent via the assigned rs232 port to the device connected on that port.

Ie send string to TV for On/Off

I now have a new TV that doesn’t have rs232 Control and for some reason LG do not have a manual that gives control code alternatives via IP.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa an rs232 control
« Last post by tuicemen on March 22, 2020, 10:04:50 am »
I have an app that currently sends a string via rs232 to turn on the tv, amp and sky Is it possible to send this via Alexa
it may be possible with a vaiation of this:
https://www.hackster.io/saka/alexa-voice-control-for-almost-any-amplifier-tv-cd-dvd-87fff1
However it may be more involved than what your looking for.. as renegade600 stated more info is needed. What app are you using? If it has a means to receive commands via command line or another method then options are greater
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