Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Gen 2 smart speaker, top front view, showing ready for factory default reset.

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 Instructions Summary for the Victor Reader Trek Portable Player

In short, the pairing process with an Amazon Alexa Echo smart speaker including the Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap speakers, is summarized as follows: First, get the Victor Reader Trek ready for pairing. Next, turn on Bluetooth pairing mode for the target Alexa speaker via the Alexa app. Finally, on your VictorReader, scan for and connect to your Amazon smart speaker. We detail each of these high level steps below. For this demo, we’ll be pairing our Trek to the Amazon 2nd Generation Echo Bluetooth speaker, as pictured next.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd generation Alexa speaker, top view, showing the light ring and the volume, mic mute, and action buttons.
Amazon Echo 2nd generation Alexa speaker, top view, showing the light ring and the volume, mic mute, and action buttons.

 

Victor Reader Trek Bluetooth Pairing to Alexa Talking Speakers Instructions (Detailed)

1. Power on the Victor Reader Trek. Hold in the round power button, located on the top left side of the Trek, as shown next, until the unit vibrates. Then, wait for the green power-on lamp to illuminate and the Trek to complete booting; it’s fully booted once the welcome message plays and the electronic chime sounds.

Picture of the Victor Reader Trek navigator, left side view, showing the power button location and the green power-on lamp glowing.
Victor Reader Trek navigator, left side view, showing the power button location and the green power-on lamp glowing.

 

2. Turn off airplane mode if it’s on. With airplane mode on, the Trek will not be able to connect either to Wi-Fi or to Bluetooth devices. So, it’s necessary to assure that airplane mode is turned off. When the online status lamp, as shown next, either glows solidly or is flashing, this means that airplane mode is definitely off and the unit is trying to connect to an in-range Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device. When the lamp is dark, this COULD mean that airplane mode is on. But it also could mean that, though airplane mode is OFF, that there is nonetheless, no current Wi-Fi connection established. The Trek can indeed be offline (not connected to the internet) even though airplane mode is off.

So, verify that your airplane mode is indeed OFF by pressing and holding the Online button (the circular button with the Wi-Fi symbol in the top row of keys on the front of the unit), until the Trek announces airplane mode status. If it says, “Airplane mode OFF,” then you’re good to go. If it says, “Airplane mode ON,” then press and hold the Online button again until it announces, “Airplane mode OFF.”

Note that you need not be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to pair with a Bluetooth speaker. However, again, airplane mode MUST be disabled.

Picture of the Victor Reader Trek DAISY book player, front view, showing the Online lamp glowing amber, and highlighted. Indicates that airplane mode is OFF, and therefore, that the Trek can connect to Bluetooth devices and / or Wii-Fi networks.
Victor Reader Trek DAISY book player, front view, showing the Online lamp glowing amber, and highlighted. Indicates that airplane mode is OFF, and therefore, that the Trek can connect to Bluetooth devices and / or Wii-Fi networks.

 

3. Enable Bluetooth Pairing Mode on your Amazon Alexa Smart Speaker  by boing into the Alexa app on your mobile device, and choosing the appropriate options.

3a. Locate the Alexa app on your device. We’re running this demo on an iOS based iPad Air as shown in the next screenshot. In our case, the Alexa app is located on the third home screen page of apps, as pointed at by the blue arrow.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.
iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

 

3b. Run the Alexa app. The app displays its home screen as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.

 

3c. Tap the Hamburger shaped menu control in the top left corner of the screen, as pointed at by the blue arrow in the previous screenshot. This brings up the Alexa app’s main menu, as displayed in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.

 

3d. Tap the Settings option on the main menu, as pointed at by the blue arrow in the previous screenshot. This brings up the Settings screen, as shown in the next screenshot. From this screen, you can select which Echo speaker currently set up on your Amazon account, you wish to use as a Bluetooth speaker.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen, with the -Thomas's 3rd Echo- device circled in blue.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen, with the -Thomas’s 3rd Echo- device circled in blue.

