Success with Amazon FireTV connecting to Alexa-Hue Bridge?

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Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:50 pm
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Success with Amazon FireTV connecting to Alexa-Hue Bridge?

Has anyone been successful getting the Amazon FireTV Ultra 4K stick to recognize Indigo's Alexa-Hue Bridge devices when the FireTV stick is the only Amazon Echo/Alexa device on the network?
I do not have a Hue device registered with meethue.com

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Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:00 pm
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Re: Success with Amazon FireTV connecting to Alexa-Hue Bridg

Here's a snippet from my logs. Can someone please let me know if this is a setup issue on my end, or a bug with the plugin?
And could this be what is preventing the Alexa discovery from working?


Checking for updates...
2017-12-11 01:55:12.771 INFO Plugin.general._log No updates are available
2017-12-11 01:55:12.771 INFO Plugin.general.runConcurrentThread Alexa-Hue Bridge next update check scheduled for: Tuesday, 2017-Dec-12 at 01:55
2017-12-11 01:55:13.016 INFO Plugin.general.actionControlDimmerRelay sent "alexa-hue-bridge" Discovery on
2017-12-11 01:55:13.016 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery Start Discovery action failed for 'alexa-hue-bridge': broadcaster thread couldn't start. Try restarting the plugin.'
2017-12-11 01:55:13.018 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery Traceback (most recent call last):
2017-12-11 01:55:13.018 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery File "plugin.py", line 1693, in startDiscovery
2017-12-11 01:55:13.018 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery self.globals['alexaHueBridge'][ahbDev.id]['broadcaster'].start()
2017-12-11 01:55:13.018 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/threading.py", line 739, in start
2017-12-11 01:55:13.018 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery raise RuntimeError("threads can only be started once")
2017-12-11 01:55:13.018 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery RuntimeError: threads can only be started once
2017-12-11 02:20:06.364 INFO Plugin.general.actionControlDimmerRelay sent "alexa-hue-bridge" Discovery on
2017-12-11 02:20:06.389 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery Start Discovery action failed for 'alexa-hue-bridge': broadcaster thread couldn't start. Try restarting the plugin.'
2017-12-11 02:20:06.389 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery Traceback (most recent call last):
2017-12-11 02:20:06.390 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery File "plugin.py", line 1693, in startDiscovery
2017-12-11 02:20:06.390 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery self.globals['alexaHueBridge'][ahbDev.id]['broadcaster'].start()
2017-12-11 02:20:06.390 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/threading.py", line 739, in start
2017-12-11 02:20:06.390 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery raise RuntimeError("threads can only be started once")
2017-12-11 02:20:06.390 ERROR Plugin.general.startDiscovery RuntimeError: threads can only be started once
2017-12-11 02:20:32.763 INFO Plugin.general.closedPrefsConfigUi Plugin Host IP Address is discovered as: '192.168.200.150'
2017-12-11 02:20:32.777 INFO Plugin.general.closedPrefsConfigUi Alexa discovery request logging enabled
2017-12-11 02:20:32.777 INFO Plugin.general.setDebuggingLevels No debugging requested
2017-12-11 02:25:34.492 INFO Plugin.general.closedDeviceConfigUi 'alexa-hue-bridge' updated and now has one Alexa Device published
2017-12-11 13:43:23.415 ERROR Plugin.general.updateAlexaDevice StandardError detected in updateAlexaDevice for 'alexa-hue-bridge'. Line '1464' has error='u'_newalexaname''
2017-12-11 13:45:38.445 INFO Plugin.general.closedDeviceConfigUi 'alexa-hue-bridge' updated and now has 2 Alexa Devices published

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Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:36 pm
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Re: Success with Amazon FireTV connecting to Alexa-Hue Bridg

The short sad answer is, you can’t. You’ll need at least one dot or echo speaker in your home to use the hue-bridge functionality. I’ve got 6 Fire sticks and 4K boxes as well as a load of fire tablets. I could never get the hue bridge to successfully pair until I got a dot, then it happened immediately. The speculation is that the firmware is different between the dot/echo and the other devices.


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Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:29 pm
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Re: Success with Amazon FireTV connecting to Alexa-Hue Bridg

If I connect with a Dot just for registration purposes, and then return it, will the Alexa connection w/FireTV alone continue to work?

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Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:08 pm
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Re: Success with Amazon FireTV connecting to Alexa-Hue Bridg

That, I haven’t tried. I remember reading in another forum that the dot/echo device acts as the gateway so if that’s true I suspect you’d have to have it always.


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Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:43 am
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Re: Success with Amazon FireTV connecting to Alexa-Hue Bridg

If I connect with a Dot just for registration purposes, and then return it, will the Alexa connection w/FireTV alone continue to work?

I am almost certain that I read the FireTV will only control cloud-based services, it doesn't initiate local services. There have been several instances documented, at least when I looked few months back, where people could no longer control their Phillips Hue devices whenever their Dot/Echo was unplugged.

Adam

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