Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Hub review (model MYQ-G0401)

The Chamberlain myQ system has been my high good storage door controller decide since we first examined it two and a half years in the past. Naturally, the system has undergone its share of upgrades and enhancements since then, notably with its app, and now a hardware improve has arrived as nicely.

The brand new myQ, mannequin MYQ-G0401, is primarily pushed by beauty adjustments—it’s white as an alternative of black, each the controller and the door sensor have been redesigned, and a brand new wall plate makes mounting easier—however in any other case its core performance is identical. Except for needing to plug within the controller hub to wall energy, it stays a totally wi-fi system that’s massively easier to arrange than competing models that require a hardwired connection to the storage door motor and/or the door sensor.

This evaluate is a part of TechHive’s protection of the very best good storage door controllers, the place you’ll discover opinions of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it’s best to take into account when searching for any such product.

Like its predecessor, the brand new myQ steps you thru the setup course of—directions are fully contained inside the myQ cell app—which entails a number of hardware button presses, punching in your Wi-Fi data (2.4GHz solely), and pairing the system to your motor by urgent the “be taught” button on the system. (Except for probably mounting the system, that is the one step you’ll want a ladder for.) Very similar to the prior myQ, the G0401 is suitable with nearly each opener manufactured after 1993 (apart from Marantec and a few others), so compatibility needs to be practically common.

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A strong scheduling and notification system provides you distinctive visibility into your storage door operations.

In my testing, I did expertise some preliminary setup issues. First the unit wouldn’t settle for my Wi-Fi credentials, then it wouldn’t pair to both of two completely different motors. After I tried to set the unit up once more later, I didn’t have any bother, and I later realized that myQ was present process a service outage throughout my preliminary setup window. Except for occasional disconnects—that are frequent with each good storage controller product—the unit has labored nicely ever since. The inclusion of Bluetooth Low Vitality is designed to make setup easier, although other than the famous points, I didn’t discover any main adjustments from the earlier version.

At its coronary heart, the myQ function set stays the identical as earlier than. You may open and shut the storage door on demand and from wherever, and the system boasts more and more broad compatibility with Vivint Good Residence, Amazon Key, Ring, Google Assistant, and extra. An in depth notification system helps you to set reminders when a door has been left open or is caught with push and/or e mail notices, which will be despatched any time of day or solely at sure occasions. Scheduling is constructed into the app, as is a strong historical past system that logs each open and shut operation.

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A brand new white coloration scheme is supposed to face out much less within the typical storage surroundings.

New to the app is a extra superior sharing system that allows you to add co-owners and visitor entry, very like you’ll with a sensible door lock, with completely different ranges of entry out there for friends, together with recurring and time-limited entry choices. It’s a handy option to give caregivers and momentary staff entry to the house when you don’t have a sensible door lock (otherwise you merely don’t need individuals coming in via the entrance door).

The listing value of $40 is $10 lower than the prior mannequin was at launch, but it surely stays extensively out there for $30, the identical as earlier than. A single door sensor comes within the field. You may management a second door if you buy an extra sensor (which bafflingly additionally prices $30); however when you’ve got a three-door storage, you’ll nonetheless want a second controller to deal with the additional work.

If you have already got a myQ system put in, there’s zero purpose to contemplate upgrading to this new mannequin. If, nevertheless, you’ve but to spend money on a sensible storage door controller, the myQ system stays—far and away—my high suggestion.

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