If you are looking for a way to control your garage door remotely and check on its status, and would like integration with major smart-home systems such as HomeKit, Wink, IFTTT, and Google, the MyQ Garage is the best option. It was the easiest and quickest to install of all the controllers we tested, it's among the simplest to set up and use, and it's compatible with the most garage doors, thanks to the huge popularity of Chamberlain and LiftMaster products in homes across the country.
Not pictured here are the Garageio and Iris controllers; the Iris is identical to the GoControl, just with the Iris logo. Get enhanced features such as voice control, location based closing or control via a partner app. We came up with five models to test and put through their paces using four garage-door openers: It is the most feature-packed garage-door controller we tested.
From around the web. Preset days and times for the garage door to close or the lights to turn on or off with the scheduling feature. It is not a good choice if you just want to open and close your garage door remotely, as you need a separate home-automation hub for it to function, and no stand-alone app will work with the GoControl device by itself.
The Buyer's Guide. Download the myQ app to get started. Jennifer Pattison Tuohy We scoured Amazon, Google, and tech-review sites to compile a list of the smart garage-door controllers currently available.
And contrary to what you might normally expect with technology, the newer your door opener is, the less likely it is to work with the majority of replacement garage-door controllers. It does not replace your existing garage-door opener or prevent other devices that open your garage door—such as visor clips, push buttons, and keypads—from working as before.
A smart garage-door controller is an excellent security and access tool for your home, vacation home, or rental property. Image credit: You will need a smartphone, Android or iOS, to set it up, and if you have poor Wi-Fi reception in your garage, you may need to purchase an extender, but the MyQ Garage does a pretty good job with a weak signal. Our smart garage door openers and accessories make it easy to connect to myQ. This feature is important for alerting someone in the garage when it is being closed remotely, and is a UL requirement for "unattended operation" of garage doors.
You'll also find a few Bluetooth smart garage-door openers, including gLink and SecuRemote. The MyQ app is simple and straightforward, with the main feature being the ability to create detailed alerts about the status of your door.
It's a great choice for a smart-home enthusiast who enjoys setting up routines and integrating the control of their garage door with all their other Z-Wave smart-home devices of which there are many— here's a PDF list of some compatible GoControl ones. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work.
The device also emits warning beeps and flashes an LED light when the door has been triggered to close remotely but not when opened.