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is it possible to create a skill to talk to a device on the home WiFi?

Brian From Amazon said it is not possible. Then, how does TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch do it ? Please watch this short video. The way it works, is that the switch connects to the home WiFi, and then the Alexa mobile app does a search and finds it. Why would not Alexa be able to find my device which is also on the Home WiFi ?

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Brian@Amazon answered

Hi. This work via account linking. The echo isn't able to directly communicate with other devices on your network, but it is able to communicate with cloud services (like TP-links') that do. These skills work via account linking where you associate your TP-link account with your echo.

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newuser-e0a70595-3368-4480-9042-b8c1cb9d0b76 answered

thanks for the response, but what about the new Echo Plus:

The new Echo Plus is set apart, though: its abilities double as a smart home hub, one that connects to various wireless protocols to set up and control connected home gadgets and appliances

Doesn't the Echo Plus do a search for devices to connect to ? If this won't work, please explain why

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The Echo plus can communicate to Zigbee devices. Contact wwaa@amazon.com if you want to integrate with that hub.

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