Amazon Echo and Control4 Dec 1st, 2016. Site last updated by PHA.We did a little experiment with the Amazon Echo voice commands with the Control4 system.We had to purchase a 3rd party driver ( Control4 now has their own Driver for this) at the cost of $150, once installed in the 2.81 firmware the driver was pretty much self explaining. One down fall in the driver is that when you add a keyword it automatically adds secondary words like on, off, up, down which you have to say when giving Alexa a command. In most cases it’s not bad, but when giving a command to move right then select a highlighted area in the guide, it sucks. you want to say “Alexa right” , but you have to say “on”. So it ends up like this “Alexa right on” – “Alexa select on”. If these secondary words could be a option in the driver that would be great.I know the reason they made the 4 sub commands in the driver is because the Echo only has the ability for 30 “devices”.In most cases like walking into the room and telling the system to play a playlist, or turn the system on and go to a specific piece of equipment, It’s rock solid. Of course you have to say the phrase to Alexa exactly like it is programmed in the echo and Control4 system.So as you are programming the system, start making a cheat sheet with the phrases.It also can be programmed to control lighting scenes, that programming is a little more straight forward. So we took on the media approach in the video below.If you are looking to add a little bling to your home audio and automation system its worth the money.Sales@PortlandHomeAutomation.com503-740-3870.