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Alexa skill for Mixtile is now available!

Mixtile Hub now works with Alexa

Alexa skill for Mixtile

In the past few months, we’ve been developing and testing the Alexa skill for Mixtile Hub. Today we are happy to announce that Mixtile Hub now works with any Alexa-compatible devices. Using this skill, you can use Alexa to control the devices you have connected to the Mixtile Hub. For example, if you have a Z-Wave connected to the Mixtile Hub, you can call your Alexa device “Alexa, unlock the front door.”

Why use this skill?

With the exception of the Amazon Echo Plus, all the Amazon Alexa devices can only control Wi-Fi devices (Echo Plus also supports the Zigbee protocol.) With the Alexa skill for Mixtile, any of your Alexa devices can be used to control Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Z-Wave devices. In other words, your Alexa device can speak 2 more smart home “languages”.

(Zigbee and Z-wave are the two most popular wireless communication protocols designed for home automation. They use lower power consumption, support mesh network, and they don’t reduce your download speed. To learn more about why smart Wi-fi devices are limited, click here.)

What devices and how to use it?

At the time of this article, this skill supports lights, outlets, switches, locks, and temperature sensors. In future updates, we will be adding even more types of devices to the list. Here are some examples of what you can do

Smart Lights (Philips, LIFX, Aeotec, TP-LINK, Sengled, Enbrighten, Gledopto, Heiman, etc.)

  • Alexa, turn on the Living Room lights
  • Alexa, set the Bedroom lights to pink
  • Alexa, is the Kitchen light on? 
  • Alexa, dim Bedroom lights by 20%
  • Alexa, turn off the Office lights

Smart Locks (August, Yale, Kwikset, and Schlage)

  • Alexa, lock the Front Door
  • Alexa, unlock the Front Door (password required)
  • Alexa, is the Bedroom Door locked? 

Smart Plugs and Switches(Xiaomi, GE, Wemo, TP-LINK, SmartThings, Aqara, Leviton, etc.)

  • Alexa, turn on the Fan
  • Alexa, turn off the Fan 
  • Is the Bedroom light on? 

For a full list of devices that work with Mixtile Hub, visit our compatibility page.

How to get started?

To use this skill, you will need the Mixtile Hub, Mixtile app, Alexa device, and Alexa app.

First Method – Authorize with Mixtile Account
(Android and iOS users)

  1. On the Mixtile app, go to Me > Access from Third Party > Amazon Alexa > Confirm. Select the devices you want to add to Alexa
    (For Mixtile app version 0.7.1+, Me > Connect Alexa and Google Assistant > (Select your hub) > (Selected the devices you want Alexa to control))
  2. On your Alexa app, go to “Smart Home” then “Smart Home Skills” and search for “Mixtile”
  3. Click on the “Enable” button. There will be a prompt asking you to “Open this link in Mixtile” (Ignore the prompt)
  4. Afterward, you will be redirected to log in to your Mixtile account from the Alexa app. Type in your email address then ‘Get Code’
    username: email (this is case sensitive)
    password: verification code
  5. On the Alexa app, discover and add the devices

    (If you don’t see ‘Access from Third Party’, go to Me > About and quickly tap the Mixtile icon 10+ times)

Second Method – Authorize with Mixtile App
(Only Android)

  1. Kill the Mixtile app
  2. On your Alexa app, go to “Smart Home” then “Smart Home Skills” and search for “Mixtile”
  3. Click on the “Enable” button and you will be directed to the Mixtile App.
  4. On the Mixtile App, click “Confirm” to ‘Access from Third Party”
  5. Select the devices you want to add to Alexa
  6. Go back to the Alexa app and discover the devices

If you want to learn more about Mixtile Hub, check it out at https://www.mixtile.com. If you have any questions, comments, and suggestions about this skill or for us, please feel free to contact us at https://www.mixtile.com/contact/.

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