Thank you for complimenting all of us here as ‘super users.’ With the case of Iro2 and Alexa, for me you’re being too kind. I have two ‘Alexas’ in my smart home - one in the kitchen and one in the master bath. None ‘talk’ to my Iro2 yet.
My family uses the Alexa units a lot. So far the most used uses are:
“Alexa, put on shopping list …” and then it’s all consolidated and ready for display on a smart phone at the grocery store.
“Alexa, set timer for … minutes” while cooking in the kitchen.
“Alexa, play … music” (we have our Alexa units connected to Bluetooth speakers - sounds nice)
“Alexa, what’s the temperature outside”
If I look at my router’s list of IP addresses, my smart home has networked lighting, HVAC (including thermostats & fault detection), sprinkler control (obviously), gas hot waters, fire/CO/NG sensor monitoring, security monitoring, temperature monitoring, and various data logging. (Separate, not integrated systems include the solar panels and the swimming pool equipment control system.)
One of the things I’ve learned is that I don’t need repetition built into an Alexa. I don’t need it to duplicate thermostat functions, sprinkler control functions, etc. There are lots of safety safeguards and complexities built in to things like tstats and sprinkler controllers such that it doesn’t make sense to duplicate them in something like Alexa.
You might say it would be nice to use Alexa for things like lighting control, setting thermostats, etc., and I agree, but, often the technology at the moment is such that another ‘black box’ must be purchased/installed/programmed/maintained - adding another level of complexity that I have learned over time causes tediousness.
An example is my home’s real time monitoring & automation system (HAI/Leviton OmniPro2 processor), that does the lights/fire/security/temps/audio-announcing/fault-detecting/etc. It’s network connected. So is Alexa. But the two can’t ‘talk’ to each other without purchase and programming of a network-connected black box (Homeseer) or a small PC running 7x24.
My hope is for an integration of the Iro2 (network connected) to Alexa (network connected) such that your ‘server in the cloud’ does all of the integration work. It’s doubtful I’ll ever purchase a 3rd device to integrate the two.
If I could ‘talk’ to my Iro2 via Alexa:
“Alexa, pause Rachio for … minutes”
“Alexa, turn on Rachio zone 10 (swimming pool for me) for 20 minutes”
“Alexa, turn off Rachio for … days”
“Alexa, disable Rachio zone …”
“Alexa, enable Rachio zone …”
“Alexa, cycle through every zone … minutes each”
“Alexa, set freeze protection to … degrees”
IMO, I would leave all of the complicated Flex Daily parameters, schedule details, configuration settings, etc. alone, in the computer/smart-pad/smart-phone interfaces.
It would be nice to do the kinds of things above while remote from the residence.
Hope this helps. Pretty much just thoughts that came to my mind for a few moments while typing.