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Best WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Garage Door Openers Image

Best WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Garage Door Openers

Find and compare the best wireless garage door openers. Remotely control access to your garage from your Android or iPhone.

The wireless garage door opener is far older than the Internet, but today’s connected technologies have added new capabilities for monitoring and sharing access to your garage from anywhere in the world.

With the help of mobile apps, not only will your smartphone replace your garage’s remote control, but you’ll also get reminders when you’ve left the door open, easily manage who can access your garage,, set rules for automatic opening and closing, and even monitor the garage via a video stream.

The following Channel Guide will help you answer the following questions

  • Which kind of smart connectivity do you need? WiFi, Bluetooth, or Cellular?
  • What are the customers saying about their installed smart garage door devices?
  • What are the cost comparisons?
  • Which kind of security key-in features best fit your lifestyle (such as keypad or code capabilities)?

11/01/2019

Garage Installation

Retrofit

Add "smarts" to your existing door

Chamberlain Smart Garage

New Smart Door

Starting fresh for your garage?

Video Smart Garage

Integrations

Video Cameras, Open/Close Sensors, Smart Home Hubs & Keypads

DIY Smart Garage

DIY

Geek out with an Arduino or other micro-controller solution

Outdoor Sliding Gate

Smart Gate

Looking for a way to control and connect to your driveway access gate?

Smart Garage Door Openers

Smart Garage Graphic

These garage door openers offer built-in connectivity. They can replace your old door opener unit to enjoy all the benefits of an iPhone- or Android-enabled garage.

Benefits:

  • Added security
    Garages are often a target for thieves as they are typically easier to get in and out of and they know they can get away with valuable bikes, tools and anything inside a parked car.
  • Home Access
    If you don't have a smart lock installed on your door, many people find it easier to give their kids and guests access to their homes via the garage. Having a smart garage door lets you do this remotely from your phone or desktop from anywhere in the world.
  • Automatic Opening/Closing
    Many smart garage openers can work with your car directly or via your phones GPS and Bluetooth to automatically open the garage for you when you arrive or close it behind you when you leave. You don’t have to wonder if you left the garage open during the day.
  • Safe Package Deliveries
    If you are uncomfortable with letting delivery drivers inside your home, having the driver leave the package in the garage is an alternative option for keeping your package safe. Many smart openers will let you provide one-time direct access to your garage so that the driver can safely leave a package for you in the garage.

There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to picking out a smart garage door opener.

However, here are a few important questions to help you pick the best product.

  • Is your garage within range of your home router and get good Wi-fi connection?
    - There are cellular gate options available, or you can use a Wi-fi extender
  • Do you want your smart opener to be a stand-alone upgrade, or do you wish to integrate it into a larger smart home or home security system?
    Almost all of the options listed below will have their own open/close access apps. But not every smart garage door opener will be able to work with other smart devices, such as a video camera security system.

 

Features and add-on devices:

  • Apps
    - Almost all of these solutions will have both an Android and iOS app from which to manage your door.
  • Integrations with smart homes devices and assistants
    - Getting your door to work with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and smart home hubs like Wink and SmartThings is device dependent and each Assistant or Alexa Skill has different capabilities.
  • Video Cameras 
    - Some models have direct video cameras while others integrate with their own cameras. Some even use third-party products in order to provide inside and outside visibility of your garage.
  • Two-way audio
    - This is enormously helpful for security reasons. But it can also increase convenience, such as when you want to invite your children or spouse to come inside for dinner.
  • Keypad Access
    - Grant access with a smartphone (using the product app) or with a code for a keypad mounted outside your garage.
  • Car Sensors
    - Using either your phones GPS or an additional Bluetooth device (Like an OBD2) the doors can automatically sense your car and open it for your arrival
  • Door Sensors
    - Know at all times whether your garage door is open or closed.
  • LED lights
    - Some of the newer smart garage models have high-powered LEDs to light up your entire garage.
  • Smart Door Locks
    - In addition to remotely opening/closing your garage door, lock and unlock your side access door for friends, family or package delivers.

