Amazon Echo Dot

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  1. turnitdown

    turnitdown Well-worn member Subscriber

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    I got mine yesterday and have been playing with it since. I LOVE THIS THING AND WILL BE EXPANDING! BTW - that wood encased one sure is purty.
     
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  2. turnitdown

    turnitdown Well-worn member Subscriber

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    Ahhh - Alexa needs more discretion when it comes to who addresses her. I'm in the middle of Miles Davis and the 20 year old going on 14 (not my daughter) comes in in the middle and says, "Alexa, Rick Astley, Never Gonna Give You Up." Bitch!
     
  3. uofmtiger

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    Could be worse, they could use it to order a bunch of stuff from Amazon. Make sure you turn that off or set up a 4 digit code.
     
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    She was just having fun, but the four digit unlock code is cool. I'll try that
     
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    Make sure you look at the skills, too. Some great stuff in there. Controlling Plex running on media streaming devices, controlling J River Media, using it with Remote apps like SimpleControl and Harmony, etc.

    You can also setup IFTT (If this then that) to have it work with different internet devices. For example, I have a security camera on the porch and when it senses motion, I have it blink the Hue lights in my office since I often have headphones on in the space.
     
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    Real life Rickrolling at its best.
     

     

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  7. whoaru99

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    FWIW, just ordered a 2nd Dot for the basement cave, and a "certified refurbished" Tap to play with.
     
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    After using the Tap for a while I find it odd that Tap doesn't support calling and messaging, yet Dot does. Go figure...
     
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  9. turnitdown

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    I hear you. Bought a second Dot as a gift. I'll be getting one or two more for me. I love these things and they're getting more skills at lightning speed, much like phone apps. Has anyone opened these things to see signs of an AD/DA chip? If so, what kind of quality is it?
     
  10. uofmtiger

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    I received my Echo Spot. It looks great and works with my Arlo Cameras. You just say “Alexa, show me the door camera” (or whatever you name the camera) and it pops up on the screen in a couple seconds. Anyway, I will mess around with it a bit more tomorrow. It will replace the Dot in the office since it also has analog out and Bluetooth out (I use both).

    It has its own camera, which I turned off with software, but if you put this in a bedroom, you might want to put tape over it.
     
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  11. ldatlof

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    I just got an Echo for my birthday. Setup was easy and I linked it to Spotify. Right now it has replaced the clock radio in the bedroom. I guess now I will have to order some smart outlets, some thermostats, a security camera...
     
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  12. uofmtiger

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    I bought myself a Harmony Hub and remote. It is the cheap version with the remote that does not have an LCD screen,but I mainly wanted it for the Alexa skills. I set it up over the weekend and it works great for my purposes. I was a little disappointed by the 8 device limit, but I will just have to get out another remote to control my rarely used Blueray player. They required my Denon to be setup as two separate devices if I want to access zone 2. That being said, I moved the Office Dot to my favorite spot in the living room, so can control a lot of functions without needing a remote.

    One feature of the Spot that I like is the ability to tell it to show photos (from files uploaded to Amazon) and it will show them. It will also show lyrics (if you have that feature on) for songs it is playing.
     
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    Maybe we saw the same deal? I picked up a second Hub and remote for the basement system rather than trying to run an IR blaster all the way from the Hub in the livingroom. It is the Companion setup, I think. It's not a touchscreen like the Ultimate, but I think it is one above the basic so has RF remote, not just IR...or think that's the deal, anyway.
     
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    I am so tempted to write a song with "Alexa, turn up the music" in the lyrics. And "Alexa, add this song to my playlist".
     
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    Maybe so. It was less than $70 for the hub and remote. I may grab one of the Touch remotes with the LCD screen down the road since it lets you add 15 devices ( instead of 8). I still have the Simple Control app, which requires a longer Alexa command, but it will fill in some of the holes caused by their 8 device limit.
     
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