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Amazon Alexa Smart Home Skill vs. Home Security Skill

abode Security Skill

New! The abode Smart Home skill now supports arming and disarming your home! Please use the abode Smart Home skill for a better user experience.

The abode security skill allows you to interact with the security aspects of your abode Security System. With the abode Security Skill, you can arm and disarm your home, control lights, switches, dimmers, locks, and garage doors.  A full list of supported commands can be found in the abode Security skill support article.

When directing Alexa using the abode Security skill, you must invoke the skill by saying, "Alexa, tell abode to..." or "Alexa, ask abode to...".

A couple of examples:

  • “Alexa, tell abode to set the system to Away Mode.”

  • “Alexa, tell abode to close the Garage Door.”

  • “Alexa, ask abode for system status.”

 

abode Smart Home Skill

The abode Smart Home skill allows you to interact with both the security and home automation aspects of your abode home.  With the abode Smart Home skill, you can arm and disarm your home, control lights, switches and dimmers, and even lock your doors.  As Amazon adds new device support to their Smart Home Skill API, we will continue to update our abode Smart Home skill. Our goal is to eventually phase out the abode Security skill for the abode Smart Home skill. Garage doors, quick actions, and alarm invocation are the only features not supported by Alexa's smart home but are supported by the abode Security skill.

 

When directing Alexa using the abode Smart Home skill, you do not have to invoke abode first. Here are examples:

 

Arm / disarm voice commands:

  • "Alexa, arm abode in home mode."

  • "Alexa, arm abode in away mode."

  • "Alexa, disarm abode."

 

Get the current armed status:

  • "Alexa, is abode armed?"*

 

Contact / Motion Sensors:

  • "Alexa, is my front door open?"

  • "Alexa, is my living room window open?"

 

Smart Home Devices:

  • "Alexa, turn off the outside lights."

  • "Alexa, dim the living room lights to 50%."

  • "Alexa, lock the front door."

 

*Note: Alexa may respond to arm / disarm commands referencing "Stay Mode."  Alexa uses the terms "Home Mode" and "Stay Mode" interchangeably.

 

Alexa Routines

Using Alexa "Routines" in the Alexa app, you can configure an Alexa device to say something when an event occurs. For example:

 

  • When the front door opens, Alexa says "Front Door opened."

  • When living room detects motion, Alexa says, "Who's there?"

 

Alexa's response to an event is completely customizable by you.

 

Can I integrate my abode with both abode Security and Smart Home Skills?

Yes! We recommend starting with the abode Smart Home skill as it supports most use cases. If you would like to also control garage doors, invoke quick actions, or trigger alarms with voice commands, then integrate the abode Security skill in addition to the abode Smart Home skill.

 

Motion Sensor Update:

Motion sensors sold prior to 2019 are not supported and will not be discoverable by the abode Smart Home skill.  However, new motion sensors sold in 2019 and those built into IOTA are supported.

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