Amazon Alexa Setup

Setup Echo

Echo devices were developed in Amazon’s Lab 126 in Cambridge and Silicon Valley. Alexa Echo, a brand of smart speakers, was initially the company’s attempt at expanding its current product portfolio beyond the Kindle. While the first generation of the ECHO was limited only to Prime Members, its stupendous success prompted Amazon to extend its product to outsiders as well. Gradually, the Alexa voice service integrated into other third party devices and brands. Here you will know all about Setup Echo and its procedure. Besides acting as a home automation hub where it can control several other smart devices, Alexa’s other capabilities include

Capabilities of Setup Echo

Music Playback

Setting Alarms

Voice Interaction

Streaming podcasts

Weather

Using Artificial intelligence

With significant advancements in the AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology and their usage, the market is constantly flooded with some incredible innovations. Amazon’s Alexa is also one such novelty that found popularity with users almost instantly.

Based on voice commands, the virtual assistant can perform several tasks and functions, including

  1. Playing audios
  2. Videos
  3. Providing real-time news
  4. Information and a lot more

When used with Echo Setup speakers from Amazon, Alexa is significantly enhanced.

Features of the Setup Echo

Alexa features

  • The wake word is primarily setup as ALEXA, which is a derivative of the Amazon-owned indexing company Alexa Internet.
  • By pressing the MUTE button, users can turn off the audio processing circuit thus also manually disabling the Echo’s microphones.
  • Echo gets its ability to recognize voices from the Amazon acquired Evi, Yap and IVONA, based on Amazon Web Services. Setup Echo needs a strong recommended internet network connection to work appropriately.
  • Low-latency and good internet connection minimizes processing time arising from geo-distributed service endpoints, and minimal communication round trips. The smart speakers also perform well under these conditions.
  • Echo Setup requires an Amazon account to function, even when the application is free

Offerings

  • With Echo devices, users can avail of the NEWS from a variety of sources
  • This includes radio stations such as the BBC, ESPN, iHeartRadio and others as well that encompass local radio stations.
  • Echo accesses the users’ Amazon Music accounts to play music.
  • It also comes with built-in support for Spotify streaming music services and Pandora. Furthermore, the Echo device also plays music from Google Play Music and Apple Music

Alexa Offers

  • Additionally, it supports Nest Thermostats as well as IFTTT.
  • Setup Echo to access Wikipedia articles, prepare shopping and to maintain alarms and timers that are voice-controlled.
  • Questions about items outlined in the Google calendar will receive a voice response from Echo.
  • Wink, Yonomi, Philips Hue, Insteon , Belkin Wemo and SmartThings can all be integrated with the device.

Built in Skills

  • Built with the Alexa Skills Kit, Echo devices also have access to ‘skills’.
  • The capabilities of any Alexa-enabled device such as the Echo are enhanced with the help of these third-party-developed voice experiences.
  • This way the device answers general questions, sets alarms, plays music, orders pizza, and much more
  • To increase the capabilities available to the user,skills are continuously being added
  • As a collection of code samples, self-service APIs and documentation, the Alexa Skills Kit makes it fast and easy for developers to add fresh skills into it
  • All codes run in the cloud with tutorials, available for the developer to quickly build new experiences into existing applications

Alexa Skills

The Voice System

Natural life-like voices emission using the speech-unit technology. Usage of sophisticated Natural Language Processing algorithms (NLP) to achieve high speech accuracy. These are also built into the Setup Echo’s TTS or Text-To-Speech Engine

Updates to existing software

As Amazon releases new software, the functionality of Echo smart speakers periodically evolves. In addition to including enhanced functionalitymost new releases fix bugs as well. It may take several weeks, months oreven more for a particular device update. This is predominantly becausenew releases are introduced into the devices gradually.Significant functional enhancements can be made available to the Setup Echo because most of its intelligence lies in the cloud. Recently software updates were run on the device so that it could provide users with live sports scores.

Setup Echo

Users can set up the Echo Second Generation device as follows. Browse the app store to check if you have the latest version of the ALEXA APP. It is advisable to do this before you set it up.

