Ive been running home assistant for several months and its been nothing short of perfect, but a few days ago i started getting issues with my alexa echo devices when playing back my locally stored audio files through Nabu Casa.
For example i have audio files as time reminders on the hour, but probably at least 1 in 4 of the times im being told “sorry, im having trouble connecting to your simon says eu skill right now”. If I click ‘Run Actions’, the audio file will play fine most of the time so there can’t be an issue with file access or the location name, but if i run the same automation several times eventually one says the sorry message!
Anyone else experienced this? Its rather frustrating as it works most of the time, so makes it very hard to diagnose where the problem is. Im fully updated, performed numerous restarts to Home Assistant, logged out and back into the cloud… any other ideas?
I know I get this issue all the time with DUCKDNS its related to the platforms Alexa accepts certificates for. Possibly there has been a change or some kind of load balancing by Nabu Casa or Amazon that has introduced this intermitently.
II am still waiting for a way to get it working at all without that error on DUCKDNS.
As I recall, it gives you TTS via your Echo devices as well, so you wouldn’t necessarily need audio files. I only stopped using it because of the extra dependency on the Internet (mine’s a bit flaky) - but presumably you have that anyway if you’re using simon says.
I use the Alexa Media Player with TTS and it works well. I also use it in my UI so i can message people in other rooms via their Echo. (Telling kids something without having to drop in for call or announce to all devices, like “Turn down the sodding volume” or “Time for Bed turn off your tablet”)
I was getting this same message from Alexa. (I don’t use DuckDNS, I use NabaCasa). I told Alexa I was putting her in time out and unplugged it for a couple of minutes, plugged her back in and the problem disappeared. (Though first I made myself crazy trying to look for a Simon Says skill on my Alexa.)
I was getting this all the time. Turns out there were characters in the text it didn’t like. I can’t remember what but I had to remove them. May I suggest if people are getting issues they cut and paste the phrase that isn’t working here as (for me at least) it was dependant upon the text passed.
Hi Wizbowes, i cant be sure which automations it does it for as its only very rare these days since i switched to using DuckDNS, but all my code for the action is basically the same, with the following one being the most varied …(I have hourly reminders and on some hours there are varied recordings that play on random and it almost always works).