Local Connectivity Protocol Options for Smart Home Devices

You can connect your smart home device to Alexa with the one of the supported local connectivity protocols, such as the Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) mesh wireless communication technology. With these protocols, you don't have to build a Smart Home skill or connect a separate hub. Or, to enable Alexa to control your device during an Internet outage, you can add another connection to Alexa from your skill-connected devices with local connectivity protocols.

If you want to connect to Alexa over Wi-Fi with a smart home or video skill, see Understand Smart Home Skills and Understand Video Skills.

In this section

  • Bluetooth Mesh Support – Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) mesh is a wireless many-to-many communication technology designed to enable the control and monitoring of a large number of connected devices.
  • Matter Support – Matter is a local IPv6 wireless connectivity technology designed to enable interoperability between devices made by different manufacturers. Amazon Echo devices support Matter over Wi-Fi and Matter over Thread.
  • Zigbee Support – Zigbee is a global wireless radio communication standard designed to enable the control and monitoring of connected devices.

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Last updated: Nov 22, 2023