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Nexx Garage review: A one-stop shop for garage smarts

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The Good The Nexx Garage works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant without needing IFTTT and has good auto-opening performance.

The Bad The sensors for the door require a long wire strung across your garage space and can be tricky to align just right.

The Bottom Line It performs well, costs less than $100, and offers a simple setup with native voice-assistant integration.

7.5 Overall
  • Features 8
  • Usability 7
  • Design 7
  • Performance 8

The Nexx Garage is a $100 smart-garage controller that adds skills to your normal garage door, such as voice commands, remote access and auto opening. A close second to the widely integratabtle Chamberlain MyQ system, I'd recommend the Nexx Garage for anyone wanting simple, fuss-free smarts and compatibility with the voice-activated assistants Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. 

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Nexx Garage mounts to your existing garage door.

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Installation

The Nexx Garage system is compatible with most garage doors that have an opener motor. (Check this compatibility list to see if it will work with your garage door. I tested the Nexx Garage with the Chamberlain AccessMaster garage door opener.) The Nexx Garage system includes two sensors for your garage door and one Wi-Fi device for your existing garage door opener. You attach the device to your opener with the provided double-sided adhesive tape.

Securing the sensors is a bit trickier. The Nexx Garage kit comes with two sensors. You can secure sensors with either the double-sided tape or a pair of screws. The bottom sensor attaches to the top panel of your garage door, while the top sensor attaches to the wall directly above it. The top sensor is wired, and that's my biggest gripe with the system. You'll need to run that wire along your wall or ceiling back to the garage door opener, where it connects to the Nexx Garage device. This requires a bit more ladder work to get that wire routed and secured. Adding more wires to any room is a big turn-off for me. 

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Even so, the sensors worked wonderfully once installed. The sensors must be installed on your garage door between one-eighth to one-quarter-inch apart. Because they're so close and directly connected to the Nexx Garage device, all the opening and closing commands and notifications were quick and accurate.

The Nexx Garage device connects to your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection. The Nexx Garage app (available on Android and iOS) walks you through setting up an account and adding your first device. The system also comes with thorough printed instructions. 

Once your device is connected, you can customize preferences for app alerts. One of the more interesting options is a voice alert feature. When you enable that feature, a voice will alert you when the garage door opens or closes. There are also standard notifications to let you know the door has been closed, opened or left open for too long.

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