MyQ Garage Door Opener

I recently got the MyQ Garage Door opener from Chamberlain.  It was pretty easy to set up, took me about 1:30 to install it, but I think that after watching my installation video, it should only take you around 30 minutes.

It costs around $120, which isn’t so bad, but considering that all you can do is open and closer your garage door remotely, I don’t think it’s quite worth the price.

On the plus side, the app looks like it is leaving room to add on other home automation devices. MyQ Nest However, since Chamberlain is far behind some of the other companies like Insteon, I would advise them to be as brand-agnostic as possible and build the applications to serve as an all-connecting hub.  They tried to do this by adding on an integration with Nest, but you can only set it to home or away, so it’s actually kind of lame.

I found some cool “recipes” on that can add some extra functionality to this thing.  For example, Send me a push notification when the garage door has been open for more than an hour or turn on Hue lights when I open my garage door.

Overall, I think it’s a cool feature to have in your Future Home, but I think it needs a couple of years to develop.  There will be a time where this is nothing more than a plug that you add onto your Garage door opener that costs $20 at Home Depot.  It’s hard for me to see how MyQ will offer a suite of home automation devices without choosing one of 2 paths: Build out a ton more products and get them to market quickly OR change the strategy to make the MyQ app a central hub for all smart home devices similar to how PowerHouz is trying to do. Either way, I would suggest waiting on this feature or looking for a cheaper, easier alternative.