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smart home devices that work with Alexa

Smart Home Devices That Work With Alexa

Smart Home Devices That Work With Alexa

There are many smart home devices that work with Alexa, and I’m going to post about security devices first.

There are so many concerns now in most urban neighborhoods regarding parcel theft, and home burglaries performed by well dressed people arriving in posh cars.


security camera

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This device can pan,tilt and zoom. It is a WiFi Surveillance System that works with Alexa. It has motion tracking capability, Night Vision, and Image Touch Navigation.

This can also be set up with an ethernet cable if you prefer.

The Mini 360 Plus’s panoramic 360° touch navigation controls what you see easily. You can virtually “Look around the room”!

Just speak your command! “Alexa Show me the Living Room”.
With the EZVIZ skill and Alexa, you can now interact with your Mini 360 Plus using your voice through Alexa and Echo Show.

One happy reviewer said “Worked great. All functions were available and worked well, even from USA to China. Solid device with good features and quality. Pan and tilt camera with digital zoom, and two-way voice all worked very well.”

Here’s a quick list of more features:

  • HD 1080p resolution
  • Wide-angle 92° lens
  • Flexibility to locate the Mini 360 Plus either mounted or sitting
  • Two way talking with family or pets
  • Motion alerts on your phone
  • Free Cloud and local storage
  • Access content and history anytime
  • Add more cameras as you want all in one appRequirements
    High-Speed Internet Connection
    Mobile OS: iOS 7.0+ (iPhone, iPad), Android 4.0+
    Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz (802.11 b/g/n) or Wired Ethernet
    Please Note: Does not support Wi-Fi 5GHz


Go HERE for complete instructions on the set up steps.


Amazon Alexa Security Concerns

Concerned about Alexa listening and recording your home’s activity? Here is a tip list from Naked Security.

Defensive measures

Those who choose to use this technology can’t and shouldn’t expect 100% privacy. If not for the ability of Amazon Echo and Google Home to listen, these things would become nothing more than doorstoppers and paperweights.

But there are certainly things users can do to limit the risk of unintended consequences. Here are just a few examples:

  • Not currently using your Echo? Mute it The mute/unmute button is right on top of the device. The “always listening” microphone will shut off until you’re ready to turn it back on.
  • Don’t connect sensitive accounts to Echo On more than a few occasions, daisy chaining multiple accounts together has ended in tears for the user.
  • Erase old recordings If you use an Echo, then surely you have an Amazon account. If you go on Amazon’s website and look under “Manage my device” there’s a handy dashboard where you can delete individual queries or clear the entire search history.”

You are always in control of your settings. Aim for the highest degree of privacy that you can possibly get.

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Check out this fantastic doorbell! The Ring enables you to view your front door so you can see who has rung the bell, or is perhaps lurking, or looking through the window.

It will alert you on your phone, tablet or PC when motion is registered. You can speak to the person at your door and have a two conversation.

You can also angle it when you install it so as to see more of your porch/doorway area.

Here is a funny story about use of The Ring.

A friend of mine installed one, concealed, in his fence, in his backyard.

He wanted to see what people came over and hung out with his daughter when he and his wife weren’t home.

What parent wouldn’t want that, right?

This is a best seller for smart home security monitoring that works with Alexa.

Just to remind you, you don’t need an expensive smart phone to use these devices. The Kindle Fire 8 and Kindle Fire 7 (your best cheaper ereader) now come with Alexa.

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Those are wonderful self nurturing and pampering items!

Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Smart voice control system

  • Use your favorite scent
  • Get a cool mist
  • Soft night light that won’t interfere with your melatonin secretion

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Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Smart Things.

This 8 pack will get you started outfitting your home.

If you want to the full page of these smart light bulbs click on the button below.


light bulbs work with alexa

It’s kind of dazzling – the scope of these devices!

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This item is a ring kit with professional – real people – monitoring.

I mean what if you go away for a two week vacation? Or a business trip?

Unlike a house alarm system, your monitors can see exactly who is at your door. They will know how to respond. Maybe they need to call the police, not just a security guy.

Wouldn’t this make you feel more secure? What with the urban homeless problem et al…



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“Many buyers (⅗) of smart home products buy for the ability to monitor their house via their smart phone. They’ll also buy cameras and video doorbells, carbon monoxide and fire alarms, and smart lighting. The market for these products is growing as more people switch to having smart technology in their homes. 63% want smart locks and alarms, 63 % want smart thermostats and fans, 58% want smart lighting, and 56% want carbon monoxide detectors and nightlights. (Source:”

The Kwikset locks come in Traditional and Contemporary style, and also in Nickel, Brass and Venetian Bronze. Choose the best one for your doors!

The above quoted report also states that increasing home value is a strong motive for installing the smart devices into their homes. 54% of home owners asked expressed that intention.

Smart products can save you time (up to 30 minutes a day.

