Amazon Echos have built in Hue support and HA can function as an emulated Hue device. Has anyone tried using HA to emulate a Zigbee network that the Echo could then control? Echo has internal support for Door Lock, Light Bulbs, Outlet/PLug, Light Switch, Door/Window & Motion Sensor Zigbee clusters. So the idea is to plug a Zigbee stick into my HA box and make the Echo think the HA box is a bunch of Zigbee devices.
I’m not trying to get HA to control Zigbee devices, the goal is to use the Zigbee support in the Echo to control emulated Zigbee devices constructed by my HA system. This would let you use the Echo to control your HA devices without needing an Amazon cloud setup.
Zigbee clusters supported by Echo devices containing a Zigbee radio:
The idea is you create 1 virtual bulb/dimmer in HA . Then get alexa to see this bulb via emulated hue or Nabu Casa . Then you can trigger the bulb to a brightness level via alexa routines. Then depending on the brighness set triger HA to do something.
So there are a couple of ways to work with this right now. One way is to implement Zigbee devices and use the existing Echo support. Another way would be to add support in HA as a CHIP controller. Long run HA would be a CHIP controller and access these devices via wifi/Ethernet but that isn’t ready to go yet.
Matter is the brand name for CHIP devices: https://buildwithmatter.com/
Scroll down to the bottom, over 200 companies participating in this.
I have already set up the Alexa Smart Home assistant and use it in my current system.
Project CHIP increases the number of supported cluster types.