Artificial Intelligence has enabled us to talk to machines and a prime example of that is Amazon’s digital personal assistant, Alexa. Just say the name “Alexa” to start interacting with this assistant that can take commands to read news, update you on the weather, ensure home security through smart devices, stream media and much more.
Amazon has launched a series of Alexa compatible devices like the Echo speaker, Echo Plus, Echo Dot and Fire HD tablets. The Echo Dot is a popular choice for first time Alexa users due to its small size and affordable price. Echo Dot is a circular device with speakers and four buttons on the top- Mute, volume up, volume down and Action button. It measures 3.3inches in width and 1.3inches in height. It comes with an audio jack on the side and a micro USB power port for charging.
To use the voice enabled digital assistant Alexa on Echo Dot it is important to have an active WiFi and connect it with the latest version of the Alexa App either on mobile device or a desktop. The Alexa App is available on the Google Play Store for Android devices, Apple App Store for iOS devices and on Amazon App store for desktops.
For Echo Dot WiFi setup, plug in the device to a power source and open the Alexa app. Click on the devices icon and click on ‘+’ symbol to add a new device. The app will show Echo Dot as one of the devices. Once the device is selected, you will be required you to press the ‘Action’ button on the device till orange light appears. Make sure the device is close to you for this step. The app will prompt you to select a custom Amazon WiFi network for connecting the app and the device. Once you continue with the step-up, all available WiFi connection will show where you can select the desired one. This will take a few minutes and complete the WiFi setup.
Once the Echo Dot WiFi setup is complete, the device is ready to be used and can be customized. The app allows you to control the device remotely. You can also rename your Echo Dot, change language, see Bluetooth connection and even change the wake up which is set as ‘Alexa’ by default. If using a new WiFi, one can easily update the WiFi in the app’s ‘Settings’ tab.