I’m not the most technologically savvy person in the world. I am not one that runs out and buys the latest gadget when it comes out and I’m certain I only utilize half of the capabilities of my current gadgets. That being said, there are some new forms of technology that are so amazing that I can’t imagine my life without them! One of them is my new garage door opener. I was recently asked to provide my opinion of the brand new Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener with Smartphone Control. Just reading about all it was capable of was enough to make me want to try it out!
We may or may not have once left our garage door open for an entire week while we went on vacation one summer. Our neighbor was kind enough to watch the garage for us, but never thought to call us to let us know that we’d left it open. Thankfully, we live in a very small, safe neighborhood so the only things that entered our garage were desert critters. We found quite a few scorpions in there in the following weeks. Having this technology back then would have been amazing!
We’ve been Chamberlain users for years on our garage doors, so I’ve already been a fan of the brand for a while. Their openers are quiet and work great! The MyQ technology makes it easy to always make sure your garage door is closed and you can open it from anywhere!
Installing the new opener was pretty straightforward. I followed the instructions in the manual and was able to get the new opener installed without a problem. We were able to use our old brackets in order to install the new opener, which also make things go much faster.
The cool part was setting it all up afterwards. You pretty much do everything from your phone. The instructions walk you through the process of connecting your garage door opener to your home router and then getting your phone set up with the MyQ Smartphone app. You can download it in the App Store and Google Play, which is great since I have an iPhone and my husband has a Samsung. We’re a bit of a divided household when it comes to technology;)
Once everything was set up, I opened my app, set my garage using the serial code and I was done! I have to say that I probably looked like a little kid playing with a new toy. I couldn’t resist opening and closing the garage door several times with my phone. A really cool safety feature with the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener is that it starts beeping for several seconds when you tap the screen to close the garage. That way it alerts anyone who may be in there that the door will be closing. It will also tell you how long your door has been open or closed. It’s a great feature when you are wondering how long the door has been left open when you leave your house.
I kept discovering tons of cool features the more I played around with my app. You can set “rules” to alert you any time your garage door opens or closes. My kids are still pretty young, but for those who have children who get home from school, it’s a great way to know they’ve made it home safe. We set it up to alert us at night when we’re about to go to bed so we know to shut the garage door. It’s pretty convenient to just roll over and tap your phone to shut it. It’s totally a first world problem, but there’s nothing worse than being super comfortable and then having to get up and shut the garage.
As we continued to set up the garage door opener, we kept finding more and more awesome features. The wall button not only tells you the time, but also the temerature of your garage! And yes, it was 94 degrees in there at 8:00 p.m. That’s Arizona for you. My husband really loved the fact that the button flips up for easy installation of the panel. He pretty much broke the old one trying to get it off the wall. The battery symbol is for the included battery pack in the garage door opener. You’ll never have to worry about getting into your garage when the power is out.
Programming the garage door is easy too. You can set a timer on the door to have it automatically close after a certain amount of time. So if you’ve got a handful of groceries and then get distracted in the house, you can make sure your door is set to close a few minutes after you get home.
Chamberlain didn’t stop with just garage door openers, though. They also offer their MyQ technology with lighting controls. Now you can not only control your garage door from anywhere in the world, but you can also turn your lights on and off with just the tap of your smartphone screen.
The Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Openers with Smartphone Control are available now at The Home Depot. You can purchase the entire opener, or just the wifi door controller if your opener is still working great. I absolutely love this new opener and I want to get one for our other garage door now, too. We’re also building a huge shop in our backyard and this would be perfect for those garage doors. I really don’t want to walk ALL the way out to it late at night when I need to close the garage doors.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided product and/or compensation for this post. All opinions of the product are 100% my own.
With a garage door opener you shall enjoy the same level of ease and convenience to operate your garage door that you enjoy while operating your television. Yes, you can operate your garage door with a single tap of finger on garage door control buttons,or staying away from your garage,even sitting in your car, through the remote control access.
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This would be so useful to have control through your smart phone, or even just to have pre-sets. I would love it if my garage door would close by itself. It would be one less thing for me to worry about if I’m having an absent-minded day. Plus, the garage is a point of weakness in home security, so having an opener that alerts you can make the house so much safer.
