I installed my Nutone NGD00Z garage door controller tonight and it works wonderfully.
I also use the Amazon Echo and I really wanted to be able to control the door with it (yes, I know someone can stand outside and tell my house to open the doors, I don’t care… I have great insurance).
The install is very easy. It took me about 15 minutes from start to finish.
- Find a place to mount the controller. Make sure it is close enough to an outlet.
- Mount the controller (do not plug it in yet)
- run the wiring. Find the two connections for the push button and insert the wires. It doesn’t matter which wire goes to each post. They are interchangeable (as per the directions) ** The two large white wires are the ones coming from the Nutone Controller
- place the garage door position sensor. I put mine at the very top of the door. Since that is the last part to go back vertical it will not change status until the door is fully closed.
- plug in the controller
- Start the ST device discovery. Press the button on the side of the controller. Wait for the discovery and configure.
- Run one full cycle of the garage door with the wall push button
- Run one full cycle of the garage door using the ST app
- Create a virtual switch called Garage Door in the ST API
- Give Alexa permission to see the garage door switch.
- Have Alexa discover your devices. Verify the switch is added.
- Create a routine called Garage Door Open in the ST app
- Create a second routine called Garage Door Closed in the ST app
- If you do not have it already, download and install the app Alexa Helper
Alexa Helper - Change mode or phrase with a switch toggle
- Configure Alexa Helper to connect the Garage Door VS to the two routines.
- Tell Alexa to open and close the garage door!!!
Note you can say “Alexa, Open the garage door” and “Alexa, Close the garage door” instead of “turn on or turn off”.
Also, unlike the wall push button, once the door has started to travel via the app or echo, you must wait until the door has completed its action before reversing it.
Now the after pictures… since the before pictures would have been just a blank spot on the ceiling and door in my garage.