15 Top Smart Garage Door Openers and Gadgets
Welcome to our gallery featuring another great addition to the growing selection of smart home tech: smart home garages.
We love smart home technology and the new layers of convenience and security they afford us.
When it comes to garages, smart tech brings unexpected improvements that feel instantly and definitely welcome.
First of all, what does smart technology bring to the age-old game of garage door openers? The answer is a surprisingly long list.
With normal garage door openers, we were finally released from the tyranny of manual garage doors. No more getting out of the car and hauling up a heavy, loud door just to put the car away and then do it over again in reverse.
Smart technology brings a similar revelation in convenience and safety.
These devices generally allow for wireless connectivity as a major feature, allowing you to monitor and control access to your garage from anywhere an internet connection can be found. This means that your garage safety and security is only as far as your smartphone and only as difficult as a swipe or tap.
Whether directly connected to the internet or piggybacking on your home wireless network, these devices allow for a new layer of analysis and control, letting you specify exactly who can access the garage and when they can access.
Even better, you can receive real-time alerts when the door is stuck, or has been accessed at an unexpected time. You’ll never be left wondering about the garage while on vacation, and you’ll always be able to let the kids in, should they come home while you’re still working.
The point is, with smart home technology, your standard garage becomes a smart, secure, and connected place that can be controlled as easily as anything on your smartphone.
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1. Insteon Garage Door Control and Status Kit
Add peace of mind to your smart garage checklist with this kit, which includes magnetic contacts to indicate the open/closed status of your garage door. You can remotely open or close the door from anywhere, as the device supplies you with updated monitoring over the Insteon network. With a smartphone and an internet connection, you’ll be able to know your home is safe and even open the door for any needed visitors.
2. Chamberlain MyQ-Garage
Here’s another innovative way to control your garage door opener with your smartphone. Along with the device itself, you get a free app that allows you to control and monitor your garage door remotely, via any smartphone or tablet. You’ll receive alerts if and when the door opens or closes, giving you a heads up on any situation at home. It works with almost every major brand garage door opener made after 1993.
3. Garageio Smart Garage Controller
With its ability to operate up to three distinct garage doors, the Garageio can be a life saver when it comes to safety and convenience. This simple box can be installed on your existing garage door opener, allowing remote smartphone operation and monitoring. You’ll be alerted in real-time if the door has been left open, and you’ll be able to grant access to other people, storing an unlimited amount of discrete users for the garage.
This wireless remote garage door opener operates with a sensor to open, close, and monitor your garage door from anywhere in the world. Using wifi connectivity and an accompanying free app, you’ll be able to take complete command of your garage situation from anywhere you’ve got an internet connection. Swiping with your smartphone can now open and close the garage door, even while away from home.
Now that you’ve seen the device itself, here’s a close look at the app as it appears on your smartphone. You’ll be able to take a direct real-time look at the garage and operate the door remotely, with ease.
5. GoControl/Linear Z-Wave Garage Door Opener
This new smart garage door opener remote is a small, black, and utterly discreet device that will add Z-Wave technology to your existing garage door opener. Z-Wave links your devices to a home smart network, allowing for total control from any smartphone. It can be retrofitted to virtually any garage door opener, providing remote control, monitoring, and instant alerts when people come and go.
6. Open Sesame
Here’s another super-discreet device that you can add to your existing garage door opener to welcome it to the world of smart home devices. With its super easy installation, you’ll be able to remotely control and monitor your garage door opener from any smartphone instantly. You can pair an unlimited amount of smartphones, making it a great choice for large families or those who have frequent guests who will need garage access.
7. Asante Live Streaming video Garage Door Opener
This uniquely comprehensive remote garage door opener kit includes a high quality camera for total control and monitoring. You’ll be able to instantly view a live image of the garage on your smartphone, replete with infrared night vision for operation at any time. The device will instantly mail or text you with the status of your garage door so you’ll always be aware of the security situation at home.
8. Craftsman 1 HPS Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with Assurelink Gateway
Unlike the prior devices on this list, this is a full garage door opener itself, rather than an add-on device. With its quiet belt operation and battery back up, the Craftsman is a solid piece of engineering. Smart technology takes it to the next level, with an AssureLink app connection for your smartphone that lets you monitor and operate your garage door from anywhere with an internet connection. You can provide remote access to your home for family, friends, or deliveries while across the globe.
The simple and direct app lets you take instant command of the garage door operation, no matter where you are in the world. At the office or on vacation and need to let someone in? It can happen with just a few taps.
9. Garage Beacon
This product was born when the designers noticed their friends and neighbors losing remotes and having trouble giving access to guests and family, thinking of the one thing we all have on us at all times. It’s designed to let you have total control over your garage with your smartphone. Built-in proximity sensors will open the door automatically as you return home, while the app lets you specifically control the door at any given time.
In addition to automatic and remote manual control, this will let you generate specific user access for anyone you want, letting you keep track of who is using the door and when they’re using it.
This simple, discreet, and fantastically tiny device will upgrade virtually any existing garage door opener to the world of smart home devices. Its small construction belies a powerful wireless function that lets you control the garage door from anywhere there’s an internet connection, via your Apple or Android smartphone and a free accompanying app. The device can even act as its own wifi access point in the event that it needs to be placed outside of your home router’s range.
11. Garage Mate
Comprising a simple, tiny receiver that attaches to your existing garage door opener, the Garage Mate allows you to control multiple door openers with one app on your smartphone or tablet. This app, available on both Apple and Android devices, allows for one-tap control of your garage, and because it’s simply a free app, you can add and assign friends and family without any additional cost. You’ll be able to track who uses the garage at what time, which is even better than having garage remotes for everyone.
Here’s a look at the almost unnoticeable device as installed. The small receiver is wired into your existing garage door opener and discreetly hangs out of the way.
The MiDoor device allows you and your entire family to remotely check on the garage door and its current open/closed status, opening or closing it as needed. The device wirelessly connects online, allowing you total control from a smartphone, anywhere you’ve got an internet connection. It can send you notifications when the door is activated at an unexpected time, or if it’s been left open too long. With a stored history, you’ll be able to track and match times if necessary for security reasons.
13. Iris Z-Wave Garage Door Controller
This universal garage door controller is designed to work with virtually all popular garage doors made in recent decades. It allows you to remotely open, close, and monitor your garage situation from anywhere you’ve got an internet connection. The Z-Wave technology connects it to your smart home network, linking with an array of devices from security to lighting to themostat. Best of all, it offers audio-visual feedback notification of any and all garage door movement.
14. Quirky Ascend
The Ascend is a perfectly sleek new device intended to convert your existing garage door opener into a smart home product. It connects with the Wink smartphone or tablet app to let you monitor the door’s status from anywhere on Earth, receive real-time alerts when it’s being used, and remotely grant access to friends and family when needed.
15. iSmart Gogogate
Compatible with both garage doors and gates, this device is a great security and convenience solution for your home or office. It connects to your router for wireless access, allowing you, for example, to use Siri to open the garage door as you arrive home. When your phone is already on you, it makes access a cinch. Individual doors can be programmed with their own name so that you have total precise control.
As the below diagram shows, it uses existing parts of your home to instantly transform the garage into a smart space, capable of communication and control via your smartphone from anywhere on earth.
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