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CNET Smart Home
Bringing the CNET Smart Home garage up to speedTo better prepare for a brave new world of Web-connected gadgets, we equipped the CNET Smart Home's garage with intelligent, app-based controls.
[MUSIC] So having a smart front door is great and all, but if you're anything like me, you'll hardly ever use it. [MUSIC] Most of the time, my day starts and ends right here. Right here, at the garage door. So, why shouldn't that be smart, too? [MUSIC] To smarten up your garage, there are plenty of options out there. You can replace your entire garage door opener or install accessories that will enable them to connect to the internet and allow you to access them from anywhere yo hae an internet connection. For our purposes though, we have some pretty decent garage door openers that are pretty new. We didn't want to reinvent the wheel here, so we decided to use the MyQ Garage. This is a $100 accessory, which doesn't have many parts, it's relatively lightweight, and it takes a very short time to install. Since the kit provides pretty much everything else, all we needed was a screwdriver and a drill. [MUSIC] Now that everything is installed, we have smart garage door openers. We can tell if the garage doors are open, if they're closed. We can control them from anywhere that we have an internet connection. So now, they're ready to interact with all the smart gadgets in the house. The same way the smart door can. Be sure to check back in the coming months to see all our plans for the CNET smart home. See you next time. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]