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September 17, 2016

Amazon Echo Dot in Ireland

THOSE CLEVER PEOPLE on Boards.ie confirmed for me that I could run Amazon Echo in Ireland and that means Echo Dot would fit into my lifestyle quite nicely.

Our 8yo daughter already uses her voice to look up things on the family smartphones so I think we could ask Mia to manage a few Echo Dots as part of an array in a smart hub for our home. I like the idea of a house that can listen and respond to our queries.

I know from experience that the Amazon Echo controls Spotify brilliantly and that it could pull my radio and podcast favourites from Tunein. Plus we already have set-ups for a half dozen sockets that it could help control with lights and devices.

We will need to jump into a SmartThings hub because it acts as the intermediary between the Echo and the LightwaveRF (LWRF) hub. And I will need to code some NodeJS on an Ubuntu VM between SmartThings and LWRF hub. That will most likely fill a few weekends of work before we can proudly point to out dedicated VM.

Big props to Adam Clark for his LightwaveRF SmartThings NodeJS Server Setup. "This could be quite daunting," Adam says to first-time viewers.

+++ Bernie Goldbach wants a smarter home.


Hi.. I just wondered if you could help me.. I got the dot for Xmas.. Had no idea that it didn't have an app that worked in Ireland... However I'm a little bit tech savvy... And I do loaded a Apk and it is working... However, because it is an Apk file it doesn't let me use the skills, games etc that have to be downloaded on Amazon.. As it doesn't recognize that the app is installed... Any fix for this?

Kind Regards

Not sure how to help with the app. Personally I didn't bother with the app because it's for the U.S. And UK and I just had a feeling things would get messy lol. But if you go online to Alexa.amazon.co.uk it will do the exact same thing as the app. But on your pc or laptop, you can enable and disable skills remove alarms etc etc. works just fine for me and now she's purring like a kitten 😛 literally... There is a skill for that 😛

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