Amazon Alexa receives support for wake-on-lan

Nov

18

2018

Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, now supports wake-on-LAN to enable devices that, for example, can not be switched on with a smart home base station. This should ensure more extensive compatibility.

Support for the Alexa Smart Home API is now no longer required to allow users with Alexa to turn on a device, explains Amazon . Manufacturers still have to create an Alexa smart home skill to ensure that the smart assistant and the Amazon devices send the packets properly. Amazon has compiled documentation for developers.

Wake-on-lan has existed since 1997 and is still used today, for example, to enable computers from a sleep or sleep mode. The technology works by keeping the network adapter of the device switched on and having it listen to the so-called magic packet , a packet of data sent via the network, in this case of an Alexa-equipped device. If the adapter receives the package, it switches the rest of the device on.

Alexa has recently become available for Windows 10 , but can not officially be downloaded from the Windows Store in the Benelux yet. From when it is possible, is not known. Availability is currently limited to the US, UK and Germany.

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