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How do I force my Amazon Echo to update to the latest version?

Version 4812 of the Echo software apparently includes the new 'Computer' wake word, which seems really exciting. However, my device is still running version 4540 and hence doesn't have the wake word ...
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How to use English Alexa Skills on my German Echo Dot

I want to use English Alexa skills on a German Echo Dot. But when I switch to US English to access English skills I get this problem: Die ausgewählte Spracheinstellung stimmt nicht mit den ...
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How do I enable drop-in calling on Alexa?

I've configured my Echo and the associated Alexa app for calling and can call registered users. However, though I've read about the drop-in calling feature, I don't see any way to enable it. How do I ...
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How can I stop Alexa from ordering things if it hears a voice on TV?

According to The Register, lots of Amazon Echo devices were accidentally triggered by a presenter saying 'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse'. Telly station CW-6 said the blunder happened during a Thursday ...
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Can I create custom voice commands and responses for the Google Home?

I want to be able to create my very own custom voice commands and responses for my Google Home device. Is there anyway to do this?
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How much power do smart sockets consume themselves?

I see a lot of Wi-Fi sockets or plugs etc, but no one ever mentions how much power they consume themselves. They are typically connected to Wi-Fi constantly, waiting for commands. Does this not take ...
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Philips Hue Out of home control won't log in

I have some Philips Hue bulbs and a Bridge set up in my house. When I am at home the Philips Hue App can connect to and control everything. However, when I am away from home (or simulate such by ...
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How can I find echo dot's MAC address without turning it off?

My home network has a MAC filter, so I need to know the MAC address of this particular echo dot. I have nearly 30 smart devices connected to my router and I do not have the luxury of turning off one ...
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Can I ask Alexa to turn off its microphone by voice command?

Is it possible to build a custom skill that would be equivalent to pressing the microphone on/off button on the top of the Amazon Echo? I know from this article on How-To Geek that such voice command ...
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Can you setup Alexa to remind you about calendar events?

Is it possible to configure an Amazon Echo so that Alexa will tell you about upcoming events (e.g. from Google Calendar) an hour before each of them by waking itself up and reminding you about them?
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Are there any smart electrical plugs with an open API?

My friend and I are in a university and we have been asked by the agriculture professor to create automated watering systems for plants. We want to have control over the grow lights so are there any ...
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What is the difference between MQTT and Web Sockets, and when should I use them?

What are the major differences between MQTT and Web Sockets? When using IoT for home automation - control and monitoring access over different devices, which one of them should be used when Rest API ...
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How do you clear Alexa music history?

How do you remove an item from Alexa's music history, as shown under the history tab of the music section in the Alexa app?
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Is the Amazon Echo mic mute a hardware switch?

I recently got my hands on an Echo Dot. I'm hesitating to install it, since I'm concerned about my privacy. According to Amazon's privacy notice, they may use all data they capture. I've noticed ...
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Can Alexa ever speak without being prompted?

I was recently asked if Alexa can ever speak without prompting, so I thought it'd be helpful to ask here to make sure I'm right; as far as I know, Alexa will never, ever speak without the wake word, ...
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How can I dim or turn off the light of the Philips Hue bridge itself?

I have a Philips Hue bridge 2.0 in the bedroom. At night the blue light from the Philips Hue bridge itself is way too bright for a bedroom. How can I dim or turn off the light of the Philips Hue ...
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How to enable detailed logging of Mosquitto broker on Windows 7?

I have a previous question and to get closer to a solution I want to enable Mosquitto broker logging on Windows 7. Originally I have started the broker manually as follows: mosquitto -p 1883 -v -v ...
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Alexa app drop in feature and contacts missing after upgrading iPhone

I am missing the drop in feature and my Alexa contacts after upgrading my iPhone (7 plus to 8 plus). Restarting the app does not help. I know I am logged in and connected because I can see the ...
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How to instruct Google Home to play YouTube videos from *my* playlists

Everytime I ask Google Home to play a YouTube video, it searches for (seemingly) random playlists that may contain that video... sometimes it doesn't. I have my own playlists, with a specific video. ...
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How can I use Alexa to turn on/off multiple lights at the same time with SmartThings hub?

I have various lights/switches/dimmers on a SmartThings hub. I can control them individually, but would like to say something like "Alexa turn on everything" to turn on all lights, or maybe "turn on ...
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Connect to device at home network remotely

I am trying to figure out if it is possible in any way for me to remotely connect to a device on my home network, but remotely. Scenario: My entertainment system is connected to the home network, ...
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Which backend database is suitable for the IoT implementation

I have to provide the IoT service for my customer. MQTT, Kafka and Rest Services components will be used to ingest the data from the devices to the database. I need to do some analytics over the data ...
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Why doesn't the Amazon Echo respond to advertisements or reports about Alexa?

I previously asked about what you can do if Alexa is triggered by a television programme, but recently I realised something strange: The Echo does not respond to the voices in adverts for the Echo, ...
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How to connect IKEA Tradfri Gateway to a WiFI?

The IKEA Tradfri gateway comes with an Ethernet cable but everyone online talks about it being connected to a WiFi. I find teardowns of the hardware that it has WiFi chips and there is a "connect" ...
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Starting LG Smart TV apps (other than Netflix & Amazon) with Harmony

The LG Magic Remote has dedicated buttons for the Netflix and Amazon apps, and they are built-in commands in the Logitech Harmony vocabulary, so the command list for the LG Smart TV device includes ...
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Can I use an ESP8266 as an MQTT broker?

