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A Smart Home in the Woods 


In addition to all the comforts of home, the Decoy Lodge is also a Smart Home powered by Amazon's Alexa.  The Alexa unit is mounted just above the mantle on the right side of the TV.  If you're unfamiliar with Alexa, it's a voice activated artificial intelligence device which can entertain, automate and answer any questions you might have during your stay.  
Alexa audio plays through the Bose 3-2-1 Stereo.  For audio, press the "0n-Off," button to turn on the stereo.  Next press the "Source," button until "AUX," shows on the display.  Alexa audio should now be paired to the stereo.  Recommended volume to hear Alexa is 70 on the Bose system
Home Automation - Interior Lights
NOTE - Light switches must be in the "On" position to work with Alexa.  All lights will work normally if you chose not to engage Alexa.
The light bulbs in the dining area, kitchen, living room ceiling fan lights and thermostat are all paired to the Alexa unit.  When using Alexa for home automation, very specific keywords are set-up;
  • "Dining Room Light"
  • "Living Room Light"
  • "Kitchen Lights"
  • "Bar Light"
  • "Decoy Lodge Thermostat"
Try these phrases for the Dining Room Lights, Living Room Lights and Bar Light over the kitchen;
  • "Alexa, turn on Dining Room Light"
  • "Alexa, set Dining Room light at 50%" - this will dim the lights, any percentage can be requested
  • "Alexa, turn off Dining Room Light"
Home Automation - Thermostat
The Nest Thermostat can be voice controlled or manually adjusted. To manually operate the thermostat, simply spin the outer ring of the thermostat to adjust the temperature.
Try these phrases for the Thermostat;
  • "Alexa, set Decoy Lodge Thermostat to 72 degrees"
  • "Alexa turn Decoy Lodge Thermostat off"
Ask Alexa anything!  From jokes to music, Alexa can do pretty much anything!  Try these phrases;
  • "Alexa, tell me a joke"
  • "Alexa, play Dave Matthews Band" (Or any of your favorite albums)
  • "Alexa, what time is it?"
  • "Alexa, what's the weather forecast?"
  • Alexa, play 95 KGGO"  (Or any of your favorite radio stations)
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