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Amazon Echo Complete Setup – The Ultimate Echo 2nd Generation Setup Video

Amazon Echo Complete Setup – The Ultimate Echo 2nd Generation Setup Video


hello Automators, it’s time to get
started again automating your life giving you back some time in your life
what I have here today are a pair of Amazon Echo devices these are the second generation devices and I’m going to get them set up and you can see my Echo Sub
sitting right here we’re going to make sure the 2.1 system works I’m
going to show you some things about skills and details about setting up
these devices so that this becomes a bit of a full setup video for you with your
Amazon Echo devices first things first we got to get these things opened up
unbox show you what’s inside and show you how simple this setup process is so
as with all of Amazon’s products you know you’re not getting a ton in the box
you don’t need the boxes after about three seconds here and the what’s inside
is really just the speaker a couple of manuals and the the power adapter
basically I always get this question so I’m just going to answer it here can
this Amazon Echo connect to 100 to 240 volts yes the adapter is capable of that
rate out of the box so let’s go ahead get these opened up and plugged in so just to give you a few more details
here I have things opened up you can see the Amazon Echoes over here sitting and
I’ll just run through a little bit about them but a little bit more about these
adapters because they are actually pretty good adapter and ready for
international markets and what I mean by that is they are 50 or 60 Hertz so
that’s obviously going to work in places like China where 50 Hertz is the the
power basically the power frequency they’re the hundred to 240 volts is
available and they are 21 watt power transformers here so they are capable of
a lot and obviously they’re intended for powering this device up and there’s a
little power port in the back over there that you’re just going to plug this into
but ultimately they’re ready for a lot more than just a North American market
here so some of the details about the device here you can see just at the
bottom there’s the Amazon logo that’s really all the low going you’re getting
you can see the bottom is pretty plain at this point they’re not doing a ton
there and similar to other of the newest generation devices you do have four
buttons on top to control the plus/minus being your volume the mute microphone
button there and the action button here over on this side of the device so that
action button allows you to wake the voice assistant if you’d like now on top
of that you can also see here quite a number of microphone ports up at the top
and this is the newer design that Amazon has gone with in terms of their
microphone arrangement for far-field microphones and the reason they’ve gone
ahead and done that you know as far as I’m concerned it’s working better to
hear you when music is playing you can kind of see on the speakers most of the
sound is coming out from the sides it’s not really coming out of the top you
don’t really have any speakers out of the top you did have
that was some of the previous Echo like the Echo Dot you could always see it was
a full plastic cover and then out the top is where the sound came next to the
microphone so that would have been the design here that’s one of the reasons
they’ve gone this way and I think it makes a lot of sense and it’s made a
difference with the newer generation of products as far as I’m concerned now on
the back of these there is a power port on this side and then this is an aux
port and so not only can you connect the Amazon Echo to a Bluetooth speaker but
you can also direct connect it using that aux out to another speaker with a
3.5 millimeter or if you want to make some conversions in terms of your audio
output you can do that as well and you just have to change those settings in
the application so let’s go ahead get these plugged in get them both set up
and connected and we’ll talk a little bit about Wi-Fi as we go on from there hello your Amazon Echo is ready for
setup just follow the instructions and your Alexa app so both of the devices
repeated that they were ready for setup and just follow the instructions in the
application that’s the application you’re going to need I’m gonna write the
name on the screen so I don’t say the wake word but now that’s the application
you need and if you’ve never set anything up in that application your
start process is going to be a little different than mine obviously I have a
few of these devices but what I’m going to tell you is that if you’ve purchased
this device through Amazon it’s already in the account that you purchased it
under so this is their new setup process it makes it extremely easy to set up
these devices if you just have a few things straight around your wireless
connection so on that note in terms of wireless connections a G B or n those
are the wireless the the wireless standards that you can use to connect to
your Amazon Echo the whole suite of products so that allows you a router
that is dual so 2.4 and or 5 gigahertz you can
connect to with these devices you can choose to be on the 5 gigahertz band for
these devices if you’d like and that will help with network congestion in a
lot of cases and that’s one of the things I want to talk to you about so
what can go wrong with the setup here number one you can put in the wrong
password and that’s honestly the most likely thing that you’re going to do
here as you go through the Wi-Fi setup process the second thing that could be
is that network congestion and talking about that is a much much deeper subject
so I’m about to go into my application there it is I’m just tapping to go in
here and as soon as I get into that application I’m going to go to the
bottom right and tap on the devices here and so this icon allows you to go and
set up new home automation equipment all the time now up at the top you can see
the icon Echo and Alexa I’m going to tap on that and like I said
I’m already signed into my account so again if you if this was your first time
in the application you would need to sign into that Amazon account that you
