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The easiest way to get a smart garage





Should you park in your home’s garage, you already know the sensation. Get out the door (return in since you left your espresso on the counter) lastly make it midway down the road solely to surprise should you closed the storage door. What should you may simply open an app and see your door and even use that app to shut it?

Smart camerassmart locks and, for individuals who wish to see who’s coming and going, the smart doorbell. However what about good units for the door many people use essentially the most? Seems, there are quite a lot of good, simple choices on your storage. Let’s check out the very best good storage door opener to suit your wants. 

Storage smarts 101

Should you already personal a motorized storage door opener, even one with a belt drive opener or a sequence drive, you need to use one of many simple add-on equipment beneath to open and shut the storage door. Should you’re out there for a complete new opener mechanism, you’ll find good opener choices from makers equivalent to Chamberlain, LiftMaster and Ryobi. 

Sensible storage door controllers are available in a couple of variations. Normally, a management attaches to your present opener with a double-sided adhesive strip. Generally, you may want to connect two small wires to the open and shut command nodes in your present storage door opener.

Sensible storage kits additionally normally embrace some kind of sensor to connect to your storage door. This sensor detects and transmits your storage door standing, so the management precisely is aware of whether or not the door is open, closed or someplace in between, and with the storage door opener app, can ship you a push notification in case your storage is open when it should not be. It additionally sometimes serves as a security sensor. 

After all, the power to connect with a Wi-Fi sign is vital to making sure your new good storage door and distant management work the best way you need them to. On the good facet, an add-on controller connects to your Wi-Fi community, which is straightforward sufficient. You may want a strong 2.4GHz internet connection that reaches your storage. Sometimes, a corresponding app will stroll you thru including your gadget to the community, in addition to the overall set up.


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Garage door opener app features and smarts differ from brand to brand. One app may offer geofencing, scheduling, remote access and voice control, while another app may just make your smartphone a duplicate of your garage door controller. Deciding which control is the best smart garage door opener for you comes down to what control features you want most and what smart home platforms you use in your home (such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Apple HomeKit). No matter your requirements, there’s likely a smart garage door opener and app out there to meet your needs. 

Chamberlain

Chamberlain’s MyQ Smart Garage Hub is a $20 system to add smarts to a wide variety of garage door openers. With MyQ installed, you can check your garage door’s status and open or close the door remotely from the MyQ app on your iOS or Android smartphone. Chamberlain’s MyQ system is easy to install, with no wires to attach to your existing door opener. It does require bolting a bracket onto your ceiling rather than the more common adhesive tape approach used by other manufacturers. 

MyQ works with a variety of smart home products such as Nest, Wink, Vivint and Xfinity Home to control and automate multiple smart home devices from one platform. Chamberlain isn’t compatible with SmartThings or Amazon Alexa, but there is Google Assistant and IFTTT compatibility. Chamberlain offers HomeKit users compatibility no other manufacturer in our testing did, though it does require the MyQ Home Bridge adapter. Chamberlain’s MyQ system comes with the quality of a trusted garage brand and should be on the top of your list for well-made garage smarts. 

Read our full review of the Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub.

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The $89 Garadget adds voice control and remote access to your existing garage door. The Garadget’s sensor system is made up of a reflective tag placed on the top panel of a garage door and a laser built into the Garadget device itself. When the laser hits the reflective tag, Garadget knows your garage door is closed. Easy, right? Like many a garage controller we tested, the Garadget does require some wiring to make the door controller work.

The Garadget has its own Amazon Alexa skill, and IFTTT integration means you can create custom commands for Google Assistant. The Garadget app for smartphone (iOS and Android) doesn’t include scheduling, but if you’re just looking for simple commands and mobile app garage remote access, the Garadget will get the job done for a reasonable price.

Read our full review of the Garadget.

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By far one of the more eye-catching and interesting garage devices we’ve tested, the Garager 2 is a two-in-one camera and easy door control. This $150 surveillance camera attaches to the bottom of your garage door opener via a magnet and controls your garage door from the Alcidae app for smartphone (Android and iOS). The camera includes 1080p color and night vision video and two-way audio, though clip storage does require a $5-per-month subscription. 

The control works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, via your wi-fi connection, for commands to open and close your garage. An upgrade over the previous model adds a magnetic base to stabilize the camera feed when you open or close the garage. If you’d really like to be able to add video monitoring and be able to watch and talk to your garage space, this device is for you. You can also get notifications and control it remotely or via voice assistants, Garager works well.

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The Nexx Garage is a $60 smart garage controller that adds skills to your normal garage door open and close with ease. You’ll get voice commands, remote access and auto opening through the Nexx Garage app for smartphone (iOS and Android) without involving IFTTT applets. Though Nexx Garage isn’t as widely integratable as Chamberlain’s MyQ system, there aren’t any fees for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice compatibility. 

The Nexx Garage’s biggest negative is the sensors you’ll need to detect the door’s status. Two sensors attach to your garage door and the wall above it and must be placed within 1/4-inch of each other for best results. The top sensor in this pair is wired, and adding more wires to any room is something I don’t prefer. The Nexx Garage is great for anyone wanting simple, fuss-free smarts and compatibility with the voice-activated assistants Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Read our full review of the Nexx Garage.

Originally published 2018 and updated regularly.

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Molly Price