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Chamberlain brings the smart home to your garage (pictures)

If you're willing and able to put in the work, the Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener launches your garage into the smart, connected home future.

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Brian Bennett
Brian Bennett is a former senior writer for the home and outdoor section at CNET.
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Looks ordinary but Wi-Fi is inside

From the outside, the Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener looks pretty standard.

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It supports MyQ

Like many of Chamberlain's other garage door products, the Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener supports the company's MyQ connected-home platform.

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Logo on the front means radio built in

A tiny Wi-Fi logo promises that there's a genuine wireless networking radio built right in.

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Small boxes with lots of potential

Though the Wi-Fi Garage Door Openers come in compact boxes, inside is a product with lots of power and potential.

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Some assembly required

Opening the box is when it hit me that I was in for a bit of work.

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Connect the track

You'll need to snap together the metal track that holds the plastic belt drive.

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Out with the old

Once you've built the new opener, it's time to take down the old.

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A bracket adjustment is in order

If your old opener is bigger, smaller, longer or shorter than the new one, you'll have to adjust the position of your ceiling mounting brackets.

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Use the old ceiling hardware

Since the Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener doesn't come with its own mounting brackets, you'll have to use the one already installed.

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Don't forget to add lighting

Don't forget to add some light bulbs to the new opener. There are sockets for two (one on each side).

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A battery for backup

The model I installed came with a handy backup battery for emergency power.

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Two remotes included

There are two remotes included with the Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener for mounting on car sun visors.

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Fancy wall panels

Each opener comes with one wall-mounted control panel that has an LCD and buttons for lights and door motor. The ambient temperature is displayed as well.

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Garage doors commanded by app

Use the MyQ mobile app to see the real-time status of your garage doors as well as command them to open and close.

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Application notification

Get alerts pushed to you either through email or application notification visible on smartphones, tablets and smartwatches.

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Schedule garage alerts

The MyQ app lets you schedule windows for alerts or shut them off entirely.

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Support for other smart home products

MyQ allows you to add products from other third-party smart-home platforms such as Nest, Wink and someday Apple HomeKit.

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