History of The Echo Dot

There is a technology emerging which is called artificial intelligence. Amazon has used this technology to create a speaking robot called “Alexa”. This is a type of robot which can be used to do many tasks of your daily needs. This robot is incorporated in many Amazon devices. Amazon Echo is one of the most sold devices from Amazon in 2018 -2019.

The first generation of the Amazon echo was introduced to the invited members and some special persons for testing in November 2014. Next year in June, the first echo was released to the public in the US. The second echo dot device was released in October 2017. The third and latest edition of the echo dot is introduced in January 2019.

The first generation introduced consisted of a big speaker of drum shape. It also contained seven microphones in a way that it received voice from all directions. It contained 4gb or the memory and 256mb of the ram. The second generation introduced at the attractive design and the specification allowed it to store more of the data. The third generation has the most advanced sound system and design is so elegant that it can fit with any type of home design. The first and second generation will not come with good batteries but the third generation is equipped with external batteries which will make its use easy.

Setting the Echo dot

For Amazon Echo dot setup you will have to follow six simple steps given here.

  •  Arrange the things you may need:
    In this step, you will have to arrange all the hardware related things you will need to get the Echo dot running. If you are using the external battery then get it ready or bring your mobile and power cord for the Echo dot.
  • Install the Alexa on the device:
    It is one of the important steps as you will have to install the Amazon Alexa on your mobile. If you are an android user, you can download the app from Play Store or you can get it from the Apple Store or Amazon app store.
  • Connecting the Echo dot to the power supply:
    In this step, you will have to attach the adapter of the echo dot to the power port of it and on the other side the power plug to the power to the device.
  • Connecting the mobile with Echo dot:
    You will have to open the Alexa app on your mobile and on the right upper side there is a button for options, you will have to press this button. There will be an option to add new devices so you can add the Echo dot in the device option.
  • Amazon Echo Wifi setup:
    Once you have the mobile connected, select the update wifi option in the Alexa app. This will show one option to select the available wifi in your area. You will have to select the wifi and give your wifi password. This way the Echo dot will be ready.
  • Test the Echo dot:
    In order to be fully sure that the device is working, you may need to call the name Alexa and the Echo dot will start talking in Alexa’s voice. If you have followed the steps in the right way, you may not face any Amazon echo setup problem.

Frequent problems in the device

There are some common problems which can be faced in you are new to the Alexa and Echo Devices. Here is a list of problems which you can face.

  • Device does not connect to wifi
  • The power adapter is not working
  • The Echo Dot does not recognize any command
  • Not able to make an account with Amazon Alexa
  • Device is not connecting to your phone
  • Unable to connect to Bluetooth devices
  • Alexa app stuck in the process of setup
  • Device is unable to search for Wifi signals
  • The device does not turn on
  • Device keep picking noise as a command

How to reset Amazon Echo dot:

If your Echo dot device is not working or you want to give it to someone else, you will need to reset it to save your data or solve the issue. The device is coming in three generations and there is a different way of resetting these three types.

In order to reset the first generation device, you will have to get one paper clip and use it as a pin to press the reset button for 5 seconds. The light ring will turn blue and then it will turn off after that it will turn in a way that orange light is circling the device.

The second generation can be reset by pressing the volume key and record key at one time for 10 seconds, this will also turn its light off and the new orange circling light will appear.

The third generation device can be reset by pressing the action button for 25 seconds. The light of the device will turn off and it will turn blue. After some time the light will turn orange. This means the process is finished.

Amazon Echo troubleshooting:

Most of the problems can be fixed by adjusting the settings. If the device is not recognizing the voice it might be because two accounts are running on the device. You should setup again with only one account. If the device is not connecting to the wifi then turn off the device and the wifi router and wait for a minute then try to connect again if still not working then the router might need an update. When you call the Alexa and it does not respond, you will have to sign out of the device and connect it to the Alexa app again. When you are trying to connect with Bluetooth and it is not working, you must go to the Alexa setting and clear the Bluetooth history. If none of the options working, you can reset the device.

If the device is still not working after the reset then you can call the Amazon Alexa helpline number. They have a really good support system. They will help you in a professional way to resolve your issues.

 

Amazon Echo Dot Review Brief Description

Amazon Echo Dot is a voice-activated smart speaker, connected to the internet, and equipped with a built-in virtual assistant (Alexa) that responds to your every need, controls your smart home devices, and follows every instruction you lay out.

The 3rd generation Echo Dot sports a modest price tag and allows you to control your smart house from anywhere and stream music from various top music streaming services around the world. While it has many of the same features as the older versions, the Echo Dot comes equipped with some few much-needed upgrades.

Just like the Echo Plus, Amazon Echo Dot comes with a new top that’s gently curved into Alexa’s iconic color ring. Unlike the original Dot which sticks out a lot in your home, this one blends in a lot better. Echo dot setup is the same as the others.

Various Generations

Ever since the first Echo was released back in 2014, Amazon has made it its mission to become the company that controls the smart home market. Since the launch of the original Echo, Amazon has spent the last five years developing different smart speakers to suit the need of every room in the house. The Echo was a standalone Bluetooth smart speaker with Wi-Fi connection to the Amazon cloud, and several ‘far-field’ microphones that can detect the user’s voice at a reasonable distance. Take the bedside Amazon Echo Spot for example; even though it can be used anywhere in the house, it does a great job replacing your alarm clock. The Echo Show takes up residence in the kitchen and replaces both the cookbook and secondary television in a single swoop.

