The Echo Plus is a great device in that it comes with a ZigBee compatible hub built inside. However, the functionality of the internal hub is somewhat limited for now.
Many have complained that they can’t control colors for the Phillips Hue color bulb using only the Echo Plus and have suggested that you still need a Phillips Hub to do that. However, there’s a workaround that works to give color capability to Echo Plus.
- Deregister the Philips bulb in the Alexa app.
- Shut down any other hubs you have running.
- Use the serial number on the bulb when you have Alexa rediscover the device.
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