This integration allows HomeSeer users to control their devices and device features with simple commands using Amazon's Smart Home skill API. This implementation supports ON, OFF, DIM and THERMOSTAT devices for direct control and users can create Routines to control other devices with custom phrases. Users who wish to also launch events or control other devices should consider enabling our Home Automation Skill as well.
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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 for 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. Note that if you have multiple HomeSeer systems and a Premium MyHS account, you'll need to create unique MyHS users for each system. Please follow the steps outlined in this doc: Using Alexa with Multiple HS Systems. Then, follow the steps below:
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.
Devices or features must be manually enabled for voice commands in order to be discovered and controlled by Alexa. In this section, we'll show you how to check the voice settings of your current system and how to edit those settings to yield the best results.
Follow the steps below to determine which devices or features are currently enabled for voice in your HS4 system:
In general, enabling devices is all that will be required for most systems.
However, if you have devices with multiple controllable features, you'll need to enable features for those devices. Such devices include (but are not limited to)...
Use the guide below to determine which method is best for enabling voice with your system. Then use the steps below to enable voice commands for your devices or for your feature(s).
|Enable Devices||Enable Features||Enable Device & Features|
|Use this option for devices that have only one controllable feature or only a controllable device.||Use this option for devices that have more than one controllable feature.||This duplicates "Enable Devices" option.|
|If the device is enabled for voice, the discovered device will use the root name and will only control either the device or the first controllable feature. In the example above, the Dimmer will be controlled and it will appear like this in Alexa:||If the device is disabled for voice, and the features 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 they will appear like this in Alexa:||If the device and features are checked, the features will be ignored and the discovery will work as if only the device was checked. In the example above, only the Candle Lights will be controlled and it will appear like this in Alexa:|
Voice commands can be enabled by editing the settings of of a single device or by using the Bulk Edit feature or HS4.
If you wish to launch events with Alexa, you'll need to enable events for voice. Follow these steps:
By default this integration is designed to recognize the Device Name or Feature Name in your spoken commands. However, this may not always be desirable. For example, let's say you have a Floodlight Sensor device with a feature called Switch. Normally, you'd have to speak "Alexa, turn on the Floodlight Sensor Switch". That's pretty wordy and not very intuitive. To improve on this, we've included a Voice Command field that's designed to override the name field. To use it...
In the example below, "Flood Lights" are entered into the Voice Command field. The resulting spoken command now becomes: "Alexa, turn on the Flood Lights".
In the example above, you'll now be able to speak "Alexa, Activate Weather Info" instead of "Alexa, Activate Announce Outside temp, humidity and light level"
After device discovery is complete, you should be able to control any discovered device 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:
If for any reason, you can't control your devices after discovery, here are a few things to check:
If everything is working but you still can't control devices, open a service desk ticket for help.