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Offline Aaron

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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #30 on: March 09, 2017, 02:18:31 pm »
How do we install the Alexa Skill?

once you click the link and go through the process of picking your devices, it will install it automatically

thx, it failed earlier... worked this time.

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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2017, 03:53:39 pm »
The new link got the skill re-installed. Happily no null. But only the same 13 Hue devices were discovered. None of my zwave devices were discovered after several discovery attempts. Now what do I do?

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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2017, 09:41:28 pm »
The new link got the skill re-installed. Happily no null. But only the same 13 Hue devices were discovered. None of my zwave devices were discovered after several discovery attempts. Now what do I do?

I found in some cases I had to do up to 15 discoveries and then I got my devices. MCV has stated that there is a small 8 second window I think to get all devices. Your Hue is bridged into Vera? So that might be why you get that or perhaps you are using the Hue skill?

I just got my new beta to work. I had to retry plugin installation about 6 times then it worked. After that my discovery worked quickly and then back to delays activating devices.

So good luck but in my opinion the original beta was far superior in performance to this new one.

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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2017, 11:45:25 pm »
My previously checked 34 devices/scenes of probably 70+ were discovered.  Here's what worked for me. 
(1) Login to Alexa [wound up here: http://alexa.amazon.com/spa/index.html#smart-home]. 
(2) Pull the  power on my Vera [ie reboot]. 
(3) I also opened a webpage to my vera at its local ip address on my network.] address to Vera

(4) Then click the new link we got.
(5) Check off or verify checked off devices presented by Vera link. 
(6) Click finish and it installs the skill on Alexa, then
(7) under "Your devices" click discover devices.  All of mine are found including Nest. 
I don't know that my bold items make a difference, but after initial issues this reboot thing seems to help.
 
I wish the bug hadn't happened, but I do appreciate Vera team getting the patch out so quickly after it was discovered.  I don't think my wife even noticed.  Thanks. :)

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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #34 on: March 10, 2017, 12:05:10 am »
BIG FAIL for me. What's worse is mine was actually working before they sent this dramatic email with all caps !! URGENT ACTION REQUIRED. Thanks for nuttin'


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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #35 on: March 10, 2017, 05:07:56 am »
UK user.

I installed the fix yesterday & it installed the US Beta plugin (both on completion & in Alexa website). However it worked fine.

This morning's mail I ran the update & it installed the new plugin.My Alexa page now showed 2 plugins & it didn't work.

Removed both plugins forgot devices, rediscovered & I'm happily yelling at my lights again.

Guys remember its a BETA!

Vlad maybe its worth creating a closed beta testing program. I bet some of the users would be willing & very able to test X new functions in exchange for free hardware/services (3 new functions=1 free Edge for example)  or accreditation that way when Vera muck up its in a private forum with people who have a spare Vera to test on. They drive the development so they get features they need. You can publicly consult on the design. Their customers know that Vera rate them as knowledgeable when they see the "I've really Got Vera" logo.

Everyone else gets a properly tested release that works first time.






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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #36 on: March 10, 2017, 12:02:38 pm »

Guys remember its a BETA!


Exactly! Take it easy. At least they admit they are testing this feature unlike the rest of the vera. :P :P :P
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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #37 on: March 12, 2017, 01:50:03 pm »
3/12/2017 since this AM - I unpaired a device from one controller and paired it to another. Verified recognized, communicating and working. Since Alexa knew about it I went to the vera side to update the skill. Confirmed the device is gone from the old controller and selectable (now selected) on the new controller. The Vera servers re-installed the plugin on both controllers successfully. However, I am getting the below error from https://pitangui.amazon.com/spa/skill/account-linking-status.html?success=false

Amazon Alexa

Unable to link your skill
Please try again later

Based on the link this seems to be on Amazon's side. I disabled the duplicate skills created by the 3/9 update (which was successful) and tried again a few times over the last few hours. I keep on getting above error. I checked DownDetector and sure enough, AWS has a large yellow blob on their EAST area again...
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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #38 on: March 12, 2017, 06:01:24 pm »
The new Alexa update worked perfectly for me.  It is a great improvement!

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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2017, 12:24:51 pm »
Now that things have settled a bit the new skill seems to be working well for me, and a wee bit faster to in response time.

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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #40 on: March 13, 2017, 01:42:09 pm »
Still getting the above error. Is anybody else getting the same one when trying to relink or is it me?
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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #41 on: March 13, 2017, 04:09:21 pm »
Hi guys,


Before installing the new skill, make sure you are already logged into alexa.amazon.com, navigate to Home Automation and remove any Vera existing skills. THen also forget all devices and groups.


After you've done all of this, you can go ahead and use hotfix links.


Quote from: Technigogo link=topic=48139.msg317248#msg317248 date=1489122310[size=1em
][/size][/font]BIG FAIL for me. What's worse is mine was actually working before they sent this dramatic email with all caps !! URGENT ACTION REQUIRED. Thanks for nuttin'

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Amazon would have terminated and kicked users out of the previous skill anyway. Make sure you always run the latest iteration of skill.
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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #42 on: March 13, 2017, 05:46:24 pm »
I just tried John's suggestion and still only my hue devices are re-discovered & not any zwave devices. I didn't even press on my hue hub and still these devices were re-discovered.

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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #43 on: March 13, 2017, 06:17:00 pm »
First try after following John's instructions I received the same error message as I had earlier. I left it for 10 minutes and tried again. This time Amazon accepted the link from Vera and I was able to discover all my devices and they show online and working.
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Re: Amazon Alexa Home Skill Update (2) - with new invite links
« Reply #44 on: March 13, 2017, 10:17:13 pm »
Thank you devs! This is starting to get better each release :)