Wilfredo Hernandez says
I would love to have something like the Chamberlain wi-fi system installed in my garage. It seems so simple and easy to use, but I especially love the safety alerts that get sent out when the door gets opened. For me that is a huge selling point and I will have to look more into this.
Albie Cardew says
One of the worst feelings is when you’re driving to work and realize you left the garage door open and no one is home to close it. That being said, turning your garage into a smart garage is one of the most fascinating things I’ve seen, and I’m excited to be able to get such a gadget for myself. Like you, I image that I’ll look like a child playing with a new toy, but in a way, it is, isn’t it? Either way, thank you for sharing your experience with this wifi-connected garage door opener.
Veronika Dalton says
Those automated garage door openers are incredible. We’re actually going out of town this weekend, and one of my biggest fears is forgetting to turn off the air conditioning, the water, or leaving a door unlocked. In the next few months, we’ll be exploring our options for home automation. I can’t wait!
Addicted 2 DIY says
Yes, they are definitely great for peace of mind. We’re slowly working on turning our home into a smart home.
Richard Taylor says
I have a very bad habit of forgetting to close my garage door & I am worried that someday it might land me into trouble. But Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Openers seems quite helpful. I really liked its features especially its safety features and now I am planning to install it in my garage.
Kyle H says
Really appreciated the high detail in your photos. Makes the process go much easier.
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This is so cool! I actually really want one of these. My husband and I are both really bad at closing the garage. If we could program it to close in 5 minutes, that would be such a relief.
Sam Fisher says
That is pretty neat that you can use wi-fi to open and close your garage door, along with it sending you notifications if the door is opened. I’d probably install something like this in my home for security reasons. I’d be a bit offsetting if you got a notification that the door was opened when you weren’t home. Either way, pretty neat idea and great how to!
John Anderson says
I think getting any app for the garage door would be a cool idea. Sometimes I would have troubles with the remote that comes with the doors, and an app would be cool to use in cases like that. I’ll have to check out the equipment, and look into this more.
With a garage area doorway opener you shall appreciate the exact same degree of simplicity and also benefit to run your garage area doorway that you take pleasure in while operating your television. Yes, you could operate your garage area doorway with a single tap of finger on garage door control switches, or keeping away from your garage area, even sitting in your automobile, through the remote gain access to.
Angela Waterford says
It’s nice that you were able to use your old brackets for installing the new opener. One of my biggest concerns with getting something like a smart garage opener is having to change out all the hardware. It seems like a really convenient feature, though, and I really hope that we can make it work on our garage!
pamela smith says
Nice helpful information shared. Thanks.
Very useful, thanks.
Hazel Owens says
That’s awesome! I like how you can have a timer to close the door automatically after a few minutes; I tend to be forgetful, so that would prevent me from wondering three hours into a trip if I had left the garage door open. I also like that it has a feature to let you know if your kids have gotten home safe, so you’re not stuck somewhere else wondering if they’re okay. I’ll have to consider upgrading my garage door to be more automatic like this!
Westly Smith says
I would love to have a wireless garage door opener. It’s frustrating to me when I learn that my garage door is open when I’m not at home. Thanks for sharing your experience with installing a smart garage. I agree with you that it would be so cool to shut my garage from my phone, wherever I may be.
Tara Allen says
Making sure to close your garage doors when you are gone is definitely a good way to prevent theft. I love that you can get a garage door opener to making coming and going very simple. That is smart to get an automated garage door set up for your convenience.
Carl Watkins says
A smart garage give us so much convenience. Just using a phone we can control the garage door open or closed. Also I’m a big fan of Chamberlain brand.
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Wow! This is so cool, and not just that but it is a complete promoter of safety- something you can never have enough of! Really great idea, thanks so much for sharing! I have definitely begun to consider purchasing one of these for my own garage door. Keep up the good posts and thanks again for the tips!
Like you, I’m not the most tech savvy person ever, but I would like to install a garage door opener in my garage. Thanks for sharing your experience on the installation process. You give me hope that I can do it too! It’s good to know that the instructions walk you through the process pretty well.
I love smart gadgets around the house and its good to see them spreading into the garage! Thanks for sharing!
It’s so convenient to be able to push a button or set a reminder to automatically close your garage door. And it offers so much peace of mind all at once, especially on long trips! Great post!