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Presenting Echo Hub | 8” smart home control panel featuring Alexa | Supports compatibility with numerous devices

  • Introducing Echo Hub, 8” smart home control panel with Alexa
  • Customize controls and widgets on dashboard for easy device adjustment
  • Works with thousands of Alexa-compatible devices including locks, thermostats, and speakers
  • Use Echo Hub for home security with Ring system and other compatible devices
  • Easy installation with wall mounting or table-top stand options
  • Play music through preferred speaker with Echo Hub
  • Designed for privacy with mic off button and multiple privacy controls
  • Made from 27% recycled materials, sustainable packaging

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Presenting Echo Hub | 8” smart home control panel featuring Alexa | Supports compatibility with numerous devices
Presenting Echo Hub | 8” smart home control panel featuring Alexa | Supports compatibility with numerous devices

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Presenting Echo Hub | 8” Smart Home Control Panel Featuring Alexa | Supports Compatibility with Numerous Devices

Introducing the Echo Hub, a revolutionary smart home control panel designed to simplify your home automation experience. With its 8” touch screen display and built-in Alexa capabilities, the Echo Hub offers seamless control over a wide range of smart home devices.

Streamline Your Smart Home

Customize your dashboard with controls and widgets tailored to your preferences. Easily adjust devices, view camera feeds, start routines, and more, all from one central hub.

Works with Thousands of Devices

The Echo Hub is compatible with a vast array of smart devices, including locks, thermostats, speakers, and more. Its connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Matter, Sidewalk, and Thread devices, ensuring seamless integration with your existing smart home ecosystem.

Home Security at Your Fingertips

Enhance your home security by using the Echo Hub to monitor and control your Ring security system. With the Alexa app and compatible cameras, locks, alarms, and sensors, you can stay connected and secure even when you're away.

Easy to Install and Use

The Echo Hub can be wall-mounted or placed on a stand for convenient access. Its intuitive interface and simple installation process make it easy to set up and start using right away.

Designed for Sustainability and Privacy

With a focus on sustainability, the Echo Hub is made from 27% recycled materials and features eco-friendly packaging. Additionally, built-in privacy controls, including a microphone off button, ensure your personal information remains secure.

Enhanced Audio Experience and Connectivity

Connect your preferred speaker to the Echo Hub for high-quality audio playback of music, audiobooks, and podcasts. With advanced Bluetooth connectivity options, you can stream audio from your mobile device or control Bluetooth speakers with ease.

Accessibility and Language Support

The Echo Hub offers a range of accessibility features to personalize the Alexa experience based on individual needs. Alexa can communicate in both English and Spanish, making it accessible to a wider audience.

Discover the endless possibilities of the Echo Hub and revolutionize your smart home experience today!

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Specification: Presenting Echo Hub | 8” smart home control panel featuring Alexa | Supports compatibility with numerous devices

Power requirements

Compatible with alternative USB-C PD power accessories. Power supply must comply with USB PD protocol and support both 5V/2.4A and 9V/3A ratings.

Power over Ethernet

Supports PoE with compatible USB-C converter. Requires IEEE 802.3at/PoE+/Type2 or IEEE 802.3bt /PoE++/Type 3 support.

Included in the box

Echo Hub, power adapter (12.5W) and 6 ft. (1.8m) cord (white), wall mount, anchors, screws, mounting template, and quick start guide. Setup requires internet via wifi or ethernet. Device can be wall mounted (electric drill required) or placed on a stand (sold separately). Device not intended for handheld or portable use.

Display

8” touch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution

Audio

Pair of top ported full range speakers, with stereo playback

Sensors

Passive infrared (PIR) sensor for proximity detection, ambient light sensor (ALS)

Wifi connectivity

Dual-band wifi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wifi networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc or peer-to-peer wifi networks.

Bluetooth connectivity

Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Hub or from Echo Hub to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected Bluetooth speakers. Hands-Free Profile (HFP) not supported. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes not supported.

Smart Home Device Compatibility

Compatible with WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy Mesh devices, as well as Zigbee, Thread, and Matter devices as a controller only. Visit the help page to troubleshoot compatible devices.

Amazon Sidewalk

A shared network that helps compatible devices work better at home and beyond the front door. If wifi is lost, Sidewalk enables certain devices to stay connected. Also, Sidewalk helps devices like water sprinklers and pet locators work over longer distances. Sidewalk uses a small portion of your internet bandwidth to provide these benefits to you and your neighbors via Sidewalk Bridges (participating Echo and Ring devices), and is turned on for your device unless you have previously turned off the setting. You can turn off Sidewalk at any time. Learn more about Sidewalk.

