Traveling With An Amazon Echo Using Your Go Connect
We are doing a series of blog posts illustrating how to use your Go Connect to take over 15 different WiFi enabled devices with you when traveling. Our goal is to help you get the most of your Go Travel Router and Go Travel Pro Cellular Hotspot Router product.
In this article we describe how the few steps needed to use your Amazon Echo when traveling. This includes all models, including the Echo Dot, Echo Mini, Echo Studio, Echo Shows. Using your Amazon Echo will provide full access to their feature set, including app control and Alexa assistant features.
Amazon Alexa With Your Go Connect
To get the most out of your Amazon Echo when traveling with your Go Connect we recommend following these steps
Prior to walkthrough these steps be sure you have not yet powered up your Amazon Echo smart display or smart speaker.
Recommended: Use The Same WiFi Network Name You Use At Home
Step 1: Name Your Go Connect The Same As Your Home Network
We recommend naming your Go Gocnnect the same as your home WIFi network, including the same network name and password. Be sure the case (upper cases and lower cases) of the name and password are identical.
You can see our tips and trick page on how to change your Go Connect private network name.
If you’ve already named your Go Connect network the same as your network at home, continue.
Note: Naming your network the same as your home network while at home can cause confusion. We recommend you do this the first time you travel.
Step 2: Connect Your Go Connect To The Internet (for non-cellular versions)
If you have a Go Travel (non-cellular version) of a Go Connect, you will need to connect your Go Connect device to the internet. Simlpy launch the Go Travel App and join the WiFi network at your hotel, Airbnb, RV park or other location.
Step 3: Turn On Your Amazon Echo
Once your Go Connect is fully configured (including restarting if needed) and connected to the internet, go ahead and power on your Amazon Echo device.
Step 4: Enjoy Your Amazon Echo
Your Amazon Echo will startup and find your Go Connect network.
Using A Different Network Name Or Configuring A New Amazon Echo Device
If you are a full time RVer or other user who may not have a “home network” or have a new Amazon Echo device, you will need to go through the setup process to connect to your Go Connect. Then repeat steps 2-4 above as you change locations. Because your Go Connect network name does not change even when your location does, you will only need to setup your Amazon Echo device the first time.
1. Connect your phone to your Go Connect network and ensure it is connected to the internet (either with a cellular Go Travel Pro or by connecting to an internet connection with a Go Travel).
2. Launch the Amazon Alexa App with Bluetooth in range (usually 30 feet or so)
3. Select Echo & Alexa
4. Select The Device
5. Select Status
6. Click change next to WiFi network
7. Press and hold the action button
8. Select the Echo device from the “setup” list
9. Select your private WiFI network from the list and enter the password. You can find this information easily within the GoTravel app.
Troubleshooting and Other Amazon Echo Connection Scenarios
Amazon Echo Light Is Spinning Blue or Orange
If your Amazon Echo is display a light in blue or orange and is spinning your device may not be setup correctly or cannot find the Private WiFI network. We recommend using the Amazon Alexa app to check the device configuration.
If you did start a WiFi change process you will need to complete this before attempting to use your Amazon Echo with your Go Connect.
Phone Not On Your Private WiFi Network
If your Amazon Echo can connect to the internet, but your phone can’t find your Amazon Echo, the most common issue is that your phone has gotten disconnected from your private Go Connect network.