Here is what I did to try and didn’t accomplish from what I understand from the original post above.
Add group, name group "My Bedroom", add my Echo in that room, add Smart Light named “Main”, add Plug named “Closet”. Saved all the above ……
In my bedroom I ask Alexa, turn on “Light” or “Light on”…... Alexa replies sorry, I didn’t find a device named Light. The same results with the Plugs … Alexa, turn on "Plug" ….. Alexa replies sorry, I didn’t find a device named Plug.
But when I ask Alexa, turn on or off “My Bedroom” ….. she turns on or off all the added devices in that group.
From what I understand from the original post Alexa should respond to the words "lights" and "plugs" separately that is associated with the Echo in that same rooms group“My Bedroom”.
It should detect any individual Smart Lights and Plugs automatically regardless of its original name.
So I'm able to use the Very Same Command with another Echo in another room without it interfering with "My Bedroom" Echo and devices.
But it’s not working for me unless the original post is misleading or did I misunderstand it ?
I like to know if it works for some and to chime in to verify if it does.
The Smart Group command to "turn on light" (or however you prefer to word it, it's a bit flexible) is specific to devices that Alexa knows are lights. You are able to go into the app and identify any plugs that have lamps plugged into them as lights, probably for just such a use as yours. (And mine, too, since I have a mix of both smart bulbs and plugs.)
Go into All Devices, choose the plug that you want to "convert" into a light, and tap on the settings icon (the three little dots on the top right). You'll notice there's an option for Type and it will let you set the plug as a light that way. Even more convenient, at the bottom there's a button for "All Plugs and Switches" that allows you to select from a list of all your plugs so you can change the type of a bunch of them at once.
I have been successfully using two Echos and a dozen smart bulbs across several groups for months. Every bulb is named "X room bulb #" and both Echoes intuitively know to turn on the lights associated with their group when I ask.
I just add two smart switches so I could control the ceiling fans in two rooms, named the switches "X room fan", and add each to their respective groups... But every time I ask an Echo to turn on a fan, she asks "a few things share that name, which one did you want?"
Why aren't the Echoes using the specific device that's in their group!? Are lights the only devices that are capable of 'intuitive selection'? If that's the case, there's no reason to use groups for any item besides lights, and that's wholly disappointing.
(Sorry to double post, I don't see an edit function)
I have tested the option of changing the switch into a light category, but that isn't a solution. I don't want the fan to also turn on when I ask to turn on the lights. I want the correct fan to turn on when I ask to turn on a fan.
We have four Echos in our house and about 15 smart home devices from several manufacturers. My wife and I have separate Amazon accounts, but both are in the same household. For various reasons we use my wife’s account as the default setting for all our echos.
I just went through the process of creating Groups for each living space around each Echo on my Alexa app, adding switches and bulbs and speaker groups, etc.
UNFORTUNATELY, it appears that if I want “Alexa, turn on the lights” to work, I have to “switch accounts” to my account! The groups from my account DON’T exist in my wife’s and as far as I can tell there’s no way to port them over! I have to recreate them and presumably if I edit them (e.g., add a new light) I’ll have to edit both!
Why do groups (and devices generally) still need to be created separately in each account when the accounts are linked in a household and the underlying devices are all the same? Please Amazon fix this ASAP! This is a major issue with multiple account households. It’s annoying and counterintuitive. If I say “turn off lights” or “discover devices” it should work the same regardless of what account I’m in! Even if there are circumstances whereby someone should keep smart home skills separate, I should at least have the option to automatically duplicate smart home devices and groups across all household accounts. This seems like a V1 feature for Alexa. It’s mind boggling that two years in, its still not possible.