Most homeowners often overlook the garage door when considering possible enhancements with smart home devices. But a smart garage may be ideal for those that constantly utilize the garage space – and it's easier to install than most may think.
Turn that traditional garage door into a smart garage door through the aid of technology. Many smart garage door openers are compatible with most brands of garage doors manufactured after 1993. If the garage door has safety sensors, it's probably compatible.
The hardest part of installing a smart garage opener is making sure the Wi-Fi signal can reach the garage. Test the Wi-Fi signal strength before the purchase; this may save a few headaches.
In general, the installation may include downloading the device app to any mobile device and setting up an account. Next, attach a sensor to the garage door – with adhesive strips. The following step is syncing the existing garage door with the sensor to communicate, which may require a ladder to reach the motor. The final step is mounting the smart garage opener hub near a power outlet. Now check the app on the phone, and voila, a smart garage in a matter of minutes.
The garage can now be controlled and monitored from a mobile device. The user can now open and close the door from anywhere. There are real-time smartphone notifications when the door is opened, closed, or is left open. Set a daily schedule or preset times when the garage door will open. Control other integrated smart devices from the phone, like garage lights.
Smart device compatibility is an essential factor in the product decision; for example, some garage door openers are compatible with voice assistants that allow voice-operated control. The same can be said for garage lights; some manufacturers have compatible smart lights.
The myQ Smart Garage Hub by Chamberlain is one garage opener that provides these smart features. It provides smartphone garage door control. It includes phone alerts whenever the door opens or closes or even if it's left open. The user can create schedules or preset specific times. It's pretty simple to install as well. myQ also offers mobile-controlled smart lights for the garage.*
The myQ Smart Garage is a Key by Amazon partner. This feature provides secure in-garage Amazon package deliveries. However, the user must download the Key by Amazon App and be an Amazon Prime Member for this service.