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u/Thatuserguy · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

Tl;dr at the bottom because wow I wrote a lot here.

I don't know if there's a way to specify on an app by app basis, but you could potentially get around that by essentially telling Alexa to switch a Music Mode on or off. As a note, I personally have NOT tested this to see if it works, but I see no reason it wouldn't.

First of all, you're gonna want to buy a Harmony Hub (Or at least something like it). It's basically a big IR blaster that shoots out signals to your devices to turn them on or off, change their inputs, and other such stuff. You can create "activities" where it will turn on or off the devices you specify and change them to their correct inputs all at once. It also has direct Alexa integration so you can say something like "Alexa, turn on my TV," which could prompt Alexa to tell your Harmony Hub to run your "turn on TV" activity to turn on your TV and AV receiver, and set them to the right inputs.

This next step depends on whether or not your AV reciever has bluetooth. If it does, cool, you're already done. You just have to make sure that you make an activity in the Harmony Hub that will turn on the necessary stuff for listening to music, and make sure that when it turns on your AV reciever, it also turns on its bluetooth. Then just make sure it's paired with Alexa. This way, whenever your reciever's bluetooth is turned on, even if you have speakers plugged into the AUX port on the Dot, Alexa will still automatically connect to it and play through it instead. When it's off, Alexa's audio will play through her internal speaker or whatever speaker that's plugged into her AUX port.

If you don't have bluetooth built into your AV receiever, it gets a little more complicated. First off, you're gonna want to get this. That is a bluetooth receiver that requires power to function. Plug it's audio output into your AV receiver, and BAM, now your AV receiver has bluetooth. You're also going to want to get a smart plug to plug its power cable into. Because this bluetooth receiver needs power to function, this will allow you to turn the bluetooth on and off whenever you want from a distance, simply by powering the smart plug on or off. Pair that, and Alexa should automatically connect to it when you turn it on with the smart plug, and use her internal speakers or AUX connected speakers when it's off.

The main downside to the above is that you're still going to have to power the bluetooth on separately from you powering on your music mode with the Harmony Hub. From my understanding, you can fix this, but it requires getting a Smart Things Hub and a Smart Things Plug it will connect to. You can apparently integrate Smart Things into your Harmony Hub activities, meaning that you can power the Smart Things plug on at the same time that you activate your music mode on your Harmony Hub, or power it off when you turn that mode off. Frankly, this is a decently expensive solution to a minor annoyance of a problem, so I'll leave that up to you to decide if you want to go this extra mile.

As a note, the Smart Things integration with Harmony Hub is the thing that I'm most unsure about how it works. I believe I've seen it mentioned that it worked that way, but I cannot confirm, and honestly haven't researched into that as much as I'd like to have. If you go this route, I'd definitely recommend looking into it more for yourself. Also of note is that this was a setup I was planning for my particular situation. It may be that there's much cheaper options and alternatives to this whole mess that I don't know about or just simply overlooked because it didn't work for me. I encourage you to do more research into this on your own if you really want the best results.

And finally, if ALL of this is way too much over your head, you could just do what I decided to do that was ultimately so much cheaper and easier: Just buy a Roku Streaming Stick/Amazon Fire TV Stick and use that as your dedicated music streaming device to your AV receiver. Then just use your Dot for everything else.


Tl;dr: Buy a Logitech Harmony Hub. Have bluetooth on your AV receiver? Pair it with Alexa, and then just add turning on its bluetooth to your Harmony Hub's turn on music activity. You're done.

Don't have bluetooth on your AV receiver? Buy this and a smart plug compatible with Alexa to plug it into. Pair the bluetooth receiver with Alexa. Turn the plug and the receiver on when you want to listen to music through it. Turn them off when you don't.

Want to be able to turn that smart plug on at the same time as your music mode? Make sure you buy a Smart Things smart plug and a Smart Things hub, then integrate turning your plug on into your Harmony Hub's music mode.

Or just buy a Roku Streaming Stick/Amazon Fire TV Stick for music instead if you're a cheapass

u/ZeroCorpse · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I'm quite fond of my TP-Link light bulbs. They don't require a hub, and work great with Alexa. I can control individual bulbs by assigning them a unique name. I named the main room in my apartment "lights", so I can just say "Alexa, Lights on." and it works.

