Best garage door opener to purchase for use with smartthings?

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(David Chiluk) #1

I need to replace my garage door opener as it’s currently screw drive, and quite loud and wakes up my wife in the bedroom above the garage. So my question is what belt drive garage door opener is the best if I want to use it with smart things?

Has anyone gotten the ryobi garage door opener to work? I see a lot of info about the chamberlain and chamberlain rebrands, not working and now working again but kludgey.

Any insight would be appreciated


#2

Any brand that works with the linear/go control Z wave garage door controller will be very easy to use with SmartThings. :sunglasses:

http://www.gocontrol.com/detail.php?productId=4

The garage door controller is sold under many different brand names, including linear, go control, Iris, and Nexia. They’ll all work fine, Just the box is different.


(David Chiluk) #3

Thanks, I knew about the linear controller. I should have mentioned that I’m looking for something that doesn’t have to be cobbled together like that. Also, I don’t look forward to the $70 investment of the controller when a bunch are already app/wifi controlled.

It really looks like these garage door opener manufacturers need to get their act together and realize that our lives don’t revolve around our garage doors. They could probably sell quite a few smart garage door openers if they’d just get them to work with the major automation hubs.


(Brent Haag) #5

I agree with @JDRoberts. The gocontrol is the way to go. I had to replace 2 door openers this summer (went with Genie) and the GoControl is rock solid.


(Bill Ho) #6

I am using the GoControl one under Iris’s brandname. It costs me around $50 at Lowes after coupon and other promotion. You are still paying the additional cost if the garage door opener includes that function itself. It would be more flexible to have that function separated. also, you may want to get one with backup power. Note that most, but not all, opener are compatible with GoControl.


(Joe Spr0ckEt) #7

I have been through two of the GoControl/Iris controllers, and both have stopped working after six-eight months. I’m not trying again, I need a different solution


#8

I use Garadget, it works just fine, but integration is over wifi, not z wave or zigbee. It has iftt integration too.


(Brad) #9

You guys must work for linear. I’ve had 4 of these and they often break for no reason at all.


(Woolfman72) #10

i have had mine for about 4 years now and have had no issues.


(Bill Ho) #11

My GoControl/Iris garage door controller also has no problem for over 1.5 years. Remember the garage is usually an insulated wall away from all your other devices and the connection may be unstable. I had disconnection problem in the first couple months. Then I added a smartplug as repeater in the garage near the house. I have zero problem after that.


(Allan) #12

I have a chamberlain with the MyQ and WiFi built in. Using the MyQ lite smartapp it has worked great for going on two years.


(Bill Ho) #13

Can the MyQ be integrated with Smart things? I thought it is no longer supported.
Regarding the Linear/GoControl controller, I have problem with the new ST app. However, I have the same problem with a handful of devices in the new app too. They all still work well with the old ST app.


(PPO16) #14

The Iris garage opener works fine with both the old and new app. I am fully satisfy with it for 2 years now.


(Bill Ho) #15

The Iris garage opener works fine with both the old and new app. I am fully satisfy with it for 2 years now.

Interesting. My GoControl garage controller is actually Iris branded, but I cannot get it to work in the new app. It does show up in the new app but I just cannot access that device info. It works perfectly fine with the old app though. So it is connected to the hub steadily.


(PPO16) #16

https://www.homedepot.com/p/GoControl-Z-Wave-Garage-Door-Opener-Remote-Controller-GD00Z-4/206590931?MERCH=REC--rv_mobileweb_rr--206590931--206590931--N

this one, right?

The new app asked me to upgrade the device the first time I clicked on the detail view in the new app and it worked straight forward.


(Bill Ho) #17

Which IDE are you using? It is the same controller, but we may be using different IDE. I am using one of the customized IDE that it can be controlled by Alexia by voice. I just see some updates in the new app for the Xiaomi door/window sensors today. They have been working in both the old and new app, before or after the updates though, My Visonic window sensor is also not working in the new app.


(PPO16) #18

Standard IDE. I have plenty of sensors not working in the new app, specially those home made, but the garage opener was showing properly since day one I got my S9+


(Bill Ho) #19

Can your garage door be voice controlled? I have heard the standard IDE does not support voice command on Echo. I have several devices not working in the new app including the thermostat, water leak sensor, garden hose switch, and smart plug that are all Iris compatible and work with v2 hub in the old app. Also, the Life360 presence sensor is not working properly in the new app either.


(PPO16) #20

I removed the control from Alexa as I don’t want someone shouting from outside “Alexa, open the garage” and break in my house.
I also have Alexa on a smart plug that switches off when I leave to avoid any unwanted interactions.
My genuine ST sensors all work. My Honeywell wifi thermostat works fine, GE motion sensor, Philips bulb (without Philips hub), Sylvana bulb (without osram hub).
Not working yet: Aeon siren, Sonos, Zooz 4in1 and other homemade


(Allan) #21

Add in a “cheap” tilt sensor like the Ecolink sensor for around $25 and it will work great.