had purchased these under and then they would be sitting here what you can see
is Brian’s second Echo is sitting there offline and Brian’s Echo is sitting
offline as well so that’s these two devices because these are the first
Echo devices I’ve had in my home you can see I have these Echo Pluses and Echo Dots but
I’ve never had these so if they didn’t actually show up in the application here
I’m going to go back to that devices screen and hit the plus up at the top so
this is the way that you would go ahead and set them up if they didn’t show up
there okay so I’m going to tap on add device and now it’s asking me what type
of device I’m setting up so obviously this is an Amazon Echo type of device
and I’m just going to choose the bass Echo now it’s going to go ahead and go
through a bit of a process and we’re going to get these two paired to my
Wi-Fi okay so now we’re in the screen here it says begin the Echo set
and the Wi-Fi process they want to make sure basically as I hit continue here
that this orange light is sitting here so if the orange light is not sitting
here well you’ve got some problems now if you don’t see that orange light there
is a way to actually make sure that that orange light shows up you can reset your
device so if you’re sitting here looking at a different colored ring you need to
reset your Echo that’s what I’m going to tell you in general so to do that you
actually hold the microphone button and the volume down button and you hold that
for about 20 seconds and you should see that orange ring up here if not you’re
going to need to go to Amazon site and start the support process here to get it
on a full reset and that’s a little different here so but that should do it
and once you have these orange lights hit the continue button now they want
your iPhone or my iPhone here to connect to the Echo so what I’m going to do in
order to do that I’m doing this on an iPhone but you could obviously do it on
an Android device you just need to go to the settings of your device go into
Wi-Fi and what you’re going to see our new wireless network sitting there so
for me I’m going to see – and we’re gonna do one at a time here so you can
see Amazon a 95 and Amazon DJ are here so I’m just going to pick the first one
Amazon a 95 I don’t know which of these two that is so now I do know I heard
actually out of here that out of that device that I was connected to my Echo
and I just go back into the setup screen here now you can see it says continue
Echo setup and I’m essentially connected to this and now I just have to continue
so continuing on now I have previously saved to Amazon my Wi-Fi network
credentials but because I’m doing this again here and I want to show you a
little bit I’m going to actually choose my other network here I’m going to hit
this one down at the bottom and now I have to put in my password so if I
wanted to I could have chosen that other that other network where I’ve already
saved that to my it’s saved in Amazon’s account you can
see where I’m choosing to save that password to Amazon for this one as well
now I’m going to uncheck that so I can always show you guys how that works but
you could just check that box and then you never have to put in that Wi-Fi
password again so now it’s preparing the Echo and we’re going to see that light
basically change from the orange to our standard setup that we have no ring
initially and then a ring basically a blue whenever I use the wake word so
there we go now it’s online you could see that light has turned off over there
and I just have to hit continue now if I’d like the choice here that’s come up
is do I want to connect to a Bluetooth speaker do I want to use that aux port
in the back or do I want to use a built-in Echo speaker your that built-in
Echo speaker now for me these are plenty good I don’t feel like
you need another basically another speaker to connect to them so I’m just
going to use the built-in one and the true-true setup process now is actually
complete I don’t have to do anything more in terms of that device so what I’m
going to do here is I’m going to take about five minutes get this one set up
and then we’re gonna come back and roll through the rest of the application get
it connected with my sub here and show you guys all those special functions
that you’re looking for all right now a couple of things I forgot to mention a
little earlier here in terms of Wi-Fi troubleshooting if your router is on any
sort of security setting other than WPA or wpa2 you’re not going to be able to
get these connected so that’s a very important piece here in terms of
troubleshooting steps here’s what I would suggest you do and actually this
is relatively similar to what Amazon tells you to do on their support site so
what you’re going to want to do if this is not able to connect number one head
into the application look at that device and look at the wireless settings and if
the wireless settings are showing you basically a lock on them your password
is wrong go ahead change that next up if your password has worked or you know
you’re using your right password then what you’re going to want to do is
basically restart your router to allow these to try and connect and I’ll tell
you the reason I think Amazon tells you to do that is based on their last
troubleshooting step as well now what they tell you to do there is basically
disconnect some old devices and obviously this isn’t going to work for a
ton of us but if you do have a lot of network congestion at that 2.4 gigahertz
which is primary for this to try and connect if you do have a lot of devices
there you’ve got a lot of devices around this or around the router itself then
you might run into just network congestion or traffic basically on your
router and making it impossible for these to connect so if you’re also
finding after this that your device is getting disconnected quite often you
might want to switch it to the 5 gigahertz on your router if you have
that option or yes switch some other devices or in the end switch your router
so those are the basic troubleshooting steps that you can go through here
there’s not a lot else to give you around this that it’s a pretty
