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  • Device naming and Alexa

    *edit* Sorry I didn't realize this was for Spud's plug-in. I'm currently using the native skill.

    So... I thought I had my devices named in a way I was satisfied with, until Alexa showed up in our household.

    Due to how the default HSTouch screens list devices alphabetically I prepended all lights with "Light - " to put them together in the list. So for example all Kitchen lights show up in a row, all garage lights show up in a row, etc... it made for minimal scrolling in the HSTouch app.

    However now with Alexa it makes for funky things like "Alexa, tell HomeSeer, turn on Kitchen Light Island Dimmer to 50%." That's really long and I'm not sure the wife acceptance factor will hold.

    For example my dimmers in the Kitchen show up as...

    1st Kitchen Light - Island Dimmer
    1st Kitchen Light - Table Dimmer

    1st = Location 2 Label
    Kitchen = Location 1 Label

    The rest is the actual device name.

    Have any of you evolved your device names in a way to be more fluid with the Alexa skill?
    Last edited by scorp508; July 13th, 2017, 03:39 PM. Reason: Wrong forum.

  • #2
    You could always create virtual device with friendly names, then trigger the control based on the virtual device change.
    HS3Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi3
    64 Z-Wave Nodes, 168 Events, 280 Devices
    UPB modules via OMNI plugin/panel
    Plugins: Z-Wave, BLRF, OMNI, HSTouch, weatherXML, EasyTrigger
    HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler


    • #3
      A good suggestion, those virtual devices certainly are handy.