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This integration allows HomeSeer users to control their devices and device features with simple commands using Google Home powered devices. This implementation supports ON, OFF, DIM and THERMOSTAT devices.

Voice Command Syntax Samples

  • “Hey Google, turn off the kitchen light”
  • “Hey Google, set the thermostat to 65 degrees”
  • “Hey Google, dim the porch light to 50%”

Requirements

  • HomeSeer HS4 System (HomeTroller or computer running HS4 software)
  • MyHS Remote Access Service
  • Google Home powered device

Initial Setup

You'll need to add a user account to your HS4 system with your MyHS credentials and you'll need to enable Admin and Local permissions to this account. Once that's done, you'll need to enable voice commands for the HomeSeer devices or device features you wish to control with Alexa. Follow these steps to set this up:

Add MyHS User Account to HS4

Open your HomeSeer system's web interface and navigate to Setup > Users. Add a new user with your MyHS account credentials. Enable Admin and Local permissions.

Enable Voice Commands for HS4 Devices or Features

Devices must be manually enabled for voice commands in order to be discovered by Alexa. In HS4, it's possible to enable root devices or features. To enable voice commands, navigate to the settings for the root device or for the feature, and tick the Voice Command Enabled checkbox:



Use the guide below to determine which method is best for your specific devices and then check the Voice Command Enabled checkbox in the settings for the root device or for the feature(s). Use the appropriate option below depending on the type of device you wish to control.

Enable Root DevicesEnable FeaturesEnable Root Device & Features
Use this option for devices that have only one controllable feature or only a controllable root device.Use this option for devices that have more than one controllable feature.This duplicates "Enable Root Devices" option.

If the root device is enabled for voice, the discovered device will use the root name and will only control either the root device or the first controllable feature. In the example above, the Dimmer will be controlled.If the root device is disabled for voice, and the feature are enabled, the discovered device(s) will use the feature names and every controllable feature will be controlled. In the example above, the Candle Lights & the Sofa Lights will be controlled.If the root device and features are checked, the features will be ignored and the discovery will work as if only the root device was checked. In the example above, the discovered device will be the Dual Lamp Module and only the Candle Lights will be controlled.

Google Home Setup

  1. Open the Google Home app on your mobile device and tap the + button in the top left corner.
  2. Tap Set up device, then Works with Google
  3. A list of available Google Home integrations will appear. Tap the magnifying glass to search and look for HomeSeer, then tap it.
  4. You will now be prompted to enter your MyHS credentials. Enter the same information you use to log into HomeSeer Mobile or the MyHS webpage.
  5. After a brief moment, the two will be paired and you will be presented with a list of the devices in your HomeSeer which Google was able to see. You can now start selecting devices and adding them to different rooms and creating routines in Google Home!

Testing

After device discovery is complete, you should be able to control any discovered voice by using any combination of its name and location. For example, if the discovered device is First Floor Living Room Candle Lights, the following commands should work:

  • "Hey Google, turn on the Candle Lights"
  • "Hey Google, turn on the Living Room Candle Lights"
  • "Hey Google, turn on the First Floor Living Room Candle Lights"

Troubleshooting

If for any reason, you can't control your devices after discovery, here are a few things to check:

  • Make sure MyHS is connected to your system. Navigate to myhs.homeseer.com and log into your account. Access your system.
  • Make sure your Google Home device is working.
  • Check your Internet connection.

If everything is working but you still can't control devices, open a service desk ticket for help.