Purpose

This integration uses a custom skill that allows HomeSeer users to control all of their devices, features and events. The voice syntax is a bit more complex than it is with our SmartHome skill but it provides more complete control of systems.

Works With...

Voice Command Syntax Samples

Requirements

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 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:

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 or features must be manually enabled for voice commands in order to be 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.

How to Tell Which Devices or Features are Enabled for Voice

Follow the steps below to determine which devices or features are currently enabled for voice in your HS4 system:

  1. Navigate to your Devices page and enable list view by clicking the List View button



  2. Scroll through your list of devices and look for any instance of a microphone icon.

How to Determine Whether Devices or Features Should be Enabled for Voice

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 DevicesEnable Features
Use this option if the device is controllableUse this option if the features are controllable

If the device is enabled for voice, the discovered device will use the root name and it will be controllable.If the features are enabled for voice, the discovered devices will use the feature names and will be controllable.

How to Enable Voice Commands for devices or Features

Voice commands can be enabled by editing the settings of of a single device or by using the Bulk Edit feature or HS4.

How to Change Voice Command Names

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, tell HomeSeer to 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...

  1. Navigate to the settings page of the device or feature you wish to edit
  2. Enter the name you wish to speak into the Voice Command Field
  3. Click the Save button

In the example below, "Flood Lights" are entered into the Voice Command field. The resulting spoken command now becomes: "Alexa, tell HomeSeer to turn on the Flood Lights".

Smart Home Skill Setup

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device or visit https://alexa.amazon.com from your web browser and sign in to your Amazon account.
  2. Click or tap Skills or Skills & Games and search for HomeSeer.
  3. Select HomeSeer Home Automation Skill and click Enable.
  4. Our MyHS login page will appear. Enter your credentials and click Log In.
  5. Close the login window after successful account linking

Testing Control of Devices

Use the syntax and examples below to construct phrases that will control and obtain status from HomeSeer devices.

Syntax Template

Controlling HomeSeer Devices 

Controlling "All" HomeSeer Devices 

Obtaining Status From HomeSeer Devices

Controlling HomeSeer Devices with Time Delay

Testing Control of Events

Use the syntax and examples below to construct phrases that will launch HomeSeer events.
Tip: Consider changing your Event Names if the phrases you're required to use sound unnatural in any way.

Syntax Template

Launching HomeSeer Events

Launching HomeSeer Events with Time Delay

Troubleshooting

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.

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