There’s also the brand new Amazon Echo Auto that’s set to bring Alexa into your vehicle to help with roadside assistance. The Amazon Echo (1st generation) has a 2.5-inch subwoofer and a 2-inch tweeter. The Echo Plus (2nd generation) has a poor sound quality when compared to the first and third generations, with various customers complaining about the clarity and bass. The Echo Plus (1st generation) looks a lot like the original Echo, with its cylindrical design and height of 9.2 inches and 3.3-inch diameter. The Echo Plus has quite similar Alexa features with the others; the only key difference being that it has a built-in smart home hub.

Amazon echo dot Key Features

The new Echo Dot is quite larger than the older version at 3.9inches wide and 1.7inches tall. Despite being relatively bigger than the original Dot (at 3.3inches wide and 1.3inches tall), the 2018 version blends in better in your home due to its curvier and fabric-lined design.

One of the things the Echo Dot has going for it is its premium sound. It’s seventy percent louder than its predecessor. The 1.6-inch speaker is the cause of this newfound loudness; sending out 3600 audio. The Dot also utilizes four far-field microphones to hear you from across any room.Amazon Echo Dot setup is relatively simple and straightforward. The Dot is one of the debut devices utilizing Amazon’s Frustration-Free Setup. Pretty much everything sets up automatically.

amazon Echo Setup Cost and Release Date

The Amazon Echo Dot was released back in October 2018, and is available for $49.99 in various major retail outlets or can be ordered from Amazon.

Amazon Echo Dot Design

Unlike its predecessors, the Echo Dot is easier on the eyes, with the rounded edges that make it look less like a hockey puck. The fabric grille around the speakers gives it a modern and classy appearance at the same time. Apparently, Amazon has been taking pointers from the Google Home Mini. The Echo Dot comes in various colors that help it blend better in your home (Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone Shades).

How to use Alexa on Amazon Echo Dot

The Alexa setup is relatively easy on this device, especially if you already one or more Alexa devices set up in your house. And if that’s the case, all you need to do is check out the Amazon Alexa app and click on the plus icon in the section marked ‘Devices.’ The app will do a quick scan and connect to the others if available. And if you don’t have an Echo or Alexa device already installed, you’d have to download the app first before continuing the process. Alexa Echo setup process can be found in the manual.

 

Amazon Echo Dot Performance

The revamped audio system makes the Echo Dot stand out from all the rest because of its more impressive sound. The device’s performance is pretty good, even though you might want to think twice before listening to an entire album with it. While music sounds better on the Echo Dot, it’s still best to it to an external speaker.

 

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Which Smart Home Speaker is better?

Amazon Echo Dot is a lot better. The Google Home Mini might have outperformed other Echo generations before, but that’s not the case anymore. The Echo Dot features a 1.6-inch speaker and a more significant driver than the others; producing a sound 70% better than before.

 

Amazon Echo Dot Connectivity Options

Amazon Echo Setup is pretty straightforward. The Echo Dot requires an active Wi-Fi connection before it can process your commands, speak, or stream media. Before starting, plug the device into a power source, and open the Alexa app. It connects to dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz).

 

Which should you buy?

Stick with the third generation.

Getting Started with Alexa Voice Control

Thanks to the voice recognition feature Alexa has, it can identify your voice from every other member of your family that lives with you. Everyone can create a voice profile for more customized interactions.

The first step to utilizing your Alexa echo dot is opening up the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet. Then, head to the menu page, and click on ‘Settings,’ then ‘Accounts,’ and finally, ‘Your Voice.’ Click on “Begin to begin the process of training your Alexa to recognize your voice. Amazon Alexa Echo setup options are listed in the settings.

Setting up Apple Music with Alexa

Go to Amazon Alexa App and click on the upper-left corner for then settings. Shortly, after you find Alexa Preferences, and then ‘Music’ and then click on “Link New Service.” Go to Apple Music option, and then tap ‘Enable to use.’ Follow the proceeding instructions to log in with your Apple ID. Once you’re all set up, you can ask Alexa to play any song from your device or the internet.

Advantage of  Echo Dot

  • It has a compact and portable design
  • It has an easy setup and integration
  • Improved and more intelligent Alexa app
  • Improved audio quality

Dis Advantage of  Echo Dot

  • It doesn’t have a USB port
  • Auxiliary cable isn’t included in the box.

FAQ of Amazon Echo Dot

  1. What’s the Echo Dot meant for?

It’s basically your assistant. It does almost everything you want.

  1. Is there a monthly fee for the Echo Dot?

No there isn’t.

  1. How does the Echo Dot work?

If you want to use it, simply say the wake word, “Alexa.”

  1. Does it require Alexa?

Yes, because it’s Alexa that makes it a smart speaker; separating it from all the others.

  1. Is it worth the money?

For me, it’s a yes.

  1. Will I need to connect it to my Wi-Fi?

Yes, you do; although you can use it as just a Bluetooth speaker if you wish.

  1. Does Alexa record all my conversations?

No. The Echo devices are only designed by default to detect just your chosen ‘wake word.’

  1. What happens when I speak to Alexa?

A recording of your question is sent to Amazon’s cloud where it’s processed before a response is given.

  1. Do I need to be an Amazon Prime member to use the Echo Dot?

No, it’s not necessary.

  1. Can the microphone be turned off in the Echo Dot?

Yes. You can do so by pushing the “Off” button at the top of the device.

  1. What do I do if my device suddenly stops working?

Contact Amazon’s customer care to sort out the issue.

  1. Can the Echo Dot work with my HIVE?

Yes, it can be connected to compatible smart home devices.

  1. Can I reset the Echo Dot device?

Yes. Press and hold down the ‘Action’ button for 25secs, and then go to “Set up your Echo Dot” for instructions. The Reset echo dot option is available online.

  1. Can it work without being plugged into an outlet?

No, you’ll have to plug to a power source first since it doesn’t have an internal battery.

  1. Can the Echo Dot recognize the voice of more than one user?

Yes, it can.