Basic Guide to Control Smart Outlet from Alexa

Elizabeth Frank17 Jan 2022

Smart home technology has revolutionized our lives in more ways than one. From the simple to the complex, it is one of the most useful and innovative inventions of our time. But with so many new options for smart outlets on the market, how do you know which one is best for your needs?

If you’re looking to control your smart outlet and smart home from Alexa, this basic guide will help you get started. Immediately after completing this guide, you can be on your way to a life-changing experience!

Smart Outlet Basics

First and foremost, a smart outlet is a device that you plug into your outlet to provide you with control and automation of your devices. These outlets can be programmed to work automatically with other smart home devices, such as your lights or thermostat.

Secondly, the smart outlet is connected to the internet, which will allow you to control your lights and thermostat from anywhere in the world. You can view real-time stats on the device from wherever you are by logging into your account on the app on your phone.

Thirdly, these outlets are Wi-Fi enabled, so they won't create any noticeable noise for anyone who lives in the same room. In fact, some smart outlets even have microphones that detect when someone walks near it and shuts off automatically.

If all of these factors sound appealing to you, then a smart outlet might be perfect for you!

What is Alexa?

Alexa is a voice-controlled personal assistant that helps you manage your day-to-day tasks. It learns your preferences and adjusts to provide the best experience for you. It can work with any smart home device or appliance, as long as it’s connected to WiFi.

Amazon Alexa Setup

Setting up your Amazon Alexa is as easy as 1-2-3. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download the Amazon Alexa app from the iOS or Android App Store or from the Google Play Store and sign in.
  2. Press "Alexa" on your device, then press "Wake Word" to select which wake word you want to use. Some examples are "Amazon", "Echo", "Computer", or even something else!
  3. If you have an Amazon Echo, make sure it is plugged into a power source before continuing.

How To Use Alexa With Your Smart Outlet?

Step 1: Connect your smart outlet to Alexa

If you have an Alexa device, you can ask it to control your outlet by saying "Alexa, discover devices." This will enable your Echo to find the device on which it is connected. After discovering your smart outlet, you’ll be able to say what commands you want the smart outlet to do (e.g., turn off the lights).

Step 2: Configure your settings for controlling the smart outlet

After discovering and connecting your smart outlet with Alexa, open up the settings for that device. You will be able to configure a name for the smart outlet that appears when you say "Alexa, discover devices" (e.g., "Smart Outlet"). You will also be able to set a default schedule so that when someone says "Alexa, discover devices" they won't need to enter in any specific information about what time of day they want the lights turned on or off (e.g., "Turn on my bedroom lights at 7 AM").

Step 3: Use the smart outlet to control your devices

When you say "Alexa, turn on/off the outlet," Alexa will know what to do. You no longer need any additional devices or hubs in order for your outlets to work with Alexa. Now that you have connected your smart outlet with the Alexa device, it's time to try it out! You can find some devices that work with smart outlets here.

Once you have downloaded the app and used it to set up your account, it’s time to link your smart outlets with your WiFi network. To do this, open up the Alexa app and click on “Smart Home” at the bottom of the screen. In there, click on “Add a New Device.” After doing so, plug in one of your smart outlets into a power outlet that has WiFi capabilities (you should be able to connect via Wi-Fi). Next, follow the prompts using your phone or tablet to finish setting up your new device. Once you are done, choose which devices will be able to control power at home: appliances like lamps and fans; lights like bulbs; thermostats; televisions; and more!

Benefits Of Having Alexa On Your Smart Outlet

Having Alexa on your smart outlet means that you can control your home by voice. This is the most convenient way to control devices in your home. You are no longer limited to physical remotes, which have never been easy to use anyway.

With Amazon Echo, you can tell Alexa to turn on the lights or set your thermostat temperature right from the comfort of your couch. You can also get notifications such as a text or email. It’s also worth noting that with Amazon Echo, you don’t even need a smartphone! This means you won’t be distracted while using it and can focus on what you're doing at hand - controlling your home.

Conclusion

Alexa is a voice-activated device that can be used to control your Smart Outlet.

By using Alexa, you can control your Smart Outlet with your voice and even get a weather forecast. Plus, Alexa can help you find and control compatible smart home devices.

When you are controlling your Smart Outlet with your voice, you will be able to send commands to automatically turn on or off the lights, set the temperature, change the music playing and more. You will also be able to get an update on the traffic and weather conditions when you need it.

Alexa can also help you monitor your energy consumption and use the Alexa app to see how much energy different devices are using. The Alexa app also helps you control smart home devices by showing you what devices are connected to your outlet and what their current settings are.

Elizabeth Frank

Elizabeth Frank

Hope you enjoyed my post. I'm Liz, an interior designer that found her calling with smart gadgets.

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