They start at $20, and like I said, you don't need anything else. No hub or special switches or anything. You really can't go wrong with that price. You need to set them up with the Kasa app (from TP-Link) but then you can go into Smart Home setup and find the skill to make them work with Echo. Good luck!

One note, though: If you put them in a lamp with a three-way switch, leave it in the second position (not too dim, not too bright) and DO NOT switch it to #3. These will feedback and trip a breaker if you do that. They have a very specific amount of wattage/power they can handle, and going over that isn't supported. Otherwise, they work wonderfully.

And though it's not what I'd call "cheap", the Logitech Harmony Hub is quite affordable. That's also a great choice to get your smart home started.

u/ddaug4uf · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

I use the Roav Viva and I’ve been pretty happy with the results. I have a two seater convertible only two options for which charging port to put it in but it’s pretty responsive.
Initially it was pretty much just useful for Music but it’s getting much better at navigation. It works perfect if you use an address and most of the time if you say Get Directions to [Business Name], it will find the right place. It also can use Apple Maps, Google Maps or Waze.
Audio books works well and it seems to integrate with either your car’s Bluetooth or via your phone either way.

u/Silvertonebass96 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

The echo dot was my first product in the smart home world and it's still my only hub. I love it! I wasn't using it to it's full potential at first, only using it to play music while I was home but now it controls my smart tv, some lights, and my security camera.

It SUCKS as a speaker. In fact I never play music directly through it. It's paired to an awesome bluetooth speaker I have. It's not made as a speaker so don't fool yourself with that. But if you want to get into smart home products this is the perfect way to start.

It's kind of like getting a 4k tv. You get the tv first before you pay for 4k games, cable, etc. Sure you're not using it to it's fullest potential but it has limitless room to grow! If you do it the other way around you're wasting money with no incentive to ever fully upgrade.

TLDR; Don't get it to use as a speaker. That's not what it's made for and it shows. If you want a speaker get this .
However if you want to get into smart home things this is a perfect opportunity.

u/aramblingmind · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I just use an Anker speaker. A friend recommended it, and it's been a great choice.

The battery lasts for a loooooong time. It is supposed to last for up to 24 hours on a full charge.

The sound is pretty good. I live in an apartment, so I don't need anything huge, and this one is more than enough for me to listen to in the living room and kitchen.

I have it connected to the WiiU with the USB cable, so it charges whenever I play, and I haven't had to touch it in weeks now.
Overall, I've been very happy with it, and would definitely recommend it.

But like mentioned, as far as i know, it needs to be wired to have more than one speaker at a time connected.

u/stan542 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

So the plus just gets you Zigbee control. I have an Echo Plus, but all my smart home devices are wifi, and not Zigbee (except a few hue lights, but I already have the hub for that).

So I'm controlling:

  • 2 smart light switches, 1 smart dimmer (all wemo)

  • ~6 hue bulbs

  • 2 tp link bulbs

  • wemo outlet

    All over wifi.

    You'd need the echo plus to control:
    This light switch without a hub, but you wouldn't need it for this other switch.

    I did some googling, and it looks like no Apple TVs do Zigbee. So the normal echo should be able to do everything it can currently do. The plus just opens the option to directly control Zigbee devices.

    edit: as /u/RichardBLine correctly pointed out, Echo Plus supports Zigbee and not Z-wave. I've updated the post and links. Thanks!
u/manetal · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

I'm using Logitech Harmony Hub and I can control my tv via voice with Alexa. I'm using Smartthings in between (had to add new Logitech Harmony device), but it works pretty well. Logitech Harmony mobile app is far from good, but with Smartthings works quite well. You can also add IFTTT in between (and skip Smartthings hub), but it might be more laggy. Here is the model I have:

u/404UsrNameDosntExist · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Good write up. I wish I had considered this or truly, had anyway to know it when I started my setup.

I do have one additional Smart Plug not listed I can add to your list..

Weemo Smart Plug

Physical Dimensions

  • 2.5 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches

    Plugs spaces used in regular outlet
  • 2

    Plug Spaces in 6 outlet power strip (side by side)
  • 2

    I don't have a power strip that is "stacked" but given how long it is, I have to assume it takes up all of them.

