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29-02-2016, 13:39   #1
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Amazon Echo FAQ

Any fellow Irish users of this device?

It should be top of your list if you're into gadgets
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You're evil.
I'd always ignore it, but now I've looked it up and seen what it can do and now I want one.

Can it play music from a home NAS or is it only from one's Amazon music account?
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No there's no playing local music at the moment, but who knows, they may release it at some stage - we never expected them to release Spotify compatibility, but they did!

Spotify works brilliantly, and I use Tunein for radio and podcasts.

I also have about a dozen sockets, light switches etc that it also controls for me.
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Does it work out of the box here or doe you need a vpn/dns etc. Or a prime account?
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Out of the box.
It won't work with prime unless you have a US prime account.
You'll need a US amazon account to link it to, that shouldn't be any great deal to setup if you don't have one.
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Did you get yours direct from Amazon US or via eBay?
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I got it on Adverts, for a real good deal :-D

I'm actually going to get another one for the living room, and one each of the new ones released yesterday, just to check them out - when I can get someone to take them back from the states some time.
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Apart from listening to music what do you use yours for?
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I've searched adverts/donedeal with no joy. Will get one sent to relations in the states n get it sent over.. Been wanting to try one for a while.
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Apart from listening to music what do you use yours for?
Controlling all my sockets and light switches (lightwaverf/wemo/smartthings)
You get a feature called 'Flash briefing' which you can get news roundups from various news sources (I tend to just use BBC) - so I'll ask for the news in the morning.
You can also get weather reports if you wish.
Listening to radio or my podcasts on Tunein
Listening to my music collections on Spotify
Spotify/Tunein I find great at night to doze off to a podcast or music, you can set a sleep timer so it'll stop after a half hour, or whatever.
Setting reminders/calendar appointments/alarms/to-do list
I actually use the shopping list feature too, I'll add to it whenever it think of anything and then I'll get it to email to me when I want it - eg "Alexa, put another amazon echo on my shopping list"

There are new features being added almost every week by Amazon, then there are also 'skills' (apps) being created by a growing dev community - albeit most of the skills at the moment are crap, IMO.

Biggest surprise to me with the Echo is the quality of the speech recognition, I'd put it far ahead of Google/Apple, it's quite amazing.

It actually took a bit of thought to put this list together tbh, it's just such a seamless part of my life now
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Controlling all my sockets and light switches (lightwaverf/wemo/smartthings)

How did you get it to control Lightwaverf devices?

Do you still need the Lightwaverf Link or does Echo replace it?

I use some Lightwaverf products but it would be cool to be able to control them via voice.
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Ah, you still need the lwrf hub unfortunately. To be honest, it's a bit of work!

You will also need a smartthings hub, which acts as the intermediary between the echo and the lwrf hub. I've also setup a Ubuntu VM, running nodejs, to act as a sort of interpreter (for want of a better explanation) between smartthings and lwrf hub - I have a machine on 24/7 that runs various VM's for me (CCTV, media server etc etc) so it wasn't any big deal for me to spin up a dedicated VM, but like I said, a bit of work!

And all thanks to this chap here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNzh5PFaCDw
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Ah, you still need the lwrf hub unfortunately. To be honest, it's a bit of work!

You will also need a smartthings hub, which acts as the intermediary between the echo and the lwrf hub. I've also setup a Ubuntu VM, running nodejs, to act as a sort of interpreter (for want of a better explanation) between smartthings and lwrf hub - I have a machine on 24/7 that runs various VM's for me (CCTV, media server etc etc) so it wasn't any big deal for me to spin up a dedicated VM, but like I said, a bit of work!

And all thanks to this chap here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNzh5PFaCDw

Lightwave announced last week that they are going the IFTTT route shortly so that might make things a little easier.

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IFTTT coming soon.

We are working hard to create new 'If this then that' channels. This will allow you to trigger LightwaveRF devices using third party systems via the 'IFTTT' website. We hope to have this up and running very soon, so please watch this space in the meantime for news.
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I'm always a little nervous of the idea of those devices listening in on you, or someone hacking it and compromising your security in the way they do with baby webcams for instance. Is that a concern with something like this?
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Lightwave announced last week that they are going the IFTTT route shortly so that might make things a little easier.
I've been dealing with LW for a the best part of a decade, I've learned to take all they say with a pinch of the proverbial - they have so royally f****d the marketing of their products, it's mind-bending.
IFTTT integration is something that should've happened years ago when it became a hit, a similar story I would suggest with smartthings - which looks like it could have legs.
They could/should piggy back on the success of these kinda things imo.
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