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 in 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
If 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 countertop and the VSSL stored in a cupboard below.
You’ll need to purchase a 3.5mm to RCA cable. Like the one shown below:
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:
- Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter for Bluetooth Streaming
- Mii 230ft LONG RANGE Bluetooth Transmitter Receiver Bluetooth Audio Adapter
- Design Long Range Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver
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.
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’.
Set the name of the input.
Now you can select the Echo Dot in any room in the house. Press the icon. Note that the VSSL will default to play the Echo as long as it is selected on the home screen.