Thanks to the power of Alexa and its open API, you can control a vast number of devices with just your voice. If you have an Eero Wi-Fi system, you can even manage your home network with Amazon Echo.
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With a recent update to both the Eero system and the Eero app, the company has taken on Alexa support, so if you have an Amazon Echo, Fire TV, or newer Fire tablet, you can use Alexa to issue a small handful of voice commands. to your Wi-Fi network. Here’s how to enable the new feature.
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Before you can start giving voice commands to your Eero system, you first need to install the third party Eero Alexa skill in the Alexa app.
We have a guide on how to install Alexa Skills, but the bottom line is that you will open the side menu and select Skills. From there, find «Eero» and turn it on. You will need to link your Eero account to Alexa, which simply requires you to enter your Eero-linked email address and verify it with a verification code.
Once the Eero Alexa skill is installed and you have linked your Eero account, you are ready to go. The voice commands you can give Eero are pretty limited at the moment, but you can do some pretty cool stuff. Here are some examples:
«Alexa, ask Eero to find my phone.» Alexa will tell you which Eero device your phone is connected to, which will narrow down the area and hopefully allow you to find your phone faster if it gets lost in your house or apartment. This helps when you give your devices custom aliases in the Eero app («My iPhone» instead of «iPhone-6»).
«Alexa, tell Eero to pause the internet.» This will turn off Wi-Fi in your home so devices can’t connect to the internet, which is great if your kids are doing their chores around the house. However, you need to set up family profiles in the Eero app to enable suspend. Also, you can only resume internet access from the Eero app.
«Alexa, tell Eero to turn off the LEDs.» This will disable the small LED lights on every Eero device in your home. You can also say «lights» instead, or you can tell Alexei to only turn off the lights on a specific Eero block by saying «Alexa, tell Eero to turn off the lights in the living room.» Unfortunately, you can’t use Alexa to turn the lights on again — you have to do it through the Eero app.
Unfortunately, this is the only thing you can do with Alexa and Eero, but hopefully the voice command library will get a little bigger in the future. We’d love to be able to run Wi-Fi speed tests and turn guest Wi-Fi on and off using Alexa, but the current voice commands are pretty good at the moment.