  • $39.99

    I wish I had seen this before I dropped almost $90 on two plugs that are logistically very challenging (to be fair, they work great they are just huge)

u/dlflannery · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

No hub and Alexa Control and Cheap:
TP-Link LB100 $20 at Amazon:

Several models (LB 100,110,120.130) with varying price and features

I have not used these bulbs but have had good experiences with TP-Link smart plugs and switches. I see 14% of 636 Amazon reviews are 1 or 2 stars, which is typical of many similar smart devices. WiFi (and other RF connection types) can be problematic and subject to interference. Here is a quote from the manufacturer in response to a reviewer whose bulbs frequently lost connection:

>Due to the nature of Wi-Fi, there are several potential sources of interference that may cause the issue you've described. For example, if your smart bulb is installed in a metal dome/casing, this can potentially weaken the Wi-Fi signal. Please make sure the Wi-Fi signal is sufficiently strong for your smart bulb.

u/DobieG1970 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I'm very happy with this:

It has good range and great sound and can resist dust & splashes. Search Amazon for OontZ Angle and you will find some other options that might suit your needs better. :)

u/walkention · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I have seen people setting up integration with RM-Bridge but that was too clunky for me. Im leveraging a custom Alexa skill and a local NodeJS server that utilizes python-broadlink and BlackBeanControl. I bought two Broadlink RM3 mini's for controlling a TV and Apple TV upstairs and a entertainment center downstairs.

It works pretty well and as soon as I clean up the code and write a how-to I plan to publish this to Github.

u/Wwalltt · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

Yes, you need a smart bulb for every bulb in the fixture.

If you have a neutral in the switchbox (IEC code in America since 2011), you can add a smart switch. Z-Wave, Zigbee smart switches require a hub. Kasa makes a Wifi smart switch as well:

u/SomeRandomMax · 6 pointsr/amazonecho

I'll second Anker, though I have this one instead. It has great sound, great range, and outstanding battery life.

u/Antics253 · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

Sadly, and I feel your pain, this does seem to be the case...

From the official 'Skill' page here --

>To get started, just say, “Alexa, introduce me to Samuel L. Jackson.” Then, choose whether you’d like Sam to use explicit language or not. If you change your mind later, simply go to the settings menu of the Alexa app to toggle between clean and explicit content.

>After purchasing, try saying:

>“Alexa, ask Samuel L. Jackson where he is from.”
“Alexa, ask Sam to wake me up at 7am.”
“Alexa, ask Sam Jackson to sing happy birthday.”

>Although he can do a lot, Sam won’t be able to help with Shopping, lists, reminders or Skills.


My hopes have been shattered as well. I really wanted to replace Alexa's voice in full, well, excluding the kids' room. :(

u/mareksoon · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Do you have a Wink or anything else that can talk Z-Wave?

The GE 12730 Z-Wave Smart Fan Control is working quite well for me. I just say, "Alexa, set ceiling fan to 25/50/100 percent," (each of those values fall within the range for those three speeds). You can also simply turn it on and off.

It does, however, require you're wired with separate switches for fan and light.

u/summonblood · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I own this to control all my lamps. It works great, but I see amazon is starting to pump out their own as well if you want a cheaper option.

As for the garage, I think that's something you'll have to control, like others recommended, with a raspberry pi.

u/draavk · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I would say you need more information.

Is he an audiophile? Is he looking for something that plays in multiple places through out his house (like a Sonos?)

I would look towards something like what's showing up here:
List Of Amazon wireless speakers

Because honestly, some of those in the articles listed by others may be complete overkill.

The OontZ looks really nice - I might get one based on the feedback I'm reading there.

u/whitedit · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

I picked up two TP-Link HS100 plugs and two HS110 plugs on sale for $80 combined and love them. The HS100 (same as HS110, but without power monitoring features) is currently $23.95 on Amazon.

The control software may not be as powerful as what is available for the WeMo, but it works well for me. It includes remote network control, timers, schedules, etc. They also have native integration with the Echo, so there is no need for IFTTT. On the other hand, if you want to use IFTTT, look elsewhere, because they don't currently support it. The software also doesn't support plug groups, but the Alexa software does, so that solved that problem for me.

