Mount Kit for Echo Dot 1st Gen, 2nd Gen, or Echo Input (Alexa)

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This kit includes:

  • Custom Ceiling/Wall Mount Bracket perfect for securely holding an Amazon Echo Input or Echo Dot (1st Gen or 2nd Gen)
  • Two grille cover options: Use the smaller grille to achieve an appearance similar to canned lighting with a modest trim; Use the larger "trimless" grille when you want the installation to disappear into your ceiling; (also looks great without any grille installed)
  • POE (power over ethernet) power supply, injector, and custom power/audio splitter with micro usb connector allows you to power the Echo Input or Dot (1st Gen or 2nd Gen) with lengths of Cat cable (Cat5e, Cat6, etc) up to 240 feet


Best uses:

  • Connect to a Whole House Audio system. Run a single Cat cable from your centralized system to every location in which you'd like to install an Echo device.  Consider using the multi-channel amplifier DMA-1240ADS if you plan to install one or more Alexa devices, or a single stereo amplifier PLA-240ADS to amplify the speakers in those zones if you'd like the Echo device to automatically take priority over whatever source is currently playing within a zone.
  • Connect to a stereo amplifier as part of a Hybrid Wireless system for independent zones that can be linked together wirelessly. Run a single Cat cable from your PLA-240ADS stereo amplifier to the location in which you'd like to install the Echo device.
  • Connect to your home theater receiver or stereo receiver. The Echo device provides another source you can select on your receiver. Alexa and the streaming audio from the Echo device is then heard with the full power and acoustics of your existing speakers.

  • PLEASE NOTE: THIS SOLUTION REQUIRES THAT YOU PLUG INTO THE 3.5MM AUDIO OUTPUT ON THE ECHO DEVICE. THE SPEAKER ON THE DOT WILL BE DISABLED AND YOU WILL ONLY HEAR THE AUDIO SIGNAL ON WHATEVER SYSTEM YOU PLUG INTO. NOTE ALSO THAT YOU MAY HEAR DISTORTION WHENEVER THE ECHO DEVICE IS NOT POWERED ON AND FULLY BOOTED UP.

FAQ

Unlike the Dot, the Google Home Mini does not include an audio output. It is possible to pair the Home Mini with a Chromecast Audio and then connect the Chromecast Audio’s output into your home stereo, whole-house system, or amplifier. In this way, you can issue a “Hey Google” command to the Home Mini to stream music out of the Chromecast Audio. However, if you ask a simple question like “Hey Google, what’s the weather forecast?”, the answer will come out of the Home Mini, not the Chromecast Audio. Maybe at some point in the future Google will provide a software option to fix this, but until then we will continue to recommend the Dot.
 
Also- the original Google Home Mini uses a micro-USB power connector that requires 5V (1.8A). The power supply with our solution for the Echo Dot Gen 1&2 also uses 5V and will actually power the original Google Home Mini, but again without being able to transport the audio signal. And, in late 2019, Google discontinued the original Google Home Mini and released an updated version, now called the Google Nest Mini that requires a random 14V (1.1A) and thus can only be powered by its included power supply. FYI: The Echo Dot Gen 3 (released by Amazon in 2019) is powered by 12V which is why it requires its own solution.

No, this kit is only compatible with Dot 1st Gen, Dot 2nd Gen, and Echo Input, all of which require 5 volts. We offer a similar solution for Dot 3rd Gen which requires 12 volts, a larger power supply, and different adapters.

Yes! The "Echo Input" is essentially the Dot without the built-in speaker. That is, it is exactly what you need for this application and nothing you don't.

It's okay, but why would you? When you connect with Bluetooth, the music you stream from the Dot will come out of the speakers, but answers to questions you pose to Alexa ("Alexa, what is the score in the baseball game?"), will be heard on the Dot's speaker, not your main speakers. And because the Dot's speaker is now positioned inside your wall or ceiling, you won't hear it. With a wired solution, not only do you not have to worry about connection issues or Bluetooth drops, you get to hear everything Alexa has to offer through your main speakers.

The Amazon Echo Dot is extraordinarily stable compared to many devices that connect to your WiFi network. But should the Dot ever need to be power cycled, simply unplug the power supply from the wall, wait a few seconds, and plug it back in.

You can adjust the output volume of the Dot using your voice ("Alexa, volume up", "Alexa, volume 8", etc.) or from within the Alexa app. Of course, you also have control over volume from the device in which the Dot is connected, such as your stereo, amplifier, or whole-house audio system.