Amazon Alexa Integration

HomeSeer offers 2 powerful ways to control your home by voice!

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Leverage the hidden power of your Amazon Echo with a HomeSeer home automation system! We offer two specialized skills, optimized for basic and advanced needs. These skills may be used simultaneously or you can use the guide below to choose the skill that best fits your lifestyle.

Requirements (things you'll need to get started)

Option #1 - Easy to Set Up and Use

For Control of On-Off-Dim Devices & Thermostats
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Note: This skill is available for use in the US and UK

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This skill works with Amazon's built-in support for controlling Smarthome devices. At present, Amazon limits support to thermostats and devices that can be turned ONOFF or Dimmed.

Sample Syntax

  • "Alexa, turn off the kitchen light"
  • "Alexa, set the thermostat to 65 degrees"

Setup

  1. Follow the Echo setup instructions to link your Echo with your Amazon account.
  2. Go to MyHS.homeseer.com and create a MyHS account and link it with your HomeSeer system. Note the user login information as you will need that later.
  3. Launch the Alexa mobile app, login with your Amazon account, and from the menu select "Smart Home", then click on "Get More Smart Home Skills". Scroll the list to find "HomeSeer".
  4. Select "HomeSeer", then click on "Enable Skill", a login dialog will appear.
  5. Log in with the user account you created on the MyHS site, if successful, you have linked your HomeSeer system with your Echo.
  6. You now need to tell Alexa to discover your devices. A dialog may appear that prompts you for this, if not, select "Smart Home" from the menu and scroll down until you see the "Discover devices" link, click that to start the process.
  7. When discovery completes, you will see a list of all the devices that you can control, and their names. For example, if you see a device named "Kitchen Lights", you can say: "Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights". If your device names are awkward, rename your devices in HomeSeer and then re-run the discovery.

Option #2 - The Power User's Choice

Works with all Devices & Events
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Note: This skill is available for use in the US

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This skill provides complete control of your HomeSeer system and will work with all home automation devices and events. Setup is similar to skill #1 but the syntax is a bit more involved.

Sample Syntax

  • "Alexa, tell HomeSeer to turn off the kitchen light"
  • "Alexa, tell HomeSeer to set the thermostat to 65 degrees"
  • "Alexa, tell HomeSeer to unlock the front door"
  • "Alexa, tell HomeSeer to get the status of my temperature sensor"
  • "Alexa, tell HomeSeer to run the SUNSET event"

Setup

  1. Log into your Amazon echo account, search for the "HomeSeer Home Automation Skill" and enable it.
  2. Enter your MyHS account credentials in the pop-up screen and click the LOGIN button. Your Amazon Echo should now be linked to your HomeSeer system.
    Important: This step relies on a pop-up window. If you do not see a pop-up, be sure your browser is set to temporarily allow pop-ups and disable any pop-up blockers you may have installed.
  3. Now, you'll need to enable voice commands for every HomeSeer device you wish to control with your Echo. To do this, access the device management page and click on the device name you wish to enable. Then, on the Configuration tab, tick the box for voice command. If you wish to receive a voice confirmation, tick that option as well.

Constructing Phrases
The image at right shows a sampling of devices in a typical HomeSeer system. Each device is named, is assigned to two locations and is controllable. Those attributes are used to construct the phrases that must be spoken to control your system with the Echo. Use the examples below as a template for constructing your own phrases. 

Working with Devices
Use the syntax and examples below to construct phrases that will control and obtain status from HomeSeer devices.

  • "{Attention Phrase} {Command} {Location 2} {Location 1} {Device Name}" 

Controlling HomeSeer Devices 

  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Turn on the} {Light}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Turn on the} {Bathroom} {Light}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Turn on the} {First Floor} {Bathroom} {Light}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Unlock the} {Door Lock}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Unlock the} {Kitchen} {Door Lock}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Unlock the} {First Floor} {Kitchen} {Door Lock}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Set the} {Outside Lights} {to 50%}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Set the} {Kitchen} {Outside Lights} {to 50%}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Set the} {First Floor} {Kitchen} {Outside Lights} {to 50%}"

Controlling "All" HomeSeer Devices 

  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Turn on all the} {Lights}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Turn on all the} {Living Room} {Lights}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Set all} {Living Room} {Lights} {to 50%}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Turn off all the} {First Floor} {Lights}"

Obtaining Status From HomeSeer Devices

  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Get the status of the} {Door Lock}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Get the status of the} {Kitchen} {Door Lock}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Get the status of the} {First Floor} {Kitchen} {Door Lock}"

Working with Events 
Use the syntax and examples below to construct phrases that will launch HomeSeer events.
Tip: Consider changing your Event Names if the phrases you're required to use sound unnatural in any way.

  • "{Attention Phrase} {Command} {Event Name} {Command}"

Launching HomeSeer Events

  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Run the Event} {Turn all lights off}"
  • "{Alexa, Tell HomeSeer to} {Run the} {Turn all lights off} {Event}"