I hope you agree with me when I say:
Security and convenience is the ultimate benefit combination.
With the evolution of smart home-based technology, it is no surprise that smart garage door openers are a thing. To make the use of smart technology more effective, Alexa allows for voice commands and more accessibility.
The problem arises when certain products are incompatible and that’s where smart garage openers end up. But not to worry! There are still ways to get around this problem.
Today, in particular, we’ll be looking at Chamberlain garage door MyQ and Alexa’s compatibility.
So how exactly is MyQ made compatible with Alexa? We’ve talked about not 1 but 3 methods below!
How Does MyQ Work?
Looking at how exactly does MyQ work will allow us to understand this technology work differently with Alexa and Google Assistant to allow for more convenience and comfort.
If your garage door is integrated with MyQ technology, then it is definitely connected with your Wi-Fi.
Through the use of the MyQ app, you can send commands that would be relayed as signals to a hub. The signal is detected and triggers a sensor which then fulfils the command by activating systems to either open or close the doors or change the light setting. The technology might appear complicated but it’s actually quite simple!
Why Does Chamberlain MyQ Not Work with Alexa?
As mentioned, Chamberlain MyQ does not work with Alexa. After a series of complaints from their users, Chamberlain releases a statement denying the liability of this option stating the incompatibility is made for security considerations. Users, however, suspect that the profit margins might have been quite a big factor for this decision. Let’s look at the possible reasons for each of these factors.
A big concern that users speculate is that making MyQ work with Alexa will let thieve gain easier access into the garage. No one would like to provide easy access to robbers into their own house, that would like to sabotage yourself in the back!
Plus, the company would be sued in many cases for the lack of functionality and consideration.
We have talked about the feasibility of security concerns below, so if you’re looking for a detailed answer you might find it there. All we’d say here is that Chamberlain could very well add a pin-look option and resolve the matter.
Chamberlain is notorious for not working well with smart technology brands since they chose to get profit directly rather than by point or value add options. Many suspect that this might turn out a weakness in the near future, but users can’t seem to stop loving the motors in their garage technology. We might see quite the competition soon!
Despite these complications, can MyQ really be controlled by Alexa?
The simple answer is yes, yet unfortunately, the process is a long one. In order to ensure compatibility and to proceed with the process, you need to have an Alexa account. Now you select the Alexa skill with your MyQ Chamberlain. The last bit is where you won’t find your MyQ, and where we come in with methods to connect your MyQ with Alexa.
But before diving into that, we would like to ask you to take a minute and consider if Alexa compatibility really is for you. If you’d still like to say goodbye to your traditional garage door days, the next section proposes three effective methods!
MyQ Compatible Devices and Apps
Despite its incompatibility with Alexa, MyQ is compatible with quite a few platforms and third-party service providers. Many of which allows for voice commands and often require some sort of a subscription.
Starting with Google Home Assistant, the subscription has an annual fee of $10 but has superior features like voice control for both opening and closing your garage gate. A bonus feature is an easy check-up you get on your garage keeping you at ease about the security of your home.
With the help of MyQ Home Bridge, your MyQ accessibility expands to Siri as well. You can also use Apple Kit to close and open your MyQ garage gates.
Amazon Key can be used with MyQ gate openers as well. This is a feature of the Amazon premium submission and is made available to Amazon Prime members without a subscription to MyQ. Amazon Key and MyQ connection are made for effective deliveries on part of Amazon to the prevention of theft.
Below is a table of MyQ compatible device third-party providers with the type of subscription they require:
|MyQ Premium subscription:||MyQ Home Bridge:||No subscription required:|
|Alpine Connect Navigation System||Apple HomeKit and Siri||Alarm.com|
|Clare Controls||Amazon Key|
|Eve for Tesla||Resideo Total Connect 2.0|
|Google Home Assistant||STEER-Tech|
Is it Safe to Use Alexa with Garage Gate Openers?
A major concern that comes from the link of MyQ and Alexa is the security of this link and in turn the safety of the garage door opener.
Since you can only close MyQ with a voice command, the lack of voice command for opening the gate creates further security concerns. Since MyQ does not operate with a pin code, it might be easy to get access to your garage by simple shouting a command to Alexa.
While we’re on this topic, if you’re using a different garage opener or intend to do so, it is better not to use an opening command with Alexa at all. And if you do, set a unique command rather than a generic one. Swap, “Alexa, open the gate” with something like, “Alexa, please open the gate for John, thank you!”. The latter is harder to guess.
The second matter of safety due to obstruction of the path varies from one brand to the other. MyQ does not solve the problem of indicating to the user controlling the gate through voice control that there is something in the path of the closing gate, be it a car, or another human. What it does is let out a siren and lights to indicate that the gate is closing.
As said, this matter varies between garage openers, as someone uses laser sensors to determine if something’s in the way before blocking and others use pressure sensors. If this is something that concerns you, we recommend looking out for this feature!
Does Alexa work with MyQ for a fee?
The initial set up of a MyQ is free. With Google assistant, the susception requires a sum of $10 annually. Similarly, since MyQ is not natively compatible with Alexa, the use of the most popular web-based application, IFTTT has been opted.
MyQ used to provide a plan that did not charge anything initially, however, after much research, we’ve found that now MyQ’s subscription plan with IFTTT charges an annual fee of $10.
The Raspberry Pi Fiasco
A popular method of getting Alexa to work with MyQ included the use of a small computer called Raspberry Pi which can communicate with devices. With the purchase of some additional components, you could control your garage gate with Alexa.
However, this solution was soon taken down by Chamberlain and there was no association left between the third-party provider and Chamberlain.
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