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Purpose

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.

Voice Command Syntax Samples

  • “Alexa, turn off the kitchen light”
  • “Alexa, set the thermostat to 65 degrees”
  • “Alexa, dim the porch light to 50%”
  • "Alexa, open the garage door" (Routine)

Requirements

  • HomeSeer HS4 System (HomeTroller or computer running HS4 software)
  • MyHS Remote Access Service
  • Amazon Alexa-powered device(s) (Echo, Fire Tablet or similar)

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 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.

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.
    • If a microphone appears next to the root device, the root device is enabled for voice.
    • If a microphone appears next to a feature, that feature is enabled for voice.

      In this example, the microphones show us that the root device (Dual Lamp Module) is not enabled for voice and the that the features (Candle Lights and Sofa Table Lamp) are enabled for voice.

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

In general, enabling root devices is all that will be required for most systems.

However, if you devices with multiple controllable features, you'll need to enable features instead for those devices. Such devices include (but are not limited to)...

  • Smart Plug Strips
  • Multi-Relay Devices
  • Dual Lamp or Appliance Modules

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 root devices or for your feature(s).

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 and it will appear like this in Alexa:If the root 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 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, only the Candle Lights will be controlled and it will appear like this in Alexa:

How to Enable Voice Commands for Root 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.

  • To enable voice commands for a single device,
    1. Navigate to the settings for its root device or for its feature(s),
    2. Check the Voice Command Enabled checkbox:



  • To enable voice commands for multiple devices,
    1. Enable bulk editing by clicking the Bulk Edit button.



    2. Check the check boxes next to the root devices or features you wish to enable
      Note: If you check the root device check box, the feature check boxes will also be checked by default. Be sure to un-check the feature check boxes before enabling voice for these devices.



    3. Open the Bulk Action menu at the top of the devices page and select Enable Voice

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 SmartHome Skill and click Enable.
  4. Our MyHS login page will appear. Enter your credentials and click Log In.
  5. Close the login window and click Discover Devices
  6. Alexa will take a moment to find all the voice-enabled devices and will then list them. 

Testing

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:

  • "Alexa, turn on the Candle Lights"
  • "Alexa, turn on the Living Room Candle Lights"
  • "Alexa, 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 Alexa is working. Talk to your Alexa device to ensure the service is working.
  • Check your Internet connection.

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



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