System requirements

Echo Hub comes ready to connect to your internet via wifi or ethernet. The Alexa app is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices and also accessible via your web browser. Supported operating systems.

Set up technology

Amazon WiFi simple setup enables customers to connect smart devices to their wifi network in a few easy steps. WiFi simple setup is another way Alexa is always getting smarter. Learn more about Frustration-Free Setup.

Processor

MediaTek MT 8169 A

Size

7.9"W x 5.4"H x 0.6"D (202 mm x 137mm x 15mm)

Weight

12.9 ounces (365 grams). Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process.

Warranty and service

1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Echo Hub is subject to these terms found here.

Privacy features

Wake word technology, streaming indicators, microphone off button, the ability to view and delete your voice recordings, support for Ring’s End-to-End Encryption feature that provides End-to-End Encrypted Ring video (coming soon) on your Echo Hub, and more. Visit the Alexa Privacy Hub to explore how Alexa and Echo devices are designed to protect your privacy.

Accessibility features

To enable features that personalize Alexa to your abilities, go to Settings → Accessibility. • Tap to Alexa enables access to Alexa via touch, instead of speech, through on-screen tiles or a keyboard, including the ability to save your favorite actions. • Adaptive Listening provides customers more time to finish speaking before Alexa responds. • Preferred Speaking Rate enables customers to control how fast or slow Alexa speaks. • Alexa Captioning, Call Captioning, and Closed Captioning provide text captions in any mode for supported content. • VoiceView screen reader enables access for customers who are blind or visually impaired. • Screen Magnifier enables customers to zoom in/out, and pan around the screen. • Notify When Nearby will play notification sounds when you’re detected near your Echo device. • Kindle Read Aloud will have Alexa read your Kindle books aloud. • Real Time Text enables customers to type live text in a video call. • Alexa Accessibility features also include settings for Color Inversion, Color Correction, Request Sound and more.

Language

Alexa speaks English and Spanish.

Alexa Skills and features

Alexa makes your life easier, more meaningful, and more fun by letting you voice control your world. Alexa can help you get more out of the things you already love and discover new possibilities you've never imagined. Discover and learn what Alexa can do.

Software Security Updates

This device receives guaranteed software security updates until at least four years after the device is last available for purchase as a new unit on our websites. Learn more about these software security updates. If you already own an Amazon Echo, visit Manage Your Content and Devices for information specific to your device.

Service Availability

Certain services and skills are subject to change or withdrawal at any time, may not be available in all areas and languages, and may require compatible devices. Certain skills and services may require subscription or other fees.

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  1. Michael Lawson

    Okay, lets get the obvious out of the way. Is the Echo Hub what it could be, should be, or will be? That’s a big NO!

    Is it what it is?, Yes, and that seems to be what people are missing. Almost without exception the early purchasers of the Hub are the techies that have already automated part or all of their home using some combination of devices that include the Amazon ecosystem. They are intimate with every function, switch, routine, and process. They can almost Grunt and their home responds.

    Each of the early adopters were looking for a Next-Level panel control. It’s true, the current options, including converting various tablets for wall mount and cobbling together various shortcuts and apps to “act” as a central hub are lacking. Woefully so. Worse, is using the wide variety of apps on a phone or tablet to run their operation. My own system has devices from 8 manufacturers, each happily pushing their own app at me. It’s a pain for me, and impossible for my spouse.

    The Echo Hub had – and has – the potential to be this device, but it is completely lacking in capability, customization, and next level function. So to almost every reviewer, it falls woefully short of their expectations.

    I get it…kind of. See, I’m that guy too, and had high expectations that this was next-level tech that would boost my Smarthome to the next level. I hit the product page at least weekly for the last four months, eagerly anticipating it going live. When it finally dropped, it fell short of my lofty expectations, so…complain, complain and slam it in the reviews.

    Okay, we know what it isn’t.

    HOWEVER, let’s look at what it is. I am the master of my Smarthome domain, and can grunt and have my home respond. It’s Awesome…. for me. But my spouse has to yell from the back porch to have me turn on the yard lights. House guests use the bathroom nearly dark, because they don’t understand my next level lighting routines. House-sitters won’t come back because they couldn’t turn off the music, and on the TV.

