Electrokristron Smart Wireless Gen control Unit, ES-GCU
INSTALLATION STEP 5
Configuring Your Device on Google Home
Google Home has just fetched your device name from your eWeLink account and it is being shown to you.
Next step, assign your device to a Google Home room.
On the Rooms screen, there is a long list of rooms as suggested by Google Home. Select one of them. If you are not satisfied with the room names on the existing list, you are free to create any room name you want and assign your device to it.
Bear in mind however, that the name of your newly created room should be easy and simple enough for Google’s Voice Command Assistant (Simply referred to as Google Assistant) to understand and type out correctly when effecting your voice commands.
In this example, we are assigning our device to the Backyard. Of course, we could not have possibly installed our Diesel Generator in the Kitchen. Lol.
So, the Backyard seems more plausible for a Generator looking at the room names in the list.
After selecting a room, Google Home tries to assign the device to that room.
Now, the device has been successfully assigned to the chosen room.
At this point, it is important to note that the assignment of room to device is only for the purpose of getting your devices properly organized and easier to control or voice-command without confusion.
It has absolutely nothing to do with the ability of Google Home to successfully control your devices either through app buttons or through voice commands.
It however makes sense if you have 2 Generators, where one is installed close to the security post by the gate and the other at the backyard. So then, they should be assigned to rooms such as Backyard and Gatepost for easier identification by Google Assistant. Even so, you may actually give them different names without assigning them to any room and Google Assistant will note the difference in names accordingly.
Next rename your device from ‘My Diesel Generator Outlet1’ to ‘My Diesel Generator1′.
After adding your device to Google Home and renaming it as well as assigning a room (That is, if you choose to), your Google Home Setup is now complete.
At this point, Google Voice Assistant opens up a quick settings page to learn your voice (Voice recognition) and to get everything finalized for voice operations.
The Google Assistant will show a screen similar to the one above, with recommended voice commands to get you started controlling your Gen by voice.
At this stage you have successfully completed stage 5.
We now proceed to Google Home app testing and Voice Command at stage 6
Next, proceed to stage 6.
INSTALLATION STAGE 6
Google Home App Testing and Voice Control
On the Devices screen, you can see your device and the room it has been assigned. Google Home is ready to control your device.
It is now time to test the app’s functionality.
To proceed, click the back arrow to go back to the main screen of the app,
On the Google Home main screen, you will find your the app button or better yet, app switch for your device.
Click or tap the switch to open the actual app control screen for your device as shown below.
Just like you did with the eWeLink app buttons, test to see how these buttons control your Gen and what feedback they present to you.
Unlike the eWeLink app buttons, Google Home app buttons are not as exciting but they work nonetheless.
However, the reason we setup Google Home is because of the Voice Command it offers us in terms of controlling our device speech-wise and not because of their app buttons which do not give us rich enough feedback anyway.
Just so you know, these buttons do not give any feedback when you use Voice Command but your eWeLink app never fails to inform you by changing switch status and background color anytime Gen is started through Voice Assistant. It also sends notifications to your phone as well as email if enabled.
Once your Gen responds appropriately to your button presses on Google Home, congrats, your device has passed stage 6 successfully.
Now, onto the final part, Voice Control.
INSTALLATION STAGE 7
Upon the successful completion of Google Home setup earlier on, a page popped up to inform you how to use Google Assistant (Voice Control) with our newly setup device.
As a refresher, similar screenshot is shown below.
The Voice Assistant or voice command screen can be called up automatically at anytime by saying the magic phrase, ‘Ok Google,…’
Once that is said, the voice assistant wakes up and becomes attentive to take your voice commands.
Be aware that every command must start with the magic phrase as the voice assistant goes back to sleep after executing the last command.
Please be aware also that after completing your Google Home basic setup, the Voice Assistant may also come up with some extra parameter setup options such as voice recognition learning and personal preferences such as voice type selection options for the Assistant.
All in all, the Google Voice Assistant setup is a very simple and easy process that takes very little time, typically less than a minute.
Now that your Voice Assistant has been setup, play around with your voice commands as you test your device.
Check how responsive the Voice Assistant is to your pronunciation and intonation.
If the Assistant is always or mostly mistyping your commands, especially your device name, then you should rename the device on Google Home to something easier the Voice Assistant can easily pick correctly from your voice commands every time. There is no need to change your device name on eWeLink app because of the change on Google Home. The unit still works fine. You may however change the names on both apps to be one and same if you so prefer.
Please note that anytime you start the Gen by voice command, you can view the ON/OFF response or status of the Gen right on your eWeLink app. You will also get notifications on your phone if you have enabled notifications in the setting.
This next part is not required but you can do this to personalize your experience with both your Smart Wireless Unit and your control apps.
Change Voice of Google Voice Assistant. On the voice selection page, there are several voice types available including male and female voices. Each voice type is represented by a small colored circle. Choose the one that best suites you.
On your eWeLink app, enable Notifications so that the app can notify you in real-time anytime the Gen is STARTED or SHUT DOWN. Useful for remote monitoring of Generator.
When you enable Notifications on your eWeLink app, every single START or STOP operation of the Gen is recorded in the server logs and you are notified.
By default, only one registered account or registered user can control or monitor an eWeLink device through the Internet. However, by enabling sharing on your eWeLink app, you can easily share device with other family members or associates.
There are however four conditions that must be met before a device can be shared.
- The other user must also have an account on eWeLink servers.
- The other person’s phone must also have eWeLink app installed.
- As at time of sharing, the other person must have the eWeLink app open (Running) on their phone and click on a confirmation message that pops on on the app when eWeLink servers try to confirm the sharing action.
- Internet connectivity is required to complete the sharing process. However, if all parameters are right, sharing is very fast and takes less than 40 seconds.
Once device s successfully shared, it is no longer necessary for both parties to be together or in close proximity to each other.
For instance, if you shared device control with your wife, your wife could be at work in Victoria Island and you are on a business trip to London, yet either or both of you can control as well as monitor your Gen at your Ikoyi home in real time, with both of you getting up-to-date status feedback and notifications.
Should any of your children start or stop the Gen back at home, you both get instantly notified.
When you decide to share device control with anyone else, you should also set access rights regarding what administration levels you want them to have over control of your device.
For your convenience, your eWeLink app comes with various timing options that allow you to either schedule (Pre-program) your Gen to start and stop automatically within certain hours of the day or between certain days of the week. You may also set a duration timer (Count down timer) to allow your Gen start ir stop after a specified amount of minutes or hours.
After setting a time frame, choose the ON or OFF option to determine what action your smart device should perform once that preset time arrives.
Then, click Save before leaving the page.
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