Setup was an absolute breeze and they have been rock solid. They also retain their settings when unplugged and moved.

Whatever you buy, it will probably work with most devices that have a "hard" power switch instead of a "soft" switch. Pull cord light switch? Yep, pretty much any of them will work.

u/cH3x · 7 pointsr/amazonecho

Works now.

Plug your kettle into a smart outlet.

"Alexa: Turn on Kettle."

People right now are using smart outlets such as the TP-Link Smart Plug or the WeMo Switch Smart Plug to control lamps, electric fans, Christmas trees, aquariums, etc.

u/kurros · 1 pointr/amazonecho

There are probably other solutions but you can use GE's Z-Wave Smart Fan Control switch via SmartThings. Should work as well with the other Z-Wave hubs.

u/SoundDr · 1 pointr/amazonecho

It has been wonderful. I'm able to navigate with Google Maps and play music and control my smart home on the road. It is so nice to turn off my lights or set my AC on early coming home from work. And ask if my front door is locked, its made by Anker In a direct partnership with Amazon.

Roav VIVA, by Anker, Alexa-Enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger for In-Car Navigation, Hands-Free Calling and Music Streaming. iPhone Users: Update to the latest iOS (11.3)

u/pootsounds · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

Just in case you're interested in the harmony hub, I don't know how long this will be on sale but it's a really good deal and the remote is freaking great... simple and a perfect addition to the hub with out being overly complicated.

u/JdeFalconr · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Interesting, does that work via HDMI-CEC or is it just a glorified IR blaster? I like that they dropped the price from the previous offering; I assume this is what you're talking about?

u/Merandy · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

I've recently installed 4 of these, and will be installing 2 more:

They are quick, easy, and work well with Alexa. The TP-Link app is easy to use as well.

u/malren · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

I love this one. It came up once at $30 on sale. For that price it's perfect.

u/ConTully · 5 pointsr/amazonecho

At the moment, even the TP-Link Smart Plug is $25 on Amazon. That's a great deal. I have a couple myself and have never had any issues.

EDIT: £24 on UK Amazon also, by the way.

u/IrishVixen · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

$29.99 is pretty much the standard price, however, as with anything on Amazon, that price varies widely at times. I use to track a number of items, including these, and pick them up a couple at a time whenever the price drops to $22 or lower. For Cyber Monday, you could get one on sale by ordering through Alexa, and that deal was posted in this sub. Also watch the price on the 2-pack, sometimes that's a better deal per unit.

They've been consistent performers for me, and one nice feature is that they remember their settings through power outages. Their biggest annoyance is their size; you pretty much lose an entire double outlet unless you plug them into a short extension cord or a power strip. They also don't link to IFTTT, which I know is important to some people.

u/sigkircheis · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I have the Harmony Home Hub and it integrates well with the Alexa.

I first downloaded the Logitech App to my desktop, connected the Harmony Hub to the desktop via USB, answered a few questions about my TV & STB (DirecTV) brand/model, and it loaded the Hub with everything it needed to know. Then I enabled the Logitech Harmony skill on Alexa, and "linked" the accounts (told Alexa my Logitech ID & password.)

I can do the following by voice with Alexa: TV on/off/ volume up/down/mute. DirecTV: pause/resume, "channel ###" (e.g.: "Tell logitech to go to channel 854" or many favorites by name (e.g.: "turn on espn").

I can't have Alexa navigate the DirecTV channel guide or DVR features (beyond "pause"/"resume"); I have to find the remote for that.

You can do more with the Harmony Hub from the Logitech Harmony App on your IOS or Android smartphone or tablet, and you can add other tricks to the Harmony Hub by programming it from any existing IR remote, but those things don't have Alexa voice control.

u/one_2_three_4 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Is that hard wired? The reason I asked about the switch is because I'm hoping Hook will help since the switch I referenced uses RF. The GE Fan Switch only controls the fan, not the light kit. Hook should be able to mimic the RF controls for the fan switch that I have and has some Echo integration. This is all speculation at this point, but I'll post once my device arrives by the end of April.

