Earlier this evening I was changing how my “Alexa, Turn Off Alexas” routine works on the creepy eavesdropping robots we have scattered throughout the house. This entailed switching from a non-reliable Echo smart home group to a (generally) more reliable Vera Virtual Switch. This VirtualSwitch maps to some scenes (turn on/off Alexas) which in turn map to the various Z-Wave remote outlets I have our creepy eavesdropping robots plugged into. The hope was that I could use the VirtualSwitch on various apps and incantations and the “Alexa Off” scene via the echos.
Except the Vera/Alexa portal insists that one (but only one) of the “Zooz Smart Plugs” which I have an Echo plugged into is a Garage Door or Refrigerator. So it won’t let me associate the scene with the Echos. Oddly enough, it does’t seem to consider the Aeotech switch itself as a prohibited device. For what it’s worth, the miscategorized device is showing up as a “HKZW-SO0X” which, while not an Zooz plug, is also not a Refrigerator or Garage Door.
I’ve tried removing/re-adding and no joy. What’s the next step? Support ticket and wait for a fix? A stiff drink and tears?