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#303042 11-Jan-2023 22:06
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So here's the story..........


So I've got a Echo Dot 5th gen set up in the bedroom. In the room are a few Phillip's Hue devices, 2 light bulbs, a plug and a movement sensor


In the kitchen is one of the bigger Echos


This eve the big echo was unplugged to plug in a food mixer. I needed to get something from the bedroom and the lights weren't working. Seems that the devices have all connected to the big Echo in the kitchen. 


The bedroom is pretty close to the kitchen/dining/living area but there are a few walls in the way. 


Both the Echo Dot 5th gen and bigger Echo 4th gen are supposed to have zigbee. This little glitch suggests the larger echo also has the stronger signal


Anyone know of a way of controlling which device connects to what in an Alexa/Phillips Hue environment?

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  #3020332 12-Jan-2023 00:36
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ZigBee has one coordinator for the network. That is what does all the work to take it online. I am not aware of any ZigBee devices that can hotswap out the coordinator if it is powered off with a different one.



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  #3020368 12-Jan-2023 09:34
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richms: ZigBee has one coordinator for the network. That is what does all the work to take it online. I am not aware of any ZigBee devices that can hotswap out the coordinator if it is powered off with a different one.




Pretty much this - Look at investing in a standalone coordinator (like a conbee2 stick or sonoff gateway) to handle this for you as then if the echo needs to go offline its not a problem. If you want to integrate later into HA a standlone coordinator is also recommended as it works easier among all different brands and automations.

  #3020372 12-Jan-2023 09:48
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Thanks folks

The big mistake I was making here was thinking the Dot had a zigbee chip. Turns out it doesn’t.

I’m getting a Home Assistant Yellow that has a built in Zigbee/Mandate chip so that’s the end solution on the cards

The intention with messing around with the Echos is to learn about home automation prior to going all in with HA. I’m certainly doing that 😎

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  #3020373 12-Jan-2023 09:48
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I used to have my Hue lights connected via my Echo Studio. The problem here is that you lose the ability to apply updates to the lights.


I moved back to having the Hue Hub and linking the account to Alexa. Also having the Hub allowed me to run the Philips Hue Sync desktop app and connect the Hue Lightstrip to sync the colours to on-screen game - not possible if connected via other devices.

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