Unboxing Original Google Home Voice Activated Speaker

Not difficult packaging for the Google Home voice activated speaker.  Very simple to unbox, power up, and make ready  for setup. For our vision impaired and blind readers, the Google Home smart speaker comes in a solid, heavy box that slides apart into two pieces, with a picture of the unit on the front, as pictured next.  The front and sides are white … Continue reading Unboxing Original Google Home Voice Activated Speaker



Connecting Original Google Home Smart Speaker to Honeywell Smart Thermostats

We bought a Google Home smart speaker with the Google virtual assistant, and were pleased to learn today, that Google Home now supports connecting our Honeywell  Total Connect Comfort (TCC)  thermostat. We checked under the smart home devices option in the Google Home App.  Honeywell is now listed there,  and it found our home thermostat we scanned for smart devices on our home network.  No … Continue reading Connecting Original Google Home Smart Speaker to Honeywell Smart Thermostats



Unpacking and Connecting Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen Smart Speaker

Not terribly complicated packaging for the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker.  Very simple to unbox, power up, and prepare it for setup. For our vision impaired and blind readers, the Echo Dot comes in a blue box, graduating shades of blue actually, that turns from deep sky blue at the top, to a sort of … Continue reading Unpacking and Connecting Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen Smart Speaker



Connecting Amazon Echo Dot to Honeywell Thermostats

We just bought an Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker with the Alexa voice assistant, and we hear that we can link the Dot up to our Honeywell  Total Connect Comfort (TCC)   thermostat. That would be nice, to be able to issue voice commands to control the thermostat.  So, we’re going to run through how to … Continue reading Connecting Amazon Echo Dot to Honeywell Thermostats



Pairing Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 Smart Speaker as Bluetooth Speaker

In this demo, we’re going to connect (pair) the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker to an iPad Air tablet, such that the Dot becomes a Bluetooth speaker, allowing us to play any audio that the iPad is playing, through the Amazon Dot. You might do this if you have your Dot connected to your home … Continue reading Pairing Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 Smart Speaker as Bluetooth Speaker



Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker Review, Gen 2

The Amazon Echo Dot is a WiFi and Bluetooth enabled smart speaker, that acts as the front end for Amazon’s Alexa voice service. The Echo Dot can “hear” your spoken questions and commands, and can speak the answers back to you.  The Dot is also an internet radio that can play thousands of internet radio … Continue reading Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker Review, Gen 2



Changing WiFi Network on Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 Smart Speaker

It’s not necessary to completely erase your Amazon Echo settings in the Alexa app in order to change just the wireless network to which your Dot connects.  Armed with your tablet and the Alexa app, connecting your Dot to a different WiFi network is a breeze, as follows. We assume here that Alexa App has previously … Continue reading Changing WiFi Network on Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 Smart Speaker



Amazon Alexa Gen 2 Echo Dot Smart Speaker Setup Help Instructions

This article outlines what you’ll need and how to set up an Amazon Echo smart speaker device with Amazon’s voice service, Alexa. What You’ll Need Before Starting 1. A WiFi internet connection.  None of the Echo devices manufactured to date has an Ethernet RJ45 port.  So, your only option is to connect them to the Alexa … Continue reading Amazon Alexa Gen 2 Echo Dot Smart Speaker Setup Help Instructions



How to Reset Echo Dot 1 Back to Factory Default Settings

Now that the 1st Generation Amazon Echo Dot is no longer the most recent version of this smart speaker, you may wish to reset Echo Dot because you wish to sell or gift yours to another person. Or perhaps you just want to link it to a different Amazon account, or connect it to a different wireless network.  So, … Continue reading How to Reset Echo Dot 1 Back to Factory Default Settings



How to Reset Echo Dot 2 Back to Factory Default Settings

You may decide to sell or give your Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation smart speaker to another person. or wish to link it to a different Amazon account, or connect it to a different WiFi network. To unlink this device from its current Amazon Alexa account, assure that it forgets the WiFi connection information stored within, and … Continue reading How to Reset Echo Dot 2 Back to Factory Default Settings