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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Device Arrives Home Lag
« Last post by jwlv on April 01, 2019, 06:08:27 pm »
Geofencing is almost always delayed, not just with Alexa, but with everything and anything that uses geofencing. The reason why is because your phone does not always know your exact GPS location. If it did, your phone's battery would run out in an hour or two. Depending on your phone (and Android/IOS version) your GPS location is probably checked every 5-15 minutes. If you use the battery saver function on your phone, it would likely be much more than 15 minutes. It would check more often if you were actively using your phone and the app you were using already requested your GPS location. But if your phone is just sitting in your pocket, the GPS location will not be updated for several minutes.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Device Arrives Home Lag
« Last post by renegade600 on April 01, 2019, 05:59:45 pm »
I have set up a routine to turn on some lights  when my Galaxy S9 arrives home.  The routine works correctly when manually run.  My location is set correctly with a proper radius.  The problem is that the routine does not trigger until several minutes after I arrive home.  By this time, I can park the car, enter the house and turn on the light manually.  Is there any way to get Alexa to respond to my arrival home in a more timely fashion?

I don't think there is a way.  I noticed the same with the security cams I have (nest, cloudcams).   I think it is because of the lag from whatever your phone is using for location to the cloud getting that info and accessing the routines.   I wish location was determine by wifi not location info provided by the phone.    I think that would be much faster. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Device Arrives Home Lag
« Last post by FarmerBob on April 01, 2019, 05:31:30 pm »
I have been dealing with many Alexa idiosyncrasies that makes no sense or have no sensible resolution. I can only think that if there is no place to deal with a timing factor, you could try increasing the activation radius so that "She" sees you earlier and has more time to primp and "adjust" to welcome you home. For all we know "She" could be luring you into a dark house and is standing behind a door in her 1950's House Dress with a knife in her hand just waiting for the moment . . .
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Device Arrives Home Lag
« Last post by Mountainbreeze on April 01, 2019, 05:00:38 pm »
I have set up a routine to turn on some lights  when my Galaxy S9 arrives home.  The routine works correctly when manually run.  My location is set correctly with a proper radius.  The problem is that the routine does not trigger until several minutes after I arrive home.  By this time, I can park the car, enter the house and turn on the light manually.  Is there any way to get Alexa to respond to my arrival home in a more timely fashion?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Multiple list entries on separate lines
« Last post by briancbb on April 01, 2019, 09:28:07 am »
Say "Alexa, add to the shopping list", she will reply, "What do you want to add".  Say "Spam", she will reply "Do you want to add anything else". 
Say "Crackers", she will reply as above, until you say "No".
This works in the UK, don't know about USA.
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I have an Echo Plus 2nd generation in the living room and a Echo Dot 3rd generation in the kitchen. Both are about 30 feet apart and there is just a railing (split level) between both room. While in the kitchen and facing the Dot, sometime it's the Plus that picks up what I say  :o
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Multiple list entries on separate lines
« Last post by txakura on March 31, 2019, 05:53:12 pm »
OK, so I'm new at this list business.  I have found that making our grocery list via Alexa is pretty smart, since we don't forget things.  Anyway.  If I want to have Alexa add multiple entries to the list, I can't just say, "Alexa add Spam, crackers and Mayonnaise to the Grocery List."  It will come out as one line: Spam crackers and mayonnaise.  What I would like, of course is for Alexa to recognize the separate entries and show Spam, Crackers and Mayonnaise on separate lines.  Is there any way to do this with speech?  I know I can do it by making entries via my tablet or computer, but when I think of items, I would much prefer to enter them immediately - preferably by just saying "Alexa..."

And BTW, reading those letters against a black (dark mode) background is a son-of-a-gun!
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microphone pickup depends on the room itself and the location inside the room.  best way to find out is to give it a try and see if it is any better for you. 
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In the Alexa app you can turn verbose mode on/off.  Verbose mode would mean the difference between a simple beep vs saying ok after asking Alexa a command like turn off the kitchen light. Perhaps it also controls how Alexa responds to math questions when the answer is many digits.  I haven't tested this but you may want to try it.
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Hi, I have an amazon echo 2 in my bedroom, and an amazon echo dot 3 in my living room hooked up into a speaker system.  Does the amazon echo 2 have better microphone pickup than the echo dot 3.  Is it a lot better, or just a tiny bit?  If it is a lot better, I may consider moving the echo into the living room and the dot into the bedroom?
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