Pentair alexa skill is back!

Ame

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May 22, 2013
93
Phoenix Arizona
What commands work? Only thing I can get to check is temperature. Asked to turn on pool lights, says there is no circuit called pool lights. Tried to turn on pool feature, like waterfall. Nothing. Maybe I'm asking alexa incorrectly?
 

Jimrahbe

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Jul 7, 2014
18,229
Bedford, TX
Ame,

I don't use Alexa anymore as it was more trouble than it was worth..

But.. I think you had to say something like.. "Alexa, ask ScreenLogic to turn on the pool light"

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

panic_button

Bronze Supporter
Jun 23, 2019
139
Navarre, Florida
It needs to be pulled down, the new app can't authorize on the Pentair side, they are denying the Amazon connection. You also now have to ask Alexa to connect to "Pentair Chat" which is dumb.
 

guinness

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May 3, 2019
285
California
Yeah about as reliable as the web portal... Was able to turn on pool light with "Ask Pentair chat to turn on pool light" but when I tried to turn it off it had problems.
 

Jcap33905

New member
Apr 29, 2018
2
Fort Myers, FL
Not sure how it worked before because the skill was pulled the day I got my Amazon Echo. I can say that the new skill only half works. I can get it to turn on my equipment with Alexa (sometimes), but it will not turn my equipment off. Very disappointed in Pentair. Spent a lot of money on this system and was excited about the voice control. Will think twice about buying another Pentair product in the future. Hopefully Pentair gets their act together and fixes this.
 

Turbo1Ton

Gold Supporter
Dec 26, 2019
161
NE Oklahoma
I am a little frustrated that they changed the 'call sign' from 'my pool' to 'Pentair chat'. Give me more of a mouthful to say, why don't you. I don't know if it changes based on which Pentair controller you are using. I am using Intellicenter. Other than Alexa not being able to understand what I am saying, it is turning on and off everything I ask to. Sounds like I have some renaming to do on a few of my circuits.

--Jeff
 

guinness

Well-known member
May 3, 2019
285
California
Yes, they really muddied the waters with these separate Alexa skills. The Pentair ScreenLogic skill is invoked with "Alexa, ask pentair pool" and the Pentair IntelliCenter skill is invoked with "Alexa, ask pentair chat". I don't think you can enable skills with identical invocations which might be necessary for people that have both systems.
 

MyAZPool

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Jul 3, 2018
1,419
Arizona
Hmmm,
I think I've jacked something up :p . Wonder if anyone else has experienced the same.
1. I disabled the old skill.
2. Closed the Amazon Alexa app.
3. Then opened the app, navigated to Sklls & Games > Your Skills and it was gone. Okay good.
4. Then I searched for Pentair IntelliCenter and tapped on "ENABLE TO USE".
5. Then completed the "Log in to pentairpoolsso.com" and authorized.
6. When I say "Alexa, ask pentair chat what the pool temperature is", the response is always "Can't "copnick" to requested pool. Please try again later"

I've went through this drill a couple of times and checked out some other resources but no luck. Obviously I'm missing a key step here somewhere lol...
r.
 

guinness

Well-known member
May 3, 2019
285
California
I've had that "Can't connect to requested pool" message before and when I tried later (w/o changing anything) it worked. Just make sure that your panel is still connected to the internet and that you can access it from the web portal.

For those that are into tinkering and are already using Home Assistant, you can create an Amazon Alexa Custom Skill and hook into the IntelliCenter using code supplied by member @Gibby13.

 
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MyAZPool

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Jul 3, 2018
1,419
Arizona
M,
I've had that "Can't connect to requested pool" message before and when I tried later (w/o changing anything) it worked. Just make sure that your panel is still connected to the internet and that you can access it from the web portal.
I don't think that's the issue. I have tried a few times over the last week or so and keep getting the same result. I would know in a heartbeat if the panel was not communicating on the LAN, as I have a 24x7 screen display of my IntelliCenter DashPanel on my rp monitor, so that's not it.
For those that are into tinkering and are already using Home Assistant, you can create an Amazon Alexa Custom Skill and hook into the IntelliCenter using code supplied by member @Gibby13.
I might have to explore HA in greater detail later as I'm aware that several who are running the Node.js poolcontroller-dashpanel are also integrating with HA. Wonder if that means running a second RP just dedicated to the HA effort. :unsure:. Others' here have said, "you can never have too many RP's" lol...

Anyway, guess I'll just have to put this whole Alexa IntelliCenter Skill hiccup on the back burner for now. Between working on njs dashpanel refinements and preparing for a new Mac workstation and major transition from Win10 to MacOS Catalina (never owned a Mac in my life), my plate is about full for now.
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Thanks..
r.
 
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GCyr

Active member
May 16, 2020
40
Queen Creek, AZ
Our Pentair Intellicenter Skill is working, when the web client is up. If we ask pentair chat to "turn the feature on", she doesn't understand. But, if we say "turn on the feature", it works. Found that we also have to call the feature what it is named in the circuit configuration.
Everything, so far, seems to work, except asking to change the light color/mode. She responds with "okay", but nothing changes. Has anyone figured that one out?

-G
 
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GCyr

Active member
May 16, 2020
40
Queen Creek, AZ
Well, Alexa has disappeared once again. She says "Sorry, the Alexa Skill is no longer available", and she's right! I hadn't even had a chance to figure out all of the commands.
 
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GCyr

Active member
May 16, 2020
40
Queen Creek, AZ
I see that the Pentair Screenlogic skill is available again. Has anyone seen the Intellicenter skill back up yet? I can't find that one. Does the Screenlogic skill work with Intellicenter?