Featured

ismartgate PRO Garage

ismartgate PRO Garage Image

Highlights

  • 3 garage doors control with one device
    • Remote access and doors status alerts
      • Automatic open and close via GPS (using iFTTT)

Retrofit Smart Garage Controllers

Already have a garage door and looking to add some connectivity and remote control to it without replacing the entire controller mechanism?

Retrofitted smart garages work with what you’ve already got. With s simply installation, the devices below will allow you to hook into your existing garage door controller.

Note: Even though Chamberlain/Liftmaster/MyQ are all integrated under the same technology, they are pushing people to newer models in their product lines. For example, if a product is Security+2.0-enabled, they are incompatible for retrofit solutions.

Top Rated

Best opener to use with Homekit* Chamberlain MYQ Openers *Requires $99 extra hub
Best opener for use with SmartThings GoControl GD00z-4 $72
Garage opener with top rated Itunes / iOS app: MyQ Itunes App (4.5/5 with 36,549 Reviews)
Garage opener with top rated Android / Google Play app MyQ Android App (4.5/5 with 14,769 Reviews)
Cheapest opener with good reviews: GarageGate $49.95

How Does Installation Work? 

  • Typically only need a screwdriver for tools
  • The device directions will have you plug two cables into the wiring input terminals of your garage door. Or, you may be plugging cables into your wired wall push button.
  • As a general rule, the directions with their schematics can look more intimidating than they actually are.

View the sample video below to get a feel for what the process looks like.

Garage Installation

Available Models

Aladdin Connect

Aladdin Connect Image

Highlights

  • Monitor the door position (open or closed) and any change through the Aladdin Connect app or manually
    • One Door Control Module controls up to three doors
      • Access Open and Close History

Chamberlain MYQ-G0301

Chamberlain MYQ-G0301 Image

Highlights

  • Receive open and closing notifications
    • Needs an additional subscription for Google Assistant and IFTTT
      • Check the status or control your garage door from anywhere

Garadget

Garadget Image

Highlights

  • Pebble Watch App6, SmartThings and openHab integration
    • Wifi Enabled
      • Originally Crowdfunded

Garage Door Buddy

Garage Door Buddy Image

Highlights

  • Support for up to two openers
    • Receive real-time notifications and guest access
      • No monthly fees - Installation takes less than five minutes

GarageMate

GarageMate Image

Highlights

  • Uses Bluetooth 4 (Approx 50 foot range)
    • Up to 8 Android/iOS devices can be pired to one receiver
      • 5 Minute installation

User & Technical

Apps

Download4.6
Download3.8

Merchant

$49.95 - Direct

Online Pricing

$51.95 - Amazon More

ismartgate LITE Garage

ismartgate LITE Garage Image

Highlights

  • Remote access and doors status alerts
    • Automatic open and close via GPS (using iFTTT)
      • Free smart home integration (no monthly fees)

Apps

Download
Download

Merchant

$119 - Direct

Online Pricing

$119.00 - Amazon More

ismartgate PRO Garage

ismartgate PRO Garage Image

Highlights

  • 3 garage doors control with one device
    • Remote access and doors status alerts
      • Automatic open and close via GPS (using iFTTT)

Retrofit Smart Garages with Video Cameras

Smart Garage Video

Keep tabs on both the inside and outside of your garage with these HD video monitoring systems. Use the system to verify who is asking for access and have video footage in case of a robbery or other incident.

If you live in an area with high crime - or you’ve had break-ins before - video footage can be a critical upgrade to your smart garage or retrofitted smart garage. However, when it comes to retrofitted smart garage options, many of the video components only work with certain brands. Be sure to confirm compatibility for the video camera before assuming that it will work for your opener.

Pricing for Video Footage

While all the products below offer video streaming, saving hours of footage to return to later one may require you to pay a monthly subscription.

