Chamberlain MyQ Garage makes your garage door smart
Hi, I'm Rich Brown for CNET.
Today we're gonna look at the Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener.
This is a $130 smart home product, and its basic product is pretty simple.
You connect it to your garage door opener, and then through an app on your iPhone or Android device, you can use it to remotely control the garage door from pretty much wherever you are.
It also lets you see the status of the garage door and it can send you notification.
So, if it's open when you don't want it to be your phone can tell you and you can close it pretty quickly through the app.
So you mount the wi-fi hub for the MyQ and the idea is that it flashes a signal to your existing garage door opener.
And then that tells the garage door to open and close.
There's a sensor on the door that helps detect whether the garage door is open or shut, and that sends a signal to the wi-fi hub which then tells your phone, hey your garage door's open, your garage door's shut, it gives it kind of that status update.
Now you do need to plug it into a power outlet so you have to have one near by, you probably will if you already have a electronic garage door opener.
It's also designed to work with pretty much any garage door opener on the market.
Chamberlain says it works with about 90% of existing models.
Any one from about 1986 on I think is the date they say is pretty much going to work.
You do need to be comfortable popping off the top of the garage door opener and finding the program button inside that will send the signal to the [INAUDIBLE] opener that had a program for the right sensor settings to open and close the door.
So installation is pretty simple.
There's a bracket here that you have to **** in to your ceiling.
It comes with a couple of drywall, anchors if you need those.
Here I just went right up in to the wood since there's no drywall.
And then the hub itself slides right on.
As for the tension on the front of the door, you can use screws but it also comes with some adhesive strips, and that's what I used here.
Now in order to control [INAUDIBLE] from your phones, you do need a WIFI signal to your garage.
Now you have a pretty weak WIFI signal coming out here but it still works, there's only 1 bar that shows up on the app but it's good enough I've got no problems with connectivity.
Now there are a few other smart garage door openers out there and some you have to wire directly to your existing opener, that's not really ideal for obvious reasons [INAUDIBLE] is a lot more convenient.
It also will tell you through a series of beeps and light flashes.
When you close the door, you have about a thirty second delay, once you push the close button in the my q app and from when the door itself actually shuts.
So the my q garage door opener is a pretty simple product, and sorta nice.
It kind of does what it says it's going to do.
You don't really have to worry about much else with it.
So, what's nice about the Micu it's kind of evidence that the smart home ecosystem isn't gonna be this series of walled off little gardens.
It's a part of the nest developer program, so it can work with your nest thermostat and other devices in that eco system.
It was named as one of the first partners for Apple's home kit program, which is gonna link various devices into iOS.
And just this past week, they also announced support for the new wink hub, which is part of quirky smart home spinoff exclusively to make smart home products.
So it works pretty well, it's relatively affordable and MyQ is poised to work with all kinds of other smart home devices, if you want to go down that road.
That makes it kind of an easy recommendation.
So I'm Rich Brown, this is the Chamberlin, MyQ Garage Door Opener.
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