Ive received my echo plus today, I've added three smart home devices, two smartthings sockets and a Philips hue bulb.
The two sockets control lights in the kitchen and the bulb is in a lamp in the lounge.
I've created a lounge group and a kitchen group and assigned my echo dot in the kitchen to the kitchen group along with the two sockets for the kitchen lights.
I've assigned the echo plus in the lounge group and the hue bulb in the lounge group.
Now according to instructions online I should be able to say 'alexa, lights on' and it will turn on, based on the above associations, the lights/devices in the group associated with the device that heard the command.
It doesn't.. Alexa says 'I've found a number of devices called lights, which one do you want' or words to that effect.
I can say turn on lounge lights or turn on kitchen lights and the groups work, but the specific assignment of a particular echo to make groups more 'intelligent' doesn't seem to work.
ok......this discussion sort of answers a question I have....I think?
I already have an Echo and an Echo dot and am about to buy some Philips Hue lights. I was going to invest in an Echo Plus instead of the Philips hub. But the Echo Plus will be in a different room to some of the lights that I want to voice-control. In some rooms I would like to voice control the lights with the Dot or the Echo. The discussion above sort of implies I'm fine to do that as long as I have an EchoPlus?
The Hue app requires a Hue bridge. The Echo Plus talks directly to the bulbs and no bridge is needed. As mentioned, you can group bulbs and dependent on language you can control the lamps in the room you're in or elsewhere.
I'm currently working with Amazon devs to iron out some bugs I've found in the Echo Plus. Namely the naming of lamps or groups function works inconsistently. Using turn on light for example will prompt alexa to ask which one, when really it should use the group to identify which lamps are associated with that echo. However you can work around this by saying turn on lights (plural).
I believe the reason for this is that internally at amazon, the lights when discovered are labelled 'first light' then 'second light'. Even renaming them in the app doesn't change this internal naming and when asking to change the 'light' its referring to the internal naming first when it should be looking at what you've renamed them to or the group.
Thanks Gary. If Hue requires the bridge that would make the Echo Plus of little use for Hue lights other than switching them on. There would be no control of fading, colour management etc
I have noticed with Alexa that including all the words or plurals makes life easier e.g. in the kitchen rather than in kitchen, switch on bedroom lights rather than switch on bedroom light (the name of the group)