Additional Features

  • Night vision
    if you have a smart home where the garage lights turn on via motion sensors, this feature may not be quite as important. Otherwise, most crimes occur at night, and without the night vision component, your cameras may not help you see what or if anything is happening.
  • Infrared lights
    These are extra lights that are not available to the naken eye, but they enhance the night vision footage.
  • Two-way audio
    If you need to instruct a house-sitter or package delivery driver, this feature is especially handy.
  • Video recording
    As noted above, this feature is typically limited without a monthly subscription.

Asante Garage with Video Camera

Asante Garage with Video Camera Image

Highlights

  • No Monthly Fee
    • Video streaming
      • Night vision infrared lights

User & Technical

Apps

Download4.9
Download2.7

Merchant

$149.96 - Direct

Online Pricing

$170.75 - Amazon More

ismartgate Ultimate LITE Garage

ismartgate Ultimate LITE Garage Image

Highlights

  • IP Camera: Night vision, two-way audio, HD definition, motion&sound detection
    • Remote access, video monitoring and door status alerts
      • Free smart home integration (no monthly fees)

ismartgate Ultimate PRO Garage

ismartgate Ultimate PRO Garage Image

Highlights

  • Control of up to 3 doors and compatibility with wired sensors (for high traffic applications)
    • IP Camera: Night vision, two-way audio, HD definition, motion&sound detection
      • User management and video recording (optional)

User & Technical

  • Integrations with Apple HomeKit, Google Home, iFTTT, and Amazon Alexa (via iFTTT)

Apps

Download
Download

Merchant

$249.00 - Direct

Additional

Most Positive Reviews

meross
meross
(631)

Budget Offering

Works with proprietary openers

Additional

SmartThings Sensors - "You’ll need a Z-Wave outlet, a SmartThings multi-sensor, a presence sensor, and the “Ridiculously Automated Garage Door SmartApp”. Put the presence sensor in your car, the multi-sensor in your garage to detect movement, and use the Z-Wave outlet to act as a relay control."

Nold - € 99.00

New Smart Garage Doors

If you are looking to replace your garage door anyway, it may be best to install one of the newest, current smart garage door options (versus retrofit) with the new door.

It is often best to choose a brand with its own proprietary products and features as they are far more likely to work seamlessly, and you will probably receive better customer service if something goes wrong, since technicians will be able to understand their brand’s product line and where the root of a technical issue lies.

Genie Smart Garages

Genie / Aladdin Connect

Genie offers an add-on smart garage controller along with some models with Wi-fi connectivity already integrated inside.

These models include:

The company operates all of its connected products using the Aladdin Connect App. This app has gotten only OK reviews so far.

Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Chamberlain Smart Garages

Chamberlain (Owns Liftmaster & myQ)

The Chamberlain Group offers connected Wi-Fi garages under both the Chamberlain and Liftmaster brands and uses the myQ app as a way to connect their wide range of product lines.

Their integrated openers include:

 

myQ app

Note: The myQ app is one of the most rated and top reviewed smart home apps that we have come across.

