Alexa can only switch OFF items


I am having a problem with the OpenHAB Skill and Alexa. I have several items that I simply want to control by telling Alexa to turn it ON/OFF.

Strange thing is that I see the items showing up in the Alexa App and I can also turn them ON/OFF using the Alexa app but when it comes to voice commands I can only turn items off. When I tell to turn the item ON she says that the device is not supporting this action.

Any ideas what I could do?

Example item definitions that I tried already:
Switch AlarmUnten “Alarmanlage” {alexa=“PowerController.powerState”}
Switch AlarmUnten “Alarmanlage” {alexa=“Switchable”}

Other items that have a more comply definition with a channel work fine:
Switch fboxGuestWifi "Gäste Wlan" {fritzboxtr064="wifiGuestSwitch", alexa="Switchable" }


What utterance are you using to turn on/off your item? It might also be related to your item label name. Try to change it to see if it makes a difference.

This worked :grimacing:

Thanks :slight_smile:

My guess is that “Alarm system” is very close to Alexa’s own Guard system.

Now that I think about it. You should probably use the SecurityPanelController.armState capability for your use-case.


Switch AlarmUnten “Alarmanlage” {alexa=“SecurityPanelController.armState”}

Alexa, arm alarm system
Alexa, disarm alarm system

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