    My home has inadvertently become the coffee table full of remotes from yesteryear where only a precise combinations of buttons would result in the TV playing the source, and audio that was desired. The wrong combination might take hours (and lots of swearing) to reset back to “normal” operation. I get it, but it’s a mystery to everyone else.

    So the Echo Hub is band-aid that really isn’t for me, or most of its initial purchasers & reviewers. It’s actually for my spouse, house guests, and visitors. It lets them interact with my Smarthome creation and be empowered to control their environment. Not only do they not notice the inherent limitations of the Echo Hub, they marvel at it’s capabilities, power, and ease of use. Go figure.

    It will force me to get better at groups, routines, and favorites in the Alexa ecosystem, and I’d say in about a week I’ll have it fully tuned, FOR THEM!, Not me.

    So, once I got over my own disappointment, I realized that while what I wanted at this juncture, it’s what I needed. Not next level, but empowering additional users to interact with this level and the current capabilities of my home.

    I’m disappointed, I expected more, and I’ll take two more please.

    Lastly, I want to address a couple of other common complaints.
    “8 inches is too small.” Well, you ordered an 8” device, you colossal idiot. That’s like buying a 6-pack and complaining that there aren’t 7 bottles. It is what it is – precisely what it was advertised to be.

    “Its too expensive.” Amazon has spoiled us by having advertising support the actual hardware costs of development and manufacturing of all their devices to date. Most reports indicate that the Alexa division inside Amazon is under-performing and not overly profitable. Thats kind of what you get when you sell a $24 Echo Dot, which is a marvel at voice recognition and cloud powered user response, and then wager I’ll order tons of stuff from Amazon via that portal. I won’t. (Ever? Nope. I would never order a single thing by voice. We’ve all seen the Amazon product listings that show 1 item for $14 and 2 for only $43. If listings ever become less deceptive…maybe. But it’s a hard NO for now.)

    The Echo Hub has no advertising, so far. This means the device has to sell for development costs, plus manufacturing costs plus margin. You know, the traditional business model of a product. While it is costly for an Amazon device, a similar product from Apple would run $750 – $1,000. Get over it. Boggles my mind that people pay an amount, and then complain about the amount when the purchasing is entirely within their control. Just return it.

    “The speakers suck.” This is interesting. When playing around with the device, I accidentally figured out how to watch a video, and I have to admit that I thought the sound sounded decent. Not noticeably better or worse than the Ipad Mini, of approximately the same screen size. However, the Echo Hub is essentially a remote control for other people to interact with your smart home. Best speakers on a remote control that I’ve ever heard. The people complaining about the speakers no doubt have awesome speakers, surround systems, and audio throughout their home, they and others can now initiate music on those devices via the Hub. Frankly I couldn’t care less about the speaker quality on a wall mounted 8” screen. If I’m ever standing in a hallway, facing an 8” screen and watching a movie, SHOOT ME!

    Again, I understand why people are underwhelmed. The Echo Hub isn’t what it could be, should be, or likely will be. Just admit it right now, it’s not for you. But it’s a wonderful gift to your spouse, roommates, house guests, etc. who are frustrated by YOUR Smarthome. Maybe they’ll like it enough to actually encourage you to purchase the next level device when it drops.

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  2. Michael Lawson

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     It’s well made and the mounting is easy. We had a wall mounted phone in the kitchen that we weren’t using the bracket included with the hub fits perfectly.

    The major downside is the issue with the power as others have mentioned it should have an network interface for POE instead of having to buy an $80 splitter plus an injector if you don’t have POE switch.

    Tried cheating by adding a 30ft usb cable extender that didn’t work.

    Setup and software is glitchy too, missed all my groups when first installed had to do a factory reset.

    I found a cheaper POE splitter that someone recommended on Reddit so we’ll see how that goes. I like the unit as far as a 1st gen, but really they should have thought the power issue through.

    Edit: 03/03/2024 The support for POE is very poor as stated the one I tried had the same specs as the one listed by Amazon and didn’t work connected to a POE+ switch.

    Looking at just getting a 12 ft usb-a to usb-c cord and running to a nearby outlet. Unless you buy the recommended splitter I wouldn’t bother trying POE. After using a few days the hub is actually fine.

    Edit 03/17/24 I really wish they thought the power issue through on this. I gave up trying even using longer USB cords. Just ended up fishing the original cord down the wall to an extension cord. Pairing speakers also doesn’t work well they’ll play for awhile then stop.

