Your Amazon Echo provides all the information you need to set it up, except by telling you the best and safest areas of your home to put the smart speaker into. You're probably thinking, "Does it really matter where I put as long as I can talk to Alexa in most areas of my house?" Our answer is yes.
Placing your Alexa device in certain areas of your home can risk your privacy, security or even damage your echo.
For example, did you know that intruders can access your smart speaker from outside if it is placed too close to a window? We are here to tell you where you should not put your Echo speaker and the best points for it. Keep reading for more information.
Near a toilet
Placing an echo near the bathroom is disgusting. Think of all the germs that remain in this area – even in super clean bathrooms. However, if you need an echo speaker in the bathroom (and ok, consider the appeal), try to place it as far away from the bathroom as possible.
If you can, mount it to the wall with an adhesive strip or nail. Just make sure it is secure so that it does not fall, and be sure to place it near an outlet so you can plug it in. Also, keep it away from the tub (duh!). You wouldn't want to fry your speaker, or you.
In a sink
If you're trying to drown out the sounds of Alexa's voice, put your expensive Echo in a sink. However, if you want to keep it intact, never put it near water.
You don't want to risk the kitchen water spray getting bad and soaking the Echo's speaker. Instead, place it on a different counter that has no sink, such as an island, or place it in a corner where it is farthest from spaghetti sauce and water spray. It will get cleaner and may look better too.
Through a window
Keep your smart speaker away from all windows in your home. In addition to allowing outsiders to access your Echo, they will also have access to other smart home devices. For example, if your car is connected to your smart speaker, someone can unlock it and turn it on.
Also, with recent laser attacks on smart speakers that induce Alexa to execute commands, it's important to keep your Echo's microphone out of sight of a window. Fortunately, there are no confirmed cases of this, but, according to the researchers, it is possible. But if someone can see your device through the window, it's time to move it or barricade it as it leaves you exposed. For example, someone could buy something online using their smart speaker.
Under your TV
How many commercials are out there that say "Alexa, play …" and then activate your Echo? Or even if the TV says something remotely that sounds like "Alexa", guess what will be activated.
This not only stops the program you are watching, but also starts recording what was said after the command. So if you are having a private conversation and Alexa starts, you are risking your privacy. Placing it on a side table makes more sense and is more likely to keep the voice assistant quiet until you make a command.
Where to put your echo
- In the corner of your living room (away from the windows, of course)
- An easily visible place for you so you can see when the ring of light comes on
- On your bedside table
- On the edge of the kitchen counter – far, far away from the sink
- In a cloak or shelf
- Mounted on a wall that does not face a window
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