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How to control your Insteon Smarthome with Amazon Echo

Computer science   2020-07-12 19:38:18

If you have Insteon smarthome products, you would probably like a way to control them with your voice. You can use Amazon Echo with Insteon devices, although it can be a little complicated. Insteon"s Alexa support is limited, with only certain devices are fully supported. Some may have a half- Supported - for example, I have a few Insteon ceiling fan controllers that Alexa can only control when the lights are on, not the fan itself. Other devices may not support Alexa at all. Fortunately, Insteon recently added an Alexa skill that lets you control Insteon scenes with your voice. That way, even if an Insteon device doesn"t work with Alexa, you can paste it into a scene that will. Here"s what you need to do. This guide assumes that you have already configured the devices in the Insteon app and configured your Amazon Echo. If not, do so now before continuing. RELATED: How to configure your Insteon Hub (and start adding devices) First step: install the Insteon Alexa skill To start, you must install the coInsteon"s Alexa skills. Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet and tap the menu in the upper left corner. Select "Smart Home " from the list. Scroll down and press " Get more of Smart Home "skills. " style = "max - height: 400px; max-width: 99%; "> Find " insteon "in the and press it. Press the " Activate ". " style = "max- height: 400px; max-width: 99%; "> RELATED: How to Control Your Smarthome Products with Amazon Echo Now if you go back to the home page smart home and press "Discover devices " under "You r Devices, you should see that some of your Insteon devices are displayed, just like any other smarthome device . "style = " max- height: 400px; max-width: 99 %; "> If the desired device appears in the list, you"re ready! Otherwise, however (or if your device only supports half, like the aforementioned ceiling fan), go to step two. Step two (for some devices): create a scene To add support for Alexa to devices that haven"t ready it out of the box , you will need to create a scene for this device. Open the Insteon app on your phone or tablete and log in. Press the "Scenes " button on the toolbar and click the Plus sign to add a new scene. " style = " max- height: 400px; max-width: 99%; "> Give a name to the scene and an icon if you want. " style = "max- height: 400px; max-width: 99%; "> RELATED: How to make Alexa understand you better When you name your scene, remember that it’s the name that you will use to turn the device on and off with your voice. So give it something natural. If you control a device that supports half the echo, and therefore already appears in the list of Alexa devices, like my ceiling fan, you can even give the device a very different name in Insteon so that the Echo doesn"t get confused bybe them . For example, I named the scene "Living Room Fan ", because that"s what I"m going to say out loud, but the device is called "fan main ceiling, which I will probably never tell Alexa. Next, scroll down and select the device you want this scene (slash voice command) to turn on. In my case, this is my "main ceiling fan. So I selected that and selected the fan part of the device. Tap Next when you"re done. The next screen will ask you what you want to do with the selected device, some will have an On / Off switch, others (like my fan) will toggle between High / Medium / Low, etc. Select what you want the device to do when you turn on the scene with Alexa. Then tap Done. Your scene should now appear in the Alexa device list. If you reopen the Alexa app and discover new Smart Home devices, it should appear in the list. "style = " max- height: 400px; max-width: 99 %; "> Try the command with Alexa and see if it works! (In my case, it would be "Alexa, turn on the living room fan). If all goes well, repeat this process for all the other devices and scenes you want to control with your voice. If not, make sure that your scene and the device itself have separate names from each other. If they are too similar, Alexa will have trouble knowing which one you want to activate.