EDIT: Nope, Hook doesn't work with this type of RF connected Fan switch.

u/awolfoutwest · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

I don't see how you can do better than the Anker SoundCore. ~$26 and 24-hour battery life. It will power off if I remove the Bluetooth source, but otherwise stays active. Not sure if aux cable keeps it alive.

u/Gasaraki · 1 pointr/amazonecho

OK, I have an Echo, Dot and the Harmony Hub (

1-The Echo does not natively support the Harmony Hub (not yet)

2-You have to use IFTTT or Yonomi to interface these two together.

3-The Universal Hub you linked should be able to do IR, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi so I don't think you need the remote control adapter.

u/goodhur · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

I personally use the Vaux speaker for the dot. Sound is ok not great. Good enough for podcasts and kitchen music it uses the aux cable. I don't have an echo to compare sound quality. Having the battery powered dot and speaker is nice. I use it way more than expected. The Vaux also has an additional aux in for plugging in another device. Haven't had much use for the additional aux in.

I also got taotronics 4.0 Bluetooth receiver for my existing stereo in the adjoining room. Pretty cool that it has an optical out and can be paired with more than one device. I can then route the audio to the stereo by saying "Alexa connect to speaker".

The Oontz angle series speakers are bad, a bit boomy though. However it is an option.

VAUX Cordless Home Speaker + Portable Battery for Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 Black/Carbon

TaoTronics Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver, Digital Optical TOSLINK and 3.5mm Wireless Audio Adapter for TV / Home Stereo System - aptX Low Latency

Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Next Generation Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker : Louder Volume 10W+, More Bass, Water Resistant, Perfect Speaker for Golf, Beach, Shower & Home (Black)

u/rcookerly · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

Dude, this is the one to get. It sounds like a $100 Bluetooth speaker but it's only $27.99 on Amazon right now! It's their #1 seller. I currently have it plugged into the wall and into my Amazon Echo Dot. It never shuts off. The damn thing is incredible. Trust me, you won't regret it. OontZ Angle 3

u/macdaddyold · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I bought one of these which I plugged into my audio receiver and it's working great. When we want Alexa to play music, we simply say "Alexa, connect bluetooth" and the music will come out of my surround sound system. If the surround sound is off and we go to interact with Alexa but can't hear her because BT is connected but the receiver is off, just say "Alexa, disconnect bluetooth. It's an extra step but it's working flawlessly.

The BT receiver I mentioned above works very well for this. There are cheaper solutions out there but I've found that the really cheap BT adapters automatically reconnect to Alexa when the signal is lost. This one doesn't do that.

u/archaegeo · 1 pointr/amazonecho

If you leave it plugged in, it never loses connection.

If you unplug it, it doesn't either, but after a set amount of time it will beep to ask you to recharge it (several days, depending on use)

Great speaker, on sale now for 43.

u/MediocreGimp · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Hey, notzak! Thank you for your submission, unfortunately it has been removed from /r/amazonecho for the following reason(s):

u/cexshun · 1 pointr/amazonecho

He's correct. The bluetooth receiver is what reconnects, not the transmitter.

I own multiple of these receivers and they work great. One is plugged into the sound system in the workshop. I just issue an "Alexa, connect to bluetooth" and she connects right away. Play music. When done, "Alexa, disconnect bluetooth". She stays disconnected until I reconnect her again.

Also operated the same way with cell phones.

u/MrBody42 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I got a single outlet switch to control a single lamp to start me off:

It lets me experience cool voice light controls without all that extra cost. That being said, I'm planning on my Christmas bonus getting me at least a couple multicolor lights and light strips!

u/chasemeee · 1 pointr/amazonecho


I have bought LB100, 110, 120 and 130.

MY thoughts on LB100:
the listing seems to be a lie unless they updated the bulb, lb100 and 110 are just yellow, not white....

LB 120: I absolutely LOVE this one (with tunable white - Because I really like white light, not sure why, but it's just what I'm used)

LB 130: the colors are cool, but if you are looking for WHITE light, this is NOT for you because you can never get a true white out of it unlike the LB120.

u/cognizantant · 1 pointr/amazonecho

If you only have two you are in luck.

