Echo Naming Quirks

Same with me. Anything that starts with “all” for me. “All shades” does the same thing. If I open/close individually (e.g. “Alexa, close living room shades”) it works every time- even when I’m mumbling from across the room. When I confirm “all shades” or whatever, it accepts the command fine.

I’m just glad that it seems the Echo server update last week seems to have fixed the issue of “her” making you repeat commands 2-3 times and then still failing 60% of the time or replying on/off was not a valid command for a light. Of course Echo supports boiler plate response to every email and phone call was that there was no server issues. . Even though all the issues started the Monday/Tuesday after Thankgiving , right when all those $95 Echoes would have been delivered following the overly successful Thanksgiving week sale


How do you get the Echo to turn on ESPN?


Use Harmony as the tv controller.

The following method uses the official SmartThings integrations.

Or you can just use IFTTT, since both echo and harmony have IFTTT channels. Or you can use any other TV control device that has an IFTTT channel. :sunglasses:

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I have echo controlling harmony through if, but that can only start activities. Not tell it to tune to a channel.

We’re getting sort of off topic for this thread, so please direct follow-ups to my projects thread. That discusses in detail choosing a channel. But basically you just set up a Harmony activity and you use a step in the starting sequence of that activity to set the starting channel for the activity. Works very well.

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I just came up with a new naming issue. I replaced the lights above my kitchen sink and named them “left sink” and “right sink”. Alexa keeps hearing “left sync” and “right sync” and hence replies there is no device by that name. Yet if I say turn off/on the sink lights she understands and turns them both on/off.

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“Alexa, Turn on Netflix” does not work even though she understood me perfectly.

I’ve noticed that I can say the word “TV” again instead of “television” and Alexa understands.

Yah… poor Alexa is sick today :mask: (or for the past few days?). I also have a Netflix Virtual Switch.

My Echo is working fine with both Yonomi and IFTTT. But there’s no SmartThings involved in those. Or any virtual switches. :wink:


Thanks, but earlier this week I decided to cut ST out of my Echo integration in favor of Yonomi. I am trying to weed myself of ST dependencies for obvious reasons :slight_smile:

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And you checked to make sure Netflix is the name of a Yonomi " device" in your Alexa app?

I created a group called “Netflix” in the Echo app which is tied to my Harmony activity via Yonomi. For my Harmony-Echo integrations I use the Echo groups which are named “NBC”, “Nick Jr”. etc.

Maybe it’s a new reserved word.

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That would be annoying. (And a tiny bit unusual for Amazon.); but certainly a logical possibility.

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If that’s the case, they should prevent you from naming groups with it :slight_smile:


For me, at least, “Netflix” is not working and putting it in a group named Flix doesn’t work, but putting it in a group named “Flicks” does work. I didn’t change the activity name in harmony, just the group name in Echo.

On the other hand, if you are using the IFTTT method, “Alexa, trigger Netflix” still works just fine.

Did you try “Netflicks”?

No. Because I am dictating into voice recognition software, odd spellings are pretty hard for me. Let us know if you try it. :sunglasses: