MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Review: Quiet and Fun to Use

The storage responds as rapidly to the app because it does to a daily button clicker, with one caveat: Selecting to shut the storage with the app causes it to flash its lights and beep a number of occasions earlier than the storage will start to shut, and can nonetheless beep and flash till closing is full. It is for security causes, for the reason that storage does not know whether or not anybody else is within the storage whilst you’re closing it or whether or not you are close by to verify the storage path is evident of anybody strolling in or out.

The one method round this, sadly, is to not use the app. You possibly can set up the MyQ Smart Garage Video Keypad ($99) outdoors of your storage to shut it with out getting any beeping and to get the same expertise to a video doorbell and sensible lock however to your storage. I examined one and it really works effective—the important thing codes are simple to arrange and you may shut your storage beep-free, plus you may get alerts like a safety digicam for outdoor of your storage, however I had a combined expertise utilizing the decision button. You additionally should drill it into your storage or house exterior (MyQ says it is too heavy to make use of adhesive strips), which my house’s HOA sadly forbids me from doing. Nonetheless, it is a good value for a mixture lock and exterior video feed to your storage, for those who’re allowed to put in it.

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The default proprietor of the MyQ (that’s, whoever set it up first in your house) additionally will get an onslaught of notifications each time the storage is opened and closed, whether or not by way of app or together with your customary storage door buttons. Compared, once you’re an added person, you will not get any notifications by default. Each events can go into the app, choose the gear icon on the storage door (or different MyQ product in query), and edit the notifications they’re getting for the particular product.

I arrange each my and my husband’s telephones to get notifications about our storage being open for greater than 10 minutes, and one other for myself if it was open for an hour. You possibly can add much more notifications, and you can too set it as much as work with Amazon Key to get deliveries proper into your storage (and get notified about that too). I have not been capable of discuss my husband into utilizing it, however the included digicam in my mannequin makes me really feel comfy giving it a strive.

Talking of video, MyQ does have storage subscription plans for its video merchandise (the model additionally has video storage door openers, a video keypad, and a stand-alone camera). The primary tier begins at $20 a 12 months and goes as much as $100 a 12 months, and relying on which tier you decide you get extra options like face, individual, and movement detection, detection zones, and both seven or 30 days of storage.

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