Amazon Echo Dot, just a gimmick?

So i got myself an Echo Dot hoping that i could somehow control my xbox, tv, sound bar and lights

After watching a few more videos on youtube im still none the wiser, my sound bar is connected to my tv via optical so when using Alexa it cant control the tv volume but only play music via Bluetooth
Does any one have experience in what i need?
Thanks

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I've got mine controlling the tv, sky box and soundbar as well as heating and lighting.
You need a divice to act as a gateway and between the entertainment system (IR) and alexa (Wifi), I use a broadlink RM Pro (and tasker running on android), I think a lot of people use the logitech harmony hub which is a better all in one solution.
I also use a raspberry pi to emulate a wemo device so I can trigger various actions.

depends matey,it's great with hive,hue,nest,piper etc but unless you've several smart devices it's more a music and news and stuff kinda thing,what kind of lights do you have?
it won't control xbox or TV, unless you mean switching off via a smart plug.

hats off to above poster.

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Thanks guys
I dont have them yet as they are on order but i have the philips Hue kit led strips and bulbs coming
I also have 2 TP link wifi plugs arriving.
The video i just watched is showing a set up using the Logitech harmony hub so im guessing i need that to control all of those devices to then issue voice commands using alexa???
Im quite tech savvy just going into the unknown here and didnt realise i would be spending £300+ to not use a damn remote lol

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Im using ios so i know thats limited compared to android

willyzippy89

Thanks guys I dont have them yet as they are on order but i have the … Thanks guys I dont have them yet as they are on order but i have the philips Hue kit led strips and bulbs coming I also have 2 TP link wifi plugs arriving. The video i just watched is showing a set up using the Logitech harmony hub so im guessing i need that to control all of those devices to then issue voice commands using alexa??? Im quite tech savvy just going into the unknown here and didnt realise i would be spending £300+ to not use a damn remote lol



​well that's what u get for being lazy it's probably really for those whom have severe trouble getting around and about but for them it should be less expensive in first place.

My son has one, I asked if I should buy one for his brother for Christmas, he said don't bother, say no more

DVS_Dee

I've got mine controlling the tv, sky box and soundbar as well as heating … I've got mine controlling the tv, sky box and soundbar as well as heating and lighting.You need a divice to act as a gateway and between the entertainment system (IR) and alexa (Wifi), I use a broadlink RM Pro (and tasker running on android), I think a lot of people use the logitech harmony hub which is a better all in one solution.I also use a raspberry pi to emulate a wemo device so I can trigger various actions.



​Been looking into the Broadlink RM Pro, do I need the remote control extension for that to work or does it do remotes with the standard offering already?

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daletharper

My son has one, I asked if I should buy one for his brother for … My son has one, I asked if I should buy one for his brother for Christmas, he said don't bother, say no more



Yeah im struggling to see the appeal....will see how much better it is with another £100 on top "/

check out ifttt, if this then that,gives you an idea of what works with what,ios shouldn't be too bad.
it works great with hue.but I'd definitely say that unless you are automating most of you're house it's going to be handy for lights,timers,news and weather,recipes,to do lists etc..and music.

Yeh a harmony hub should do you and as said above using ittt you would be able to say alexa active movie mode the lights will dim tv and surround sound will come on, switch to Netflix and turn the light behind the tv blue. All with one command. Takes some setting up though tbh.

From reading all the comments above it certainly sounds like a gimmick to me. I haven't even considered buying nearly half the stuff that has been mentioned in the various comments so it'd probably be of no use in my home.

I got 2 on the currys glitch that was posted on here. I'm so not tech savvy and basically have one upstairs and one in the kitchen to play music on. At £24 a piece I'm happy I got my money's worth but figured I'll read this and see what else they can do. I'm already confused enough to accept I'll stick to playing music haha

fawkes99

depends matey,it's great with hive,hue,nest,piper etc but unless you've … depends matey,it's great with hive,hue,nest,piper etc but unless you've several smart devices it's more a music and news and stuff kinda thing,what kind of lights do you have?it won't control xbox or TV, unless you mean switching off via a smart plug.


This is incorrect, as I said above. It can control your TV without the use of a smart plug. I use my broadlink RM Pro to handle IR, so anything that can be controlled via IR can be controlled by alexa using this method.

The_IMF

​Been looking into the Broadlink RM Pro, do I need the remote control e … ​Been looking into the Broadlink RM Pro, do I need the remote control extension for that to work or does it do remotes with the standard offering already?



No, all you need is the echo, broadlink RM Pro and an android device running the Tasker Broadlink RM plugin. It works really well, there's a lot more that I've got lined up in my project backlog that I want to do with it. If your into coding it's also really easy to create your own custom alexa skills I did the favourite colour skill in less than 5 mins. There's also some cool stuff you can do with devices like raspberry pi's and alexa.

Have a look here, loads you can do with it... ifttt.com/dis…er/ and it will become better when you have other compatible smart devices around the house.

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