I have the following rooms in my house

  • Room A
  • Room B
  • Room C

In those rooms, I have the following Ikea smart blinds.

  • Room A: "Room A Blind"
  • Room B: "Room B Blind"
  • Room C: "Room C Blind"

Each room also has an Amazon Echo Dot. All devices are in the appropriate alexa groups.

When I stand in Room A and say "Open the blinds," Alexa asks me which blinds I mean. Clearly I want the blinds for the room I am standing in, Alexa!

How do I get Alexa to open the blind for the room I speak to?

  • If you've already added the dot to the appropriate group, maybe its a matter of using singular instead of plural ! Try "Open the blind". I guess the makers of the english language did not envision the automation difficulties of having the same word be singular or plural ! Commented Jan 25, 2022 at 18:25
  • Tried that, no difference. Commented Jan 25, 2022 at 18:28
  • I don't have actual experience with alexa ... try asking alexa which room am I in? or what is my location?
    – jsotola
    Commented Jan 27, 2022 at 18:08
  • Have you been able to get lights to work correctly with such grouping ? I'm wondering if the issue is with the dot devices not knowing where they are or with the blinds and grouping. @jsotola's suggestion above can help determine whether the dot knows where it is. Commented Jan 27, 2022 at 21:16
  • @kalyanswaroop That makes this all the more confusing - the lights do turn on in the room I am in when I say "alexa, turn on the lights". Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 8:45

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Alexa rooms only allow for 'turn the lights on/off', not 'close or open shades'. It makes absolutely no sense, but it's been that way for years and likely always will be.

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