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Title: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: hellovn on November 16, 2017, 06:00:55 pm
I was using Alexa vera skills with my US account. After switching to my Canada account today, I could not find the skill in the list. Does anyone know if vera supports Canada market now?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: lajaro on November 16, 2017, 08:18:14 pm
Glad I'm not the only one seeing this.

Looks like I'll have to move back to HABridge until this gets sorted out.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Sorin on November 17, 2017, 11:39:37 am
Canada Skill enabling is in the analysis as we speak. I will have more details next week.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: jayfacc on December 03, 2017, 11:54:08 am
Any update on the Vera Canadian skill?
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: FrAllard on December 04, 2017, 10:16:09 pm
Can't find it either in Canada, can't wait to try it out. I'll stick with ha-bridge for now.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Sorin on December 05, 2017, 04:30:17 am
Hello Folks,

Although we truly wanted to have this ready for Holidays, we have too much on our plate to chew, so we rather not promise anything we cannot deliver in time. The Canadian version of the skill has been pushed to Q1 2018 for development.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: destinet on December 05, 2017, 01:58:17 pm
wow i bought an Alexa just for that and the skill is not available for canadian? And vera have no intention to do it fast? wow...big fail
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: helraiser on December 05, 2017, 03:04:11 pm
Disappointed also that this isn't available for Canadians. It's too bad the region limitation couldn't just be removed.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: helraiser on December 06, 2017, 10:54:36 am
If you're running homebridge for Siri, check this out. It integrates well to allow Alexa access to your homebridge devices (which are essentially your Vera devices.)

https://github.com/NorthernMan54/homebridge-alexa
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Craw on December 11, 2017, 11:41:10 am
I was able to sign up for the Vera Beta skill and download the skill that way in Canada.  Its not perfect but its good enough until Canadian release. 

I also appreciate the honesty of the Vera team with regards to the Vera Control skill release date for Canada.  I am confident they will release a refined skill, but it would be nice to have a more exact date than Q1 of 2018.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: destinet on December 11, 2017, 04:28:47 pm
I was able to sign up for the Vera Beta skill and download the skill that way in Canada.  Its not perfect but its good enough until Canadian release. 

Nice hack! thank you at least i can try it!
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: hellovn on December 11, 2017, 06:21:09 pm
I was able to sign up for the Vera Beta skill and download the skill that way in Canada.  Its not perfect but its good enough until Canadian release. 

I also appreciate the honesty of the Vera team with regards to the Vera Control skill release date for Canada.  I am confident they will release a refined skill, but it would be nice to have a more exact date than Q1 of 2018.

Could you give some steps how to do that? I try to login to alexa.amazon.com but get redirected to amazon.ca
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: destinet on December 11, 2017, 06:37:48 pm
I was able to sign up for the Vera Beta skill and download the skill that way in Canada.  Its not perfect but its good enough until Canadian release. 

I also appreciate the honesty of the Vera team with regards to the Vera Control skill release date for Canada.  I am confident they will release a refined skill, but it would be nice to have a more exact date than Q1 of 2018.

Could you give some steps how to do that? I try to login to alexa.amazon.com but get redirected to amazon.ca

Go there and sign-up for the beta

http://getvera.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ac78fb944aeae20acd80c2407&id=553f1d6ccb
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: hellovn on December 11, 2017, 06:45:37 pm
I was able to sign up for the Vera Beta skill and download the skill that way in Canada.  Its not perfect but its good enough until Canadian release. 

I also appreciate the honesty of the Vera team with regards to the Vera Control skill release date for Canada.  I am confident they will release a refined skill, but it would be nice to have a more exact date than Q1 of 2018.

Could you give some steps how to do that? I try to login to alexa.amazon.com but get redirected to amazon.ca

Thanks. That works for me.

Go there and sign-up for the beta

http://getvera.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ac78fb944aeae20acd80c2407&id=553f1d6ccb
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Sorin on December 13, 2017, 12:03:17 pm
:) Still amazed by the ingeniosity of our community!
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: gleech on December 14, 2017, 12:27:48 pm
I was able to sign up for the Vera Beta skill and download the skill that way in Canada.  Its not perfect but its good enough until Canadian release. 

