Control Switches and Devices in your home using Amazon Echo

You can now control switches and devices in your home using Amazon Echo and it’s cheaper than ever.

I was recently bought the Amazon Echo 2 for a gift and within 5 minutes I was able to turn on lights, switch off slow cookers and all manner of things and it’s easier and cheaper than you might think.

 

Gather your equipment to Control Switches and Devices in your home using Amazon Echo

First of all, this article assumes you already have a wifi network in your home. If you haven’t, this isn’t going to work.

You’re going to need some Smart Wifi Plugs. There are a lot of options around and the price ranges from £10 to £15 each. They all do pretty much the same thing so make sure you’ve got some that are compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa.

Next, you’re going to need an Amazon Echo. These are available for £89 from Amazon.

 

Program your switches to your home wifi

Next, you’ll need to program your switched to your home wifi. Each device will have a slightly different methods for this and it will usually involve downloading an app to your phone or tablet.

Once you’ve done this and you’re able to operate your switch from your phone you need to give it a unique name, something like “lounge lamp” or “bedroom lamp”.

 

Tell your Echo to discover new devices

You now need to tell Echo to discover the new devices on your network so that she can control them. To do this, say “Alexa, discover new devices”. It takes around 20 seconds for this to complete. Once Echo can see the new devices just say “Alexa, switch on [your device name]” and you’re away!

You can also set up groups which allows you to control more than one device at the same time. Just put them in a group and give them a name.

 

Considerations

Be careful what you plug into each smart switch as most have a maximum power output, usually around 2000 watts. Don’t plug anything into the switch which is more than the rated power output as you risk causing a fire. You should also be careful not to plug any sensitve devices

 

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