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Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: spacescape
Date: October 10, 2018 07:00AM
My coworker had an extra Amazon Echo (believe it's the first generation because you turn the top for volume) and gave it to me to try. I factory reset it, connected it to my wifi and was playing with it last night. I did set it up with my Harmony Remote (w/ hub) and was able to say "Alexa, turn on TV" and "Alexa, Turn off TV" and it appears to be working. I setup a pandora account and linked it to the echo and my amazon prime. It won't connect to my cell number because it says it's already linked to an amazon account... hmmmm... So, gotta figure that out. Did turn off purchasing right now. So, anything really useful? any tips for the wife and kids? I'm setting up some smart plugs and bulbs (with smart life) and hope to setup some timers and be able to control lights a little bit when at home (but want to use smartlife app when I'm away to turn on a few lights if coming home late).

If I get a DOT for my basement can I NOT have it play music in this room? or not do "whole home" stereo? I'm assuming I can name each echo different and assign it to do different things.
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 10, 2018 07:10AM
there was a loophole where you could order an add-on item without hitting the minimum $25 order. You placed the item in your cart using a computer, then said "Alexa order a toothbrush". Alexa would say "I found a Colgate toothbrush in your cart for $2.75, would you like to order?". You said "Yes" and voila, 2 days later you had the item in your mailbox.

Unfortunately they closed the loophole now. I a dozen or so items this way, usually the price would drop from say $15 (free shipping with prime) to $5 as an add-on item but this only lasted a couple of hours. If you managed to find these items, put them in cart and order before the price went up, you were all set. I saved more than $100 this way.
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: spacescape
Date: October 10, 2018 07:17AM
Do the new Echo models sound better as far as a sound / music??? Maybe instead of getting a DOT I could get a better Echo and put this one in the basement (if I keep it).
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 10, 2018 07:19AM
I don't know, I do not have the new one.
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 10, 2018 07:21AM
see if it will have a chat with Siri?



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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: spacescape
Date: October 10, 2018 07:29AM
Probably should just play with this for a week or two then "possibly" get the best sounding one for the kitchen/living room seeing the wife listens to music all day from a little radio... But, first... setup playlists for her... setup a family calendar (via iCloud), Ooma calling and some smart home stuff... Oh, and a to do list and shopping lists...
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 10, 2018 07:43AM
....it might accidentally send something to everyone on your email list by mistake......



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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 10, 2018 08:08AM
It won't connect to my cell number because it says it's already linked to an amazon account... hmmmm... So, gotta figure that out.

He needs to remove it from his AMZ account. If you're just trying it out, don't bother.


If I get a DOT for my basement can I NOT have it play music in this room? or not do "whole home" stereo? I'm assuming I can name each echo different and assign it to do different things.

Music plays from the Echo unit that's told. There may be some skill that does all Echo units, but that's not typical.


Do the new Echo models sound better as far as a sound / music???

Yes. But they are what they are, a small speaker setup. You can connect a speaker or speaker system to it via BT or a 3.5mm jack and plug. A matter of space, and balance of expectations.




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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: October 10, 2018 08:48AM
Throw out any expectation of privacy.



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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: October 10, 2018 09:04AM
Throw it away or never use it?
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: spacescape
Date: October 10, 2018 09:05AM
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pRICE cUBE
Throw out any expectation of privacy.

I'll just mute it when I'm making a deal with a politician.
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: October 10, 2018 10:27AM
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spacescape
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pRICE cUBE
Throw out any expectation of privacy.

I'll just mute it when I'm making a deal with a politician.
I would imagine muting it would be the same as hitting the "record/alert!" button because whatever follows is sure to be much more interesting and/or incriminating than the usual ambient chatter to which it is exposed.



Lie to me if you must, but don't lie to me and insult my intelligence in the same sentence.
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: spacescape
Date: October 10, 2018 11:11AM
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Thrift Store Scott
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spacescape
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pRICE cUBE
Throw out any expectation of privacy.

I'll just mute it when I'm making a deal with a politician.
I would imagine muting it would be the same as hitting the "record/alert!" button because whatever follows is sure to be much more interesting and/or incriminating than the usual ambient chatter to which it is exposed.

Ha ha... True
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 10, 2018 11:58AM
We use ours in the kitchen area - timers, setup a news feed for BBC etc, and get some Alexa-enabled lightbulbs for fun. Those will likely need a hub.
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Re: Just Acquired an Amazon Echo... Any useful tips???
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 10, 2018 12:00PM
.....would it help to.....as Marvin Gaye would say......'get it on'........????



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