Boss Your Z-Wave Devices Around
Like the WINK, the Echo doesn’t have an Ethernet port. Setup was initiated by downloading an App on my smartphone. (Unlike the WINK, there is a web interface available too, once you initiate the install.) I put the small cylinder (about the size of a fat bottle of wine) in the living room. A female voice (Alexa) guided me through the rest of the setup. Soon I was asking questions, making jokes (which she didn’t understand), and looking for more.
I synced up my iHeartradio and WINK to the Echo, which gave me voice command to play music, and actually control my Z-WaveProducts.com devices! (I had to go back and rename some devices on my WINK, since complicated names were more easily misunderstood).Within two days, I had my son giving commands to ‘turn off ugly light’ and ‘turn on my desk’ as well as asking factual questions and controlling music stations (and volume – 10 is damn loud!). Pretty cool for a device so easy to setup.
My wife was jealous, however. I think Alexa has a crush on me.