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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Smart garage door options

Ever wonder if your garage door is open?
Have you remembered a few blocks away that you left the garage door open? 

Another benefit of a **smart home is home monitoring.  You can check the status of water leaks, motion, temperature, presence and even build your own security system.  If you would like to know more about those options check the links and be sure to subscribe to the YouTube Channel for helpful videos and follow the Facebook page for more great articles.  

There are a few good options for garage doors depending on your setup.  If you have smart hub and if you don't then I have included links to direct you to the specific products I am referencing.  The first option is for those who don't have a smart hub. 

Chamberlain/LiftMaster MyQ bridge and retrofit kit $77  It has a 4.5 star rating from 500 people on Amazon.  This kit adds the hub and a new button for one door.  An additional door would require an additional wall controller  $24 for each door(device on right). The MyQ devices are their own system.  It works with a separate app and hub(device on left).  

If you do have a smart hub then hopefully you have a SmartThings hub.  It is by far the best on the market right now and integrates with Amazon Echo and Google Home.  



Linear/GoControl $97  This unit works with one door.  It has 4 stars on Amazon from over 600 customers and is really easy to install. And works with just about any Zwave smart system.  The one draw back is the use of a tilt sensor to determine the doors position.   The advantage of the MyQ is it doesn't require that device which makes the system more resilient.  

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