I also appreciate the honesty of the Vera team with regards to the Vera Control skill release date for Canada.  I am confident they will release a refined skill, but it would be nice to have a more exact date than Q1 of 2018.

Could you give some steps how to do that? I try to login to alexa.amazon.com but get redirected to amazon.ca

Go there and sign-up for the beta

http://getvera.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ac78fb944aeae20acd80c2407&id=553f1d6ccb

Waht did you pick on the list. I'm only seeing US and UK flags. No Canadian flags.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: destinet on December 14, 2017, 12:37:52 pm
I was able to sign up for the Vera Beta skill and download the skill that way in Canada.  Its not perfect but its good enough until Canadian release. 

I also appreciate the honesty of the Vera team with regards to the Vera Control skill release date for Canada.  I am confident they will release a refined skill, but it would be nice to have a more exact date than Q1 of 2018.

Could you give some steps how to do that? I try to login to alexa.amazon.com but get redirected to amazon.ca

Go there and sign-up for the beta

http://getvera.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ac78fb944aeae20acd80c2407&id=553f1d6ccb

Waht did you pick on the list. I'm only seeing US and UK flags. No Canadian flags.

Choose us it will work
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: markoe on December 17, 2017, 05:34:43 am
Hello Folks,

Although we truly wanted to have this ready for Holidays, we have too much on our plate to chew, so we rather not promise anything we cannot deliver in time. The Canadian version of the skill has been pushed to Q1 2018 for development.

Amazon Echo expands to 28 more countries
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/8/16751834/amazon-music-alexa-echo-streaming (https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/8/16751834/amazon-music-alexa-echo-streaming)
Hope you can add those 28 countries also to the plan.

Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: pbrisebois on December 26, 2017, 07:34:48 pm
Do you need to be running ui7? I am currently running ui5. Still waiting for the canadian skill, however would like to try and use ha bridge in the meantime. On another note, are there any posts that show how to set up with ha bridge, one that shows a step by step guide. I tried to find one however the ones I found are confusing and complicated to follow.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: MattB on December 30, 2017, 03:22:58 pm
I also wish to use Vera with Alexa in Canada and can't get it to work.

The Beta sign up page keeps giving me an error:

"Please be sure that name fields use alphanumeric characters, commas, dashes, single quotes and periods only"

There is no field for name, just email in the sign up form. Is it a glitch? It is still active?
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Grwebster on December 31, 2017, 08:10:39 pm
I was able to sign up for the Vera Beta skill and download the skill that way in Canada.  Its not perfect but its good enough until Canadian release. 

I also appreciate the honesty of the Vera team with regards to the Vera Control skill release date for Canada.  I am confident they will release a refined skill, but it would be nice to have a more exact date than Q1 of 2018.
I bought the Dot with controlling my vera as well.  From what understand reconfiguring for a slightly different language location is not too difficult so let?s hope it happens soon.  I think this kind of integration is key to increasing acceptance and use of home automation.


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Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Grwebster on December 31, 2017, 08:11:34 pm
Do you need to be running ui7? I am currently running ui5. Still waiting for the canadian skill, however would like to try and use ha bridge in the meantime. On another note, are there any posts that show how to set up with ha bridge, one that shows a step by step guide. I tried to find one however the ones I found are confusing and complicated to follow.
Pretty sure you need UI7


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Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Ryanoc75 on December 31, 2017, 10:03:51 pm
You need Ui7 to use the Alexa Skill running on Vera itself.  If you want to use Alexa with UI5 then the ha bridge works really well. 
I was excited about using the Alexa skill on Vera until I read that you can't control any door locks or alarm systems, either directly, or even as part of a scene.  That killed it for me, as many of the scenes I run either involve a door lock, a garage door or the alarm system.   

