Apple’s HomeKit requires an app on mobile platform like iPhone or iPad to interact with it, while Amazon’s artificial intelligence platform is a bonus for Windows users. You can configure the Alexa and the Amazon Echo on your Surface Pro tablet or Windows 10 computer, without smartphone. Here is the how-to tips to use Alexa to begin getting a full-featured smart home.
It is fairly straightforward to setup Amazon Echo by its web app in Windows 10
* From your desktop, open the Edge or other web browser like Chrome, and access the https://alexa.amazon.com webpage.
* Type your Amazon account when you ordered, and its password, then click “Log in” button to use the Alexa web app
* Plug in your Echo device and turn it on.
* After the Echo’s ring light turns into orange color, hold down the Action button on the Echo for about five seconds and then release it.
* Within the web app, click on Settings > Set up new device, select the device type, and choose your WiFi network name, then click Connect button.
Once the process is finished, you can begin talking to Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. For example,just say “Alexa…” and issue your command or ask your question. It also allows you to trigger the assistant by a keyboard shortcut.
If you would like to add supported hardware to Alexa, try the method:
Note: Those smart home gadgetry are Alexa-supported devices, such as Nest Thermostat, Philips Hue, Belkin WeMo, Samsung SmartThings, Ecobee 4 thermostat, Lifx bulbs and Logitech Harmony.
* To add the supported hardware to interact with Alexa and the Amazon Echo, go inside the Alexa web app on Windows 10, select the Skills or Smart home option in the sidebar, and hook into Alexa lives and set it up.
* You need to enable a dedicated skill of some devices to start interacting, while Hue lights can be found automatically in the list.