Hands down, one of the best garage door opener repair/upgrades you can make is installing a smart garage door opener. It provides complete control of your garage door remotely. Think about it. How many times have you been sitting at the office wondering if you forgot to close your garage door, or if your kids forgot? How many packages from Amazon have been stolen off your porch? Ask the delivery guy to call you upon arrival, and you can open and shut the door remotely from the phone so he or she can tuck the package safely inside your garage. How cool is that?
If you are considering installing a new smart garage door opener, there are a variety of models on the market to choose from. Which is the right one? Don’t worry. Engadget’s got you covered. They just did a review of 5 of the best smart garage door openers on the market.
- Chamberlain MyQ Garage (MYQ-G0301; Chamberlain and LiftMaster MyQ controllers are the same thing)
- GoControl/Linear Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Remote Controller
- Iris Z-Wave Garage Door Controller
Their Top Choice
They chose the Chamberlain MyQ Garage (MYQ-G0301) as their first choice. It was one of the first smart garage door openers on the market and the easiest to set up (in less than 15 minutes), the publication said. “If you are looking for a way to control your garage door remotely and check on its status, and would like integration with major smart-home systems such as HomeKit, Wink, IFTTT, and Google, the MyQ Garage is the best option.”
Want All the Bells and Whistles?
If you’re looking for feature-packed functionality, Engadget recommends the Gogogate2.
“It is the most feature-packed garage-door controller we tested,” Engadget stated in its review. “It also has the best app interface, keeping you fully informed about what’s going on in your garage courtesy of clear, bright graphics, a temperature reading, and even a live visual of your garage door (if you choose to add an IP camera to your setup). And as the name implies, it also works with powered gates.”
For Smart Home Enthusiasts
If you’re looking to integrate your smart garage door with other smart technologies already established in your home, Engadget recommends the GoControl/Linear Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Remote Controller. The publication does caution, however: “It is not a good choice if you just want to open and close your garage door remotely, as you need a separate home-automation hub for it to function, and no stand-alone app will work with the GoControl device by itself.”
Are Smart Garage Doors Safe?
When it comes to smart garage door technology, security is naturally a big deal. Can the smart garage door opener you install be hacked? Unfortunately, anything connected to a network can be hacked — even the computers to some of the largest financial institutions in the country. But that doesn’t mean that smart garage doors aren’t safe. There’s always a risk, but you can mitigate that risk with the security you put in place.
For starters, make sure you have a decent firewall in your internet connection, ideally within the router itself. Talk to the garage door company installing your smart garage door opener. Can they install cyberware software to protect your system? Also, be careful at the passwords you use to protect your devices. Never use a birthdate, address, or any information easily identifiable. Include numbers that aren’t a numerical sequence and be sure to include a symbol or two. Don’t make it easy on the hackers.
So there you have it, everything you need to know to choosing the perfect smart garage door opener. Once you’ve experienced having total control of your garage door from anywhere, we think you’ll agree it is one of the best garage door repairs you can do.