How to use RainMachine with Amazon Echo Alexa

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How to use RainMachine (released 2015 and up) with Amazon Echo Alexa

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What is Amazon Echo Alexa

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice.
Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service, to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.
All you have to do is ask.
learn more

Configure Alexa to discover RainMachine

- Update your RainMachine device to the latest firmware version 4.0.631 and up
- Connect Amazon Echo and RainMachine to the same WiFi network
- Use the voice command:
"Alexa, discover devices." - Or you can access Amazon Echo web application at http://echo.amazon.com. Login and go to "Settings - Connected Home - Discover Devices"
Note: Alexa will discover as "devices" all your RainMachine programs and zones and use their custom names to address them.
- SUCCESS - Alexa will respond with the number of "devices" discovered. This number is a sum of your RainMachine scheduled programs plus each individual zone (see fig.1 and fig.2 below).

Amazon Echo Alexa looking for RainMachine programs and zones as Alexa devices
fig.1
Amazon Echo Alexa discovered all RainMachine programs and zones as Alexa devices
fig.2

- ERROR - Alexa will respond that the "devices" could not be discovered. Please ensure that your RainMachine is on the same WiFi network as Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo server is enabled under RainMachine settings (see chapter 4).

Voice control your RainMachine

Use voice commands to manually turn ON and OFF a program and an individual zone by calling it's own custom name.
Note: For this you can use either "turn" or "switch" as the trigger word.

Command format

Wake word Action trigger Utterance Program or Zone name
Alexa turn ON/OFF program name
Alexa turn ON/OFF zone name
Alexa switch ON/OFF program name
Alexa switch ON/OFF zone name

Example: Your RainMachine has one scheduled program with the custom name set by you as: "Flowers" and the Zone 4 is renamed by you as "Tulips"

START voice command

to START the program "Flowers" use the voice command: "Alexa, turn on program Flowers."
to START the zone "Tulips" use the voice command: "Alexa, turn on zone Tulips."
Note: Alexa utterance (voice interface) must be used into the voice command. In our case "program" when we want to control (start/stop) a RainMachine scheduled program and "zone" when we want to (start/stop) an individual RainMachine watering zone.

STOP voice command

to STOP the program "Flowers" use the voice command: "Alexa, turn off program Flowers."
to STOP the zone "Tulips" use the voice command: "Alexa, turn off zone Tulips."

Enable/Disable Alexa server

- Login to RainMachine web application located at my.rainmachine.com
- Click on RainMachine device name from the list
- Go to Settings - System Settings
- Scroll down to Advanced Settings
- Check the Amazon Echo Alexa Integration option and click the button "CHANGE"
- It is required to REBOOT your RainMachine device in order to apply this change.
- Done. Note: As of today (Mar 17, 2016) you can enable or disable Amazon Echo Alexa server on your RainMachine device using only the web application interface