Although I loved my Amazon Echo Plus for controlling my lights in the living room and hallway, the lights in my back bedroom (called the gun room as that is where I do all my reloading and store my gun safes) proved to be a bit challenging. When in the room, the Echo plus in the living room had a hard time hearing my commands unless shouted out quite loud. So with a bit of investigation, I determined that adding an Echo Dot to my setup could solve the problem. The Dot was on sale for $29.99 US from Amazon.com (currently $49.99) so placed the order and waited for it to arrive. Two days later it showed up at the post office and brought it home for installation.
This past Christmas, I took advantage of the sales Amazon was having on their Echo devices and purchased an Echo Plus which came paired with a Philips Hue LED light bulb. I chose the Echo plus over the standard Echo as the plus comes with a built-in hub that can connect to ZigBee enabled devices without having to purchase a separate hub. The Philips Hue lightbulbs and other items that support the ZigBee standard.
First impressions were great. It came in a beautiful silver finish and has a good solid heft to it. Just feels very well made. Installation was a snap. Plugged it in, installed the app on my phone and followed the simple instructions to connect it to my network hub and my Amazon account. I was immediately able to start speaking with my new assistant, Alexa.