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September 26, 2015

Insteon and Amazon Echo now support each other

by John_A

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Insteon and Amazon Echo have joined forces to bring support for Insteon’s line of lights, dimmers and relays to the Echo’s set of devices that can be controlled using voice commands. The ability to use Echo’s Alexa to control Insteon devices does not cover everything quite yet, but Insteon says they are working on adding that support.

Currently, Echo users will find they can use use voice commands to turn lights on and off, dim lights with a voice command, or control groups that include up to five items. For example, users could put five lights that make up their living room lighting in one group and then use a command like, “Alexa, set living room lights at fifty percent” to adjust all of them. The groups are agnostic, so Insteon devices can be grouped with hardware like Belkin’s WeMo, Phillips Hue, or Samsung’s SmartThings. Echo does not yet support Insteon’s Scenes feature which supports an unlimited number of devices being combined, but that should be added in the future.

Amazon’s Echo will work with the regular Insteon Hub device, but not the Hub Pro which was built specifically for HomeKit.

source: Insteon
via: Engadget

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