New Smart Garage Door Comparisons

Chain Drive Smart Garage Doors

LiftMaster 1355 ( Replaced by 8164W ) Contractor Series 1/2 HP AC Chain Drive Wi-Fi Garage Door...
Chamberlain Group C450 Smartphone-Controlled Durable Chain Drive Garage Door Opener with MED Lifting...
Genie ChainGlide Connect – WiFi Smart Garage Door Opener with Added Wireless Keypad, ½ HPc Smart...
Chamberlain C273 Smart Garage Door Opener, Gray
Garage Door Parts - (Complete Unit with Rails) 7' Liftmaster 8587 Elite Series 3/4 Hp Carriage House...
Model
Liftmaster
Chamberlain
Genie
Chamberlain
Liftmaster
Company
1355
C450
ChainGlide Model 2033-TKV
C273
8587
Type
Chain Drive
Chain Drive
Chain Drive
Chain Drive
Chain Drive
Horsepower
1/2 HP
1/2 HP
1/2 HP
1/2 HP
3/4 HP
Features
-
-
-
Battery Backup
Auto-Lock Deadbolt
Max Height
7'
7' (8-10' with extension kit)
7' (8' w/ extension kit)
7' (8-10' with extension kit)
7' -14'
Keypad included?
Add-on
Add-on
Add-on
52 Reviews
267 Reviews
106 Reviews
16 Reviews
-
-
LiftMaster 1355 ( Replaced by 8164W ) Contractor Series 1/2 HP AC Chain Drive Wi-Fi Garage Door...
Model
Liftmaster
Company
1355
Type
Chain Drive
Horsepower
1/2 HP
Features
-
Max Height
7'
Keypad included?
Add-on
52 Reviews
Chamberlain Group C450 Smartphone-Controlled Durable Chain Drive Garage Door Opener with MED Lifting...
Model
Chamberlain
Company
C450
Type
Chain Drive
Horsepower
1/2 HP
Features
-
Max Height
7' (8-10' with extension kit)
Keypad included?
267 Reviews
Genie ChainGlide Connect – WiFi Smart Garage Door Opener with Added Wireless Keypad, ½ HPc Smart...
Model
Genie
Company
ChainGlide Model 2033-TKV
Type
Chain Drive
Horsepower
1/2 HP
Features
-
Max Height
7' (8' w/ extension kit)
Keypad included?
106 Reviews
Chamberlain C273 Smart Garage Door Opener, Gray
Model
Chamberlain
Company
C273
Type
Chain Drive
Horsepower
1/2 HP
Features
Battery Backup
Max Height
7' (8-10' with extension kit)
Keypad included?
Add-on
16 Reviews
Garage Door Parts - (Complete Unit with Rails) 7' Liftmaster 8587 Elite Series 3/4 Hp Carriage House...
Model
Liftmaster
Company
8587
Type
Chain Drive
Horsepower
3/4 HP
Features
Auto-Lock Deadbolt
Max Height
7' -14'
Keypad included?
Add-on
-
-

Belt and Wall Mounted Smart Garages

Chamberlain Group B550 Smartphone-Controlled Ultra-Quiet & Strong Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with...
Chamberlain B750 3/4 HP Equivalent Ultra-Quiet Belt Drive Smart Garage Door Opener
Chamberlain RJO20 Direct Drive Wall Mounted Space Saving Garage Door Opener, One Size, Black
LiftMaster Elite Series 8500W Jackshaft Garage Door Operator, WiFi
Model
Chamberlain
Chamberlain
Chamberlain
Liftmaster
Company
B550
B750
RJO20
8500W
Type
Belt Drive
Belt Drive
Wall Mounted Motor
Wall Mounted Motor
Horsepower
1/2 HP
Equivalent to 3/4 HP
-
Powers 850 lbs. Doors
Features
-
-
Auto-Lock Deadbolt, Battery Back-Up, Remote LED Light
Auto-Lock Deadbolt, Battery Back-Up, Remote LED Light
Max Height
7' (8-10' with extension kit)
7' (8-10' with extension kit)
14' Tall and 18' Wide - Must have a front mount torsion bar system
14' Tall and 18' Wide Must have a front mount torsion bar system
Keypad included?
Add-on
439 Reviews
3 Reviews
113 Reviews
56 Reviews
Chamberlain Group B550 Smartphone-Controlled Ultra-Quiet & Strong Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with...
Model
Chamberlain
Company
B550
Type
Belt Drive
Horsepower
1/2 HP
Features
-
Max Height
7' (8-10' with extension kit)
Keypad included?
439 Reviews
Chamberlain B750 3/4 HP Equivalent Ultra-Quiet Belt Drive Smart Garage Door Opener
Model
Chamberlain
Company
B750
Type
Belt Drive
Horsepower
Equivalent to 3/4 HP
Features
-
Max Height
7' (8-10' with extension kit)
Keypad included?
3 Reviews
Chamberlain RJO20 Direct Drive Wall Mounted Space Saving Garage Door Opener, One Size, Black
Model
Chamberlain
Company
RJO20
Type
Wall Mounted Motor
Horsepower
-
Features
Auto-Lock Deadbolt, Battery Back-Up, Remote LED Light
Max Height
14' Tall and 18' Wide - Must have a front mount torsion bar system
Keypad included?
113 Reviews
LiftMaster Elite Series 8500W Jackshaft Garage Door Operator, WiFi
Model
Liftmaster
Company
8500W
Type
Wall Mounted Motor
Horsepower
Powers 850 lbs. Doors
Features
Auto-Lock Deadbolt, Battery Back-Up, Remote LED Light
Max Height
14' Tall and 18' Wide Must have a front mount torsion bar system
Keypad included?
Add-on
56 Reviews

