What Can Alexa Control? A Security Pro Explains

Amazon Alexa Controlling Smart Home

So you just got the Amazon voice-activated smart speaker, Alexa (or maybe you’re still considering getting one).

Now you’re probably wondering exactly what you can do with Alexa.

The short answer? Alexa can control a wide range of smart home devices, including:

  • Smart light bulbs, dimmers and switches
  • Smart locks
  • Alarm systems
  • Smart thermostats
  • Garage doors
  • And more…

But of course, the next hurdle is to determine which brands/models of the smart home components listed above are actually compatible with Alexa.

In this article, we’ll help you find Alexa-compatible smart home products. First though, let’s look at why you’d want to connect and control all of your smart home devices to Alexa in the first place.

If you live in the Virginia area, we can help you set up your Alexa, connect it to other devices and show you how to use it. Plus, when you install a home automation system with Richmond Alarm, you gain smartphone, remote control of all your Alexa-compatible devices using Alarm.com.

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Why connect smart devices to Alexa?

What Can Amazon Alexa Control

You likely already own several Alexa-compatible devices. Connecting these devices can make your life easier and more enjoyable.

The answer is simple: Convenience and ultimate control.

With Alexa, you can control your smart home devices using just your voice. For example, the command, “Alexa, lock the front door” means your front door is instantly locked and secured—without you ever leaving the couch.

At Richmond Alarm, we can take that convenience one step further, too.

When you install a home security system with a home automation package, you gain interactive services through Alarm.com. In the last few years, Alarm.com has collaborated with Amazon to allow Alexa to control multiple devices simultaneously using just one command.

Example commands:

  • “Alexa, tell Alarm.com to Sleep”
    • Doors lock, the set temperature drops, the security system is armed
  • “Alexa, tell Alarm.com to Wake Up”
    • Security system is disarmed, temperature rises and kitchen lights turn on

Crazy convenient, right?

But of course, the first step is to choose smart devices that:

  1. Meet your home automation needs
  2. Are compatible with Alexa

Since we partner with Alarm.com, we’ll show you several Alarm.com smart home devices that are compatible with Alexa.

Alexa-compatible smart home devices

Smart light bulbs, dimmers and switches

Alexa-compatible models we suggest:

  • Qolsys IQ Lightbulb
  • Jasco Plug-in Smart Switch
  • GoControl 3-Way Wall/Dimmer Switch

How to use with Alexa:

Using your Alarm.com app, you can identify and name individual light fixtures and/or group certain lights together to control them with one command.

Example commands:

  • “Alexa, ask alarm.com to turn off the living room lights”
  • “Alexa, ask alarm.com to turn on living room light 1”
  • “Alexa, ask alarm.com to brighten dining room to 60%”
  • “Alexa, ask alarm.com to dim the bedroom lights”

Smart locks & garage doors

Alexa-compatible models we suggest:

  • Kwikset Obsidian, Z-Wave Plus Version
  • Yale Real Living Touchscreen YRL220
  • Kwikset Convert, Z-Wave Version (a retrofit option)
  • LiftMaster MyQ®Smart Garage Hub (821LMB)
  • Linear Z-Wave Garage Controller (GD00Z)

How to use with Alexa:

Lock and unlock your home’s doors or open/close your garage door using Alexa voice commands or manually control them by using the alarm.com app. Using the alarm.com app also gives you remote capabilities, meaning you can lock/unlock your doors and open/close your garage door even when you’re not at home.

Example commands:

  • “Alexa, ask alarm.com to unlock the front door”
  • “Alexa, ask alarm.com to lock all doors”
  • “Alexa, ask alarm.com if the garage door is open."
  • "Alexa, ask alarm.com to close the garage door."

Alarm systems

Alexa-compatible models we suggest (security panels):

  • 2GIG Go!Control 3
  • Qolsys IQ Panel 2

How to use with Alexa:

Arm or disarm your security system, specify certain modes (i.e home, away or night) using voice commands (see below). You can also use the alarm.com app to log in and see the current status of your alarm system, arm and disarm the system even when you’re not at home.

Example commands:

  • “Alexa, ask alarm.com to arm stay my security system”
  • “Alexa, ask alarm.com to disarm”
  • “Alexa, is my security system (dis)armed?"

Smart thermostats

Amazon Alexa Controlling Smart Thermostat

Models we suggest:

  • Alarm.com Smart Thermostat (ADC-T2000)
  • Trane Z-Wave Thermostat (TZEMT400AB32MAA)
  • Radio Thermostat CT32 (Z-Wave FW v10.6+ with Thermostat FW v01.02+)

How to use with Alexa:

Use voice commands to raise, lower or check temperatures throughout your home. You can also remotely change your home’s temperature using the alarm.com app.

Example commands:

  • "Alexa, what is the temperature?”
  • "Alexa, ask alarm.com to set the bedroom to AC mode."
  • "Alexa, ask alarm.com to set the kitchen thermostat to 70 degrees."

And much more…

Every year, more and more Alexa-compatible smart devices are introduced to the market. Other smart devices that can be controlled by Alexa include FireTV, various models of smart TVs, ceiling fans, the SkyBell video doorbell and so much more.

Want an Alexa-controlled smart home that’s customized to you?

If you live in the Virginia area, contact Richmond Alarm. We have over 70 years of experience designing customized security and home automation systems for Virginia homeowners.

Whether you’re only looking to install a few security or smart home devices or looking to completely upgrade your security and home automation system, we can help. We handle the entire process, starting with a thorough (and free) home inspection.

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