structured wireless setup now from this point forward I do have inside of the
Echo and the voice assistance screen here I have my two devices you can see
that little off line is removed so I’m just going to go into the first device
which is my Echo I can edit the name up at the top I can adjust Bluetooth
connection devices so if I’d like I can connect my iphone to this device and go
ahead and pair it basically and make it play music from my device so for those
of you looking how to get Apple music connected before there’s the partnership
here between Apple and Amazon then you can use this pairing functionality to go
ahead and play music across to an Echo now I’m going to show you how to do that
here very briefly and then we’re going to get some music playing on the device
alright so pairing a device is actually really
imple I’m going to hit pair a new device and I do have my bluetooth on here on my
phone so I want to make sure that it is in pairing mode so I’m going to jump
over to the settings in my iPhone here go to the Bluetooth and now I’m in
pairing mode and I can actually see that device because I’ve tapped pair I can
see that Echo-A95 and I can go ahead and tap on that device so as I tap on it
here it’s connected over there and now I’ve paired my iPhone to this
speaker it’s that simple there shouldn’t be any more to the process than that so
now that I’ve paired I’m going to go ahead and play some music and I’m
actually going to play it from google play music because that would kind of be
the service that I think a lot of people wouldn’t be ready for basically here so
I’m going to turn up the volume a little bit on my Echo and hit play now I do have two control methods at
this point I can actually control it on the screen here if I’d like on my iPhone
or an Android device and then I can also control it there so you’re going to
notice here as I hit play it is a much higher volume so there you go that’s it
to bluetooth if I want to disconnect I can either simply turn off the Bluetooth
on my device or I can hit this disconnect button so I can turn off the
Bluetooth on my iPhone or I can even ask the voice assistant here to disconnect
for Bluetooth so disconnect from Bluetooth so there you go that’s it
now you could see this one turned on and this one chose to respond I was kind of
lucky there to be honest you’re going to have to think about that through if you
want specific tasks to be done with these devices all right now now that
we’ve got the Bluetooth set up here I’m going to talk a little bit more about
the other settings in the device itself so you can see I can make adjustments to
the volume there I can also change the Wi-Fi network so if you have a lock here
on this screen this is what I’m talking about you need to go and change your
password now next up there’s the stereo pair capability I have to wait for a
little bit of an update here so we’re going to come back for basically the
stereo pairing in the creation of a 2.1 system so bear with me we’re gonna get
to that the Echo remote is here as well and so if you have one of those you can
go ahead and connect that to these and use that as a secondary speaking device
which works also with the fire TV sticks or the fire TV cube the gadgets here
those devices are like the Echo buttons and you could go ahead and pair those I
don’t have any of those here today but that’s how you start that process now
sounds is a little more in-depth here so let’s go through it you can see that
you can again adjust the alarm timer and notification level here your alarm you
have a ton to pick through in terms of different sounds you can play each one
and listen to them and that’s just your alarm sound in terms of a notification
right now there’s not a lot of options it’s basically what they give you or
nothing at all so I would just suggest you leave that for now in the future
we’re probably going to see some more options there no incoming call ringer so
this is if people drop in to your Echo device you’re going to want probably a
ringer on that device just like any phone and do you want to hear a start
request and an end of request sound so you can actually configure these and
I’ll go ahead and turn these on so you can hear that differential when you
request a device I’ll mute this one cancel you can see there there was a
start sound and an end sound and that helps you not look at the device and
know that it’s heard you so let’s just see the comparison over on this speaker
here see no sound there cancel so no sound there you can go ahead and you can
configure those if you like now moving back again there’s a do not disturb mode
so we can go into that and all you would get instead of you know drop-in calls
and other notifications all you would get are alarms and timer so those are
things that you’ve requested specifically for your voice assistant to
do here and you can turn on that mode and turn it off turn on do not disturb
mode I won’t disturb you so there you go I just turned on that mode you could see
it there was a little purple ring that kind of flashed there at the end and of
course if I’d like I can undo that so turn off do not disturb mode do not
disturb is now off so you this is an independent perspi kur capability so you
can adjust that setting per device now again back to the settings communication
so this is where you configure drop in and the ability for people to call you
basically through your Echo account or through your account here that’s
configured in the application here now I’ll show you a little more detail in a
bit but essentially if you want to allow people to drop in again you can choose
permitted contacts only so you can really limit this if you’d really like
and you can also limit it just to your people in your house if you’d like or
you can say nobody moving down you can set a location you can tell them exactly
your street address with help which helps with navigation you can also tell
them your time zone which wake word you want to use so you can actually change a
couple there’s a couple of options there follow-up mode is probably something
that most people are going to want you’re probably going to want to turn
that back on so what that does is that keeps the device listening whenever