Integrations and Accessories

Your smart garage doesn’t have to stop with a smart garage door opener.

Once connected your garage can integrate with a whole host of smart home products to increase your home’s security, as well as increase your family’s overall quality of life with:

  • House-wide voice controls
  • Door and window security systems
  • Security lights
  • Code-enabled keypads for any/all doors
Homekit Icon

Apple Homekit/Siri Garage Opener

  • iSmartGate: works with Siri out of the Box
  • MyQ enabled garages: You will need to add the MyQ Home Bridge Add-on to get Siri voice control and remote control with Homekit
Sale myQ HomeBridge
Category Google Nest

Google Assistant/Home Garage Opener

Open, close and check the status of your door using Google Assistant actions.

  • iSmartGate: Works with Google Assistant out of the box
  • MyQ enabled garages: Built-in action but will require a $1/month charge for each door (free for a limited time)
  • Nexx Home: Action
  • Genie/Aladdin Connect: Action
  • Might Mule: Action
Alexa Ecosystem

Amazon Alexa Garage Opener

You are in luck if you are looking for Alexa support as a wide range of smart garage openers have this built-in.

  • MyQ (Chamberlain/Liftmaster): Not directly supported (They used to have a skill but has since been taken down)
  • iSmartGate: Uses IFTTT for Alexa integration
  • Garadget: Alexa Skill
  • Nexx Garage: Alexa Skill
  • Tailwind: Alexa Skill
Wink Hub 2

Smart home control - Wink:

The best options for smart home control with Wink are:

  • Direct MyQ integration with any compatible Liftmaster/Chamberlain garage
  • The GoControl retrofit add-on that integrates and you can control from anywhere.
Wink
Wink
(906)
Samsung SmartThings Image

Smart home control - SmartThings:

The best options for smart home control with SmartThings are:

  • Community SmartThings MyQ integration (only supported in the SmartThings Classic mobile app)with any compatible Liftmaster/Chamberlain garage
    - Note: If you want to check on the door status you will need to add an additional tilt sensor
  • The GoControl retrofit add-on that integrates and you can control from anywhere.
SmartThings
Alarm.com Wellness Elderly Monitoring

Smart home - Security System:

Alarm.com
- Direct myQ integration
Xfinity Home
- Direct myQ integration
ADT
- Uses Linear GD00Z-2 Device
Vivint
- Yes

Keypad

Interested in adding a keypad to your MyQ enabled Liftmaster/Chamberlain/Craftsman garage door?

Note: the MyQ app does not allow you to add remote codes directly.

MyQ Keypad

DIY & Open-Source Smart Garage Door Openers

If you are handy and/or mechanically-inclined, you may enjoy a DIY option using open source hardware and software.

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DOOROPENER

ARDUINO - MYDOOROPENER

MyDoorOpener only requires a low-cost and easy to configure Arduino controller to open/close/monitor your garage door. No computer needs to remain...

R2

GARAGEMOTE R2

GarageMote is a garage door controller shield kit for Moteino that can be used to remotely control a garage door from anywhere on the web or from...

WIFI DOOR OPENER

ARDUINO WIFI GARAGE DOOR OPENER

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MQTT

ESP8266 AND MQTT GARAGE DOOR

By Brian Wharton

bt

BLUETOOTH ANDROID CONTROLLED GARAGE DOOR REMOTE

By Matthew Ford and Forward Computing and Control Pty this project demonstrates how simple it is to control your Arduino device from your Andriod...