Abode has two Alexa integrations. This article provides an overview of each integration.
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, disarm and get the status of your system, doors, window, and locks. It also allows you to open and close 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.
The Abode Smart Home skill allows you to interact with the home automation aspects of your Abode Security System. With the Abode Smart Home Skill, you can control lights, switches, dimmers, and even lock your smart locks.
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, but until all functionality is available in the Smart Home API, we'll have to maintain two skills.
When directing Alexa using the Abode Smart Home skill, you do not have to invoke Abode first. A couple of examples:
- Alexa, turn off the Outside Lights.
- Alexa, DIM the Living Room lights to 50%.
- Alexa, lock the Front door.
Can I integrate my Abode with both Abode skills?
You will want to integrate both the Abode Security Skill and the Abode Smart Home Skill for full control of your security system.