Works with Alexa Local Connection Requirements

If your device connects to Alexa through a third-party hub, bridge, or gateway, or through the built-in hub in Amazon Echo devices, you must meet the local connection requirements to receive Works with Alexa (WWA) certification. These requirements apply to devices that connect to Echo devices with local control, and to skill-enabled devices and ACK devices that also support local connection protocols.

Bluetooth mesh requirements

If your product connects to Alexa by using the Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) mesh protocol, your product must meet the following requirements before you apply for WWA certification. For more details about the BLE mesh protocol, see the Bluetooth Specification List.

  • Your product must support BLE Mesh v1.1 and the following specifications:
    • Mesh Profile 1.0.1
    • Mesh Model 1.0.1
    • Mesh Device Properties 1.1
    • Mesh Configuration Database 1.0
  • Your product must support Static Out-of-Band (OOB) data provisioning to add your device to the mesh.
    For details about Static OOB authentication, see Section 5.4.2, Figure 5.12, Option 3c in the Mesh Profile 1.0.1 specification.
  • You must complete Bluetooth SIG Qualification testing for your product.
  • Your product must have a company identifier from Bluetooth Specifications Company Identifiers and a 16-bit hexadecimal product number that uniquely identifies the product within your company.
    When a customer provisions your device with the Amazon Echo, the messages exchanged between your device and the Echo include these identifiers.
  • You must provide your product information to Amazon.
  • You must test your BLE-mesh integration with an Echo device.

Provide product information to Amazon

To display your device correctly in the Alexa app, provide the following product information to Amazon on the Alexa Developer Contact Us page:

  1. Your company identifier from Bluetooth Specifications Company Identifiers.
    Provide the value found in the Decimal column of the table.
  2. Your product identifier.
    Provide the 16-bit hexadecimal number that uniquely identifies the BLE-mesh device within your company.
  3. The manufacturer name that you want to display in the Alexa app.
  4. The model name of your device that you want to display in the Alexa app.
  5. The product description that you want to display in the Alexa app
  6. The display category to use in the Alexa app.

Matter requirements

If your product connects to Alexa with Matter over Wi-Fi, your product must meet the following requirements before you apply for WWA certification. For more details about Matter, see Understand Smart Home Matter Support.

  • Your product must support the Matter 1.0 specifications, defined by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA).
  • Your product must be a Matter lighting, plug, or switch device. For details about devices in these categories, see Matter Device Library Specification, Version 1.0.
  • Your product must support the On/Off cluster type and include the Alexa.PowerController capability interface as a supported capability when you register for WWA certification.
    If your product supports any other cluster types, include the associated Alexa interface when you register for WWA certification. For details, see Supported device categories and clusters.
  • Your product must connect by using Wi-Fi.
  • Your Matter-enabled product must be certified by the CSA. For details, see CSA Certification.
  • You must complete testing with an Matter-enabled Amazon Echo device.
    Verify that Alexa can discover and control your device over the local Wi-Fi network.

Zigbee requirements

If your product connects to Alexa by using the Zigbee protocol, your product must meet the following requirements before you apply for WWA certification. For more details about the Zigbee protocol, see Zigbee Alliance Developer Resources.