- Apr 10, 2005
Nope! Incorrect, and it does not cost you a cent.Wait wait wait.
So you can only use Home Assistant with Alexa if you have a paid for Cloud account or go through a seemingly **** load of effort to make it work only half as well.
Dead in the water then.
You simply install the Alexa Media Player addon, and the lines below in your configuration.yaml.
alexa: smart_home: alexa_media: accounts: - email: !secret amazon_user password: !secret alexa_password url: 'amazon.com'
The top 2 lines allow Alexa to discover virtually everything in HA that can be switched as a switch device.
The bottom config. allows you to send messages, play routines, etc. on Alexa from HA.
That above can cater for 99% of most what you would need.
The next level after that if you want to delve deeper, is a free Amazon Web Service account. This is where you create your own intents for Alexa, and attach it to Alexa as a custom skill. The AWS is basically the intermediate between Alexa and your HA. It is pretty technical, and I have not found a need to go to that level.
Just another little nugget, the latest version of HA has an Assistant Almond available, albeit still a fledgling, total privacy, no eavesdropping, and is more aware and in tune with your HA devices.