Chapter 2

Setting Up Alexa and Your Devices


Bullet Installing and using the Alexa app

Bullet Connecting Alexa to your Wi-Fi network

Bullet Customizing your Alexa device

Bullet Connecting external speakers or headphones

The basic premise of Alexa couldn’t be simpler: You ask a question, Alexa provides the answer; you give a command, Alexa carries it out. However, this surface simplicity lies on top of a mind-bogglingly complex system that involves hardware, software, networking, artificial intelligence, and the cloud. (I cover the details of this system in Chapter 1.) Fortunately, that underlying complexity isn’t something you have to deal with, but before you can use Alexa, you need to connect a few things together so that Alexa has access to all that good stuff beneath the surface.

In this chapter, you delve into the various chores — both the required tasks that you need to do and a few optional steps that you can do if you feel like it — that turn your Alexa device from a useless hunk of plastic into a useful member of the family.

Installing the Alexa App

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