you’ve turned it on ask the question or set of command it will listen again for
a next command and it you’re able to follow up on kind of what you previously
talked about you can also obviously go ahead change your language you can
change the units that you’re using you can see I’m here in Canada clearly I’m
going to use kilometers and Celsius in terms of temperature there and then if
you’d like you can deregister that unit from your account so if you’re selling
it that’s where you come you do register it from your account and it basically
restarts the device at some level someone will have to reset and I would
suggest that you reset your Echo fully before you go selling it as well so a
few things that continue on now we’re gonna get more into the application less
into device specific things okay so I’m in
homepage here and you can see basically since I’ve given my account settings
everything I’ve told Amazon where I live and they’ve gone ahead and gotten
basically the the base details for whether for me it’s sitting there you
can see my list my shopping list my to-do list you can create other lists if
you’d like and you can do that all through voice control with your Echo
device the different weather skills are here on the front page for me because
they want me to basically go and discover and in said essentially skills
can be installed and I’ll show you a little bit about that after this so
that’s kind of the homepage that’s about as far as I want to go there for now now
moving over to communications and this is a much more detailed conversation you
can call contacts so these are all my contacts in my phone initially and you
can also add contacts as you go with Amazon accounts now you can also message
people and this is where basically it will go out and find people who have an
Amazon account that are in your contacts so if your contact has an email address
with that Amazon account and they have an Echo device it’s going to go ahead
and find that if you’ve given this application permission to look through
your contacts now the last thing to talk about in terms of communication here the
drop in capability when you tap on that you can actually drop in on any of these
devices so this is this device trying to go out and communicate with any of these
Echo devices so I’m going to tap on my second Echo which is this device here
and we’re going to have it pick up basically so I’m essentially making a
phone call from this device to my Echo you so now I did have to go ahead and mute
the microphone on this device because it did start to pick up sound here now
obviously you can go and you can call different people you can drop in all
over your home and you can use one device to drop in on the other device
drop in on Brian’s Echo so you can see both of these devices now are
communicating and I can actually speak to them I turned down the volume just so
we wouldn’t have a Echo that that was a joke just so we wouldn’t have an Echo
here in the room so I’m going to turn on one and you’ll be able to basically hear
me through the other speaker so Echo so there you go that’s the drop in feature
now the first time you come into this you’re going to have to enable at first
time you come into this page rather you’re going to have to enable that
feature and give Amazon the ability to run through that so that’s about all I
want to show you there in the application there’s another segment here
called music and books and I’ve already added some of the services here but I’m
going to show you as you scroll down there’s lots of things that Amazon wants
you to try and all of your Kindle library so again this is attached to
your Amazon account they’ve all shown up here and you can go ahead and request
books to be read essentially once they’re capable of that in the Kindle
library now I’m not going to show you that but essentially it’s as easy as
tapping and hitting play on and it will start playing on the device so now the
next thing is you want to have some music services so this is an easy way to
get there you can see I just hit Explorer and you could see the music
services that are already connected if you don’t have them connected you simply
need to tap on it and enter your credentials and go ahead and from there
you’re able to request music to be played on that service and you can also
you can see here choose the default music service so not going to
choose Amazon music or Spotify here in Canada and if I want to also play a
radio station I can do that as well so let’s go ahead and see that play Foo
Fighters shuffling songs by Foo Fighters on Amazon music next song now you can see a little interface shown
up here in my application for being able to move as well obviously I can navigate
using voice I can start and stop I can change on Rezai can change artists I can
change playlists if I have them set up in the Amazon music application or
Spotify as well you get all kinds of capabilities here with the application
and with your voice so moving on there’s a few more things
in the application to show you and then we’ll talk a little bit about home
automation and ultimately we have to get these speakers paired and working with
this Amazon Echo Sub so in the application again there’s the music and
books you can head straight back there here’s the list so list this is where
you can create another list or you can go into your shopping list and make
adjustments so I can add items here or I can simply speak to the voice assistant
and add a list an item to a list here here’s my to-do list again I can add
through the application or I can go ahead and add through the Echo now let’s
go ahead and do a couple of those add eggs to my shopping list excited to your
shopping list add make an Echo setup video I’ve put
make an Echo setup video on your to-do list so you’ll notice I didn’t even have
to say to my to do less there now if you have more or less it gets a little more
complicated you have to remember those other lists that you have but for
example you could create a gift list so create a gift list create a list called
gift right yes I’ve created gift list
what should I add to it something nice for my mom I’ve added nice for my mom to
