Bear with me. I’ve been a longtime smarthome and home automation user. Semi-recently added the ability to control most all function through an echo device. Up until this point, most new devices I added I just made sure they were “alexa compatible”. Well recently I expanded into smartthings and added a hub etc. I’ve got smartthings and Alexa linked; however, was disappointed to find that most all devices in smartthigns transfer into Alexa; however, not the other way around (at least not easily). I decided i wanted to add a frontend (decided on actiontiles). I am now looking for a way to control my devices (cheaper chinese switches through the go smart app), and other devices that aren’t natively supported in smartthigns. I’ve added echospeak, and know that I can add a virtual switch in smartthings that will trigger an alexa routine. Is there a more straightforward way to do this? Also, in echospeak, can simulate saying something to alexa (without actually having to say it), that would trigger the normal alexa response? For example, and echo speak have an action that says “alexa, front porch lights on” through the app without actually having to say that? I hope that makes sense.
Also, before someone tells me to “read”…that’s pretty much all I have done for the past week. Since this stuff evolves so fast…a solution that was valid a year ago may not be the best way any more. Sorry for the newb questions.