Locally control ZigBee devices connected to my Echo Plus Hub
All my home automation devices use the Z-Wave radio protocol (sockets, lights, shutters, sirens, etc ...) and only one uses the ZigBee protocol: the Philips Hue lamp purchased with my Echo Plus.
I also have other connected objects (Netatmo weather, Netatmo security, Foscam camera, GreenIQ, Harmony Elite) each with their own communication mode.
Mostly all these devices have a set of APIs and, thus, I can manage all these objects from my home automation box Fibaro.
ALL EXCEPT my Philips Hue bulb which is managed ONLY FROM my Echo Plus.
So here's the improvement I'm asking for: be able to locally control ZigBee devices connected to my Echo Plus.
I'm thinking about locally operating API set (192.168..). Locally, which means directly from my local network, without any cloud which could be down.
Here is an example calling a Fibaro API to light a lamp controlled by a Zwave module: "http://192.168.10.xx/api/callAction?DeviceID=296&name=turnOn" where 192.168.10.xx is the local address of my Fibaro box.
I think I am not the only one who ask this improvement and I hope it will be taken into account. This would "open" this ZigBee Hub to existing home automation solutions.
Darren Meyer commented
Yes! I'd like to be able to use either a local or web-based API call to trigger device actions and defined routines without using my voice. As an example, I currently have a desktop application that notices when Zoom starts a meeting and plays a recording of my voice saying "Alexa, I'm on a call" (where "I'm on a call" is a routine that turns on certain lights and turns off a fan).
That's not terribly reliable; it would be *much* better to be able call a URL from scripts like that and get the same outcome as speaking to Alexa.
Leonhard Kreissig commented
Really would like to use my hue lamp together with my homeassistant server without having to use another separate hub ...
Local voice control is already available for echo devices with a zigbee hub. Enable it under device settings in the Alexa app.
Jénifer HIRTZ commented
Great if could be done !