Use SimpleCommand's Alexa Skill: 'Home Status'

The alexa skill is called 'Home Status' and works directly with your items to allow voice control over your items.   This includes Groups and Routine as well as individual items.

Unlike other skills the 'Home Status' Skill absorbs your natural language request and takes action on your item.   There is no need to have alexa discover your device nor is there a need for any special configuration on the SimpleCommands app to support this natural language request format.

Step 1:  Go to the alexa app or alexa.amazon.com and select 'Skills' or 'Skills and Games'

Step 2:  Search for the Home Status skill or follow this link to be taken directly to the Skill

Get the 'Home Status' Skill for Alexa

Step 3:  Select 'Enable Skill' at the top of the page

Step 4:  After Page refreshes select 'Settings' at the top of the page

Step 5:  After Page refreshes select 'Link Account' at the top of the page

Step 6:  If you are not already logged into SimpleCommands you will be prompted to re-enter your SimeplCommands username/email and password

Thanks it for enabling the alexa account.  Unlike the home skills you do not need to discover devices or make any other changes in the alexa app.

Now you are ready to go!

Things you can ask alexa: ( examples assume item names of 'Right Door' and 'Ring Alarm' )

NOTE:  You can append any natural language command with 'use homes status' or 'with home status'. Alternatively you can start by say 'tell home status....' or ask home status...'

alexa, open the right door with home status

alexa, close the right door with home status

alexa, get the status of the right door with home status

alexa, set my ring alarm to arm home with home status

alexa, arm away my ring alarm with home status

alexa, turn off the outside lights with home status

alexa, set the downstairs temperature to 72 with homes tatus

alexa, tell home status i'm home

and many more....

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