Posted May 18, 2018 12:19AM PDT The Echo Stick isn’t just a cheap speaker, it’s also the easiest way to buy an Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
And thanks to its smart speaker-like features, it can also act as a home hub for your devices and help you get the most out of your Echo speaker.
Read More , but the best part is that you don’t need to buy a whole Echo.
It can be bought as a standalone device, or you can combine it with your existing Echo system to get a whole home automation system.
This tutorial will walk you through all the steps necessary to build an Echo setup using the free Alexa Voice Assistant, Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant.
You’ll also learn how to create a “virtual assistant” with the Echo, which you can then connect to the speaker using your home automation software.
The first step is to install and configure the Echo.
If you haven’t already, sign up for Amazon Echo now and get Alexa for $79 per year.
The Echo comes with Alexa and a set of voice commands to use.
Once you’ve installed Alexa, you can connect the Echo to your home network and it will start working automatically.
It will ask you if you want to start playing music, and it’ll show you the current weather, and so on.
You can then control your Echo with voice commands, including to turn on lights and alarms, and to play music.
You can also connect an external speaker to the Echo and use voice commands on that speaker, like Alexa can.
This tutorial will show you how to use the Echo as a speaker and how to control it with voice.
Step 1: Get Alexa and Alexa for freeThe Alexa app is free for Apple and Android devices, but you can also download Alexa for Windows PCs or Macs.
If you’re new to the service, you may want to see how to get started first.
For the Echo Setup, we’ll be using a free trial account, which is great if you have no internet or a slow connection to your device.
If not, you’ll need to sign up and download the app on your Echo’s behalf.
We’re going to download Alexa to an external USB storage device, then transfer it to an internal USB flash drive.
We’ll use an external hard drive for this tutorial.
We’ll also use the same USB drive for the next step.
To transfer the app to your USB storage drive, you will need to have a computer with a USB drive drive.
There are several USB drive manufacturers, so be sure to read their websites for information on how to make sure you have the right size.
If your computer is a Windows or Mac, it may already have the Alexa app on it.
Once it’s installed, click the “Start” button on your computer, and then click the Start button.
At the top of the screen, click “Agree to Terms and Conditions” and then scroll down until you see “Microsoft”, and then confirm it.
When you confirm, a screen will come up with a list of choices.
Select the one with the “Microsoft” part.
Now, you need to make your selection.
If it’s not listed, click it.
You may have to click “Ok” twice, but the process is the same.
Once you’re done, click on “OK”.
Now, let’s transfer the Alexa App to the external USB drive.
Open the app.
You’ll be asked if you’d like to create the USB drive as an image file.
Click “Create Image” to create an image.
The image should appear.
It may take a few minutes, depending on the size of your drive.
Now that the app is on your external drive, we can transfer the file to the computer using a USB cable.
We can’t do that in our computer, but we can do it on the Alexa USB storage USB drive, and we can see what happens when we do so.
If everything went well, the file should be on the USB storage on your USB drive and appear in your Alexa Assistant.
If it isn’t, you might need to repeat the process.
To repeat this step, click again on the “OK” button.
After you’ve done the steps above, you should be able to see the Alexa Assistant as a new item in the Alexa home screen.
This is great because we can now use Alexa to control devices with voice-activated buttons, which we’ll use to control our Echo system.
Step 2: Create a virtual assistantWith the app open, we need to configure a virtual assistants.
This will require a little bit of setup.
You need to enable the “Home Assistant” option in your Echo settings.
This can be done using the Alexa button on the left side of the home screen, or by pressing the “Add Home Assistant” button from the bottom of the Alexa Home screen.
You should see an option to create one, then click