I promised an update guys so here it is.....
Got the home automation working now - well almost - at our downtown Toronto, Ontario apartment, and its awesome!!
Pretty much everything is connected to my Almond 3 which I ordered thru amazon.COM - as well the Amazon Echo Dot & Securifi Zwave dongle - and picked it up personally across the border at their Amazon Locker facility in Buffalo NY.
Here's my set-up:
1) Almond 3
2) Securifi Door Sensor
3) Securifi Peanut Smart Plug x3 (bed light, air purifier & tv)
4) Securifi Zwave Dongle
5) August Smart Lock
6) August Connect
7) Amazon Echo Dot
Philips Hue White A19
9) APC UPS ES 350 & 750
10) LG OLED Tv
11) Onkyo HT-S3800 Home Theater System
Since Rogers (my ISP) already provided a free Hitron modem, I'm using my Almond 3 as a range extender though our small apartment doesnt need to extend the wifi range. I connected the plug&play Zwave dongle to it. Then I placed it near the kitchen which is somewhat at the center of our place. I installed and set up my August Smart lock, together with the August Connect (for remote access capability via internet). Then I connected the 3 peanuts smart plugs to our LG Oled Tv, murphy wall bed overhead lights, and the air purifier. Next I installed the door sensor to our 1 and only main door.
Next I installed the August smart lock & the August Connect. It works great on the main door deadbolt! My GF can remotely open the door from her workplace indeed!
Next I plugged in the Amazon Echo Dot and connected it to my Almond 3. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that even my August smart lock can be connected to my echo dot! So I went ahead and did that too! I also connected my amazon echo dot to my Onkyo home theater via bluetooth.
I connected the Almond 3, August Connect and my Amazon Echo Dot to a APC UPS 350 so that even in a power interuption, these guys will continue to function. And I connected my ISP's modem and air purifier to another UPS - a bigger one - APC UPS ES 750. SO in the event of a power failure, my internet service, my wifi, almond 3, amazon echo dot, august smart lock and air purifier can still run for a few hours and can be remotely controlled.
Results? Now we can control a few stuffs at our place thru our Almond 3 with just our voice (thru Alexa), thru the following:
1) "Alexa, turn on the television" and our LG Oled Tv will turn on (and vice versa)
2) "Alexa, turn on bed light" and the murphy wall bed overhead lights will on (and vice versa)
3) "Alexa, turn on purifier" and the air purifier will turn on ( and vice versa)
More commands we have tried with Alexa:
1) "Alexa, play radiolab"
2) "Alexa what's the weather in Toronto today?"
3) "Alexa, asks August to lock my door"
4) "Alexa, what's the news today?"
5) "Alexa, disconnect bluetooth"
6) "Alexa, connect bluetooth speaker"
7) "Alexa, what time is it?"
"Alexa, play me a song" (but since I've no songs in my amazon account, she replied regatively)
9) "Alexa, lower volume by 10"
10) "Alexa, louder volume by 10"
I've yet to find more useful commands for the Amazon Echo Dot.
1 big problem I have is when I first opened the box of the Philips Hue White A19, it paired with my Almond 2015 flawlessly and we couldnt control on/off & dimmer. Now it wont connect with my Almond 3. I tried to remove all sensors from my Almond 2015, hoping to "release" it from any hub so its available to connect with my Almond 3 but nothing. GGGRRRRRR !! Could it be that the Philips Hue White A19 can only be paired directly ONCE ONLY if you're NOT using a Philips Hub?? I'm tempted to just go out and buy another $15 Philips Huw White cause I suspect this is the case. It's cheaper than buying a smart plug, that's why. Anybody can shed more light into this?
Incidentally, I've set up auto-unlock on my August smart lock and it works magically! Right as I step out of the elevator, I can hear my apartment door unlocking....WOW! Plus once I leave my place, August will lock my door after 30 seconds since I on the auto-lock feature. Essentially, I can leave my place WITHOUT MY KEY and yet come back without a problem........ WOW!!
The following 2 items are being delivered still:
1) Orvibo Zigbee digital camera
2) Xiaomi Zigbee smart plug
Any inputs on how to make my set-up better, fellas?