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



Spotify Alexa Commands for Controlling Spotify from Echo, Tap, and Dot Speakers

Through the Alexa home assistant and supported smart speakers, you can control your music listening on Spotify with your voice!  Ask Alexa to play a song, and album, or a public or one of your own playlists.  Yes, the Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap speakers do indeed work very well with Spotify, giving your access … Continue reading Spotify Alexa Commands for Controlling Spotify from Echo, Tap, and Dot Speakers



Where is the Echo Dot Smart Speaker Reset Button

Where is the Echo Dot reset button?  The answer depends on which Echo Dot you’re inquiring about. Gen 1 Echo Dot Reset Button Location On the first generation Echo Dot, the reset button is located on the under side (the bottom) of the unit.  The Amazon page  Reset Your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot (1st … Continue reading Where is the Echo Dot Smart Speaker Reset Button



Unboxing 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 Unboxing 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 set … Continue reading Connecting Amazon Echo Dot to Honeywell Thermostats



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



How to Reset Echo Dot 1 Back to Factory Default State

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 State