Has anyone a workaround for the lack of integration between ST and Amazon Echo Alexa concerning locks? We would like to be able to say something like “Alexa lock all doors”, but for some reason ST does not pass the locks through to Alexa (or maybe Alexa cannot or does not ask for it) when Alexa looks at ST to discover devices. We can understand that one might want to block the command “Alexa unlock ___ door”, as that might make B&E way too easy . But being able to lock up with a voice command would be really handy, especially for the old and the infirm. Perhaps I should post this on the Amazon group, but I thought I’d start here.
IFFT is your only option at the moment.
Look at Ask Alexa
@MichaelS or you can use CoRE and virtual switches.
Ask Alexa requires a lot of steps to install and get working but it is very powerful:
All, this is a new thread from my conversation in the Alexa Helper area (
[RELEASE] Alexa Helper)
I am officially announcing my new Ask Alexa Smart App. This is what a lot of us have been looking for when it was announced that SmartThings would work with the Amazon Echo (‘Alexa’). Unfortunately, the integration was one-way and limited. You could not query your devices to find out their status, and you had NO access to modes, SHM or routines. I attempted to fill the gap with Alexa Helper, and it did a great job at giving you additional control over items using simple on/off commands. I even got into the ‘feedback’ piece by sending a voice output to a Sonos speaker. But, I always felt this was a ‘hack’…why ask a speaker (Alexa) to report out on another speaker.
Well, with the guidance of @N…
CoRE can almost do anything and I recommend it as a must have:
UPDATE 1/12/2017: CoRE is now in the process of being heavily streamlined (reference to
@bamarayne) into a web controllable app. There will be no updates to this version of CoRE other than critical updates. An update will be posted here when the new SE (Streamlined Edition LOL) version is available for the public. We’re close to hitting alpha stage.
UPDATE 9/28/2016: CoRE has moved on to Release Candidate. Please kindly follow us here.
Continuing in the BETA process of CoRE (milestone 1 topic here), we’ve now moved to BETA MILESTONE 2. This is all about crushing those bugs and speeding up those pistons you’re having trouble with. While absolutely necessary additions will occur here and there, adding features is NOT the main focus of M2.
WARNING: As mentioned before, this SmartApp is in …
How to create a virtual switch:
Need a FAQ for the simplest version of this: a virtual on/off switch. Maybe even two FAQs, one for why you would want one with use case examples and one step by step how to for creating one in ST.
Since groovy will be going away soon, so will groovy virtual switches.
One community member has written a new virtual switch creator Edge Driver for the new platform called VEdge Creator. Since edge drivers themselves are still in Beta, so is this code, but it’s worth following.
Note also that while groovy virtual devices could be used without a SmartThings hub, Edge drivers will require one.
[ST Edge] vEdge Creator: a virtual device generator for end users
Make a routine. In your routine you can have it lock the doors. I use in my Good Night Routine. I use Ask Alexa to trigger routines, but is is complicated to set up (need Amazon Web Services)
On October 1, 2016, Amazon added the ability to turn on a " routine" from Alexa. If you want to use that method, see the official support article.
Note that the official method will not allow you to use echo to run any routine that includes a lock or a Smart Home Monitor armed state change or another device class that Alexa does not know. The method described below in this FAQ will, but it does require that you create a virtual switch.
Although at present echo can only request that smartthings turn devices on, off or dim, by using a virtual switch, you can tell echo to turn that switch on or off, and then have all kinds of things happen in smartthings. For example, if you want to have echo turn on Party Mode, you would create a virtual switch in smartthings, authorize echo to use it,…
Yes sorry all those are option but require additional and sometimes complicated setups and unless you want to take the time to do that or have the know how it’s hard. I was answering your question about basic function something like switched and lights which currently is not an option and IFFT is the easiest to integrate a lock if you just want it to lock and unlock on command from alexa.