I am making a home automation project based on star topology. What I am trying to achieve is that one of the nodemcu/ESP8266 acts as a server which is accessible for the outside world and other ...
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How do I disable phone ringing from my Tile?

When a Tile tracker is paired with a phone, double tapping a button on the Tile will make the phone ring. This happens even if the phone is on silent mode. I’ve accidentally rung my iPhone at work ...
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Is it possible to use Amazon Echo as a normal bluetooth microphone for a PC?

Amazon Echo contains multiple good microphones. Is it possible to link them to my PC so that I can use the microphone with software like Skype?
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What is the simplest programmable IoT device that can connect to Wi-Fi?

I am trying to build a cheap asset tracker that can be powered by a battery pack. All I need the IoT device to do, is to connect to known WiFi network access points. I have access to the backend ...
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How to enable WebSockets on Mosquitto running on Windows?

I have a Mosquitto broker up and running on my Windows machine. I don't remember if I installed it with Web Sockets support (Cause I didn't knew what that was, or if I needed it). But seeing now my ...
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What's the difference between the Internet of Things and the traditional Internet?

What is the difference between the Internet of Things and the traditional Internet? Without the IoT, previously we could communicate with components in various remote monitoring projects with ...
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When and why to use MQTT protocol?

I am developing a device which measures temperature, humidity and mass. Currently it uses HTTPS to upload data to a remote server. Now I know that there is a protocol called MQTT which is claimed to ...
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Is there any open source firmware or OS for IP camera like openwrt for routers

Is there any open source firmware or OS for IP cameras like OpenWrt for routers. I need an OS or a firmware for IP cameras in order to communicate with our cloud service easily. I have some ...
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Enable developer mode in Xiaomi Mi Home App

I would like to use my Xiaomi Gateway v2 EU-Version with openHAB. In order to do that I need to enable the developer mode in Xiaomi MI Home app. These are the full instructions from openHAB: 1. ...
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Routing Echo Dot through my computer to my speakers

I am thinking about purchasing an Amazon Echo Dot. I currently have a computer which is hooked up to external speakers via auxiliary. I would like to hook up the Dot to my computer via a second ...
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Are There Energy Monitoring Smart Plugs That Don't Compromise my Privacy/Security?

It seems like every Smart Plug I see on Amazon (including well-reviewed ones) require me to sign up, giving a lot of device, location, and personal information to a company I don't know or trust (...
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Windows 10 IoT on “regular” PC?

Is it possible to install and run Windows 10 IoT on an "regular" workstation/device/PC? With this I'm talking about an old laptop which I want to use as an IoT Device just running a website (or maybe ...
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What ports does an LG TV open?

I'm seeing some unexpected ports open on an LG TV model 47LN5750-UH, serial 311MXTC1E969. Below is the result from a nmap scan. Nmap scan report for 172.16.4.4 Host is up (0.00021s latency). Not ...
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Working with Rust on the ESP32

I would like to build a gateway device which will use the ESP32. This should connect to the ModBus TCP port of a Sensor. For this purpose, I would like to use the Modbus Rust implementation, which ...
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Why do I need hubs for some devices when automating my home?

When you get started with automating your home, you quickly find out that many devices need a hub or bridge to function correctly. For example, the Philips Hue bulbs need a bridge, August Smart Locks ...
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Will alarms set on one Amazon Echo be shared with all other devices in the same home?

With the Amazon Echo, it's easy to set an alarm that will be triggered on the same device that the alarm was created, however it isn't always useful if you're not going to remain in the same room when ...
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Where can I harvest energy in my home to power my wireless sensors?

I was reading this article, "Five Building Blocks of Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Nodes" (shared on IoT Meta) about energy harvesting in IoT. It lists a couple of harvestable energy sources ...
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Can I use a smart plug with an air conditioning unit?

I am hoping to be able to use a smart plug with my window air conditioner. I currently use the TP Link HS 100 plugs around my home, but I am unsure if they could handle the amount of power an air ...
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Is there a known list of wake words for Google Home?

While playing with my Google Home I discovered apart from "Okay Google" and "Hey Google" my Home responds to "Okay Doodle" and "Hey Doodle". Officially, "Okay Google" and "Hey Google" are documented ...
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How to start Mosquitto broker service on Windows 7 from command prompt?

I have set up Mosquitto MQTT on my Windows 7 laptop. I have performed the installation process according to this step by step guide. Installation was alright and I could start the Mosquitto Broker's ...
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Why would I need multiple Alexa devices in one home?

As a result of this question I have read some articles about Alexa and its wake-words. One of the articles mentions the following: Finally, for people with multiple Echo units, there’s an argument ...
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Do all Internet connected Things use the same “Application - TCP - IP - Hardware” stack to communicate?

I am not particularly internet savvy, and IoT technologies are especially confusing for me. I was reading this Stanford white paper on internet structure. In Diagram 2, it shows a representation of ...
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Xiaomi SmartMi Fan 2S problems - Wi-Fi MiHome app not connecting

My SmartMi Fan 2S arrived today, I've finished the initial device setup in Mi Home app. The process of pairing was slow, but in the end, it finished successfully. And now 95% of the time I see the Fan ...
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mosquitto_sub: command not found

I'm using a raspberry pi image that has the mosquitto broker installed. To troubleshoot, instruction was to run: pi@raspberrypi:/ $ mosquitto_sub -v -t "gateway/+/rx" However that resulted in: -...
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TRÅDFRI lights and multiple swiches

I have 3 TRÅDFRI 30W drivers in my kitchen, and succeeded in pairing all of them to the same remote. However, if I pair a lamp to a 2nd remote, it stops responding to the first one. I was hoping to ...

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