your gift list anything else nope okay so you could see there I actually
created a list and now I can go ahead and it asked me right away do I want to
use that list and add something to it now I added something silly to it but
ultimately there’s something in there and now I can manage that list what’s on
my gift list you have one item on your gift list nice for my mom delete nice
for my mom from my gift list I’ve checked off nice for my mom from gift so
there you go now not only have I created that list put something on it but I also
deleted it when I was dealt when I dealt with it essentially so you can see the
list capability here is very very powerful and it’s something that I would
say a lot of people should really start to use because it can help a lot in your
life now moving on there’s the reminders and alarms section
of the application here and again this is something that Amazon is very far
ahead of the competition so say Google on these sorts of functions so adding a
reminder again voice and capability inside the application same thing with
alarms and timers and you’re going to receive notifications based on how you
set these up so let’s start with a reminder you can see you can set a date
and a time and you can set the device that it’s on
and whether or not you want to repeat multiple times so if there’s something
you have to do every week you can go ahead and repeat that task or that
reminder for yourself so it becomes a task list there now alarms as well you
can go ahead and you can set up an alarm here and you can have custom sounds play
with each of your alarm so I’m not going to show you how to do each of these
things the timers are as simple as saying set a timer for X minutes and it
will do that and you can set multiple timers and have them execute and you can
also request information from your voice assistant on those timers set a reminder
once per week what the reminder for take out the garbage when should I remind you
Tuesday at 7 a.m. okay I’ll remind you Tuesday at 7 a.m. so now that I’ve gone
ahead I’ve created that reminder let me show you a little nuance here about
having multiple speakers in your home so right here I did not create that
reminder but right here I did so on this device I created the reminder now what
reminders do I have there are no reminders scheduled okay okay now if I
switch over to this device what reminders do I have here is your
next reminder take out the garbage on Tuesday at 7:00 so you can see there was
a reminder there on this device this is where I set the reminder there is no
reminder here so you have to keep that in mind when setting reminders now on
the flip side let’s talk about alarms and timers again they’re device
dependent and you can just go ahead and set them and you can set multiple timers
and then talk about them with your Echo device so let’s move on and move on here
to other parts of the application so contacts and then routines now contacts
that was kind of part and parcel to what we talked about earlier with the drop in
capabilities the routines this is a really detailed conversation and I think
I’m going to talk about that in a separate video a really detailed set up
routines video but what I’ll give you here is that you can create a new
routine and you can start that on a certain day or based on another device
in your home or you can set a routine based on a voice command so you can
simply say run X routine and it will run that routine or you can wait for a
certain date and time you can set it weekly you can set it however you’d like
or you can trigger it on say a motion sensor in another system that you’ve
connected to this you can trigger a routine from there you can add all kinds
of actions I don’t want to go through again all of them but you can have your
voice assistant say at a time you can trigger a calendar action so you so when
you integrate calendars here with the application you can go ahead and trigger
some actions there there’s changing of device settings and messaging music news
and then there’s the smart home stuff that I think a lot of people will use
here so if you wanted to change a light color based on another trigger from
another system you can go ahead and bridge the gap here with your Echo now
the traffic and whether those are obviously good things to kind of get
early in the morning one of the last things I want to talk about here today
are the skills and games and this is a massive massive app store it’s different
per country so keep that in mind there’s only going to be certain ones in your
country but what you can do here is you can essentially search you can move by
category and you can pick different applications to essentially install on
your suite of Echo devices now you know it goes everywhere from the smart home
capabilities to news to weather to all those capabilities
stuff for kids there’s tons of stuff for kids now and of course you’re going to
be able to go and get financial information there’s even some banking
applications especially in the u.s. nowadays so essentially all you need to
do is search for what you’re wanting to look for so you know that’s the best way
I find to navigate it at this point because it is so massive so let’s go
ahead and look up stocks here now what you get right away you can see Bloomberg
that’s obviously a pretty big application and then there’s just a ton
of other stock prices and different things here so installing Bloomberg is
as simple as hitting an Abel here in the screen and now it’s installed on there
and you just go ahead this application says go ahead and just say open
Bloomberg and you could play the live TV you can see and then you can ask about
specific stocks and I think that’s mostly what people are looking for when
they’re looking up an application like this so now I’ve gone ahead I’ve
installed this so let’s go ahead and try it opened Bloomberg welcome to Bloomberg
you can hear Bloomberg Market minutes or ask what can I say for more options
how is Amazon doing the closing price for amazon.com Incorporated is one
thousand six hundred ninety point one seven up by sixteen point six or zero
point nine nine percent what else can I help you with nothing so you can see I
