The Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener is another “smart” home product you can install to help you protect and monitor your home when you aren’t at home. The Chamberlain MyQ unit works with your existing garage door opener. In the box you will find the Wifi Hub unit, AC adapter, the Door Sensor unit, brackets, adhesive strips and installation paperwork.
You will need to attach the bracket for the WiFi Hub close to your garage door opener so it can be plugin directly into the opener and into a power outlet. The Door Sensor gets attached to the inside of your garage door with the enclosed Adhesive strips (double-back type tape).
Note: the Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener only works with sectional garage doors that slides up and into the garage rather than a one-piece door that lifts up. It works with most garage door openers that were manufactured after 1993. Check their website to see if your garage door opener qualifies.
The MyQ Garage door opener really isn’t a replacement for your existing garage door opener remote. It acts as a way for you to open and close your garage door when you aren’t near your home. Maybe you forgot to close it or are worried that you forgot. The app will let you know if the door is opened or closed. It acts as a monitoring service. You can see when the garage door is opened or closed using the standard button on the wall or car remote and it gives you that added piece of mind. If someone is at your home, maybe a teenage or grown child, and needs to get in but doesn’t have the car remote, they can call or text you and you can let them in so it’s convenient too
Once you install the units, you will then need to plug in the Wifi Hub unit and wait for the blue LED light to blink. Enable Blutooth on your smartphone or tablet (we used an iPhone) and then you will see your phone/tablet find the Wifi hub. Instructions are slightly different for Android phones and tablets so you will need to read the installation booklet. Once your MyQ Wifi hub has been added to your home network the light will turn green on the Hub itself.
Next you will need to install the Chamberlain MyQ app. When your phone finds the Chamberlain MyQ unit there will be a message to press that will take you directly to the app store where you will download the free app.
Next, open the MyQ app and create a free account. The first time we created an account we had a slight issue. I used one of my Gmail accounts and we never received the confirmation email. You need the confirmation email so you can verify your email address. I tried having it send the email twice and it never worked. When I started over and used a different email (this time I used email@example.com) it worked perfectly and I got the confirmation email immediately.
Once everything is connected and working properly the app will prompt you for testing and you will need to open your garage door using the wall switch. After the tests we were successfully able to open and close our garage door using the MyQ app.
Another note: when the app opens or closes the door, it beeps really loudly and flashes a bright light. This is something they have build into the unit for safety to make sure nothing is near the door.
The Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door opener is a nice smart device to own for your home. It was a bit tricky getting it to pair with our home network and phone but once that was done it worked perfectly.
The one thing I liked was that there was plenty of help within the app itself for every step. If I couldn’t figure out something a help screen would appear with steps to take or new steps to try. You can always email or call their help support too and the email and phone were provided right on the step I was trying.
The Chamberlain MyQ is affordable at a retail price of $129.99 as of this posting.