Thankfully the ha bridge is able to control those devices and run scenes they are included in.  I have it set up on a raspberry pi and the response time is mere seconds. I had it running with our Vera3 and UI5 and when we upgraded to VeraPlus and UI7 I just added  the IP address of the VeraPlus to the bridge.  Everything from the VeraPlus appeared and I just deleted everything for the Vera3.  Now, I have 49 devices/scenes on the bridge that Alexa has "discovered" and she has been able to run all of them flawlessly.  Make sure upnp is running on your router and you assign static IPs to the bridge and alexa.  I found this tutorial that I thought was pretty easy to follow and get set up.

https://blog.titansoft.com.sg/2017/06/25/home-automation-with-amazon-echo-google-home-ha-bridge/
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: dinkeldorf on January 08, 2018, 03:23:08 pm
Is this still working? I was running the Beta last year.  The I foolishly did a FW upgrade. My "US" dot started playing up before Christmas likely due to release in Canada. It kept my Sonos skill thankfully, however I never bothered verifying if Vera was still good.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Craw on February 20, 2018, 09:43:46 am
Any update on when this will become available the end of the quarter is not far off?  A more specific timeline would also be appreciated.

Kind Regards,


Phil
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: MattB on March 03, 2018, 07:49:45 pm
Yes I agree, any update? The temporary solutions proposed in here haven?t worked and ai don?t want to change my location.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: gerlakh on March 20, 2018, 11:06:16 am
Agree with previous post, any updates? First quarter of the year is almost over.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: pbrisebois on March 20, 2018, 04:59:04 pm
I've completely given up on getting this Vera Skill. I just got HA Bridge running and I have to say, I am impressed by it and what it can do. I can now turn on/Dim/off lights, Lock doors, Turn on my TV and CPU running Kodi, and I can even set my Thermostat to what temperature I want.....via my Echo Plus, and the best thing, I do not have to upgrade to Ui7, still using Ui5.  Not that hard to use once you get the concept of using HTTP Requests.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: jonny9998 on March 20, 2018, 10:44:55 pm
Still no plugin in Canada?  This is crazy.  When will it be ready?
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: jonny9998 on March 28, 2018, 01:53:48 am
I posted this question on Vera's Facebook page and this was the reply:


"This is a group effort Vera-Amazon and it's still work in progress. We can't deliver an ETA at the moment.
Thank you for the patience."
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: bigmusic11 on April 09, 2018, 09:47:15 pm
Try this out. Not sure if any one has posted this link before.

http://support.mios.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2648086-alexa-user-guide
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: MattB on April 13, 2018, 12:48:36 pm
Does not work as there is no Vera skill in the Alexa app for Canadian users.

Really growing frustrated with this as well. I read a few people used a HA bridge, but not even sure what that is or where to start. Would need a step by step guide on how to do it which I have not been able to find.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: jswim788 on April 13, 2018, 07:55:37 pm
Information on the ha-bridge is located here: https://github.com/bwssytems/ha-bridge

It runs on an external Linux or Windows box.  Do read the information on the page above, especially on the limitations and issues.  That said, it has worked pretty well for me on a Raspberry Pi.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: MattB on April 15, 2018, 07:31:03 pm
Thanks for the link, but it seems quite complex for someone who is not a programmer/computer guy.

I gave it a few months of waiting, but I guess I'll be getting the wink hub 2 which already works with Alexa.

100$ vs what looks like endless hours of my time to figure out this work around...
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: jonny9998 on May 26, 2018, 12:35:16 am
I can't believe we are still waiting
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: gerlakh on May 30, 2018, 07:41:31 pm
Second quarter is gone..almost..but when we will get it?
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Don Phillips on May 31, 2018, 07:27:53 pm
Second quarter is gone..almost..but when we will get it?

Ahh...but which year?  8)
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Sorin on June 04, 2018, 08:30:59 am
Hello guys, just a friendly tap on the back. It's happening now.  8)

https://status.getvera.com/incidents/ztm8526hjrcx

Alexa V3 comes with support for English UK, US, CA, AU, IN.
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Grwebster on June 08, 2018, 06:49:48 pm
I am still not seeing the Vera Skill for Canada


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Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: mios.toddbt on June 09, 2018, 09:19:02 am
Hello,

Canada should be operational :)
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Grwebster on June 09, 2018, 10:17:00 am
I?ll have to recheck.  I have the beta installed and perhaps that?s why I am not seeing it.


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Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Grwebster on June 09, 2018, 07:59:55 pm
I see it now, although I did have the beta running.  Can we get confirmation?


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Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Sorin on June 11, 2018, 05:37:42 am
Canadian Skill should be live!  8)
Title: Re: Vera skill Canada?
Post by: Grwebster on June 11, 2018, 08:45:10 pm
Thanks!


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