asked for a stock price and I got a ton of information there actually I even got
their rating in terms of whether it’s a buy or a sell I got a lot of information
there very quickly and I did that almost in real time guys I mean I paused for a
second to to make sure that if it didn’t work that I I could go ahead and do it
again and not have to say everything before but essentially I did that in
real time so that’s pretty powerful stuff when you think about how fast I
was able to get something installed and working and get information out of it so
that’s the skill store and I’m not going to go through all the different skills
obviously there’s millions out there at this point and that that’s about all I
want to tell you there now the activity section and the help and feedback I
think those are self-explanatory but there is a account settings portion of
this and this is where you can go ahead and modify your account that you’re
using with Amazon and with these devices you can obviously go back into the
device settings there’s notifications communications music TV and video so
these are all of the different services that are available so you can go ahead
and connect those other services your flash briefing is actually the different
news content that you’ve added through skills when you ask for your flash
briefing or you can just ask for the news this is what you’re going to get so
you can just hit plus and then it’s going to roll through that next part so
if there was another new service I wanted to add I could go ahead hit plus
install that skill like I just showed you
and then it could be the first or the second and you can rearrange which ones
you want there so the flash briefing very powerful for getting news now
moving down again we have traffic we have sports we have the calendar so you
can put in your home address your work address if you had stops on the way you
can go ahead and add those if there was something you went to every day like
drop off your kids at school you can go ahead and make those adjustments and
then when you ask about the traffic you’re going to get that for that route
so in terms of sports you can go ahead and you can add different teams here you
can see I’ve added two hockey teams you can add from whatever sports
organization you want to follow here you simply click the plus and now you just
start typing in basically what your team name is and it will bring up whatever it
can that doesn’t mean every league in the world is sitting there but there’s a
lot already so when you ask for a sports update you’re going to get specific
information about your team now the calendar is one of the most powerful
things as well you can link different accounts so you can see my Google
account is linked there and I could use Microsoft and I can use Apple at one
point I had Apple connected here but I’ve changed the password I’ve never
done that because I have other synchronizing capability basically in
the background but you can basically go in to that Google account you can take
the calendar out of it and if I wanted I could take other parts or other
calendars out as well and use those in pulling contacts if I’d like now you
know Microsoft’s kind of the same deal here if I wanted to link my account I
could and the same thing with Apple I can link my account and therefore make
adjustments so now one thing on the screen here you can see that I’ve chosen
to use the Google account as the account that when I add events that’s where
those new events are going to you can only choose one at this time to add new
events to now in terms of lists I show to the list functionality earlier but
there’s an even deeper level of integration here so when you tap on
lists in the settings you can actually choose any of these and again yours
could be a little bit different based on what country you’re in but if I wanted
to use a todoist list or I wanted to use that to manage
my lists I could go ahead and hit that plus start the integration process and
then that’s what I’ve done I’ve integrated that application that I
already use with Amazon’s list capability and this is where I say super
super powerful stuff that Amazon has gone ahead and done for you
okay so just pretend this isn’t going on over here I think my device is actually
running through the last part of an update so bear with that but ultimately
I’m back in the devices screen here on inside of my app and I’m not going to go
through everything with you guys on this because really this needs its own set of
videos for connecting different smart home products doing different things but
what I am going to show you some of the basic functionality that you can do
within the application so up at the very top of this you can see the different
segments that they have already created for me lights plugs which is scenes and
the Echo devices themselves and then there’s an all devices section so I’m
just going to tap into that and I have everything in here from lights to
speakers to so no speakers for example to even Wemo smart plugs different
things like that and all the sensors from you know Samsung smartthings and
all these connected services that I have there I have cameras and things like
that so if I had to add a device it’s as simple as hitting the plus at the top
and you go you go ahead and you add a device now we’ve already seen this
screen at the very start of this video but you know if you haven’t I could add
another Echo device and Echo Dot and Echo Plus and Echo Sub whatever you have
I can add them right there the light or the plug or the switch or a
hub a camera thermostat all these different things I can add through here
so the simplest one is the light and now you’re just choosing basically what
brand of light and if you can’t find that there’s an other button and if you
have other trouble there’s the skills portion of the application where you can
go and find out if your maker has a scale in your country for you to go
ahead and install and then connect to those bulbs or those lights in this case
so that’s it for that part of the process really the other thing you can
do with that Add button is add a group of devices so you you know basically I
would say that you’re going to set up groups based on you know rooms you’re in
