NOTE: If you are using version 110 or 180 of our driver and your triggers have recently stopped working - this is due to a firmware update that Amazon is rolling out to older Echo Dot (Gen 2) devices. You will need to install our V200 driver, which can be found HERE. v200 REQUIRES OS3. You will also have to remove the old driver from the project and then add the new driver, so please be sure to copy over any trigger programming that you want to retain into Macros, or backup your project file, and then you can copy/paste the programming from the backup using Virtual Director.
In addition, in order for the driver to properly update, you'll need to first right-click on the existing driver and select "Update Driver...", then select the new amazon_echo.c4z file (select okay to update even though version numbers are the same) Once that is updated, delete the driver from the project, and then add it back into the project. You should see a property in the driver called "Last Communication", and the driver documentation should show the version number as v200. If you have any difficulty with this process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly help you out.
Thank you and we are very sorry for the inconvenience...unfortunately we can't control what Amazon does and there is no way to disable firmware updates on the Echo devices!
NOW WITH SUPPORT FOR GEN 3 DOTS, SPOTS, and ECHOS! Works on Control4 OS3!
Key Differences between our Amazon Echo driver and Control4's:
1) Ours DOES NOT require an annual 4sight license (at a cost of $100/year)!
2) Ours makes a DIRECT CONNECTION within your home network between the Echo(s) and Control4. Control4's relies on a cloud-based integration, which has already proven to be both SLOWER and LESS RELIABLE. There have been multiple reports on the dealer and user forums of long delays and outright failures when responding to voice commands using Control4's Alexa Skill.
3) Ours auto-generates 5 programming events for each command that you define - ON, OFF, UP, DOWN, and SET. Control4's only gives you ON and OFF. UP and DOWN events are very useful for doing things like raising and lowering blinds, light levels, volumes, temperatures, etc...SET is very useful for setting specific light levels, shade levels, volume percentages, etc.
Below are a couple of videos to help you get started. Click the Videos link at the top of the page for videos of the driver in action!
Sample Trigger words/phrases: family room,family room pandora,family room reggae,family room audio, house,house audio,living room music,living room audio,living room lights,living room shades,kitchen,kitchen music,master shades (raise/lower),master blinds (raise/lower),bedroom shades, bedroom music, bedroom television, television, tv, satellite, apple TV, fire TV,kodi, ...
CONTROL4 DEALERS - Please email us at email@example.com for information on dealer pricing and showroom licensing!