I’ve been using both for a while. I only use this one for the -lastalexa though. I do feel like having both run is a bit of overkill, but already had everything set up using the media player, and TTS was really my main goal.
I dont really care that all my devices show up in HA, I just ignore the ones I dont want to use, but I never considered the “extra load”. Is it really that much “extra load” on your network, or just “more load” than this script. I get it. I have close to 40 devices on my network, and a bit of an addiction to echo’s. I have a 5 dots, one echo, one show and a spot. Plus a fire TV, and one of those wands with the bar code reader that never took off. I think I have 10+ Amazon media players. I do see noise in my logs, but again, have not noticed any slowness in HA, or my network.
The one thing I’ve ran into with this was the hassle with the cookie. 1st time took me a while to figure out, was so happy when I got it “working”, in /tmp, only to find it missing a few days later when I rebooted. Next time took 30 minutes to remember exactly what I did to get the cookie, which I lost again when I rebooted. 3rd time I put the cookie somewhere else so if I rebooted I could copy it back, which was still a bit of a hassle, but much less than the 1st 2 times. haha.
I guess my questions are
- Does this script use a different way of interfacing with the echos, as in if Amazon ever makes changes could this break and the media player still work, or would they both break.
- If they are different, which one do you think has the highest chance of breaking in the future.
- How much “overhead” do you really feel like the media player component has.
Thanks again, you’ve helped me several times on here and I appreciate it greatly.