If you want to transform your home into a so-called smart home, you usually start with small steps. Also includes Amazon’s Echo, which can be easily operated by voice command to Alexa. Interestingly, a lot can go wrong when setting up the devices. Just like the wrong location, which in several cases has unpleasant surprises in store.
Amazon Echo and Alexa: 3 locations are not recommended
Smart devices have become increasingly popular in recent years. This is not least due to the fact that Amazon launched its very own loudspeakers with an integrated voice assistant years ago with the Echo series.
But what many users may not pay attention to: In addition to the technical setup of the devices, the location where the Amazon Echo is set up also plays a major role. If you don’t choose it carefully, in the worst case someone can even take over the device.
#1 Keep Amazon’s Echo away from sinks
Whether in the kitchen or in the bathroom, this rule is important for two reasons. For one thing, communicating with Alexa becomes more difficult when the water is running. This way, the noise can drown out your voice and obscure what you’re saying.
On the other hand – and much more problematic – there is the risk of splashing water. Since the smart speaker is not waterproof, it should come into contact with as little moisture as possible. This can also include water vapor in small bathrooms.
#2 Don’t put Amazon’s Echo under your TV
Positioning the speaker in the living room close to the couch is ideal for even more comfort. As long as you don’t place the device under or next to your TV. Then the unwanted Alexa calls should accumulate. As soon as something comes out of your TV that sounds similar enough to “Alexa,…”, the language assistant is most likely activated.
In addition, from this moment on, what happens in Echo’s vicinity is also recorded. In the worst case, you won’t even notice that your TV has “armed” Alexa while you’re chatting privately next to it.
#3 Don’t leave Amazon’s Echo by the window
And sometimes the window isn’t the best place for your speaker. Firstly, depending on which floor you live on, it can attract burglars due to its visibility. Secondly, the proximity to people walking past outside is very high. So if you know how, you could take over your device and access other smart home devices connected to it.
Researchers, at least, have already succeeded in hacking, among other things, Echo devices through a closed window and only with the help of a laser pointer. They made the microphone membrane vibrate, resulting in sounds that only Alexa could hear. The digital assistant could be manipulated via this, including opening a front door and a garage door, as reported by Business Insider.
The good: There are helpful Alexa tips on the location of your Amazon Echo. If you follow these, there should be no problems with the Smart Speaker and its operation.
Sources: own research, Business Insider