In the era of IoT and smart homes, it was only a matter of time until we integrated these technologies to our daily lives. And why would you use a normal garage door opener if you can use a smart system that can be easily controlled remotely from any of your mobile devices or from the comfort of your kitchen or bedroom.
Our 2017 smart garage door openers round up includes:
- The MyQ Chamberlain
It connects to your Wi-Fi network and includes a sensor for your garage door. You can send commands using your smartphone to activate your garage door. The MyQ app is available for Android and iOS.
- GoControl’s Linear GD00Z-4
The GoControl does not have its own app and it must be used in conjunction with a Z-Wave-compatible smart home hub, instead. However, all of it’s other functionalities work just as well as the Chamberlain’s
The Gogogate’s app allows you to create additional users, so instead of sharing a single account among family members, everyone can have their own or provide temporary access to guests.
- Nexx Garage’s Remote Garage Door Opener
This one works with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, but it doesn’t work with any other smart home system. Just like the GoGogate, Nexx owners can give permission to multiple users, whilst a calendar in the app lets them see who opened the garage door and when.
As you know, garage openers are these small remotes you can use to open and close your garage door. Nevertheless, nowadays you can leverage emerging technologies to take things to the next level and add the intelligent element to your garage door opener.
With a smart garage door opener you will be able to monitor and control your garage door from your smartphone or mobile device. Further, a smart garage door opener can be easily paired with some of your other smart home devices so that your house lights will turn on when you arrive home.
But what should you be looking for when buying a smart garage door opener? Well, for starters you must reach out to a garage door expert so they can help you figure out which device would work best with your existing garage door. Don’t forget to visit the manufacturer’s site to make sure the device you want to buy is actually compatible with your current door and system.
Whilst some smart garage door openers work with your Wi-Fi network, others use Bluetooth to connect to your phone and the other devices you have at home. However, our suggestion is that you aim for the Wi-Fi models, since they enable you to monitor your garage door remotely, contrary to the Bluetooth models that only work if you are within a range of 20 feet around your garage.
Another important thing to take into account is how compatible it is with the rest of the devices and smart systems at your home.