Stop or Pause Amazon Echo


(Daniel Pena) #1

Has anyone figured out a way to do this via smartthings? I have a harmony and it’s not able to add the Echo as a device (I’ve contacted support to ask for it) and nothing via IFTT (I’ve also contacted Amazon to ask for an action to do this). My family has become accustom to everything shutting off when they leave so I’m looking for a way to make this happen, or I’ll just have to wait for Amazon or Logitech to come through.


#2

The simplest way I guess is to plug the echo to a smart outlet that’s controlled by ST…


(Daniel Pena) #3

I did this for awhile, sometimes it wouldn’t connect back to wifi and id have to reset it, and the startup “hello” is also annoying.


(Dan P Parker) #4

How exactly would you expect either ST or your Harmony remote to be able to control Alexa or your Alexa device(s) (except for the aforementioned use of a smart plug)?


(Mark) #5

I guess you could create an mp3 and load it onto a aeotec doorbell, or use a text-to-speech app with a connected speaker, that says “Alexa off.” Then you set the sound to trigger when presence sensors say everyone has left, when there’s no motion, whatever you want to indicate that no one’s home.

Amazon echos and dots aren’t designed to be controlled in any manner besides a person (or a recording) speaking directly to them, AFAIK.


(Pizzinini) #6

Here is a project where someone did something similar…


(Daniel Pena) #7

The easiest way would be to get the harmony to send a pause or stop command. But you can’t program the harmony with the Alexa remote yet. The other way would be an IFTTT action to pause, but it doesn’t exist.


(Daniel Pena) #8

This would work but seems like overkill for what I need.


(Robin) #9

Not cheap but you could use a Prota MicroBot to push the mute button.


(Ron Talley) #10

You guys are too funny! Seems like the easiest thing would be to use a simple routine to do it and eliminate the extra step of having to tell Alexa to shut everything off.

Conditions are met in ST then you need to send out a message to Alexa to tell her to tell ST to shut down everything. I don’t get the logic here…


(Robin) #11

I think he wants to mute / unmute Alexa rather than shut off everything in the home?


(Ron Talley) #12

I am just being nosy here, but whatss the end game?


(Daniel Pena) #13

This seems like the best option so far, between the alexa remote and the microbot that’s $80, we’ll see if I can hold out or get bored and buy them.


(Daniel Pena) #14

For when the echo is playing music to stop/pause the music.


(Ron Talley) #15

Oh! Well, have you thought about getting a cheap tablet and then blutoothing it to the echo and send the commands to the tablet? This is what I do.

I actually use it for siren, bell, voice synth, music player and universal remote. All accessible via CoRE.


(Robin) #16

Does the remote work on IR?

If it does you could always purchase the remote, scan the frequencies into Harmony and then return the remote to Amazon saying it sucks!

Problem with Harmony is that you can only run one activity at a time so if you run a custom ‘Mute Alexa’ activity followed by ‘some other’ activity, it will unmute Alexa before switching to the next activity.


(Robin) #17

Nice… gonna try that!

There’s always Tasker on Android as well, could possibly automate pressing the play/pause tile within the Alexa app.


(Dan P Parker) #18

No, it’s a BT remote…which is why I was asking how he expected his Harmony to control an Echo.


(Dan P Parker) #19

Send them how? The Echo doesn’t have an IR receiver.


(Dan P Parker) #20

He wants to activate the “Mute” function, which you can’t do via the BT profile you’re using.