This tutorial shows you how to set up Alexa Z-Wave devices. I have some left-over Z-Wave switches from my first attempt at home automation about 3 years ago – when the Smart Home industry was still full of buggy equipment. But nowadays we can retrofit old Z-Wave devices to work on our Alexa voice control system.
- Watch our How to Set Up Alexa Z-Wave Integration YouTube video
With an Alexa Z-Wave setup, you can control your Z-Wave Smart Home devices using Alexa voice commands like “Alexa, turn the fan on” (or you could get creative by naming a device “damn TV”, so you would say “Alexa, turn on the damn TV”). The Amazon Echo Dot ($49) allows us the voice control capability to control our Z-Wave devices using Alexa. I set my Z-Wave devices up to be voice controlled by Alexa by using a simple Z-Wave Switch, adding it to my Wink Hub / Alexa, and naming it “fan”. This is how I did it:
How to Set Up Alexa Z-Wave Integration
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- Connect the Wink Hub to power and place it somewhere that’s within range of your existing WiFi network
- Set up Wink Hub to connect to your WiFi network using the Wink app
- Add your Z-Wave devices to the Wink hub using the Wink app to discover them one-by-one. For my Wink Hub, I had to add my GE Smart Home Switch as a “Generic” switch found under the “Lighting” section of the Wink app when I was adding the switch to my ZWave setup.
- Enable the Wink Alexa Skill on Alexa by saying “Alexa, Enable the Wink Skill“.
- Use Alexa voice commands to control the Z-Wave devices connected to your Wink hub by saying, for example “Alexa, turn off the Switch” if your Z-Wave device is named “switch”.
- (Optional) Add your Z-Wave device to a “Room” or a Scene within the Alexa app or from within the Wink app to enable you to control the Z-Wave device by turning an entire room On or Off. For example, I added the Z-Wave device to my “bedroom” room, so I can now say “Alexa, turn off the bedroom” – and she turns off the Z-Wave switch, my Philips Hue white lights, and my Philips Hue Go light all at once.
Related Alexa Videos & Articles
- Alexa Music is a written and YouTube Video tutorial that shows you how to set up Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and other great music service on your Echo or Echo Dot
- Alexa 911 is a guide I wrote that tells you the workaround to set up Alexa to have 911-dialing capabilities by pairing an Android phone or iPhone with your Alexa voice controlled device (Echo / Echo Dot) to have the power of Alexa + Google or Siri.
- Alexa Thunderstorm is a way to set up the sounds of a Thunderstorm to sync up with your Hue Lights to flicker just before you hear lightning strike in the audio track. Super fun happy time – check it out.
Alexa is proving itself to be a reliable, useful, and entertaining voice control system. With the ability to add or “retrofit” Z-Wave devices to your collection of voice-controlled Smart Home devices, Echo and Echo Dot will surely win the hearts of home automation early-adopters such as myself.
What Z-Wave devices do you have? What’s your Alexa setup like? Let us know on the KFire YouTube channel.
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