Get voice reminds from Echo when eWeLink sensor's status changes

:thinking:Smart sensors are useful, and help us to monitor if the door or window is open, whether there is movement in a specific area, or even if a water leak happens. But getting alerts from these sensors through the associated app is not enough, as it may be drowned in the mass of app push notifications. :neutral_face:

But if you have an Amazon Echo, by taking advantage of the TTS(Text To Speech) feature of Alexa routines, you can now have your Echo alert you with voice prompts when the status of the sensor changes, and even customize the prompts, like “Your door is open” when door sensor opened, “There is a movement in my garage” when PIR sensor is triggered, or other meaningful even quirky prompts you wanted, furthermore, active time can be customized also to avoid unnecessary disturbance.

Following the steps below right now, set up your unique voice alerts and level your smart home to the next stage.

Step 1. Account Linking
Link your eWeLink account to Alexa first. Learn how to finish accounting linking in 30 seconds here.

Step 2. Syncing Devices
Sync your devices to Alexa App. Enter the Devices page in Alexa App. “xx devices discovered” will appear at the top of the page. Tap “View” to sync.

Step 3. Create a Routine
First, go into “More > Routines”, and tap “+” to create a routine.
Enter the routine name.

Add condition: tap “+”, select “Smart Home”, and then choose a sensor. Here we take a bedroom door sensor as an example. Last, choose one status to trigger actions. We choose “Open” in this case.

Add action: tap “+”, select “Alexa Says”, and and then we can customize what Alexa should say according to the sensor we choose. For example, we could provide text like “Bedroom door is open.”
Add effective period: you can select any period if necessary. Ignore it if you don’t need to set it.

Choose a broadcasting device: don’t forget to choose an Alexa device like Echo Dot to play the response. It turns the text we provided into spoken words.

:point_right: :point_right: Check out the tutorial video.

There are lots of cases waiting to be explored with Alexa routines and eWeLink smart devices, like streaming live video to your Echo show when your camera detects a motion, etc.
Free to place your idea in our forum and inspire more users here. :wink:

I have been using this method for a long time, however it is not reliable since it only executes the action about 25% of the time.

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What type of sensor did you choose? Its status changes but most of time Echo doesn’t announce the changes right?

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“There are lots of cases waiting to be explored with Alexa routines and eWeLink smart devices, like streaming live video to your Echo show when your camera detects a motion or broadcasts the temperature when the TH sensor hits the set value, etc.”

So explain th temp triggers… Alexa can only trigger th based on turned on or turned off. There is no temp trigger? Sometimes I wish you guys would test what you suggest! Also what is your response to this only working 25 % of the time?

Hi there, we tried motion sensor and door sensor. They all works well with Alexa routines. Could you please check if the sensor status in eWeLink App is consistent with its status in reality? If the eWeLink App shows the real-time status correctly, then Alexa Echo will respond correctly. If there is an issue with its real-time status on eWeLink App, please submit a support ticket and our support team will check out that for you.

Hi jeremy1, thanks for your feedback. We double check the triggers for TH series. You’re right that the available triggers for TH are its on and off. In fact, we did suggest Alexa team to add temp values to the triggers before. We will keep you updated if there is any progress.

It is right! Doing tests I have seen that apparently it only fails when it should be announced not in the local echos, but on the phone.

I did that verification and everything is correct. most of the times that it is activated it is not announced on the phone

Hi rtoserrano, if you set your phone to announce, it requires you to keep the Alexa app running all the time. You can try an alternative action like adding Notification to the action.