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Use Alexa with VSSL

Background

You can use Alexa with VSSL, by connecting an Echo Dot to an input on the VSSL. As an input, all of the control and volume can be controlled by Alexa. In the VSSL app, you can select the Echo Dot as a source on any room.

In this guide we will recommend how to connect an Echo Dot and configure your VSSL to work with it.

1. Connect the Echo Dot

Via Cable:

If you your Echo Dot can be installed in close proximity to your VSSL then it is best to connect the Echo Dot to the VSSL via an analog audio cable.

For example: you have an Echo Dot on a counter top and the VSSL stored in a cubord below.

You’ll need to purchase a 3.5mm to RCA cable. Like the one shown below:

Echo Dot, 3.5mm to RCA cable, VSSL A.6

Connect an Echo Dot with a 3.5mm to RCA cable to a VSSL A.6


Connect the 3.5mm end of the cable to the Echo Dot and the RCA end of the cable to an input on the VSSL:

  • A.3 Inputs: Bus In, Zone In 1-3
  • A.6 Inputs: Bus In 1-2, Zone In 1-6

Via Bluetooth Receiver:

If your VSSL isn’t in close you may be able to use a Bluetooth receiver. These receivers can work well up to 50-70ft indoors depending on the obstacles.

Here are some receivers on Amazon for reference:

Connect the Receiver to the VSSL

Depending on the receiver you may need a 3.5mm to RCA cable or an RCA to RCA cable.

Bluetooth Receiver, VSSL A.6

Use a bluetooth receiver to connect an Echo Dot to the VSSL A.6.


Pair Your Echo Dot to the receiver

To pair your Echo Dot say, “Alexa, pair”.
Reference: Amazon Article

2. Configure your VSSL

Now that the connection has been made, we will name the input in the VSSL app so this source can be played to any room in your house.

Open the VSSL app and go to settings. Select the device you connected the Echo Dot to via cable or Bluetooth receiver. Under Analog Names, select ‘INPUT NAMES’.

Device settings, input names

Select ‘Input Names’ from the Device settings screen in the VSSL app.


Set the name of the input.

Name an input in the VSSL app

Set the name of the input you connect the Echo Dot to.


Now you can select the Echo Dot on any room in the house. Press the cable icon icon. Note that the VSSL will default to play the Echo as long as the it is selected on the home screen.

Main screen of the VSSL app

From the main screen in the VSSL app, select the Echo Dot on any zone.

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