Reset Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers, though highly reliably, occasionally require a hard reset, to restore them to their out-of-box, factory default states.  This often corrects erratic behaviors in the speakers, and it prepares them for transfer / sale to another person.  Both the original Echo Dot as well as the 2nd generation Echo Dot … Continue reading Reset Echo Dot



How to Pair Victor Reader Trek Portable Media Player with Amazon Alexa Echo Smart Speakers Via Bluetooth

The Victor Reader Trek GPS navigator, eBook player, pod catcher, and internet radio now can connect to most any Bluetooth speaker, allowing you to listen to podcasts, books, recorded notes, and streaming internet radio through that wireless speaker. We thus, demonstrate here how to pair the Trek to a typical Bluetooth speaker.   Bluetooth Pairing … Continue reading How to Pair Victor Reader Trek Portable Media Player with Amazon Alexa Echo Smart Speakers Via Bluetooth



How to Pause and Resume Music Playback on the Google Home Mini Smart Speaker with a Touch

You can pause or resume play of the Google Home Mini talking smart speaker by touching it as follows.  Touch and hold either the volume down area (9 o’clock) on the mini, of the volume up area (3 o’clock), but not both at the same time, until play stops (usually about a second or so … Continue reading How to Pause and Resume Music Playback on the Google Home Mini Smart Speaker with a Touch



How to Connect Amazon Alexa Echo Smart Speaker to Bluetooth Speaker

Not only can you use your Amazon Echo speaker as a Bluetooth speaker, but you can also connect it to another Bluetooth speaker, and hear Alexa audio through that external Bluetooth speaker wirelessly.  We demonstrate here how to pair an Amazon Alexa Echo speaker to a Bluetooth speaker in the following paragraphs. Note that your … Continue reading How to Connect Amazon Alexa Echo Smart Speaker to Bluetooth Speaker



Do You Need Amazon Prime to Use Echo Smart Speakers

You do not need to have an Amazon Prime membership in order to use the Amazon Alexa Echo smart speakers.  While a Prime membership may entitle you to discounts from shipping when purchasing said speakers, grants you access to the Amazon Prime Music service, and while you might be able to buy an Amazon Music … Continue reading Do You Need Amazon Prime to Use Echo Smart Speakers



How to Get Alexa to Play Spotify Playlists

You can ask an Amazon Alexa smart speaker to play any public playlist on Spotify, as well as playlists that you’ve created in your own Spotify account.  Yes, in order to play anything from Spotify, you need to have at least created a Spotify account, and linked it to your Amazon account via the Alexa … Continue reading How to Get Alexa to Play Spotify Playlists



AC Power Adapter Specs for the Original Google Home Smart Speaker

The US version of the power adapter for the original Google Home smart speaker discussed here, features non retracting AC prongs, a six-foot long permanently attached, flat “ribbon” cord, and is reasonably light weight for its 33 watt power delivery capacity. It’s typical square yet unimposing width and height facilitates near certain fitting into a … Continue reading AC Power Adapter Specs for the Original Google Home Smart Speaker



Original Amazon Echo Smart Speaker Picture Gallery

We’ve taken many pictures of the Original (Generation 1) Amazon Alexa Echo smart speaker, and its accessories, for the various posts we’re writing about this intelligent speaker.  We’ve put all those photos together here in one place, for quick and easy viewing and perusing.                       … Continue reading Original Amazon Echo Smart Speaker Picture Gallery



How to Force a Firmware Update on the Amazon Echo Alexa Smart Speakers

Technically speaking, there’s currently no way to force an immediate firmware update on any of the Alexa Echo smart speakers from Amazon.  Further, these speakers typically update quickly by themselves as new firmware is released, within a couple hours, or at worst, a couple days.  But you may want to update your device immediately, particularly … Continue reading How to Force a Firmware Update on the Amazon Echo Alexa Smart Speakers



AC Power Adapter Specs for the Amazon Echo Generation 2 Alexa Smart Speaker

The US version of the power adapter for the Amazon Alexa Generation 2 Echo smart speaker discussed here, features non retracting AC prongs, a six-foot long permanently attached cord, and is surprisingly light weight for its 21 watt power delivery capacity. It’s typical square yet unimposing width and height allows easy fitting into a standard … Continue reading AC Power Adapter Specs for the Amazon Echo Generation 2 Alexa Smart Speaker