If you've got Wi-Fi that reaches into your garage, then you should have a smart garage. It's that simple really. Especially since you don't need a whole lot of fancy equipment. You don't have to replace the garage door opener you already have. Just grab Chamberlain's MyQ smart garage door opener (opens in new tab) on sale for $29.98. That's a match for the lowest price we've ever seen for this device, and we haven't seen it drop this low since Prime Day way back in July.
This is our favorite overall smart garage door opener. The MyQ attaches to your current garage door opener and adds smart functionality to the system already in place. Scroll down on the product page and you'll see a list of garage door opener brands and the versions the MyQ is compatible with. Pretty much as long as your system was made after 1993 and has the standard safety sensors, you'll most likely be ok.
Of course, you also need a router with Wi-Fi strong enough to reach your garage. Might need to upgrade to a mesh network if that's not the case. The installation for the MyQ is simple, takes just a few minutes, and comes with step-by-step instructions in the MyQ app that should easy super easy to follow.
So what functionality can the MyQ give you? For one thing, you won't have to worry about those bulky clip-on garage door buttons anymore. With the MyQ app, you can just pull up your smartphone and press a button to open or close the door. The app can also send you notifications. For example, if you forget to close the door and you've already driven off, the notification might say "Your garage door has been open since 8 a.m." And then you can fix that issue even while you're at work.
You can also create guest access, which lets up to three people control the garage with the MyQ Guest Feature. In a similar vein, you can sign up with Amazon Key to let Amazon delivery drivers briefly access your garage and place your packages inside. That's a nice and simple way to secure your packages and keep them out of the rain until you get home.
The MyQ works with some other smart home systems, too. However, in the past the MyQ has charged a subscription fee ($1 a month) to do that. Right now the service is free but it may not stay that way forever. If you want voice control, you can connect the MyQ to a Google Assistant device. It also works with the Wink hub, Nest, and more.
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