Picture of the Amazon second generation echo speaker with sll accompanying accessories unboxed.

Unboxing and Connecting The Amazon Echo Generation 2 Smart Speaker




Pretty simple packaging for the Amazon Echo Generation 2 Alexa smart speaker. Very easy to unbox, power up, and prepare it for setup, as we’ll, demonstrate next.

For our vision impaired and blind readers, this improved version of the Alexa enabled Amazon Echo speaker comes in a turquois box, with pictures of the device on the front along with printed lists of key features, commands, and capabilities of this smart speaker.

Picture of the original packaging front for the Amazon Echo Gen 2 smart speaker.
Amazon Echo Gen 2 smart speaker, the original box, front view.

Now, to the unboxing.

 

1. Remove box from plastic bag.  Locate the tape that secures the bag closed, as shown in the next picture, and gently pull an end of it until it separates completely from the bag.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd generation smart speaker box, wrapped, side view 1.
Amazon Echo 2nd generation smart speaker box, wrapped, side view 1.

 

2. Locate the sealing tape the box itself,  as shown next. There’s a tab near the left edge of the box, that facilitates easier tape peeling off.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd generation smart speaker box, sealing tape highlighted.
Amazon Echo 2nd generation smart speaker box, sealing tape highlighted.

 

3. Remove the box sealing tape, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Gen 2 speaker box, top view, pealing away sealing strip.
Amazon Echo Gen 2 speaker box, top view, pealing away sealing strip.

 

4. Lift up the box top, as shown next, revealing a black, inner packing carton.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen speaker box with the box lid open.
Amazon Echo 2nd gen speaker box with the box lid open.

 

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen speaker box, showing the top open, revealing the inner cardboard speaker holder.
Amazon Echo 2nd gen speaker box, showing the top open, revealing the inner cardboard speaker holder.

 

5. Locate the pull tab on the inner carton, as shown next.  They provide this tab to allow easy pulling out of the inner carton from the outer box, as we’ll do in the next step.

Picture of the Amazon Echo generation 2 smart speaker box, top open, showing inner speaker holder from another angle.
Amazon Echo generation 2 smart speaker box, top open, showing inner speaker holder from another angle.

 

6. Lift the inner carton out of the box, as shown next, by grasping the tab on the inner carton top, holding the box in place with the other hand, and gently pulling the inner carton out.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen intelligent speaker box, top open, pulling inner cardboard speaker holder out of box.
Amazon Echo 2nd gen intelligent speaker box, top open, pulling inner cardboard speaker holder out of box.

 

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd generation speaker, unit holder removed from box.
Amazon Echo 2nd generation speaker, unit holder removed from box.

 

7. Remove the speaker from the inner carton, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen voice activated speaker, removed from cardboard holder packaging.
Amazon Echo 2nd gen voice activated speaker, removed from cardboard holder packaging.

 

8. Remove plastic wrap from speaker, as shown in the next pictures.

Picture of the 2nd generation Amazon Echo Alexa speaker, removing plastic from new speaker.
2nd generation Amazon Echo Alexa speaker, removing plastic from new speaker.

 

Picture of the Generation 2 Amazon Echo Alexa speaker with the protective plastic completely removed.
Generation 2 Amazon Echo Alexa speaker with the protective plastic completely removed.

 

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.

 

9. Remove the power adapter and pamphlets   from the box part of the inner carton, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen speaker, with power adapter and instruction pamphlets dumped from the inner cardboard speaker holder.
Amazon Echo 2nd gen speaker, with power adapter and instruction pamphlets dumped from the inner cardboard speaker holder.

 

10. Verify that you got everything you’re suppose to receive.   As shown next, you should have the Echo Gen 2 speaker itself, the power adapter, and a couple of pamphlets with getting-started instructions and other important information.

Picture of the Amazon second generation Echo speaker with all accompanying accessories unboxed.
Amazon second generation Echo speaker with all accompanying accessories unboxed.

 

11. Connect the power adapter to the speaker power port.  Unwrap and untangle this cord first.  Then, insert the DC power connecter (small end of the power adapter cable) into the power port on the speaker, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen Alexa speaker, rear view, showing its power and auxiliary line output ports.
Amazon Echo 2nd gen Alexa speaker, rear view, showing its power and auxiliary line output ports.

 

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen speaker, rear view, with its DC power plug inserted.
Amazon Echo 2nd gen speaker, rear view, with its DC power plug inserted.

 

12. Then, plug the speaker into a working AC outlet,   as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen Alexa smart speaker, powering up.
Amazon Echo 2nd gen Alexa smart speaker, powering up.

The speaker then boots up, as shown above, with its light ring aglow in blue and turquois.

After ten to twenty seconds, the Echo 2 then enters setup mode, as indicated by the orange-yellow rotating light blip around its light ring.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd generation Alexa speaker, in setup mode, displaying an orange light ring.
Amazon Echo 2nd generation Alexa speaker, in setup mode, displaying an orange light ring.

If you don’t see the orange-yellow glow around the light ring after a minute or so, or if you see a magenta or other light pattern, then try resetting the speaker to factory default state.  We’ll provide a post on how to do that presently.

However, if you’re seeing the orange-yellow light, then proceed to the next step.

 

13. Setting up your Amazon Gen 2 Echo smart speaker.  This involves connecting the Echo 2 to your Wi-Fi network, registering it in the Alexa app, and setting various speaker preferences.

 

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Revision History

  • 2017-12-07: Originally published.