I bet this scene if familiar to many of you. You are just taking your first look at the menu and your spouse/partner asks Did we close the garage door? Your options are limited..worry all night, go back home and check or phone a neighbour. Well if you have an internet connection the Chamberlain MyQ Garage allows you to check the status of your garage door..even more..the Chamberlain MyQ Garage will allow you to open and close your garage door. For added security the MyQ can even let you know by email or text message every time your garage door is opened or closed.
Now your are probably thinking something this versatile is expensive, difficult to install and probably needs a pro to hook it up. Wrong on every count. The MyQ consists of two parts, a hub and a sensor for the door and it comes with the necessary hardware. So if you can operate a screwdriver you can manage the install yourself. In fact, the most difficult part of the job was finding a ladder high enough to safely reach the high ceiling of my garage. Fortunately I have a neighbour who owns just about every tool known to man.
Once I laid my hands on the ladder the actual install took less than 10 minutes. It consisted of screwing a bracket for the hub into the ceiling…it plugs into the same outlet as the garage door motor..there is no direct connection to the motor, MyQ uses the same radio signals as you existing remote. finally you have to attach the sensor puck to the door. Chamberlain supplies double sided foam tape to attach it to the top of the door…I went with the supplied screws as I have had bad luck with tape on surfaces that get cold in winter. Next fire up the app on your iPhone or Android smartphone and it walks you through pairing the sensor to the hub then connecting the hub to your home network. The entire job from opening the ladder to remotely opening the door took less than 15 minutes. It will work on pretty much any garage door built since 1993. Hint: If you can program the button in your late model car to open the door then the MyQ will work.
One extra feature I really like was the warning the unit provides before closing the door.
Chamberlain is carefully forging alliances with other home automation suppliers such as the Wink Hub (watch for a review next week) and the Nest thermostat..you can set it to turn up the heat when you open the door signalling that you are home and vice versa when you leave…pretty cool. Chamberlain offers lighting kits too.
The Chamberlain MyQ is only $139 at places such as Future Shop, Best Buy as well as Home Renovation stores such as Home Depot. I think it is a great investment as the first stage in a complete home automation setup.