These devices can save you money (up to about $98.00 a month)

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  • 1500 foot range
  • Battery back up
  • Anti hacking protection
  • Open from anywhere!
  • Ultra quiet (especially good for attached garages)
  • Extra strong steel belt drive for years of durability
  • Uses the myQ App

Installation can be included in purchase for a reasonable price.

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This intuitive device will learn about your home. Which areas need more or less heat/cooling.

It will know when no one is home, and adjust for those times.

It will save you up to 23% in annual costs.

Here’s a video to explain more! From “6 Months Later”

Have you purchased any Smart Devices like these? How are they working out for you?

Please do share! Use the comment box below.

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Meet Alexa

Alexa on Fire tablets

Alexa entertains and informs. What’s on your calendar today? How is the weather report looking? How is the game going? All you have to do is press and ask.

When connected to Wi-Fi simply press the home button for one second then ask.

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smart light switch works with Alexa

Example of a handy light switch that works with Alexa.



That Wemo light switch works with Alexa – just one example I randomly picked to mention what you can do.

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Meet Alexa

Meet Alexa

Alexa on Fire tablets

Alexa provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audio books, and more. You can:

  • Ask Alexa questions
  • Check your calendar
  • Get news
  • Find sports scores
  • Control your smart home
  • Ask to set alarms and timers
  • Check traffic
  • Consult your Things To Do or shopping lists
  • Order your favorite products by voice!
  • Get voice control for Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more

Just press and ask!

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When connected to Wi-Fi simply press the home button for one second then ask. Alexa will respond to you and will even show visual responses to certain questions.

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Aging Backwards On Kindle Fire

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There are three aging backwards opportunities for you, one book and two workout DVD’s in a boxed set by Miranda Esmonde White.

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Miranda is the creator of Classical Stretch, seen on PBS for years, and for Essentrics, with her daughter Shara Esmonde White.

In the Classical Stretch tradition, these workouts go for the long and lean!

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In her book Aging Backwards, Miranda miraculously explains how the body ages, or doesn’t, and how the cells in our muscles have the main influence over how our body triggers the aging process.
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I’m not going to try and encapsulate it here. I just want to add that when I was taught the same material while certifying  as a personal trainer, all I could do was memorize the text book because I could not hope to understand it as it was presented.

It made perfect sense to me when I read about how to reverse the aging process with exercise, as recounted by Miranda.

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Aging Backwards: The Fast Track empowers everyone—young and old, athletic or sedentary—with the information and tools to slow down the clock and keep it there. ”

One happy reviewer says” They have helped me be mobile pain free and improved my posture immensely and MOST importantly they feel good to DO??”

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Movement is natural, right? Yet as aging sets in, don’t we unconsciously cut back on moving?

Sometimes we have to end an active or athletic career and end up in a desk job. I personally know what a shock that is.

I am a retired dancer and I used to say to people who asked “No, ballet doesn’t hurt a lot. Until you stop!”

Learning how to manage life when you sit down to earn a living needs some expert help. This book will give you that.

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Here’s an interview with Miranda to get you started on the idea of aging backwards.

See more workouts by Classical Stretch and Essentrics on Amazon.

The Fever Series – Drama!

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“Fever Born” – is the 2016 book in the Karen Marie Moning Fever Series. I have just started reading it. Populated by intensely focused hypersexual, and to humans, immoral characters.

Here is a list of the individual books, in order in case you’d prefer to buy them one at a time.

The supernatural view of sex, for example. I don’t read erotica, and the sex passages in these books aren’t quite that. They are quite unreal and are not gratuitous – well, yes sometimes they are, and I think it accounts for the conventions of fans these books have garnered.

Yet there is an unreality to the accounts of sex as power, entrapment, that may even lead to death. Hardly titillating.

Karen Marie Moning has created an enormous cosmology of Fae creatures – humanoid but weirdly wonderful in their faery lives of power seeking, greedy power seeking.

And frail in their weakness for real love, and when they love a human it’s tragic because these beautiful winged princes, kings and queens live for millennia.

When “Mac” (MacKayla Lane) goes to Dublin from the US to find out why her sister died there, she runs into  layers of dimensions of realty. Entered by capricious hidden portals and magic mirrors. Where one can become trapped for very long periods of time – or forever.

Mac enters this mystery involving her sister’s brutal murder. Yet as she stumbles into the treacherous places and events surrounding it, she is confounded to discover that she too is part of it.

She too is a mystery – to herself!

Mac first is raped ( and spelled to forget) by Jericho Barrons, who later becomes her protector. It is not violent – but is it really consented? You decide…

Initially she is left to her own devices as she turns a corner in Dublin and – walks into a shadow world.

It’s been over a year since I finished “Iced” and now that I’m reading “Burned” I feel I have to read the previous book again.

And that is why I recommend the series of ten books – all page turners! An instant download to my Kindle Fire.

The latest is:

If you have read the Fever Series you might want to check out the the Highlander Series for more of her romantic and descriptive stories!