I’m looking at possibly switching from Google Home to Alexa/Echo devices, and have a couple set up to test out - can anyone explain if it’s possible to override ‘light’ per room so it doesn’t turn on ALL lights in the room? eg, consider the following setup in the alexa app:-
Group: Living Room
Alexa Device: Living Room Echo Dot
Device: Table Lamp
Device: Floor Lamp
Alexa Device: Bedroom Echo Dot
Device: Bedroom Light
Device: Bedside Lamp
Now, with the above configuration I can be in the living room and say: ‘Alexa, Turn on the light’ and ONLY the main light comes on - which is what I want.
However, if I am in the bedroom and use the same command it turns on BOTH the bedroom light and lamp (since they are both light devices).
So, no problem I thought… I’ll just rename the exposed ‘Bedroom Light’ to ‘Light’ - but if I do that, Alexa stops controlling the light in the living room (even when talking to the Living Room Echo Dot) and turns on/off the bedroom light instead
I guess it’s logic is fairly dumb, and it’s just searching for a device called ‘Light’ in all my devices (instead of searching it’s own group first!) - and it just finds the bedroom light first.
Are there any workarounds for this that aren’t super hacky? - I’d like to simply have ‘Light’ controlling the main room light (wherever the command is announced), and control lamps via their own device names.
I guess it would work if I added the room name to all ‘Light’ devices, but that seems a rubbish solution for a ‘smart’ home that should know where I am