Alexa zone names not working


#1

I’ve set up Rachio with my Echo. I am able to control my Rachio with my Echo.

However, I can only control it by zone number, not by zone name, as this guide indicates I should be able to.

Do I need to somehow upload the zone names to the Echo? How do I get it to work with names instead of zone numbers? What am I missing? I’m sure I overlooked part of the setup.

Thanks.


#2

@Chapin

Zone names aren’t great on V1 of our Alexa integration. We built it so long ago there are some new tools we can use for name recognition that we haven’t taken advantage of yet. One of our initiatives this summer is to give Amazon and Google voice a full refresh as well as adding in some exciting new voice capabilities.

:cheers:


#3

Thanks. I’ll keep an eye out for updates.

It would be nice to do away with the “ask Rachio to” part of the Echo command.

In might be nice to remove the bits from the support article about using names, or at least add that it might not work.


#4

Just want to second this. Alexa can’t understand “Front Yard”, “Back Yard”, “Back Lawn” or any zone by name at all. Zone numbers seem to work a bit better but they aren’t perfect either. I hear Amazon has also improved the ability for app makers to take out the clumsy phrasing. Instead of “Alexa tell Rachio to water the back yard for 5 min” you can use a more natural command “Alexa water the back yard for 5 min”. Hopefully Rachio can get that working too. Other than that, things are working very well here!


#5

do you have any news with the zone name issue?
Thanks
Lior