The echo dot set up is very simple ...

In this piece here we will show you the echo dot setup, and take full advantage of all the amazing things you can do.

Perhaps you've seen smart technology move from the movies into the homes of your friends and neighbors and you'd really like in on the action.

While we can't hope to come up with an exhaustive A to Z covering all brands and permutations, what we can do is guide you through setting up the enduring Amazon Echo Dot so you can make full use of voice activation through Alexa along with several other home automation solutions to make your life easier.

Echo Dot Setup

One of the key attractions of Alexa Echo.

Dot is the fact it's half the size and only half the price of the flagship Echo device.

While speaker performance is underwhelming, you'll get the most out of Alexa Echo Dot by communicating with other devices in your smart home using Alexa. It's through the classic voice assistant that Echo Dot lets you take advantage of Alexa's 30,000 skills to make your life much less complicated.

Now into its second generation and continuing to sell out the world over, setting up Echo Dot is a relative breeze.

Let's Get Started!

The first thing you need to do before getting down to action is connect to your home WiFi network and register your Echo Dot to your Amazon account using the intuitive Alexa app.

Step 1: Download Alexa App & Sign In

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The Alexa app is free. You'll be able to use the app to set up your device and then manage your alarms, lists and music along with much, much more.

Make sure your phone or tablet meets the following specs:

Fire OS 2.0 or higher
Android 4.0 or higher
iOS 7.0 or higher

Download the app by searching or click one of the icons below to go to the Apple App Store, Amazon App store or Google Play.

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Step 3: Watch This Video!

Simple Setup to Get You Started!

Watch this short video on how to set up your Echo dot in as fast as 24 seconds! Perfect walk through to watch right before you dive into your Wi-Fi setup.

Step 4: Connect Your Echo Dot to Wi-Fi

You'll get precise instructions in-app walking you through
connecting Echo Dot to your home WiFi.

Tip 1: Sometimes, the set-up process doesn't kick in immediately. If this happens, press and hold the actions button for 5m seconds. You can then go to Settings > Set up a new device and get started manually.

Tip 2: If you face any problems with Echo Dot connecting to your WiFi, you can perform a hard restart by simply unplugging your Echo Dot then plugging it back in. You can choose to restore factory.

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Step 5:

You're Up & Running So Talk to Alexa!

Outlining the enormous extent of what Alexa can do to help you is outside the scope of today's guide to setting up smart home devices.

It's now down to you to explore the many ways in which this versatile voice assistant can streamline your routines.

Change the default wake word if Alexa is not to your liking. Just go to Settings > Select my Echo device > Wake word and customize it to taste.

You have now completed the Echo dot setup, what's next? When making the investment to purchase a cool device such as the Alexa echo dot, it's important to take full advantage. We are going to show you how to take advantage of your echo dot.

Alexa, Let There be Light

Sure you notice on the package of the Alexa Echo dot it say "Alexa, let there be light." Take full advantage of the Alexa devices by interconnecting your home and appliances. Whether it's a door lock, lights, motions sensors, and more you can control them all through Alexa.

Maybe you want to take plug-in modules outside and take control of lights and appliances in the garden from your smartphone.

You might be surprised at just how easy it is to get started.

Alexa is Ready! Click Here to Setup Your Plug-in Module

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Step 1:

Set Up Your Plug-In Module

Purchase the plug-module

We'll stick with a sinning team and give another Insteon product an outing with this outstanding plug-in module allowing you to remote control lights from anywhere, or just give Alexa command.

Getting Started couldn't be much easier.

Insteon Remote Control Outdoor Plug-In Module:

Plug In.

Plug your appliance into the bottom of the plug-in module. Plug the module itself into a weatherproofed outlet.

Check the Appliance.

Your appliance needs to be on if you want assume remote control so make sure that's the case

Connect to Insteon Hub

If you're invested into Insteon super-dependable dual-mesh network already, you'll have a hub. If not, get one and you can start really expanding your smart home through one intelligent gateway.

You'll get simple on-screen instructions and you'll be connected in minutes.

Step 2: Sit Back & Take Charge

Control your garden appliances from afar in-app on your smart phone and start getting even more out of your smart home.

How about if your've got a smart home base largely on Z-Wave technology?

the GE plug-in module is another smart home gadget with a low barrier to entry and uber-easy installation.

GE Z-Wave Plus Plug-In Smart Lamp Dimmer Module with USB Ports

GE Z-Wave Plus Plug-In Smart Lamp Dimmer Module with USB Ports
GE Z-Wave Plus Plug-In Smart Lamp Dimmer Module with USB Ports

Two for the price of one

Both Z-Wave-enabled outlets are independently controlled so you'll be able to turn off connected devices individually and remotely.

Plug in

Put the light you want control of into one of the Z-Wave outlets on the plug-in module.

Plug the dimmer itself into any grounded outlet, ideally the top outlet of a pair

Manual/Program button

You can turn any connected light on or off using this button.

You can also adjust brightness levels by holding down the button.

This button also allows you to add and remove the plug-in module from the network.

Add device to your Z-Wave network

Follow the basic instructions on your Z-Wave controller.

Add your smart dimmer to the network then press and release the Manual/Program button. Pretty easy right?

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Light Switch

You're spoiled for choice if you want to automate the lighting in your home with everything from dimmer switches to on/off switches helping you save energy while also making your life more convenient.

To stick with the classic theme kickstarter with Echo Dot, we'll break down just how easy it is to set up a pair of Insteon classics in this vertical, the remote control dimmer and the remote control on/off switch.

