Yes, you should definitely include an Amazon Echo in every room of your house

Yes, you should definitely include an Amazon Echo in every room of your house ...

I bet that the headline made you do a double-take. I mean, only a crazy person has an Amazon device in every room, but don''t judge before you hear me out because there are so many simple things you can do with your unused Echo Dot in a given drawer or thatAmazon Echo speaker in a given area.

Both white third-gen models Id since replaced with better-sounding fourth-gen orbs. But those old hockey pucks were still slapped, especially when paired with my black Echo Show 8, so I dug them out and found houses for both of them. One third-gen Dot went in my half-bath, the other in my upstairs hallway, bringing my menagerie of Alexa devices up to 11 smart speakers and smart displays, including an Echo Flex (see the below photo for how ridiculously small

Is it excessive? For sure. Should you still have an Alexa device in your bedroom, bathroom, and garage (you get the gist!) anyway? Yes, yes, once you do, youll wonder why you never did it before. This is because there are a few benefits to keeping a house full of Alexa devices. Read below to see all of the things you can do to keep everything in order.

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The Echo Flex is the most powerful Alexa speaker, but with a lower sound quality.

Why do so many Alexa devices work?Because more is better.

Some Alexa features are designed to enhance the more your Amazon Echo speakers and displays installed in your house. For example, if you have never experienced whole-house audio before, it''s a quite impressive experience even if most of your speakers are Echo Dots (and even if you have an Amazon Echo subwoofer). On days when youre moving a lot from room to room, say, or hosting a gathering, it''s incredibly nice to have music playing everywhere you go.

These old third-gen hockey puck Echo Dots make perfect speakers for your garage, hallway, or other less frequently used spaces.

There are a few more nifty ways to get rid of a house full of Alexas, however, here are a few of my favorites. Besides multiroom music, here are some of my favorite words.

Announcements: Say, Alexa, announce dinner is a good time, or announce that the bedtime is good, and check out what happens (hint: Alexa adds some audio color to the message).

Drop In: There''s a way to have an intercom-like conversation with someone in a specific room Alexa, drop in on the kitchen, or with the whole house at once.

Multiroom audio (but in the same room): You may only be able to pair identical speakers together in stereo, but you may place any two or three or more speakers together in the same room, even though the feature is called Multi-room.

Before you start on any of these, the first thing you will want to keep an eye on are all those Alexas who might mistakenly respond to you (up next).

The second-generation Amazon Echo is still a fantastic smart speaker, so don''t put your hands in a drawer and worry about it.

Choose wake words, but choose them wisely

About half of Amazon Echo speakers and displays in my house are designed to be one-way only speakers. In other words, they are there to play audio rather than listening for commands. For those speakers, Ive assigned a wake word other than Alexa.

On the other hand, I have two Echo Dots on either nightstand, connected as a stereo pair (i.e., right and left channels Ill show you how in the next section) but I only need one of them to listen for commands (the one on my side duh). On that one, Ive left Alexa as the wake word, but on the other, I changed it to Echo.

When I holler, Alexa, I do not have two nearby speakers competing for my attention! Here''s how to change the wake word on individual devices:

1. Open the Alexa app, navigate to Settings, and tap Device Settings.

Tap the name of the device whose wake word you want to change, then scroll down and tap Wake Word.

3. Pick a wake word other than Alexa (you may want to stick with one alternative, so don''t forget which is the name).

When a popup tells you that it might take a few minutes to change over, tap OK, and select the option option.

You may change the wake word at any time. WhileAmazons are often used as your voice assistant, like Alexa, Computer, Amazon, and Echo, there are several newer wake word additions you can use, such asZiggyandHey and Disney. However, you cannot give it a specific name, so you must choose from these set options.

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The Echo Dot with Clock, Echo Kids, and the Echo Dot are all interchangeable when it comes to setting up a stereo pair.

Pair Alexas with stereo and multiroom audio groups.

If you have two identical devices (or the same generation Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock, and Echo Kids are all interchangeable), you may pair them so that audio is divided into left and right channels, like a bona fide stereo system. That pair will then appear as a single speaker in the Alexa app when directing audio in a routine or creating an even larger set of speakers (more on that shortly).

Make sure both speakers are in the same virtual space in your Alexa app, and that both are on the same network. Finally, make sure that both speakers are on the same network.

1. Open the Alexa app, tap Devices on the bottom menu bar, then tap the plus sign in the upper right corner.

2. Tap Combine speakers, then tap Stereo pair / subwoofer. Tap one of the speakers you want to use, then the app will highlight compatible speaker options tap one, then tap Next.

3. The app will assign the right channel to one and the left channel to the other, but you may also tap Swap Speakers to select the option, then tap Next.

4. Name your new stereo pair (I usually stick with the name of the room, i.e., Master Bedroom).

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While Multiroom audio works similarly, without the stereo separation. Additionally, you may combine unalike speakers and previously paired stereo pairs as many of them as you wish. Furthermore, the speakers must not be in different rooms, even though the feature is called Multi-room. Here''s how to do it:

1. Open the Alexa app, tap Devices in the bottom menu bar, then tap the plus sign in the upper right corner.

Tap Combine speakers, then tap Multi-room music. Tap all of the speakers you want to include in the group, then tap Next.

3. The app will assign the right channel to one and the right channel to the other, but you may then tap Swap Speakers to select the option.

4. Select a name from the list or type your own custom name at the bottom, then tap Save.

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