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Wink beats ST at announcing thermostat control with Echo, BUT ST integration works too!

(Bobby) #21

I am happy with my two Honeywell z-wave t-stats. They have been solid (with a few hiccups) using ST for the past year or so…

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #22

You still haven’t gotten this to work? Alexa will "open"and"close"the garage door.

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #23

Ok, she keeps telling me that downstairs thermostat is not a mode and sins for 900°… Yes 900°

Edit: ahhhhhh, she doesn’t like auto mode!

(Matt) #24

I have as of today. It doesnt play well with the MyQ but I got an Iris door controller today and it works

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(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #25

Awesome! The iris is the same as the nutone… They are basically mimolite switches on the inside

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(Sean Kendall Schneyer) #26

Hmmm, wonder what will happen if I add my Ecobee thermostats via ST after I already did the direct integration between Ecobee and Alexa…

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #27

@SBDOBRESCU

I’m using the Honeywell Zwave 8320 thermostat, I think the same ones as you.

If I have it in auto mode, Alexa goes nuts on it. If it’s in Heat or Cool then it works.

What other commands have y’all figured out?

(Chris Etheridge) #28

So unfortunately I live in an area in Georgia where the temperature can sway from the 40s in the morning and in the afternoon swing all the way up in to the 70s and 80s. Normally it only happens in the spring and fall, but it can happen in the winter as well. Anyway, both my nests are on Heat/Cool mode and when I tell Alexa to set it to 72, it will set both temperatures to 72. I can see in the Nest device type (the official/unofficial one) that there is a heat setpoint and a cool setpoint. I would think that it wouldn’t be too hard to handle, for instance, saying Alexa, set the heat to 68, and it only changes the heat setpoint.

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #29

Yeah, I thought the same thing… But… That’s what I get for thinking.

I live due west in Birmingham and our temps do the same thing. We hit 80 today, 40 something last night I think.

Anyway, I ran into the same problem. I’m not sure since you are using a nest, will Alexa change the mode of your thermostat?

I’m using two Honeywell zwave thermostats and she will not change the mode, just the temp.

So, I’m using the new and improved “Alexa helper” smart app to do all of the work for me.

But, since mine stay in auto mode this time of year, it’s a two step process (only in auto)

Alexa, turn on downstairs thermostat cool mode
Alexa, set downstairs thermostat to 72

It works like a charm.

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(Dave Schierenbeck) #30

Jason:

Which Honeywell T-stats are you using. Been looking to put in 2 for my house, to integrate with ST, and would love to hear your experiences.

I also have “Alexa”, so if I can integrate that as well, that would be great!

Thanks,

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #31

I’m using the Honeywell 8320 zwave thermostats. Fully integrated with ST. They are programmable and fully controllable from the ST environment.

They are also fully programmable at the physical thermostat. So if the internet is down, you still have your programming.

Using Alexa helper I have full voice control.

I highly recommend these devices. I’ve had zero problem from mine.

(Bobby) #32

I second that. I have also two of them and throughout the past year I used several custom apps. I currently use Rule to control the modes/temperatures automatically and Alexa native app for voice.

(Chris Etheridge) #33

Alexa is not changing the mode, it stays in the heat/cool mode and then sets the temperature of both heat and cool to the same. So depending on the temperature the heat or the cool will come on. Problem is, it kinda defeats the purpose of having the “comfort zone” of 5-6 degrees. But, I am sure you understand that.

I had been looking hard at the Alexa helper and I was about to take that plunge when I saw this thread. I am a minimalist and since the support was native, I was happy to not have to go through all the additional steps of loading yet another smart app. The more stuff I load, the more I have to fix if it breaks. That and, if ST changes something that requires an update to the code, that means, I will have to learn of the fix and honestly, that gets tiring. I may yet load the Alexa Helper, but I am holding out hope that, what seems like a simple fix, will get fixed. Fingers crossed!

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #34

Yeah, they may never make it native for Siri mode. But once algae helper is installed, it works great. Plus, it does some other pretty cool stuff

(Bobby) #35

You can use Rule to drive the modes based on current thermostat temperature. It works well for me. Yesterday when outside reached 80 and my second floor was getting hot, the mode was already on cooling so when I told Alexa to decrease the temp it worked well…

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(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #36

That’s a really great idea! I’m going to do that.

(Someday my dog will be automated) #37

I’m waiting for the official Alexa + Nest integration, which is allegedly in the works. That one should work without problems…???

(Chris Etheridge) #38

I don’t think the integration you are talking about is as elegant as you think. I read all the posts and saw that some people may not see the “skill” right away. Everytime I searched for nest in the skills, I saw some third party skills but nothing official. However after further reading, it appears the official skill is the Reflect Connect. Not only does it require you to sign up for yet another service, it appears that after a time, if you want to continue to use it you have to pay. Also, you won’t be able to just say, turn the heat up or whatever. Not the most elegant solution in my opinion.

Edit: just read in the skills review that it doesn’t support heat/cool mode either. LOL

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #39

And it’s reasons like this that I refuse to pay an outrageous amount of money for thermostats.

I didn’t like the 135.00 each I paid for my Zwave Honeywell, but they do everything a nest does… ST tells me when I’m gone… I don’t need nest doing it to! Lol

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(Chris Etheridge) #40

I agree with you. I have two of them and I would not have bought 500 dollars worth of thermostats if they weren’t discounted and part of gifts. I will say though, as having previously owned an ecobee, I can confidently say that the professional quality of the nest is fantastic. Not that the ecobee is not a good device, I just like the quality of the nests better.

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