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  3. Aviv M

    Originally I was going to maybe rate this 4 stars, but honestly, this is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for and nothing even comes remotely close to it, so I’ll go ahead and list everything it does great, followed by what needs improvements, and finally what you should NOT purchase this for… and at the end I’ll go over the “general” stuff like screen and sound.

    IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PULL OUT YOUR PHONE & GO TO ALEXA APP

    This is honestly the only reason you should be buying this. Because you can already do everything and more directly on the Alexa app on your phone. So you need to (a) see yourself using the Alexa app a lot, and (b) wish you had it on your wall.

    IF YOU HAVE SMART DEVICES

    Without these, this is just an overpriced and very bad tablet. Maybe you want to control a few devices around your house like your lights, look at the front door camera. If your requirements aren’t too specific with these and you just are willing to take what you can get, then this is it.

    IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE OTHER ALEXA SPEAKERS

    This really does help bring them together, because you now have a screen, although you might save some money if you get one of the other Echo Show devices. It’s cool to have it up on the wall, be able to again, not use your phone, not pull out some tablet, to change songs.

    IF YOU WANT A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF SECURITY & THERMOSTAT

    This will display your Ring alarm status, let you arm and disarm it, and see what your thermostat is set to from another location across the house (I wouldn’t recommend putting them side by side, that’s a waste.)

    IF YOU WANT YOUR HOME TO FEEL “MODERN” SMART

    This reminds me of things I’ve seen at high-end hotels. It’s just cool to have a touchscreen tablet on the wall, and be able to adjust some lights, play music, adjust the temperature.

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    DO >>NOT<< BUY FOR:

    1) Managing your device settings. This does a poor job. Your phone can do better. This should only be there to access frequently used devices you’ve already set up but don’t want to navigate through your phone to access.

    2) Speakers. This isn’t it. The sound isn’t awful but it’s not great, and you should only use this as a supplement to other speakers you already have in your home.

    3) Watching videos. Don’t do it. I know you might think it’ll be nice to put this in the kitchen and watch something while you cook, just get some other display or tablet.

    4) Controlling everything. This kind of ties into #1 above but this should only be set it and forget it, quickly click what you can fit on the screen, and overview of your devices per room. Don’t spend a lot of time navigating around. Just get any other tablet at that point.

    5) Highly specific apps. The apps on it are lackluster. Have some really cool specific idea? You won’t be able to do it or it’ll end up being bad. You likely won’t be able to do exactly what you want, only as I mentioned very very very basic things.

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    THE REALLY BAD, DEFINITELY DON’T BUY:

    1) Device groups. Currently not supported. If you “favorite” a group of smart devices, it doesn’t display it and you can pretty much only do one device at a time, with the “group” being the entire group like “Living Room.” This was almost a deal-breaker for me, hopefully they add it later, but I’ve since found some workarounds for me specific use case. But I wanted to group four mart lights in a room, per room, and have it all display under favorites and could not do that.

    2) Smooth tablet experience. Nope, this is going to feel like a really cheap tablet because it is a really cheap tablet. You’re going to have to be patient and wait one second or maybe even two for some things, and you’ll see it stutter once in a while. This is still miles better than anything else like it that’s meant to go on your wall. But probably one of the worst if you’re comparing it to an iPad or high-end Samsung tablet.

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    The Screen:

    Feels like a really cheap tablet, but they make it work for what it is. The size could have been bigger but honestly then it’d look weird and not like a wall panel. I like it, I just wish there was some more customizability (there isn’t really.)

    The Audio:

    Again, feels like a really cheap tablet or laptop.

    The Design:

    Works out for being wall-mounted. I like the big bezel.

    Portability:

    No. Almost none. Do not expect to unplug this and move it around.

    The Software:

    Needs some work but it’s not as terrible as people make it out to be. I’ve noticed a few minor bugs like arming my Ring if a device needs a bypass gets it stuck with no error, just loading. Smart thermostat (Nest) if you try to set it to let’s say 72 to 73, it will error out vaguely when you should remember that you need a bigger gap between the low and high number. Cameras take a bit to load but they also do that on the apps in any case. It’ll only get better from here.

    The Cost:

    I wish it would have been closer to $100, but hey, I bought it at full price because I saw the value. If you do not see the value, do not buy it, you’ll be disappointed. This is the type of product that’s simultaneously worth $50 and $500.

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