After my garage door opener kicked the bucket, I asked a friend to fix it. The LiftMaster WLED Elite Series garage door opener includes built-in wi-fi so it can connect to my home network garage doors services without the help of any additional hardware.
By itself, the opener can talk to the MyQ app, which will allow users to open and close the overhead door. Direct support for the My Q Home Bridge hardware is more important for those engrossed in the HomeKit ecosystem.
HomeKit and the overhead door opener can be controlled via the My Q Home Bridge.
If you have a capable garage door opener, is the My Q Home Bridge worth the investment? You can watch our hands-on video.
The Home Bridge hardware could have been integrated into the opener itself to make the setup simpler. When there is already built into the opener, the setup seems too complicated.
The My Q Smart Garage Hub brings HomeKit support to most garage door openers made after 1993, but not all of them.
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HomeKit support will be enabled if you have the Smart Garage Hub and Home Bridge. You should read the hands-on with the MyQ Home Bridge by Zac.
Unboxing the myQ Home Bridge
The MyQ Home Bridge is a black box that is the same size as the MyQ Smart Garage Hub. The LiftMaster logo and a set of blue, green, and yellow indicators are on the front of the device.
There are buttons on the side of the unit that you can use to connect the power supply. The unit can be reset with the optional buttons.
The MyQ Home Bridge is compatible with all of the garage door openers that are part of the Chamberlain Group. The same applies to the MyQ Home Bridge.
The Home Bridge is mounted on a surface with the help of a mounting bracket and screws. You can mount the unit in the same location as the garage door opener, because it doesn’t need to be hard-wired.
LiftMaster recommends that the bridge be mounted on a wooded plank next to my opener. If you have good wi-fi signal strength in the garage, you should be fine.
Connecting the MyQ Home Bridge
Plugging in the Home Bridge is all it takes to get started. A blue light indicates that you are ready to start.
If you already have the My Q app on your device, you will need to download it again.
You need to create an account and log in to use the app. The MyQ app allows you to monitor and control the garage door opener via the app interface, but in order to incorporate the My Q Home Bridge and enable HomeKit support, you need to go through the set up process.
Adding a new device via the app, scanning the HomeKit setup code, and pressing the Learn button on the garage door opener are all part of the set up.
I had to pull down the side panel to access all of the unit’s buttons in order to press the Learn button. A single press on the Learn button completed the set up.
Using HomeKit to open the garage door
You can see the garage door opener in the Home app if you set it up. Depending on the current state of the door, you can either open or close it.
You can control the opener with commands such as “open the garage door” or “close the garage door”
When certain conditions are satisfied, HomeKit support can be used to set up automation, which can be used to wake you up.
The downside to automation is that you will need to verify the command before you can open the garage doors.
I can empathise with Apple wanting to play it safe and not execute door- opening commands automatically, but I feel that such a setup is inferior to what you get from a comparatively simple HomeLink experience. HomeLink will open and close your garage door based on your location.
The garage door emits several loud noises, flashing lights, and a 7-second delay before the door closes if the command to close the door is initiated. This madness is shown in our hands-on video.
This only occurs when using the app to close the door and is there to prevent potential injury in case the command to close is initiated from a remote location. It is one of the reasons why I prefer the simple HomeLink method found on the Model 3 because it is emulating a simple click of the hardware remote.
The ability to quickly monitor the status of the garage door via voice commands or via the Home app is the main benefit of the MyQ Home Bridge. Executing actual commands is useful, but the experience feels gimped due to the lack of full automation and the additional drama that accompanies it.
The process to enable HomeKit is too complex. If you want to use an older non-Wi-Fi garage door, you need to have three pieces of hardware installed. If you already have a garage door opener like the LiftMaster WLED Elite Series, you don’t need a bridge.
It is nice to be able to monitor and control your garage door, but it is not a seamless experience. HomeLink support built into a vehicle may be preferred by some users.
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