1. berndinternetfuchs's Avatar
    So as they pretty much look alike (at least the Plus looks like gen. 1 Echo, I know Echo gen 2 has slightly changed its appearance) - what's the difference why is it 'Plus'?

    https://devicebase.net/en/product/am...d-echo-plus/66
    10-20-2017 01:31 PM
  2. thejesse's Avatar
    So as they pretty much look alike (at least the Plus looks like gen. 1 Echo, I know Echo gen 2 has slightly changed its appearance) - what's the difference why is it 'Plus'?

    https://devicebase.net/en/product/am...d-echo-plus/66
    The echo plus has the same speaker and microphone improvements as the gen 2 echo. The echo plus also includes a built-in smart home hub for controlling connected devices.
    10-20-2017 06:28 PM
  3. hoopitz's Avatar
    The echo plus has the same speaker and microphone improvements as the gen 2 echo. The echo plus also includes a built-in smart home hub for controlling connected devices.
    Not sure if you know the answer to this or not, but how is the functionality of the echo plus' ability to be a hub vs. using the echo 2 with a smarthings hub? I'm going to get an echo and trying to figure out which one I should get.
    11-06-2017 04:41 PM
  4. thejesse's Avatar
    Not sure if you know the answer to this or not, but how is the functionality of the echo plus' ability to be a hub vs. using the echo 2 with a smarthings hub? I'm going to get an echo and trying to figure out which one I should get.
    Great question. Knowing what I know today, I would go with the echo 2 and a bridge/hub. The echo plus works fine but limited control of connected devices. For instance, I can turn hue bulbs on/off or dim them. However, if I want to tune the white temperature or change colors, it requires a hue bridge.
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    11-06-2017 04:56 PM
  5. hoopitz's Avatar
    Great question. Knowing what I know today, I would go with the echo 2 and a bridge/hub. The echo plus works fine but limited control of connected devices. For instance, I can turn hue bulbs on/off or dim them. However, if I want to tune the white temperature or change colors, it requires a hue bridge.
    Yeah, that's kind of what I was initially thinking, but being brand new to the home automation game, a second opinion helps. I love the idea of one unit (echo plus) being able to do it all, but the ST hub seems like it'll make things a lot smoother.

    Perhaps, a few models down the road, the all-in-one route will be comparable.

    Thanks for the 2 cents.
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    11-06-2017 06:31 PM
  6. thejesse's Avatar
    Yeah, that's kind of what I was initially thinking, but being brand new to the home automation game, a second opinion helps. I love the idea of one unit (echo plus) being able to do it all, but the ST hub seems like it'll make things a lot smoother.

    Perhaps, a few models down the road, the all-in-one route will be comparable.

    Thanks for the 2 cents.
    I should also mention that the echo plus is zigbee only so if you want to use z wave you'll need a hub anyway. With an echo 2 and a smartthings hub you're set for both.
    Norg likes this.
    11-06-2017 06:50 PM

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