Best Easy to Install and Use Smart Garage Door Opener
The installation is almost too simple. Additionally, you can install an additional sensor for a second garage door using the same Smart unit.
A fair amount of users experience drops in connectivity – and a few false alerts. Plus, you need to pay for the MyQ integrations that really should be an industry standard.
This is, of course, remarkably similar to the Liftmaster unit on this list as the functionality is linked to the MyQ system. With that are pros and cons.
We love the absolute ease of installation; it’s really tough to get it wrong. But, pairing it with your WiFi and the app on your phone isn’t always so straightforward. If you’re not tech-savvy, you may not want to choose this opener.
And, some users do have occasional lost signal issues, but it’s remarkably easy to use – and even more efficient if you have a home camera system already in place. We’re also not fans of the paid integrations you may need to resort to, but this is still a remarkably solid system with a great company behind it.
So, why didn’t we go with the updated model? It all boils down to the ability to get additional sensors for the new model (you can’t) and you can’t use the older sensors with the new hub. Now, it does sell for a little less and they have updated some of the connectivity issues that many users have experienced. But, there are plenty of would-be new-model buyers that are prepared to hold off until that happens. So, there are pros and cons, and perhaps the MyQ-G0301 is the one for you; you’ll find many of the same pros and cons either way.
Max doors: 2, but you will need to purchase a second sensor for the second door. (Incidentally, the updated model doesn’t yet offer the additional sensor option, and hasn’t worked out enough of the kinks to give the MyQ-G0301 the nod that this model gets.)
Integrates with: You can integrate this with Nest, SmartThings, Wink, and XFINITY home with little issue. But, if you want to integrate it with Google Home or IFTTT, you’ll need to pay $1/month or $10/year. And, if you want to link it to Apple Home, you’ll need to fork out $70 for a MyQ Home Bridge. Ouch.
Garage door compatibility: You can connect it to most garage doors built post-1993, though there are some notable exceptions (including many new Genie doors). Always check before purchasing.
Connects via: 802.11 Wi-Fi
Home automation hub required: None, but you can link it in with some existing hubs.
Compatible devices: MyQ smartphone App is available for Apple and Android devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android smartphones and tablets
Geofencing: If you link into IFTTT, you’ve got geofencing.
Number of users: Technically, it’s a single user gadget, but you can give everyone in the house the same login details, but there aren’t different levels or temporary user levels.
Video capability: No, but you can link it in with home camera systems if you pay the $1/month MyQ compatibility subscription.
Additional features: You can set schedules, and it does have a light, but it’s not super feature-heavy at the moment.
Alerts: The alerts are really fast and you can manipulate certain settings.
Installation: According to most users, installation couldn’t be simpler. Many report having it done in less than 10 minutes. But, there does seem to be some struggles when it comes to pairing the device. If it’s easy, it’s super easy – if it takes a little more effort, it’s usually not extreme.
What’s included in starter pack: Wi-Fi Hub, Power Cord, Mounting Bracket, Door Sensor, Instructions for MyQ App download
What else will you need: Presumably nothing, though you may want an extra sensor if you have two garage doors
Costs and warranties: The MSRP is $130, and you’ll pay about $115 for the unit and a second door sensor is $55. The newer model retails for $100, but you can’t add on a second sensor. If money is not your concern, you could definitely consider the newer model, but it doesn’t appear that Chamberlain is in a rush to release extra sensors for this unit.