I understand that you cant run ST routines through Alexa when it involves locks etc.
I have a routine in ST to disable my motion sensor in the living room ( basically switches to a created mode ) and im trying to have this ran through Alexa so I can ask her to run the command. Is there anyway to do this at all? it comes up with the security error, probably because of the motion sensors. Is there any way around this at all?
1st you need to name the virtual switch something completely different
I use things like L01 (Lounge switch 01)
Then create a group in Alexa that reflects the something intelligent like; Lounge Switch
Then add the switch (in my case L01) to the group in the Alexa app.
Then say ‘Alexa turn on lounge switch’ and you’ll find it works.
do NOT import the routine into Alexa - ‘she’ should not know anything about that - just the switch
You have to make the alexa group name totally unique
i.e If you call it ‘Lounge Lights’ for example, alexa will get confused if you have another group called ‘Lounge Lights 1’
I’m not sure how ‘she’ will respond to ‘Motion’ e.g. ‘turn motion on/off’ (Motion may well be a ‘protected’ keyword for future use.)
But you might get away with ‘Alexa turn on MotionStop’ (call the group MotionStop and put your Vswitch into this group)
Think I got it buddy. I wasnt creating a group within Alexa and adding the switch. I was going into Alexa, creating a routine and typing in “turn on motion detection” and adding it there.
Seems this is not the correct way to do it.