Alexa commands can be used to make adjustments to your thermostat, lights and lots of other connected devices.
This is important for Echo Show and Echo Spot smart display owners, because of the visual component inherent to interacting with a video camera.
There are several Alexa-compatible security cameras that can be listed, but below are some of the models that will function with Amazon's voice assistant:
- Amazon Cloud Cam
- Arlo Go
- Arlo Pro
- Arlo Pro 2
- Arlo Q
- Arlo Ultra
- Canary All-in-One
- Canary Flex
- Ezviz Mini
- Ezviz Mini Plus
- Logitech Circle
- Logitech Circle 2
- Nest Cam
- Nest Cam Outdoor
- Ring Stick Up Cam
- Wyze Cam
- Wyze Cam Pan
Even if there are different ways with which Alexa works with each camera, there are several overlap as well. Making use of the Ring Stick Up Cam Wired as our means of direction, we will highlight the instructions needed to connect it to Alexa and break down the commands that can be used with it.
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1. Get The Alexa Application
We will conclude you already possess the Alexa-compatible home security camera and you already own an Alexa-enabled smart speaker. The Ring support page also has the answers to any questions you might have on how you can set up the Stick Up Cam.
You will now have to get yourself logged into the Alexa application or create an account if you are yet to do just that. Just download the Alexa application and adhere to the instructions to sign in or sign up for a fresh account.
2. Activate The Alexa Skill
Launch the Alexa application and choose "Skills & Games." Search for "Ring" or the name of any camera in your possession, open the skill and choose "Enable."
You will be prompted to type in your Ring account credentials so your Ring account can be paired with the Alexa application. You are almost set to begin to use Alexa commands with your Ring camera, but before that...
3. Discover New Alexa Devices
After activating Ring skill, choose "Discover Devices" on the application screen that is visible or let your smart speaker locate new devices or a device by saying, "Alexa, discover devices."
Be aware that the instructions are similar irrespective of the specific Alexa-enabled camera you purchase. Except for Amazon Cloud Cam, which is connected to the Alexa skill automatically by Amazon so you can simply install the camera and begin to use Alexa commands instantly.
4. Alexa Commands For Security Cams
After activating the Ring skill and asking Alexa to detect new devices, you are set to control your Ring Stick Up Cam Wired through Alexa.
Be aware that you have to make use of a standout name for every device. Possessing several devices with one or identical names makes it hard for Alexa to tell the difference and the voice commands might malfunction.
This is what you are allowed to ask Alexa to do with a Ring Stick Up Cam:
- "Alexa, answer the front door (your camera might have a different name)." -- Use this command to view and speak to a visitor from an Echo Show or Spot speaker.
- "Alexa, talk to the backyard." -- Use this command to view and speak to a visitor from an Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
- "Alexa, show the front door." -- Use this command to view your camera's live feed on an Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
- "Alexa, hide the front door." -- Use this command to get rid of the live feed from the Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
- "Alexa, go home." -- Use this command to get rid of the live feed from the Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
- "Alexa, stop." -- Use this command to get rid of the live feed from the Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
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Once more, the particular commands and accessible features are different in several cameras, but this should be your general expectations as per what can be done through Alexa when you link a compatible security camera.
Using the Amazon Cloud Cam, for example, Alexa can be asked to activate your camera. A screen-equipped Alexa speaker is not needed to get that done too. Echo Dot or an Echo Show will do the job just fine.
Some cameras also allow you review stored videos on an Alexa-enabled smart display. Cloud Cam users can say "Alexa, show me who was last seen at the front door." Arlo security camera owners can say "Alexa, show me the most recent motion noticed by my front door camera" to know about the most recent activity.
Making use of Alexa alongside a home security camera gives you the comfort you crave for.
You can use a smart display screen in your home to rapidly and conveniently view who is at the door at the time, or to review previous clips. Just ensure your devices are compatible and your Alexa can be used to check in on your camera henceforth.