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    Automated Home Sr Member wywywywy's Avatar
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    Hi all,

    So the Amazon Echo is going to be delivered tomorrow Can't wait!

    But any recommendations on wall light switches that work with the Echo in the UK please?

    All of the ones I've seen are for the US, particularly the WeMo which as far as I can gather is the most popular one.

    I have HomeEasy switches everywhere in the house and it's a bit of a shame that I can't use them

    Thanks.

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    Amazon are now bundling the WeMo Smart plug with the Echo Dot for 73.98 for Prime Members. So the assumption is that the WeMo system is endorsed by Amazon as working with Echo.
    Echo should also work with anything you have connected to a SmartThings hub, so anything 'Samsung', Z Wave or Zigbee should work.
    If all else fails Echo works with ITTT which is even more universal.

    Frank

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    Thanks but unfortunately I don't think any of the listed options has UK-style wall switches?

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    Echo works with IFTTT, and HomeEasy does too, so you should be able to use the Echo with your existing switches

    Did the Echo arrive? I thought the UK ones weren't being shipped until late October

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelD View Post
    Echo works with IFTTT
    The UK version doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelD View Post
    Echo works with IFTTT, and HomeEasy does too, so you should be able to use the Echo with your existing switches

    Did the Echo arrive? I thought the UK ones weren't being shipped until late October
    How do you make HomeEasy work with IFTTT? The only way I've found a bit convoluted - to use a Domoticz server with RFXcom.

    And yes my Echo has arrived

    It's a bit shitty that UK Echos don't work with IFTTT yet though! Hopefully it'll be fixed soon.

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    I got it working with HomeEasy now (without needing IFTTT).

    Thank you MichaelD for inspiring me to look for a software solution rather than buying a bunch of new products.

    I looked at Domoticz yesterday and to my surprise it's very easy to set up now, unlike when I looked at it 5-6 years ago. I brought out my spare Raspberry Pi and spare RFXcom, copied Domoticz to the SD card and that's it, it's ready to add devices. Then I saw in its wiki (which was very bare when I looked at it a number of years ago) and there's a detailed page to make it work with HA-Bridge, so Alexa thinks these are Philips Hue lights!

    Very easy. Just gotta add the rest of the HomeEasy devices now

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    control your lights from anywhere with Wemo Dimmer. This smart dimmer connects to your existing home Wi-Fi network to provide wireless control of your lights .

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    As I am not very programmer savvy, and a bit too old and busy to learn all about it,i was wondering if I got something like a Homeseer controller with a RFXcom transmitter do anyone think that this would allow the HomeEasy wall sockets and wall switches to work with the Echo? Or have I got all this totally wrong ?

    I have read differing reports about Vera, Homeseer and one or two others but have not really figured out which , if any , is best

    Thanks guys

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