With introduction of all new Compact Echo Dot (2nd generation) at much lower price ($49.99), it is much more affordable for me to own multiple once. I began to use the Dot at many places, however you know the rooms are noisy many times with children playing or my teenage daughter playing loud music, practically situations which can’t be avoided. So my Dor is not able to listen to my voice commands. Even sometimes my voice commands are misread by Alexa ! So in search of resolution to this issue, I started my Google search, which ended up in getting me a new assistant ! Alexa Echo Dot Voice Remote.
How do Alexa Voice Remote assists me ?
- Wow ! No more wake-up words 🙂
I am really happy to avoid saying boring wake-up words to my Echo Dot, Just press & hold talk button on my voice remote and it just works fine like a walkie-talkie.
Even simply for changing the music volume or skip the track, its only press of a button ! No more voice commands for music.
- How Voice Remote helps me Extending Range for my Big house ?
The remote is Bluetooth enabled, which can communicate to the Echo Dot from a distance.
As I go far from my Echo Dot, I do need to raise voice so that Alexa can listen and interpret, now there is a limit to do so, with noise in room. But the voice remote has its own built-in microphone, so you need not shout, the life is so simple and quite now 🙂 the Bluetooth range is good enough to get commands from other rooms too. My house is multi-storied and during night time switching off things is simple with voice remote from the upper floor. [Note : Ofcourse if you have hurdle of thiker walls, Bluetooth sometimes does not work properly]
- Make Echo-Dot listen commands during loud music play or noisy room
When I am playing loud music and get a phone call, I wish to tone down a bit, but the 2nd generation Echo Dot sometimes can’t listen due to loudness of music 🙁 that time Voice remote comes for my rescue, the same experience when children playing around making lot of noise, I need not shout to make them quiet, but simply use my voice remote.
- Sometimes I am skeptical on my Privacy !!
As my echo dot is always in listening mode ! I feel uncomfortable at some instances (I hope you understand) .. with my new alexa voice remote, I simply MUTE the echo dot (put its microphones OFF) and still able to command her with the remote.
- Any other Alternative to the Echo Dot Remote ?
Yes, using Android App is surely an alternative to remote, however the App isn’t Voice enabled 🙁 that’s the major drawback I can think of !
It is compatible with Echo & Echo-dot (2nd generation), however not with Tap !
Only one thing that the remote needs to be placed somewhere in house where you can mount it easily, previously it was part of package sold, however rescently the magnetic mount is dropped from the package, although I have not bought separate holder for the voice remote, some friends do purchase separate Magnetic Holder ($10.99) which is sold for Amazon Fire Stick Remote and found useful for new second generation remote too. You may like to check it out.
Anyway I think these small gadgets like second gen echo dot itself has made my life much more fun to live with … working just like my virtual assistant .. further the voice remote has extended easiness of life to great extent … its in my hand, need not get-up or pick my echo dot to put in voice range, but just to use remote like a TV remote !
Just give it a try to extend range of echo dot inside your large homes ….