 

3e. Tap the Echo device you wish to pair to your Victor Reader Trek. This takes you to the device-specific settings screen for the Echo speaker you choose.  In this demo, we’re pairing to our  Thomas’s 3rd Echo   speaker.  So we tap the speaker circled in blue, in the previous picture.  Then, we get the following screen.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen for our -Thomas's 3rd Echo- speaker, with the -Bluetooth- option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen for our -Thomas’s 3rd Echo- speaker, with the -Bluetooth- option highlighted.

 

3f. Tap the Bluetooth item, pointed at by the blue arrow in the previous screenshot. This brings up the Bluetooth Devices screen, as shown next. At this point, you’re now ready to initiate a scan by the Echo speaker you’ve selected in the previous step for available Bluetooth devices. However, don’t press the Pair a New Device button just yet. We must first power up your external Bluetooth speaker and put it into pairing mode.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Bluetooth Settings screen for our -Thomas's 3rd Echo- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Bluetooth Settings screen for our -Thomas’s 3rd Echo- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.

 

3g. Tap the   Pair a New Device   button, as pointed at by the blue arrow in the previous picture.  Tapping this button places the Tom’s 3rd Echo smart speaker into pairing mode, and then the Alexa app displays the Bluetooth Settings screen, as shown in the next picture. At this point, our Alexa smart speaker is broadcasting its name (Echo-C88) over Bluetooth, and waiting to be discovered.

Picture of the Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth settings- screen, with the Ready For Pairing instruction highlighted.
Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth settings- screen, with the Ready For Pairing instruction highlighted.

Next, we go to the Victor Reader Trek, scan for, and pair to this speaker.

 

4. Scan for the speaker on the Victor Reader Trek. To do that, make sure the unit is working with the online bookshelves by quickly pressing and releasing the Online button until the unit announces, “Online bookshelves.” Then quickly press and release the * key once and then the 7 key twice (*77). The Trek then announces, “Bluetooth.” Then, quickly press and release the 8 key, until the Trek announces, “Connect to Bluetooth device.” Finally, press the # (pound) key. This starts the Trek scanning for Bluetooth devices, and it announces this by saying, “Scanning for Bluetooth devices.” The scan is complete when the Trek announces the number of Bluetooth devices it discovered, as in, “3 devices found.”

 

5. Select your Bluetooth speaker from the list of found devices. Use the 2 and 8 keys to move up and down in the list of found devices, until the Trek announces the name of your speaker. In this demo it found our Amazon speaker, named Echo-C88.

 

6. Connect to your Amazon Alexa Smart speaker. With the list cursor currently pointing at your Echo speaker, press the # key. This initiates the connection process. After a short pause, the Trek establishes a connection with the speaker, announcing, “Connected to <your device name>.” Once the Trek is paired with your speaker, you should now hear any audio that would normally come from the Trek, now emanating from the external Bluetooth speaker that you just successfully paired it with.

 

See our post   How to Unpair the Victor Reader Trek eBook Reader from a Bluetooth Speaker  for instructions on how to disconnect your Trek from a currently paired Bluetooth speaker.

Difficulties You Might Observe When Pairing

Note that as of this writing, the announcements made by the Trek are sometimes misleading. E.g. Occasionally, when you scan for Bluetooth devices, the list of devices it found does not include your speaker. We’ve found that often, initiating a second or third device scan will find the speaker, and it will appear in the list of discovered Bluetooth devices as expected.

It also frequently, that once you’ve found your Alexa speaker in the list and press the # key to connect to it, the Trek will initially announce, “Connected to Bluetooth device.” But then a second or two later, it announces, “Failed to connect to Bluetooth device.” Again, the answer here is to attempt the scan and connection again. Do this by pressing the * (star) key to leave the Bluetooth menu, then repeat steps 4 through 6 in this procedure. Keep repeating until you successfully establish a Bluetooth connection.

 

About Previously Paired Bluetooth Devices

Please note that once your Amazon Alexa speaker has been added to the previously paired devices list in the Trek, your Trek will connect to it again, when it’s Bluetooth is turned on and it detects that speaker is activated and in Bluetooth range.

Check out the audio demo we recorded here, that illustrates via example, how to pair and unpair the Trek from an Amazon Echo smart speaker.

 

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Revision History

  • 2018-02-09: Originally published.