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Echo Plus Zigbee Support

The Amazon Echo Plus has a built-in smart home hub that seamlessly connects and controls ZigBee smart devices, such as light bulbs, door locks, in-wall switches, and plugs, without the need for separate hubs or a smart home skill. Once a customer sets up an Echo Plus, they can easily connect to devices by saying “Alexa, discover my devices” and Echo Plus will discover and set up their devices. This topic will tell you more about creating devices that communicate with Echo Plus devices using ZigBee, and obtaining a Works with Amazon Alexa badge for those devices.

What is ZigBee?

ZigBee is a global wireless radio communication standard designed to enable the control and monitoring of connected devices. It is a low-power, close-proximity solution, which makes it well suited for home automation. To learn more about ZigBee, visit the ZigBee alliance page, specifically the home automation page.

Following are some general ZigBee specifications. Consult the ZigBee Alliance documentation for more details.

  • Frequency:: 2.4 GHz
  • Range: 50-100 feet

EchoPlus ZigBee specs and device support

Currently, EchoPlus supports ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 (HA1.2) for device types including:

  • In-wall switches
  • Plugs and outlets
  • Lights
  • Locks

Adding ZigBee to your products

You can either choose to implement ZigBee on your devices yourself, or you can purchase components to add to your devices.

  • To get started with a ZigBee implementation, review the Resource guide and other documents on the ZigBee Alliance page.
  • To see many of the ZigBee components available for purchase, click the ZigBee Home Automation Products tab on the ZigBee Certified Products page.

Testing with an Echo device

Once you have finished adding ZigBee to your devices, you should test them thoroughly with an Echo Plus device. Make sure that Alexa can discover your devices and that you can interact with them using the standard phrases recommended in the Amazon consumer guidance. A sample of these phrases are listed in the following table.

Device category Example customer requests (utterances)
In-wall switches “Alexa turn on device name
“Alexa turn off device name
Plugs or outlets “Alexa turn on device name
“Alexa turn off device name
Lights “Alexa turn on device name
“Alexa dim device name
Locks “Alexa, lock the door name
“Alexa, is the door name locked?”

Obtaining the Works with Amazon Alexa Badge for your ZigBee Devices

To obtain a Works with Amazon Alexa badge for your ZigBee devices, you must adhere to all of the program guidelines. When you have thoroughly tested your devices with Echo Plus, see the Submit your Products for Testing section of the certification guide.