Set Up Your Dimmer Switch

Click the button to get your remote control dimmer switch!

Get some simple equipment together.

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Coltage detector

Cut the power.

It's essential that you disconnect the power before installing your Insteon devices. This might seem like a statement of the obvious, but take it slow and steady starting by turning off the power to the switch at the?

Remove your old switch.

Take the old switch out and disconnect the wires.

You'll see at this stage if your box has the required neutral wires. If not, you'll need to seek further assistance or investigate a smart switch that doesn't call for a neutral wire.

Time for testing

Turn the power on at the circuit breaker.

Use your voltage detector to determine line load wire. You'll see that line is energized.

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It's time to turn the power off at the circuit breaker.

Connect the wires from your dimmer switch to the corresponding wires in the junction box.

Check that there's no copper wire exposed and that all wire nuts are tightened.


When you mount the switch into the junction box, make sure the LED bar sits to the left side then you can power on the switch at the circuit breaker panel.

Testing again.

Tap the paddle then press and hold the bottom of the paddle to ensure the light dims.

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Link up to your Insteon hub.

You just need to follow some simple on-screen instructions within the Insteon for Hub application and you can link your dimmer switch to your hub.

You'll be prompted to press and hold the Set button and then you can take in-app.

From here you're ready to set up your on off switch for easy dimming action.

Set Up Your On/Off Switch

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If you prefer the idea of a full-blooded on/off switch instead, check out how straightforward it is to get up and with this Insteon remote control smart switch.

Gather your equipment

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Voltage detector

Consider whether to call in an electrician.

While a lot of people do it themselves, there are some that don't feel as confident, which is okay. Unless you're very familiar with electrical circuitry, you might want to think seriously in an electrician.

You can use software such as the Insteon for Huib application to make things simple or contact the responsive Insteon support line if you run into any problems.

If you are up to proceeding safely and confidently, it's time to hit the power...

Cut the power.

Disable the power circuit at the fuse panel or circuit breaker.

Get prepared.

Take the faceplate off your existing switch. Unscrew the switch and take it out of the junction box.


Disconnect the wiring leaving a 1/2-inch exposed at the ends. Connect Line (black), Load (red), Neutral (white) and Ground (copper/green) wires to your Insteon device.

Note: Although mechanical switches don't use neutral wires, they're available at the back of the switch box.

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Attach everything.

Make sure all the wires are tightly attached.

The ground wire should be the only exposed copper.

Take control.

You can use ToggleLinc switch to turn the light on and off, as an Insteon controller or an Insteon responder.

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Motion Sensors

Many people just starting to automate their homes embrace motion sensors to trigger other connected devices based on the activity that causes the trigger.

Again, it's a common misconception that setting up motion sensors is complicated. it isn't.

We'll show you how to get up and away with a great Z-Wave motion sensor to further automate your smart home the easy way.

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Add your motion sensor to the Z-Wave network.

Wall mounting your motion sensor.

Any wall with a line of sight on the area you want to monitor is suitable for mounting your motion sensor.

Position the sensor as high as possible to minimize the chance of any obstructions.

Clean the wall thoroughly then device weather you want to use tape or screws.

Using double-sided tape to wall mount your motion sensor.

Stick your magnetioc crdle to the wall using the double-sided tape included.

Put the sensor body on the cradle so it's suitably angled to monitor your room.

Using screws to wall mount you motion sensor

Separate the magnet from the wall mount.

Holding the wall mount against the a wall, drive the screws through the holes and reattached the magnet to the wall mount.

Using the motion sensor on a table

You can sidestep mounting altogether, and simply place your motion sensor on a shelf or table.

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Looking to setup a thermostat?

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Smart thermostats can help you keep your home more efficently heated so you can feel comfier while saving money on your utility bill each month.

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If you've got a smart home based on the Z-Wave network, this superb thermostat is not straightforward to install and you'll need to call in an electrician unless you're qualified yourself.

Install the wall plate.

Separate the thermostat from the wall plate by grasping and pulling apart.

Mount the plate to the wall using the screws supplied.


You connect the common side of your transformer to the C terminal.

You need to remove the plastic tab in the battery holder. This is popped in to prevent the battery discharging during shipping.


Remove the jump or move the jumper.

Push all excess wire into the wall opening. Use non-flammable insulation to plug the gap.

Mount thermostat and get going

With everything in place, you can set the time and date and run through installation using the simple but effective touch screen.

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Z-Wave enrollment.

Once you're up and running with your thermostat, you'll need to enroll on the Z-Wave network.

This is super-simple.

  • Set the controller to Include mode
  • Select 1 to add thermostat to work
  • The device is now added and you can share node information with other Z-Wave-enabled devices

Final Words

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Setting up devices and appliances in a smart home needn't be overwhelming or off-putting

While we're here to cater to the real smart home enthusiasts, it's also part of our job to encourage anyone thinking about upgrading the intelligence of their home but not quite ready to take the plunge.

We could have gone on all day listing out how-to guides for every appliance on the market but who's got time for that?

We've tired to illustrate today that whatever your ambitions for your smart home may be, you really don't need to spend much time by the way of installation and you can more often than not set things up yourself.

Whether you want to get up and running quickly with your new Echo Dor or undertake the more install of a thermostat, all you need to do is follow some simple instructions and you'll be good to go. If you prefer visual props, it's very easy to find YouTube videos and other resources to guide you through any tricky spots in set-up process.

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