or specific functionality that you want to have trigger so if you wanted to have
trigger say a movie time scene you could create a movie group and you just turn
them on or off as you go but let’s just say I have a kitchen group I want to
create and I put an Echo in there and then I pick a couple of lights and you
know another speaker or something and a smart plug and I hit save and what I’ve
done is I’ve created a group that I can I have little controls for here you can
just see an on or off button and if I tap on that I can turn on those products
now that’s essentially the lights that we’re talking about now not all the
speakers so now that’s the group’s functionality and you can see how it’s
kind of giving you a little dashboard here to work from within the application
which is nice when you consider kind of moving to an Echo Show or something like
that now the other things you can do and you could see them down at the bottom I
already have a few multi room music speakers so this capability it at it
allows you to add a whole name and then set which speakers you want to include
in this multi-room audio capability I already have some set up so when I go to
everywhere I can edit the name I can choose the different devices that come
into here and then I’m able to basically put them
in a multi-room audio group all right so I had to wait the better part of a day
actually here basically had to wait over the evening and now both of these have
been updated they just update on their own just so
you know now we’re able to go and create this two point one speaker system and
then I’ll demo it a little bit for you here so I’m going to tap the plus in my
application and hit add stereo pair now I’m creating a speaker set and what’s
important to note is that your two speakers have to be the same model
essentially so the Echoes here I can choose those both and you can see that I
cannot choose my Echo Dot three which is this device here or my Echo Plus 2
which is this device here I cannot choose those nor can I choose some of my
older devices I do have a Ridge ”’l Echo Plus here but I can choose the sub
as well and now I’m hitting next so what I want to do is set a left or right
channel for each Echo now I have to know which one is each Echo this is the Echo
the first one so that’s my left and now it’s just setting them up so it
synchronizes the volume level it’s just creating that synchronization basically
between the three speakers and the first thing I’ll tell you is Bluetooth does
not work for a 2.1 or a 1.1 it really doesn’t matter you cannot use the Echo
sub and play Bluetooth at the same time so keep that in mind here what you can
do is use applications like Spotify or Amazon music and you can then go from
those applications into or play into this 2.1 system the other thing you can
do as well is just request music to start now that this 2.1 speaker system
is set up you can just request music to be played so one thing to note if I did
make a mistake here I could choose my Echo and set it as the right channel
here so you can see I could pick either of these devices and set which channel
they are again if I got that wrong in the initial setup process so really
doesn’t matter I can also unpair the speaker system and
go ahead and recreate it with a different set of speakers if I go when I
get a second Echo Plus here I probably would do that it’s a slightly better
speaker here so there you have it that’s it now let’s go ahead and get some music
playing and use this system alright so I’m in Amazon music here that’s the
application I’m using today again you know you can just request your favorite
music service here and it will use that stereo pair once your requesting on one
of these devices alright so inside the application any song you start playing
what you’ll see down in the bottom right is an icon there that is basically your
casting icon so this is Amazon music and they give you this ability here I’m
currently connected to airplay actually on my PC because I’m recording the the
device screen here on my PC I have to disconnect that but then I can go ahead
and I can choose any speaker here so I’m going to go ahead hit disconnect now
that I’ve disconnected from airplay I can go ahead and choose any of my
speakers so I’m going to choose my second Echo which is this device here okay simple enough
now let’s go ahead and choose the other device here the other Echo you can see I
have to disconnect each time from what I want to play so here I’m choosing my
Echo speaker which I’m calling my left channel here again we’re disconnected so let’s go
back in and choose the stereo pair here and I think you’re going to notice the
difference right away I might have to let that song play a little longer this
time so a couple things to note there you notice when I changed the volume on
one of these devices it changed on the other so it was keeping them in sync
here as I was playing on the stereo pair it also is doing that after I’ve gone
ahead and adjusted or basically disconnected from that stereo pair I’m
not actually playing to it they’re still paired as a speaker set so now you have
a two point one system here as I said you can go ahead and request music so
let’s go ahead and do that play radioactive by imagine dragons here’s radioactive by imagine dragons on
Amazon music okay so you could see by default when I
request it to play music on any of these speakers what’s happening is I don’t
need to say play it on these speakers they are automatically playing in the
stereo pairing configuration with the sub involved and basically now that
they’re all paired there’s no way to really pull them apart I’ve tried voice
you know saying just play it on one of these devices that doesn’t work so
you’re going to get that configuration from this point out until you go back
into the application manage it and go ahead and get rid of that so that’s what
I have for you guys today I hope this has helped you get your Echo fully setup
if there’s any other questions that you have go ahead leave them in the comments
below I try and answer all the questions as best as I best I can guys so thanks
for watching and we’ll see you next time

