A garage door opener is more than just the button-switch gatekeeper to your garage. Thanks to modern technology, today’s smart garage door openers can also serve as home automation triggers and security devices. Users can now control garage doors remotely through apps, provide accessibility on a preset schedule, and even receive alerts when the door is left open.
If you’re tired of leaving home plagued with the thought that you forgot to close the garage door, then a smart garage door controller may be the perfect fit for you. Here are our favorite off-the-shelf garage door openers you can control from your mobile device.
One of the most advanced smart garage door openers, the Gogogate2 can control and monitor up to three garage doors and gates. The corresponding app’s access management feature lets you share garage access with up to 10 different guests and set different schedules and door allowances for each person. A video monitoring feature allows you to integrate a separate camera to watch garage opening and closing events in real time, and you can even set the app to text or email you whenever the garage gets opened or closed.
Note that, while the Gogogate2 is compatible with most garage door motors and gate operating systems, the device may not work with Chamberlain, Craftsman, and select Liftmaster models.
Arguably the sharpest looking device on this list, the Asante Garage Door Opener with Camera is one of the only smart garage controllers that comes with built-in video capabilities. The cameras have an infrared option, allowing you to stream real-time feeds from your garage regardless of lighting. One camera can view up to two garage doors, and more cameras can be added. The Asante opener connects with your home Wi-Fi network, and the wireless range extender coverage area goes up to 5,000 square feet.
Customers love the easy install, but some have had problems with configuring the Wi-Fi capability, so keep that in mind before making a purchase.
The GoControl Z-Wave works on sectional garage doors, allowing you to remotely open and close your garage via connected mobile device. This piece is a great option for consumers with a large home automation or security network, as the device’s Z-Wave smart chip makes it compatible with a wide range of security systems and smart hubs. As an added bonus, the device acts as an extender for its connected Z-Wave network, giving users a bit more flexibility when placing other connected devices.
Some reviewers have complained that the GoControl Z-Wave can be hard to pair with their existing garage system, and the device doesn’t work through its own app — it must be accessed via a connected hub or system.
One of the more affordable smart garage door openers on this list, the Chamberlain MyQ doesn’t require any wired connection to your existing unit. Setup times clock in at an average of just 30 minutes from start to finish, which is great for users new to home tech. The Wi-Fi hub updates garage data to the MyQ app, which tracks detailed information about your garage door’s activity. Chamberlain MyQ can also send custom notifications, alerting you when your garage has been open longer than 60 minutes, for example.
Unfortunately, the Chamberlain MyQ Garage has no IFTTT (If This Then That) integration, which is a main complaint of customers who want to sync and automate other garage functions.
Available in single, double, or triple door models, the sleek Garageio gives you remote garage control through the paired mobile app. An interactive digital garage door in the app lets you simply swipe your garage door open or closed, and you can request alerts if the door is left open. The device also has an online platform, so users can grant access to others through the online account. Smart home enthusiasts will also be happy to know that this particular opener works well with IFTTT and the Amazon Echo.
As with other options on this list, users should make sure to check their existing motor’s compatibility, as a few customers have complained about getting a working connection.
The U.S.-made GarageMate touts a range of secure functions. You won’t have to worry about strangers obtaining access to your garage via Wi-Fi because the device uses Bluetooth wireless security. A user can only pair their phone to the opener from inside the garage, and they can only get inside if they have the password-protected entry available on a connected phone. You can still give trusted friends and family access to your garage through the GarageMate app — you just won’t have to worry about any unwanted intruders gaining access.
The downside to Bluetooth pairing is that it limits the opener’s interactivity with other home automation devices, but tradeoff for a more secure connection may be worth it.
The economical Garage Door Buddy works just minutes after you take it out of the box due to its small size and simple installation process. The Garage Door Buddy is compatible with any button-controlled garage door opener terminal, and can control up to two doors. If your garage is out of range of your wireless router, the Garage Door Buddy can also function as a Wi-Fi access point.
Consumers hoping for a more comprehensive experience — with notifications and alerts — will have to wait a bit longer. The company is developing a monitor to be used with the remote opener, but that won’t become available until later this year.
8. Iris Z-Wave
Part of the Iris home platform, the Iris Z-Wave Garage Door Controller connects through the popular Z-Wave automated controls. Iris will beep loudly and flash a light as a safety warning when the garage door is in motion, making it safe for use even if visibility is low. The associated app lets users set garage door scheduling parameters, like closing the garage at a certain time each night, and also allows for the use of shared digital keys.
Since the piece is designed to work optimally on the Iris network, this may not be the best option for homeowners with an extensive collection of non-Iris home automation devices.
A safety-encrypted digital key from the First Watch Security SecuRemote can be shared with up to five users without requiring a subscription fee — a great fit for a small family. Users can operate multiple garage doors with the First Watch Security opener, too, in addition to receiving door status notifications and tracking the door’s activity through the First Watch Online service.
Some iPhone users have reported issues when connecting to the unit, so potential buyers should be aware of that possible issue.
Another Bluetooth device, the Open Sesame Garage Door Opener is an affordable and effective way to take a bit more control over garage accessibility. The piece offers unlimited phone pairing and wide-ranging mobile compatibility, a nice advantage over other controllers that limit accessibility. If you’re looking for a no-frills functional opener, this one will definitely get the job done.
As with other Bluetooth devices on this list, the interconnectivity feature is somewhat limited. Users who are looking for wide-ranging home automation should probably opt for one of the Wi-Fi enabled devices on this list instead.
A smart garage controller kit offers you peace of mind. Not only does a garage hold some potentially valuable items, but it’s also a point of entry that deserves protecting. Maintain control over your garage with a smart garage operation system.