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



Amazon Echo Best Features List

The Amazon Echo speakers, including the Tap, Dot, as well as the original Echo feature are jampacked with an ever-growing list of helpful features and skills; all to help make our hectic days a little less so.  Some of the most useful features we’ve discovered with our two Echo Dot speakers follow. This piece describes … Continue reading Amazon Echo Best Features List



How to Reset Amazon Echo Gen 1 Speaker Back to Factory Default State

Note that if you’re just trying to correct strange behavior of the Amazon Echo speaker, a complete factory reset may be too drastic a measure because a full hard reset means that you’ll have to completely reconfigure your speaker to connect to your Wi-Fi network, which Amazon account it’s registered under, and several other settings … Continue reading How to Reset Amazon Echo Gen 1 Speaker Back to Factory Default State



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



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