Google Home Mini Power Adapter Specs

The AC adapter shipped with the Google Home Mini smart speaker is a typical medium-current USB supply.  So we cover the Google Home Mini power adapter specs and details for this wall supply.  But if you’re not able to find an original replacement adapter, any high power USB supply with a micro USB jack works … Continue reading Google Home Mini Power Adapter Specs





How to Connect Alexa to WiFi, Different Network

How to connect Alexa to WiFi and the internet? Well, to do that you must put the speaker into Setup mode first.  In Setup, you choose the WiFi network you’d like to have the speaker log into, via the Alexa app. You can do this on either your desktop box or mobile device.  Now below, … Continue reading How to Connect Alexa to WiFi, Different Network





Reboot Harman Kardon Speaker Instructions

You may wish to reboot your Harman Kardon Cortana Invoke smart speaker if it acts strange.  If it stops answering voice requests, then reboot first.  If it emits strange sounds, breaks up, chirps or squeaks, or shows any unusual symptom, then again, reboot it. Always try a speaker reboot first (described below).  Rebooting often corrects … Continue reading Reboot Harman Kardon Speaker Instructions





Unpacking Echo Dot 2nd Gen Speaker

Not too complicated packaging for the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker.  Very simple to unbox, power up, and prepare it for setup. This post demos unpacking the Echo Dot 2nd Gen speaker.  It also covers connecting it to power. Unpacking Echo Dot 2nd Gen Speaker, What’s On the Box For our vision impaired and blind … Continue reading Unpacking Echo Dot 2nd Gen Speaker









Change Echo Dot Wake Word, How To

You can indeed change the wake word that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers respond to.  Current choices are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…”  The wake word is the name you say to wake up the smart speaker.  Alexa then starts listening for a follow-up command / question.  The wake word is how you “get her attention,” so to speak.  … Continue reading Change Echo Dot Wake Word, How To





How to Connect Pandora to Alexa, 2018 Version

This piece shows how to connect Pandora to Alexa smart speakers.  Note that Amazon Echo devices do not come with Pandora enabled by default. Indeed, Pandora will not play if not set up.  E.g. If you ask Alexa to play Pandora when not set up, she says something like: “To play a station, first register … Continue reading How to Connect Pandora to Alexa, 2018 Version





Delete Google Home Recordings, How To

This post details how to delete Google Home recordings to protect against possible privacy breaches.  Each time you speak a request or command to your Google Home speaker, the system records your voice and sends that up to the Google Assistant service in the cloud. These recordings help the assistant “learn” your ways of talking … Continue reading Delete Google Home Recordings, How To





Use Echo Dot as Bluetooth Speaker, How To

In this demo, we show how to use Echo Dot as a Bluetooth speaker, linked to an iPad Air tablet. This lets us play any audio that the iPad is playing, through the Amazon Dot. You might do this if you connect your Dot to your home stereo system for its great sound. And you … Continue reading Use Echo Dot as Bluetooth Speaker, How To





How to Connect Honeywell Thermostat to Google Home, 2019

In this post, we show how to connect Honeywell thermostat to Google Home smart speakers.  Now we have a Honeywell  Total Connect Comfort (TCC)  thermostat in the kitchen for a couple years now, and have enjoyed controlling it through the Google assistant with our voice.  So here’s what we had to do to set up … Continue reading How to Connect Honeywell Thermostat to Google Home, 2019