Things used in this project

Hardware components:
Amazon echo dot
Amazon Alexa Echo Dot
Or any other device running Alexa
Espressif ESP8266 ESP-01
Power Tail II
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SparkFun SparkFun Breadboard Power Supply 5V/3.3V
Any 3.3v power source will work.
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SparkFun SparkFun FTDI Basic Breakout - 3.3V
Required to Program ESP8266
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Breadboard (generic)
Omron b3f 1000 image 75px
SparkFun Pushbutton switch 12mm
E switch eg1218 image 75px
Slide Switch
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Jumper wires (generic)
Mfr 25frf52 1k sml
Resistor 1k ohm
ESP8266 Breadboard Adapter
Optional* Makes working with ESP8266 and breadboard much easier.
Software apps and online services:
Ide web
Arduino Arduino IDE
IFTTT Amazon Alexa service
IFTTT IFTTT - Adafruit
Adafruit Adafruit IO


Breadboard Setup
Picture of rough layout using breadboard
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Schematic Image
PNG File of Fritzing Schematic
Schematic 0cspvk8bfx
Fritzing Schematic
This diagram shows how to connect the ESP8266 to a regulated 3.3v power source and to an FTDI programmer. The Red LED represents whatever you want to drive with a 3.3v digital pin.


ESP8266/Arduino CodeArduino
This .ino file must be uploaded to ESP8266 using Arduino IDE. Detailed instructions can be found @
  Adafruit MQTT Library ESP8266 Example
  Must use ESP8266 Arduino from:
  Works great with Adafruit's Huzzah ESP board & Feather
  Adafruit invests time and resources providing this open source code,
  please support Adafruit and open-source hardware by purchasing
  products from Adafruit!
  Written by Tony DiCola for Adafruit Industries.
  MIT license, all text above must be included in any redistribution
#include <ESP8266WiFi.h>
#include "Adafruit_MQTT.h"
#include "Adafruit_MQTT_Client.h"

// the OnOff button feed turns this RELAY on/off
#define RELAY 2  // EPS8266 GPIO2

/************************* WiFi Access Point *********************************/

#define WLAN_SSID       "<your ssid>"
#define WLAN_PASS       "<your passwd>"

/************************* Setup *********************************/

#define AIO_SERVER      ""
#define AIO_SERVERPORT  8883                   // 1883 for http 8883 for https
#define AIO_USERNAME    "<user name>"
#define AIO_KEY         "<your aio key>"

/************ Global State (you don't need to change this!) ******************/

// Create an ESP8266 WiFiClient class to connect to the MQTT server.
//WiFiClient client;  // Must set AIO_SERVERPORT to 1883
// or... use WiFiFlientSecure for SSL
WiFiClientSecure client;  // Must set AIO_SERVERPORT to 8883

// Setup the MQTT client class by passing in the WiFi client and MQTT server and login details.

/****************************** Feeds ***************************************/

// Notice MQTT paths for AIO follow the form: <username>/feeds/<feedname>
Adafruit_MQTT_Subscribe OnOffbutton = Adafruit_MQTT_Subscribe(&mqtt, AIO_USERNAME "/feeds/onoff");

/*************************** Sketch Code ************************************/

// Bug workaround for Arduino 1.6.6, it seems to need a function declaration
// for some reason (only affects ESP8266, likely an arduino-builder bug).
void MQTT_connect();

void setup() {
  pinMode(RELAY, OUTPUT);


  Serial.println(F("Adafruit MQTT demo"));

  // Connect to WiFi access point.
  Serial.println(); Serial.println();
  Serial.print("Connecting to ");

  while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {

  Serial.println("WiFi connected");
  Serial.println("IP address: "); Serial.println(WiFi.localIP());

  // Setup MQTT subscription for OnOff feed.

uint32_t x=0;

void loop() {
  // Ensure the connection to the MQTT server is alive (this will make the first
  // connection and automatically reconnect when disconnected).  See the MQTT_connect
  // function definition further below.

  // this is our 'wait for incoming subscription packets' busy subloop
  // try to spend your time here

  Adafruit_MQTT_Subscribe *subscription;
  while ((subscription = mqtt.readSubscription(5000))) {
    // Check if its the OnOff button feed
    if (subscription == &OnOffbutton) {
      Serial.print(F("On-Off button: "));
      Serial.println((char *)OnOffbutton.lastread);
      if (strcmp((char *)OnOffbutton.lastread, "0") == 0) {
        digitalWrite(RELAY, LOW); 
      if (strcmp((char *)OnOffbutton.lastread, "1") == 0) {
        digitalWrite(RELAY, HIGH); 

  // ping the server to keep the mqtt connection alive
  if(! {


// Function to connect and reconnect as necessary to the MQTT server.
// Should be called in the loop function and it will take care if connecting.
void MQTT_connect() {
  int8_t ret;

  // Stop if already connected.
  if (mqtt.connected()) {

  Serial.print("Connecting to MQTT... ");

  uint8_t retries = 3;
  while ((ret = mqtt.connect()) != 0) { // connect will return 0 for connected
       Serial.println("Retrying MQTT connection in 5 seconds...");
       delay(5000);  // wait 5 seconds
       if (retries == 0) {
         // basically die and wait for WDT to reset me
         while (1);
  Serial.println("MQTT Connected!");
Used to connect ESP8266 to Adafruit IO



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