Skip to main content

Control4 debuts Alexa integration, making your smart home a whole lot smarter

The name Conrol4 might not instantly ring a bell, but the company is well-known among those who take home automation seriously. Now it is teaming up with another company making strides in the smart home, announcing on Thursday that it is working with Amazon to bring support for Alexa to its range of home automation products.

“On average, our customers have over 40 connected devices in their homes that are orchestrated by Control4 and now, voice interaction with Amazon Alexa offers another convenient way to control all of them,” Control4 CEO Martin Plaehn said in a statement. “This integration combines Control4’s automation power and extensive support for connected devices with the intuitive voice control from Amazon Alexa, reinforcing our shared vision to make life in a connected home ever-more personalized, comfortable, and hassle-free.”

If you’re wondering why this is big news, the answer lies in a single sentence: “Alexa, turn off the house.” This one phrase can turn off the lights, lock the doors, turn down the thermostat, and even arm the security system, letting homeowners walk out the door without wondering whether the proverbial stove is on.

Easily turning off the lights isn’t the only handy feature the new skill brings to Alexa, as a number of different “scenes” can be set up, grouping several small changes into one command. A “cooking” scene, for example, could adjust the lighting in the kitchen for better visibility and turn the TV to your favorite cooking-related channel all at once.

“Controlling smart home devices using voice is one of the most popular features of Alexa, which is why we’re especially pleased to be working with Control4,” said Amazon Alexa smart home director Charlie Kindel. “The vast breadth of devices Control4 supports, brings new capability and an enhanced user experience to the Alexa-enabled household.”

These features brought by the new Control4 Alexa skill aren’t limited to the Amazon Echo, but instead work across the entire range of products including the Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, and even Fire TV devices. Additionally, users will require a Control4 4Sight subscription, which costs $100 per year. For more information, see the Control4 blog.

Editors' Recommendations

Kris Wouk
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kris Wouk is a tech writer, gadget reviewer, blogger, and whatever it's called when someone makes videos for the web. In his…
3rd Gen vs. 4th Gen Echo Dot Kids Edition
Image of Echo Dot Kids Edition (4th gen)

The entire Amazon Echo family is getting a makeover! At a recent invite-only hardware event, Amazon introduced the world to its fourth-generation devices, as well as entirely new platforms like Luna, Amazon's own subscription gaming marketplace. One major hardware standout was the radically redesigned Echo speaker. Both the standard Echo and Dot models are losing their trademark puck appearance in favor of a bigger, rounded design. Bowling balls and snow globes come to mind.

Another Echo product that received a transformation is the Echo Dot Kids Edition. If you're wondering what changes are coming, whether or not you should upgrade your old Kids Edition, or which is the better speaker, we've got you covered. In this side-by-side, we're pitting the third-gen Echo Dot Kids Edition against the recently announced fourth edition.
A bump in size with animal overlays

Read more
Make the most out of your shelter-in-place order with Alexa
shelter in place with alexa alexa1 2

The shelter-in-place lifestyle is a strange one to which many of us are still getting accustomed. Normal sleep schedules vanish, the commute to work becomes from-bed-to-couch, and we consume news endlessly, with a focus on one never-ending story. Social distancing orders are vitally important, but they can also take a lot of getting used to. Fortunately, your Alexa devices are here to help.

Alexa now sports a host of brand new skills and features that are tailor-made for those of us stuck inside our homes. Here's a breakdown of some of Alexa's newest powers and how to use them, along with a few of our own recommendations for ways to smart-shelter with your Echo Dot.
Stay-at-home routines
This is a great new Alexa feature for those of us falling out of our daily flow or anyone looking to add some extra structure to their life at home. The new Stay at Home and Work from Home routines turn Alexa into an interactive daily planner. All you have to do is wake up from a sound sleep, roll over to your Echo Dot, and say either, "Alexa, stay at home," or, "Alexa, work from home." From here, your Echo will begin the day with a fun fact, remind you when it's time for lunch, encourage you to take a break, and let you know when your nine-to-five is over.

Read more
Best Amazon year-end deals on Alexa-compatible Echo and Ring smart home devices
amazon cuts 100 off its hottest combo echo show 8 and dot  charcoal with 1

Amazon's year-end smart home device deal prices may not be quite as low as during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but you still can save on a good selection of smart home products, especially the most popular items with Alexa-compatible Echo and Ring devices.

As 2019 heads towards the end, there's still time to finish tasks and check off some of the goals you set for yourself for the year. If smart home setups were part of your 2019, there's enough time to equip your home with smart devices to protect your family and property, to boost your home entertainment capacity, and to make life a little more convenient.

Read more