Logitech has two harmony skills. If you need a third hub you’re going to need a separate account.

u/jam905 · 0 pointsr/amazonecho

Yes. But honestly, you can get almost the same functionality with a Roav Viva. On sale right now for $38.

u/numbr9 · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

Was in the same situation as you, purchased the Amazon Basics one. Amazon support told me that my Echo Dot was defective- didn't buy into it. Returned the Amazon Basics and got this one: HomeSpot NFC-Enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound System Works like you would expect!

u/sbeckas · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

Learned about this inexpensive speaker $28.00 adequate for me.
Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Next Generation Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker : Louder Volume 10W+, More Bass, Water Resistant, Perfect Speaker for Golf, Beach, Shower & Home (Black)

u/RoyMi6 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Two different harmony apps? Not sure if this link will work but all I see if the one Harmony skill:

u/shagieIsMe · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

Because the skill that I have pulls data from another service ( ) pulls 42 forecast points to get an idea of the cloud cover in a grid to the west (for sunset) or east (for sunrise) to make a prediction of what the quality of the sunrise will be.

For me, 1000 requests/day isn't something I'll hit. 200 people asking "what will the sunset be like" each day and I'm starting to pay money for API calls (not to mention the cost of hosting - insignificant for me, not so much if there are more people using it).

There is already a free built in (no special invocation necessary) forecast. There are scores of other ones by local news stations (that are reminding you that its KAMZ giving you the weather). There's also already a skill that uses Dark Sky API -

If you've got the service and its the publicity that you are after, or are facilitating sales to a service (snow report for Sugarloaf mountain) - thats one thing. If you're just a random developer who would start having to pay out of pocket for strangers to use the program with no way of monetizing it - that's a completely different thing.

u/chaderick9 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Is the hub that comes along with the remote this same hub

Logitech Harmony Hub for Control of 8 Home Entertainment Devices, works with Alexa

I don't care too much about the included remote i just like the idea of getting the hub that will work with my echo's at a lower price

u/mountainmoochacho · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I use [this one.](AmazonBasics Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Receiver Works great.

u/cmlaney · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

The easiest way is to get a GE Fan Controller and a compatible hub, such as SmartThings, Wink, or Vera.

u/cthompsonguy · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Alexa cannot recognize different users, nor can it recognize permission differences between different Echo devices. Anyone who is capable of giving commands to an Echo on your account (meaning, anyone in your home with an un-muted Echo) is assumed to have full permissions for anything attached to that account.

As for wall switches, I use this.

u/Weird_With_A_Beard · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Yes, the Dot is not very loud. I use these Bluetooth speakers on 2 of mine and it makes a huge difference.

u/Wackyvert · 1 pointr/amazonecho

If you have a Fire TV, then sure, otherwise no, you would need to get either an echo dot with the remote or a fire TV with the remote. A fire TV stick is probably the best option if you want TV, but the echo dot might still be on sale for $30 on amazon

edit: it is on sale that works out to like 22.5 pounds or something

u/NottaGuy · 22 pointsr/amazonecho

Although he can do a lot, Sam won’t be able to help with Shopping, lists, reminders or Skills.(


Yeah, I'm bummed Mr. Jackson won't be my weekly reminder to take out the trash.

u/TheSyntaxEra · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

activate the "BIG SKY" weather skill. SO much better than Alexa's stock weather...

u/jtonzi · 2 pointsr/amazonecho


So, with a 3 gang box, you can put in anything. Wemo make a light switch and also a dimmer switch. Leviton has a few switches as well.

Keep in mind that you'll need a neutral line available for all of these switches. If you have the kind of switch where there's only a single wire and the switch sits in the middle to cut off power flow, you'll have a problem swapping in a smart switch.

u/cknlegs · 1 pointr/amazonecho

The setup you're wanting sounds like it could benefit from a mixer and some bluetooth audio receivers. You would need one receiver per echo and the audio would be mixed, so you'd need to remember to stop playback on one device before starting playback on another.

u/wbruce098 · 4 pointsr/amazonecho

So, it looks like you have to preface it with, “Alexa, ask Sam to...”