Amazon Alexa App

  • First, SIGN IN to the Amazon Alexa app by downloading and installing it
  • The free app lets you manage your music, shopping lists, alarms and lots more
  • Verify if your phone or tablet is running on Fire OS 3.0 or newer, Android 5.0 or higher, iOS 9.0 or later
  • Search for ALEXA APP on the app store and then tap on it to select
  • Check if your computer has been enabled with the Wi-Fi and is on the internet
  • Thereafter, open a browser on your computer and go to https://alexa.amazon.com
  • Note: There are several compatible browsers that you can use for the purpose such as Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 10 or higher.
  • Go to the app store on your mobile and search for the ALEXA APP.  Thereafter, select, download, install.

Turn the device on

  • Use a power outlet on the wall to plug the included power adapter into the Amazon Echo second generation device
  • First there is a blue light ring and then an orange one
  • Alexa greets you when the light turns orange

Connecting to the Wi-Fi Network

Guided instructions are available on the app to connect the device and set it up to the Wi-Fi Network. Echo devices connect to networks that use the 802.11a / b / g / n standardsuch as the dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz). The devices are not compatible to connect to ad-hoc networks

Connect Alexa to Wi-Fi

Do as follows

  • SETTINGS -> DEVICE SETTINGS -> Choose your Device
  • Then from under WI-FI NETWORK click on CHANGE
  • Thereafter, just have to follow instructions on the app
  • For this, users do not have to use the Alexa app
  • Instead, speak directly into the device and say GO TO SETTINGS
  • Still, you can select SETTINGS by swiping down from top of the device’s screen
  • Then choose NETWORK and then the name of the network that you wish to connect
  • For non-availability of NETWORK NAME go to the ADVANCED Wi-Fi options
  • Enter the PASSWORD after selecting the WI-FI Network from here
  • Otherwise, go to ADD A NETWORK or perform a RESCAN
  • Most of the time, for non-connectivity, plugging and unplugging the device and restarting it should troubleshoot it. Reset the device to its factory settings and try setting it up again if that does not work.

Connecting to an external speaker

Use a separate audio cable to connect the Amazon Echo second generation device to external speakers. The built-in Bluetooth also serves the purpose.

Echo Spot Setup

Use the Echo Spot to control smart home devices, organize shopping lists, stream music, audiobooks, and call through the phone lines and connect with other Echo devices. These Alexa-enabled devices come with a built-in camera and a screen to watch videos, and connect on video chat.

  • Turn the Spot on and plug it into a power outlet with the help of the adapter
  • The display lights up with the Amazon Logo
  • Greetings are issued by the AI voice assistant
  • Thereafter, select your language, connect to Wi-Fi and SIGN IN to Amazon
  • Once account login has been completed, set the preferred time zone
  • Choose a device name and then download the Alexa App
  • Press the MENU button on the app to customize the Echo Spot

The DROP-IN feature

Echo Spot

  • Unsolicited contact can be established with the help of the DROP IN feature
  • Check on kids, family and friends with this attribute
  • The Echo Spot Drop In can be disabled when not required
  • Go to MENU -> SETTINGS -> Choose the name -> Select ON or OFF to restrict other members

Echo Dot Setup

Echo Dot Setup

  • Open the Alexa App to begin the setup
  • Ensure that the device is plugged into the power appropriately
  • Check if the Alexa app is the latest version
  • Then select DEVICES and then choose the ADD icon
  • Thereafter to setup the device simply follow instructions / guidelines

Resetting the Setup Echo Devices

  • Reset unresponsive Echo Dots (Second Generation) by pressing and hold the VOLUME and MICROPHONE buttons together
  • The light ring turns orange first and then blue
  • Thereafter wait for the lights to turn off and then turn up again
  • Once again the orange color returns and the device goes into the SETUP ECHO mode
  • Then use the ALEXA APP to connect the device to a WI-FI

Talking to Alexa

  • The device requires a WAKE WORD setup to speak naturally. The preset wake word is ALEXA, which is by default.
  • On the ALEXA app to manage the WAKE WORD, first, select the DEVICES icon
  • Then choose WAKE WORD
  • Alternatively, speak into the device as CHANGE THE WAKE WORD to modify it

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