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  1. I think that there are several reasons for the lack of activity. 1. It's summer. Most forums experience a severe slowdown this time of year. Things usually pick back up in the fall. Of course that is if the kids ever go back to school. 2. The whole home automation segment is kind of stagnant right now. With covid 19 slowing down both production out of Asia and the sluggish economy and delayed product cycles (example, pixel 4a) things are just kind of boring right now. We are also due for new products from Amazon but those will probably be delayed as well. This whole industry just kind of needs some buzz about a new hot product or 2. 3. This segment is kind of a niche section of the whole tech scene. How many Echo owners actually know or care how much they are capable of or are unwilling to learn. Ultimately Brian, this is your sandbox and it would suck to have to return to the Amazon forums but if it is your time and $ at stake I would certainly understand.
  2. Problem I had with that was as soon as alexa launched waze maps, waze became the front and center display on my phone and the app would no longer hear me hands free.
  3. I'm still not sure how this is going to work but Sylvania has announced that it is terminating all cloud support for its products early summer 2021. I think my lights will still work connected to an echo plus hub but I'm not sure about contact and motion sensors.
  4. Alexa app on android phones can now be hands free. App must be open, displayed and screen on. Not sure if this is useful since on my device the app is always open but it's usually running in the background.
  5. One more thought Frank, You could do a routine where the echo announcing the doorbell press raises the volume to maximum first and lowers back to normal level last. Thats how I automatically turn guard off each day with one echo yelling at another.
  6. I don't have a ring doorbell yet. Still hoping that Eufy will follow through with automatic display on the shows. But since I believe that the rings act as a trigger in the alexa app so you could also do a dedicated strobe light on a smart plug https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00S483KCA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=ismywa-20&linkId=39fe8e93d77046acc2f724d606aa29e9 https://www.amazon.com/Roxant-Strobe-Bright-Variable-Control/dp/B00KUC2INU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00KUC2INU&pd_rd_r=G9MVMX1FZE9FPC0FH6N7&pd_rd_w=YGBOH&pd_rd_wg=LPsfA&psc=1&refRID=G9MVMX1FZE9FPC0FH6N7&linkCode=sl1&tag=ismywa-20&linkId=c674d916aca0068a9df6781bbcb92de7 That would get someones attention.
  7. New setup, garage door up = red light on tv lamp. Motion in garage = light strip in room turns red. Garage door down or no motion for 5 minutes = soft white On another note, this time of year I leave the people door open after parking in the garage to let the heat out so I've changed from a contact sensor to a motion sensor.
  8. Did it stop working using google/alexa and/or the meross app? Meross had a glitch this week that affected some of my stuff.
  9. You could always set a light or 2 to change color. The lamp above my tv is set to change to red if there is activity in the garage or if the door is left open.
  10. Might be a dumb question but how good is your router? I installed the kasa/tp link outdoor outlet within 10 feet of my router but my router was overloaded with 50 something devices and rated for 20. The outlet was almost always offline. Bought a new router rated for 200 devices and everything is now connecting consistently.
  11. Another update to reminders, You can now have all devices announce reminders set either by voice or on the app. Go to settings/ reminders/ announce on all devices.
  12. Thanks guys, Yes the smartthings multi purpose sensor has worked as a trigger for routines linked to an echo plus for about a year now. The restrictions seen to be: appears often as unresponsive yet still works. Can't use the tilt feature. Can't display temperature on alexa app or trigger off temp but you can ask alexa the temperature. Frank, I have been using the sylvania lightify contact sensors with echos. They are zigbee driven and work without an external hub. But sylvania is discontinuing all cloud service next spring/summer. Don't know if they will continue to work but battery life has been great, have not replaced one yet in over a year.
  13. Frank, a little off topic but can I use one the the hubs in my echo devices to connect a smartthings motion sensor? Amazons site seems to suggest that I need the smartthings hub but the multi purpose sensor connects right up with the echos.
  14. 3 bars/settings/communications. This is what allows group drop in and what amazon states as "other enhanced features in the future".
  15. Do you have enhanced communications turned on? I do not see this option for device settings of the show 5 or 8 or under communications tab of the app or the communications section of settings.
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