12 comments

thanks to you I have my apartment 65% intelligent and counting… lights, cameras, fan, locks tv etc using alexa and google home thank you very much
my favorite light yeelight series!!

Hey I love the video. Your Echo device sounds different than mine in terms of the voice itself. Why does it sound different? Is it possible to make my device sound like yr's? thank you!

0:40 – Unboxing Start

1:45 – Amazon's A/C Adapters (100V – 240V discussion)

2:30 – Echo close-up shots and product details

3:10 – Far-field microphone arrangement

4:05 – 3.5 mm connection port

4:41 – Amazon Echo plugged in and start up process

5:00 – Explanation of the Alexa app and initial set up process

5:30 – Wireless connection discussion – Protocols, troubleshooting, methods to get connected

6:34 – Start of Echo setup process with Alexa app

8:15 – Don't see the orange light? What to do

9:05 – Wifi connection on iPhone

11:00 – Other speaker connection options

11:45 – Additional wireless connection troubleshooting steps

13:55 – Amazon Echo device settings walkthrough – Bluetooth

15:40 – Amazon Echo device settings walkthrough – Bluetooth playing Google Play Music

16:54 – Amazon Echo device settings walkthrough – Wifi network changes, stereo pairing, gadgets, Echo remote, sounds, do not disturb mode, communications, location setup, time zone, wake word

21:17 – Amazon Echo device settings walkthrough – Follow-up Mode, language, measurement units, registered and about

22:12 – Start of Alexa application walkthrough – Front page

23:04 – Alexa application walkthrough – Communication page and Drop-in feature

25:16 – Alexa application walkthrough – Music, books (kindle library), podcasts

26:38 – Music demo on single Echo speaker

27:23 – Alexa application walkthrough – Main menu walkthrough – Lists and demonstration, creation of lists, management of shopping list, etc.

29:57 – Alexa application walkthrough – Main menu walkthrough – Reminders, timers, alarms and demonstration

31:10 – Setting recurring reminders demonstration

32:33 – Alexa application walkthrough – Main menu walkthrough – Routines

34:11 – Alexa application walkthrough – Main menu walkthrough – Skills and games section

37:15 – Alexa application walkthrough – Main menu walkthrough – Account settings, including notifications, communications, music, TV and video, news or flash briefing, traffic, sports, calendar, and lists (management with external applications like Todoist)

41:03 – Alexa application walkthrough – Smart home devices, how to add smart home devices

43:10 – Smart home device groups creation

44:20 – Multi-room audio or multi-room speaker creation

44:53 – 2.1 speaker pairing with Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Sub

47:22 – How to use your 2.1 speaker system and demo

49:10 – Nuances of using a 2.1 speaker system

Fantastic Brian, the time & effort you put into creating such a comprehensive tutorial means that this is fantastic launching point for anyone starting out in the Alexa ecosystem & a great reference point for even the more seasoned Alexa users, sterling work sir 👍

at the 7min mark, you've already done so much in advance just like the other tutorials- that's just the stuff I needed to know – guess I'll have to make my own fart noises!

How did you go back to the set up screen? I can't set this damn thing up because I'm stuck on the go to your wi fi settings screen.

Hello Brian, can you please explain a bit more about setup of 3.5mm audio port?
I am trying to use my Echo 2nd generation like external speaker from my TV/TV android box
but can't find a function to change audio port from Aux OUT to Aux IN…
Thanks in advance.

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