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    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 13th Jan 18, 5:12 PM
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    Can I take an Amazon Echo on UK holiday with me?
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:12 PM
    Can I take an Amazon Echo on UK holiday with me? 13th Jan 18 at 5:12 PM
    I'm planning to go on holiday, within the UK and wondered if I can bring the Echo with me. The place I'm going has WiFi and we have Amazon Music Unlimited.

    Will it just work, or will it get tricky to set up there and when I return?

    I can't see anything about this in the Echo help pages.

    Thanks.
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    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 13th Jan 18, 5:15 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:15 PM
    You can take it anywhere you like as long it has a wifi connection. You will need to change the location settings in the Alexa app if you want location specific responses, eg weather reports etc.
    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 13th Jan 18, 5:32 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:32 PM
    Thanks. So I just plug it in and it'll work?
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 13th Jan 18, 5:36 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:36 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:36 PM
    Thanks. So I just plug it in and it'll work?
    Originally posted by JohnB47
    Well you will have to pair it up with the wifi source.
    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 13th Jan 18, 5:42 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:42 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:42 PM
    I had real difficulty getting it set up at home. Daughter had to come and use an app on her phone to get it working (my phone too old to download app).

    I now have the 'app' on my PC, so is it a case of pairing it up using that PC app, while on hols?

    Cheers.
    • Debbie Savard
    • By Debbie Savard 13th Jan 18, 6:45 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 6:45 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 6:45 PM
    YOu'll need to put the Echo into set-up mode at each new location to input the wi-fi password using the app. Not all B&B/hotels will be happy if you're streaming over the internet.
    • Tyler Du
    • By Tyler Du 13th Jan 18, 6:50 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 6:50 PM
    You could always access the music service via a phone or tablet instead
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 13th Jan 18, 8:01 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 8:01 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 8:01 PM
    It would be easier if you used your data usage via your network.
    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 13th Jan 18, 8:55 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 8:55 PM
    YOu'll need to put the Echo into set-up mode at each new location to input the wi-fi password using the app. Not all B&B/hotels will be happy if you're streaming over the internet.
    Originally posted by Debbie Savard
    Well, that's the killer'cos I couldn't get the echo to connect to wifi using the PC app. Daughter had to do that using the app on her mobile. She's not coming on hols with us so I guess I'll just leave the echo behind rather than have all that hassle again.

    Thanks everyone.
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 13th Jan 18, 9:04 PM
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    The problem I've had with using "free wifi" is that it often doens't allow full internet access -- you just get the web, email, and little else. Most internet ports are disabled.

    This is typical for wifi in commercial premises (bars, hotels, cafes, etc.). If you're renting a "holiday home", they usually have normal/domestic wifi.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 14th Jan 18, 1:15 PM
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    The problem I've had with using "free wifi" is that it often doens't allow full internet access -- you just get the web, email, and little else. Most internet ports are disabled.

    This is typical for wifi in commercial premises (bars, hotels, cafes, etc.).
    Originally posted by esuhl
    TBH I've never encountered that anywhere on my travels. I've always been able to stream in any hotel I've visited, whether this was via laptop PC (e.g. Acestream, Kodi etc.) or Fire TV stick. (I've never had a need to try to do that when in a bar, cafe or other company sites).
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    • mobileron
    • By mobileron 14th Jan 18, 3:27 PM
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    sadly my kids bought me one for xmas,apart from annoying the cat with meow its a waste of time.
    Great idea of Amazon to get you to purchase more from them,so can you please tell me what i should use it for.

    I set up my shopping list and htis week im having crisps cheese and 40 bottles of white wine. What about the red.
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    • By robpw2 14th Jan 18, 3:41 PM
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    • CardinalWolsey
    • By CardinalWolsey 15th Jan 18, 9:24 AM
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    OP - you will need either an iPhone or Android phone (or Kindle Fire) with the Alexa app installed to configure the Echo - this is because when you are changing the wifi that the Echo is connected to, you have to put it Echo in to configuration mode. In configuration mode, the Echo becomes its own WiFi access point that your phone has to connect to. Once that connection is established, you are talking directly with the Echo, and select the new WiFi you want it hooked in to, and enter the password.

    This is not something that you can do via a laptop, because the "App" on a laptop isn't - it's a web page - you actually need the local functionality to talk to the Echo in configuration mode, which is what the smartphone app does for you.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 15th Jan 18, 9:42 AM
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    If I were you OP and want to continue using your Echo to it's fullest I'd seriously consider biting the bullet and getting a cheapo Android phone or tablet.
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