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Alexa supports adding functionality via Skills, which are not unlike mobile apps, but add voice functionality for your Echo device. The Philips Hue FAQ for Amazon Alexa contains a rather brief description on how to find the commands: Where can I find example sentences? In the Skill description you can find some example sentences. Admittedly, this ...


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Nice question, love it! I've found some information on reddit. Someone asked, [I am] wondering what happens if my network goes out. Can the lights and switches operate without the Bridge? The answer given was, No. The bridge is essential to controlling the lights. Without a bridge they are "dumb" lights that merely invoke their default behavior when ...


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Unfortunately you have to cover it (black gaffa tape is effective) or position it in a room where this doesn't bother you. I also find it frustrating that TV's, blu-ray players, power extension 4-ways and even phone chargers these days have these really bright blue LEDs. There just doesn't seem to be any need for them to be extra bright or even present in ...


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The Philips Hue developers have confirmed that this is not possible. Just like most routers, the LED status lights are not togglable by the user; instead, you will either have to put the bridge somewhere where the lights won't matter, or find a way of blocking the light. On Lifehacks, there are some tips on how to hide bright status lights which might be ...


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While Aurora's answer states that the status LEDs cannot be toggled by the user, it is not completely clear whether only the manufacturer firmware does not support this toggling or if the LEDs are simply hardwired and can thus not be controlled by any firmware at all. If they are connected to GPIO pins of the controller, a custom firmware could enable you to ...


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The Hue lights automatically turn on following a power outage, this is regarded as a safety feature. Your routine ought to be stored and should resume at the next switching point.


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The Logitech Harmony Hub is a smart hub that can control devices via infrared (like your TV remote), and is compatible with Alexa. It doesn't work via ZigBee, though — it connects via Wi-Fi to your Echo instead. You can see if it's compatible with your device on the compatibility page; as of writing, Logitech claim that the hub is compatible with over 270,...


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The Hue bulb must be connected to the Echo Plus itself. Philips Hue bulbs communicate using a protocol called ZigBee (as explained in a little more detail here). The Echo Plus has a built-in radio/smart hub to communicate using ZigBee with other ZigBee-compatible devices, but all other Echo devices do not have any support for ZigBee — they operate using Wi-...


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It was a port issue on my network. I found a Reddit post which mentioned UPnP and having Port 80 available on the router. I have a Windows Home Server running on my network which opens up Port 80 via UPnP for some of it's services. I disabled those services but still couldn't connect via the App or Labs I restarted the Bridge and can now connect. So, ...


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I have seen this behaviour when my hub was located next to my wireless router. One of the antenna sleeves on the router came off and disrupted communications to the hub from my lights & dimmer switches. ZigBee and Wi-Fi frequencies overlap on certain channels (2.4 Ghz) so you could try to change the channel in the Hue app, if moving the hue hub further ...


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To add to the previous answers, the Echo is not able to set lights to a specific colour, but it can: "Turn on/off {specific light} or {room} or {Echo group}" "Set {light} to 50%" "Turn on {scene} in {room}" So Alexa understands all the Hue lights and rooms and scenes and also adds its own Groups of lights. As long as you're prepared to do a little setup ...


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The "chain reaction" idea is definitely realistic. In fact, the infamous Mirai botnet is an example of such chain reaction, spreading like a fire with no effort from the original creators. What however might prevent such chain reaction in case of light bulbs is the fact that their distribution is not random. "Smart" devices are typically clustered - you'll ...


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You can (should) use a lightweight machine to machine protocol like MQTT which is designed for this purpose. Documentation is sufficient and you can find a suitable library for a variety of programming languages. You will find useful information about this messaging protocol on http://mqtt.org/documentation You need to install a broker on a physical/...


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Probably an old Android version on the phone. You need Android version 7.0 or higher. With Philips Hue app version 3.30 or higher. 3.30 is automatically installed by Google Play depending on the Android version on the phone.


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Here's one way to get some info from your bridge. When an app sends commands to the bridge, it uses a unique id. A whitelist of these ids is kept in the bridge, along with the time each id was created and the last time it was used. Ideally, it also contains the name of the app, but some developers put some other word in the place they're supposed to put ...


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I had the same problem. Download the .apk from the internet and install it. https://philips-hue.apk.gold/android-6.0 That should solve your issue.


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There are products like the Sonoff range that when flashed with the Tasmota firmware can emulate a Hue Bridge which might work, but this issue implies native HomeKit support is unlikely. But once you have the controllable device other tools like Home Assistant might allow you to add HomeKit support.


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@Helmar 's comment is quite good for a workaraound : You should monitor power outage. Monitoring power outage is starting to become recurrent here and it is critical to see if there was an intrusion attempt. So several solutions can be managed to detect power recovery: ping your Internet gateway and log the last time you did this. If the time is large (> 1 ...


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You could use the competitor Stringify which supports subsequent actions as well as conditions in their rule engine. This rule for example does three actions: WHEN I say "OK Google, tell Stringify Good Night"... THEN turn on my Hue Bulb A19 to orange at 15% brightness, AND set the cool temperature on my Nest Thermostat to 69F... THEN fade off ...


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Disclaimer: some of the content is conjecture A summary of the experiment is described in the introduction (page 2). The claim is in bold: Our initial discovery was that the Atmel stack has a major bug in its proximity test, which enables any standard ZigBee transmitter (which can be bought for a few dollars in the form of an tiny evaluation board) to ...


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A two-way switch needs a simple on-off signal, a four way switch needs two on-off signals at a minimum (of course, you could also use 4 on-off switches for 4 wires, and that would allow two switches to be on at once. You could even link the switching to work so that any powered device is on. This switching (and the analogue aspect) all happens at the far end,...


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Zigbee can work on analog signals. I have interfaced an LDR sensor to one zigbee and sent the data wirelessly to other zigbee which is connected to the arduino uno. On, uno i received the LDR sensor data and was able to implement it to do according to my project. I'll say you should start there. Integrating audio signals on the other hand require more ...


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Google Assistant recently added the ability to execute multiple commands in a shortcut, which solves this problem for me. I was able change my "tea time" shortcut to look like: "Set a 4 minute timer called tea and turn on the 4 minute timer light."


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If Internet connection is lost, BUT electricity is still on AND hub has battery working ok you may have chances to succeed. Since ZigBee connection is there you may have connection between hub and bulb. ZigBee is a technology for quite short distances, so if all works ok and then for example LAN can be used when in normal, then the distance between these ...


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It looks like there are quite a few switches under the Friends of Hue range which have exactly the style you're looking for, instead of the more unusual switches like this one in the Hue range. Particularly you might be interested in the following: the Niko dimmer switch the Vimar Plana switch the range from Busch-Jaeger marketed under the Friends of Hue ...


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Of course there is, the platform is called IFTTT. Here is the link where it allows you to use the Hue: IFTTT & Hue


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You could setup a home automation server such as: Home Assistant OpenHAB Both of these should be able to do it, I haven't got any Phillips hue sensors so I can't help too much however there is a good post here Hope that helps


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