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Offline n0ir

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Send TTS notifications to Chromecast Audio?
« on: June 29, 2017, 12:02:29 pm »
Hi!

I'm checking out Home Assistant on RPi3 and was impressed that a fresh setup automatically found my Chromecasts. I was even more impressed that you very easily could send TTS notifications to Chromecasts.

Is this possible with Vera? I've read solutions using a LMS/squeeze2cast but that would require a separate server running.

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Re: Send TTS notifications to Chromecast Audio?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017, 12:19:07 pm »
Someone probably would have to write a plugin for Vera to talk to Chromecast. If the Chromecast is a DLNA device (not sure as I don't use them), the existing DLNA plugin may be able to do this...
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Re: Send TTS notifications to Chromecast Audio?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 07:31:29 pm »
You can use Vera Concierge and the Vera Alerts plugin.
The Vera Alerts plugin has a profile to send TTS messages to your Google Home and/or Google Cast devices.

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Re: Send TTS notifications to Chromecast Audio?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2017, 01:26:44 pm »
You can use Vera Concierge and the Vera Alerts plugin.
The Vera Alerts plugin has a profile to send TTS messages to your Google Home and/or Google Cast devices.

Richard-  this is exactly what I want to do. I currently have several scenes that start music (Pandora) on my Yamaha receiver, but want to incorporate several speakers throughout the house. I'll have them all connected with Chromecast Audio devices, but need to bridge them to the scenes. If I setup a new profile (what type of profile? Vera-Concierge?) in VeraAlerts, the commands can be received by Chromecast devices? Would I still need a Google Home?

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Re: Send TTS notifications to Chromecast Audio?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 07:48:27 pm »
You do not need a google Home ... but you will need to install the Local Vera Concierge Server (Part of the setup for a Google Home).

Even if you do not have a Google Home you can use Voice commands from your mobile (Android or IOS) to control your Vera.

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Re: Send TTS notifications to Chromecast Audio?
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2017, 02:25:23 pm »
That's great - I have Vera Concierge now setup and have successfully used the mobile app to voice control my vera.

However, I'm having a hard time getting the setup from Vera Alerts profile of Vera-Concierge to kick off anything on Chromecast group (device name=Whole Home). In some Vera Alerts tests ("send message now") I was able to get the chime on chromecast, and on all devices, but couldn't get anything I typed into the message to select pandora station, etc.

Any ideas?

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Re: Send TTS notifications to Chromecast Audio?
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2017, 09:08:45 pm »
If you get the chime ... it's because you have blocked one of the two ports that Vera Concierge Use.
You need to open 8989 (https)  and 8998 (http)