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Echo - SmartThings Integration in UK

Not necessarily, the official integration isn’t really a smart app, it’s a behind-the-scenes lan connection. It’s distributed with the hub’s firmware, but it’s not exposed.

There is a setup wizard smartapp, but I’m not sure that’s enough to get you pass the location issue.

Hi there all,

I’ve got echo being sent over from the states so it’s sad to read this thread.

Does IFTTT help integrate at all? I know smarthings have recently resolved connection issues for IF, does anyone have A UK echo connected via IF?

Cheers,
Michael

Your US echo should work fine with UK hub via IFTTT

I have it controlling the TV equipment through IFTTT and the Harmony Hub

I thought I would have latency problems, but using the Trigger command it works immediately, almost like a local connection.

Its very good, but would have preferred a native connection

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Hiya

Thanks for the replies, that’s really good to know about IFTTT and Harmony Hub working with good latency. I also have the harmony hub and keen to integrate Harmony, Hue & Smarthings.

So as far as Harmony goes can you say volume up, pause tv etc or is it just a case of being able to run an activity?

Michael

You can do pause and volume up, but you have to do them through an activity, and it can be quite awkward.

I do this because I am quadriparetic (use a wheelchair and have limited hand function) so totally hands-free control is of great benefit to me. But I would think most people with more hand function would prefer to just use the buttons on the physical remote for volume.

Also, because harmony will not let you do the same activity twice in a row, I have to have two activities for volume up and two activities for volume down and switch back-and-forth between them.

The following topic does discuss how to set up these type of controls so totally hands-free control is of great benefit to me.

Hi, yes I have the Echo here in the UK and tried out the iftt connection to “make do”… I have to say honestly the time it takes to actually perform the trigger is disappointing. Its in average about 4 minutes or so, it lasted about 3 tries and I’ve now ditched it as an option tbh :confused:

I’m sorry to hear that, the delay does vary for different people. And different IFTTT channels.

My typical delay for echo to Harmony is 6 to 10 seconds. Long enough to notice, but not so long that I wouldn’t use it.

How quickly does echo itself take if say, you add something to your shopping list?

Hi There, I’m new to smartthings and this community. I have recently installed the system and bought an echo. Mainly bought it as the smartthings site said that is was supported. I too have the same issue with trying to link the two, have you had any luck connecting the echo to the smartthings hub?

I’m in the US, so I have a choice of using IFTTT or the direct SmartThings/Echo integration. (I now prefer the IFTTT method, but as mentioned my lag is only 8 seconds or so.)

My understanding from seeing smartthings staff postings in the forms is that the current official position is that since Amazon does not support echo for the UK, the fact that the SmartThings/echo integration doesn’t work for the UK is Considered something for future development. They need Amazon to provide the support first.

But @Aaron should know more, he’s staff.

Much appreciated. Thanks for your response

Steps:

  1. Create an IFTTT account
  2. Enable the echo channel in IFTTT
  3. Enable the smartthings channel in IFTTT
  4. Go to the echo channel and create a trigger using a phrase of your choice
  5. Then follow up the action you want the smart things to do based on the phase you chose.
  6. Speak your chosen phrase to echo, and it should perform the action

The delay is random. Sometimes it works instantaneously, other times there is a small lag. Its functional nonetheless.

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Hi there,

Sorry but I’m still learning with Smartthings and echo, is the IFTTT account set up in smartthings or the echo app??

For this purpose, you will do everything on the IFTTT website. So you won’t use either the SmartThings app or the Echo app at this stage. :sunglasses:

Instead, each of these has their own official IFTTT channel, you will just go to www.IFTTT.com and you will be able to connect them there. You will need to sign into your two accounts (echo and SmartThings) when you connect their channels to your new IFTTT account. So we say that IFTTT acts as the “man in the middle” to let them talk to each other. This is the method that currently works in the UK.

If you are unfamiliar with IFTTT, this is a good tutorial:

Correct… The echo is a super addictive device but we cannot support services/devices that are not available in the local markets.

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Whilst I agree you can’t support these devices, it would be nice if there was a work around to get them to work.

Couldn’t you put something to detect when a UK account is used to access the US server and return the results from the EU server much like you do in on the developer website or give us an option to enable this? It seems like it only now doesn’t work because there are EU and US servers and Amazon talks to the wrong place.

A lot of us are software developers so it’s nice if we have a way to fix/work around these things.

Whilst the Echo isn’t available in the UK yet, Alexa functionality actually is, it’s available via the Amazon Fire TV, UK users can attempt to enable SmartThings integration but it still doesn’t work because the browser is sent to the US only login page, it’s very frustrating. Is there any way to officially register interest in a particular bug/feature being resolved?

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True I have a UK Fire TV 4k working with v1 Smartthings (US) Hub

Hi Aaron - given that it’s this sort of community that helps drive adoption, and the fact that we’re the first people to be able to demonstrate to potential buyers the advantage of a SmartThings type home-automation solution, I think it would be pretty short-sighted on SmartThings’ part to not work towards official support, even without the Echo being available locally. Overnight, there would be a flood of new videos and users able to demonstrate a userfriendly solution that can take voice commands, and the SmartThings brand would be front and centre. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

I’m baffled as to why they are appearing to drag their feet on this?