And while it looks cool, I’ll probably buy it, and I’m sure it will evolve over time, I’m disappointed I can’t just change the default Echo voice to Sam’s for everything.

u/ShaftEEE · 0 pointsr/amazonecho

what about getting a wifi power outlet / ups that works with echo instead? You wouldn't be able make adjustments but you could turn it on and off.
Edit: something like this -

u/dolphicorn · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I have mine paired with the Oontz Angle 3 ( which is about 30 bucks and it works great. You can leave it plugged in all the time if you'd like, but the included cable is only a few inches long so it must be close to its power supply.

u/leehofook · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

you can get a 'smart plug' for $30 that will do this.. no hub or special bulb required.

tplink smartplug

u/noloco · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

This is pretty much the exact same setup I was planning on doing in my bathroom remodel that is currently in process. I was going to plug my amp into this:

Let me know how your setup goes.

u/javaski · 36 pointsr/amazonecho

Buy it directly here:

edit: for those who ask how this was done, really easy. Search for "Echo Dot", pull the ASIN from the link from the search, go to any "Offer Page" for another product, replace the ASIN in the address with the Echo Dot's. And boom.

u/notkrivo · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

I just got one of these for my birthday. I have a string of white christmas lights on my porch that I can now turn on and off using the Echo.

You download the app on your phone to get it setup and then add the skill to Echo and say "Alexa turn on the porch lights" and it works. Really easy to setup.

u/Deadmeat553 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Have you used any of the 3rd party Alexa car options before? How does it compare to them?

Example 1

Example 2

u/jryanishere · 0 pointsr/amazonecho

You can not use the Dot AS a bluetooth speaker for any device.

It will only BROADCAST itself to other bluetooth speakers.

EDIT: Neat, downvotes for the right answer:

Scroll down to the bottom of the page under bluetooth connectivity.

u/Kyanar · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

It's not custom wake words. According to the Samuel L Jackson Alexa voice page the celebrity voice is just a way to interact with inane stuff like the weather. It won't respond unless you specifically ask Alexa to "ask Sam".

> Sam won’t be able to help with Shopping, lists, reminders or Skills.

Kind of disappointing really.

u/rollin37 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I have this one but it's out of stock currently. TP-Link Smart Plug, No Hub Required, Wi-Fi, Control your Devices from Anywhere, Works with Amazon Alexa (HS100)

u/KunalPatel96 · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

This one was suggested to me and i have seen many people say that this one works properly with the echo. I just ordered one myself, hopefully it works

u/BootyButtPirate · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

"Alexa, order echo dot", "No x2".
"Alexa, order TP Link Smart Plug", "No x2".

Log into Amazon and add these two items manually to cart to check out...
Echo Dot (black):
TP-Link Smart Plug:

Items (2): $79.98
Shipping & handling: $0.00
Alexa : -$12.90
Alexa: -$20.00
TP-Link Promo: -$24.99
Total before tax: $22.09

u/AberrantRambler · 1 pointr/amazonecho

You could get an Alexa compatible IR blaster for around $25:

Then you can do things like have Alexa turn on your TV and change the volume/channels (which I know is the exact opposite of going outdoors)

u/UnfairLobster · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Quick solution is to get a RCA wired bluetooth adaptor and use that instead to connect.

I have had sucess with this

u/Rzzzza · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Yeah i ordered this:

Cant clarify that it works yet as havent received it but read from comments somewhere that it doesnt aggressively reconnect and waits for a connection.

u/carbongreen · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

Why would you need it to be sold at a WF? Why don't you just buy it online?

Edit: Oh the price. You can still get the Dot for the same price on amazon.

u/biking4jesus · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

those look like chinese private label items.

if you already have a power strip, why not a tP-Link smart plug or Wemo Plug


u/sarkonovich · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

Alexa cannot get weather "in four hours"

You can try Big Sky. You can ask things like, "What's the weather in four hours?", "Will it rain in the next 5 hours?", "What's the low temperature in the next three days."

u/neko · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

Where on earth are you seeing that? It's 39.99 on amazon too.

u/Letshavefunn4 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

This GE is one of the only ones I have seen. You need to replace the switch in the wall with this though. There is nothing I have found that you can hook up to the fan instead.*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Edit: This is just to get the commands to your fan, you would need a Smartthings hub to make the rest work. Not a simple setup I'm afraid.

You could also drop a ton of money on a Big Ass Fan that works with Echo.

u/Erinescence · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Yes. I have an Anker Soundcore and an Anker Soundcore Sport and they power off after 10 minutes with no sound being transmitted over BT.

The Soundcore can also be connected via aux jack and I'm not sure if it also powers off after a period of inactivity.

u/entheox · 5 pointsr/amazonecho

This is the Bluetooth speaker I got with my Echo Dot. It's a $100 speaker on sale for $27.99 right now. Works great, and I've had no complaints with it so far:

u/techwiz2017 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

You’ve probably already seen this or don’t want to buy another device, but just thought I’d throw it in the thread

Roav VIVA, Alexa Enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger for In-Vehicle Navigation, Hands-Free Calling and Music Streaming (Spotify Available Soon). For Cars with Bluetooth/CarPlay/Android Auto/Aux In

u/Leyanyar · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

We us a Homespot HFC receiver which disconnects when requested and reconnects when requested.

u/AHrubik · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

This one (Belkin WEMO) is WiFi and works with Alexa.

This one (GE Z-Wave) is Z-Wave and works with Alexa.

u/Smaskifa · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

Use a bluetooth adapter? That's how I connected a Dot to my home theater receiver.

u/GiveMeBackMySon · 1 pointr/amazonecho

The link above you allows you to pre-order the DOT online.



^(Edit: Or is it that the link above only works if you have already ordered an Echo on your account?)

u/kushwonderland · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I had to also get one of these to have it be loud enough to be heard in the shower.

u/rothmaniac · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Maybe I am not understanding what you are asking, but why wouldn't you just use this plug, which is the same cost, and works with the echo directly?

u/dazedph · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

just on the regular Dot page -

there's an option to bundle it with the basic Hue starter kit for 99.99 (white bulbs only, not colored).

u/JamieMeyers · 4 pointsr/amazonecho

It seems that Ecobee, TP-Link, and Philips Hue bundles are still present on the US site and available for preorder. See I don't see Bose's deal any longer.

For UK, Netatmo and Wemo still have bundles.

u/joeycast · 1 pointr/amazonecho

You can get an Echo Dot for $49.99

u/OpticalNecessity · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Is there a reason I couldn't just install a TP Link wireless switch in place of my gas fireplace switch?

This is what I was thinking of doing.

Edit: added clairification

u/ash1300ad · 8 pointsr/amazonecho

I use the Big Sky skill. It has more accurate weather.

u/komandokost · 7 pointsr/amazonecho

Just got this one and it works on it's own for cheap.

u/JShaftoe98 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I used the Home Spot NFC on my receiver (after a recommendation here) and it works perfectly. It does not autoconnect.

u/z0mb13k1ll · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

Part 1 has a skill listing already(but not yet available) and
Part 2 ain't missing brother :)

u/Dekkerd · 1 pointr/amazonecho

HomeSpot NFC-Enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound System

I use this to connect to my sonos system, about 12 feet away. No drops so far.

u/s1lence1 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I think this might work for you

Took me a lil bit to get used to it but it's automatic for me now when I sit in my car i just drop my phone on my vent and open Alexa with my voice.

u/gefarms · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

I recommend the Roav Viva by Anker. Anker has sales quite often on their products and they had this for $39.99 last week ($37.99 if you signed up for their email special). I have been using my for a week, sometimes it has trouble hearing me say "Alexa", only because of location of my car's charger, but you can touch the mic button on it for you to say your alexa commands. No issues with playback or connectivy through my aux in connection. For GPS navigation you can set Google Maps, Waze, or apple maps for default service. The Roav charger connects to your phone via bluetooth connection.

u/n0esc · 10 pointsr/amazonecho


Doesn't look like it can be set as a default voice or default response. It's just a damn skill.

u/peterwolf927 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I have these for my wall switches. They work great, easy to set up, but no dimmer. I replaced the wemo ones since I didnt have much luck with them working and setting them up was a pita.