This was inspired specifically by the GoControl/Linear Garage Door (GD00Z-4) which is a great garage door opened available on Amazon but has a compatibility issue with SmartThings Door/Locks section. ST requires a connected “switch” to operate a garage door opener. The default Z-Wave Garage Door device type code that comes with ST does not support this to one cannot use the “Close Garage Door when someone leaves” or “Open garage door when someone arrives”.
We’ve solved this issue in 2 ways (depending on your choice and preference).
- A Custom Device Type Z-Wave Garage Door Opener with Switch functionality. This allows any Garage Door to interact with any ST apps through a standard Switch on/off interface to open/close respectively. This allows for control through the Door/Locks section of ST Mobile App and also from any Smart App which turns on/off lights/switches. It also improves the low battery detection and reporting mechanism for the garage door position sensor. It also takes care of the phantom “opening” reports from the garage door opener.
- A Garage Door Open/Close Smart App when someone leaves or someone arrives. This app allows you to control any Garage Door (including Linear) to open/close when someone arrives/leaves accordingly. You do NOT need any special device types and works with the standard device type from SmartThings. This is the easiest way to provide open/close functionality without having to mess with custom devices.
You can control multiple garage doors simultaneously.
This device also supports reporting the Garage Door Level Sensor battery status.
A list of compatible garage door controllers that work with these devices
If you’re trying to control the device using Alexa (Amazon Echo), please note that the stock ST Amazon Echo does not support operating locks and garage doors due to security issues. If you still want to control them using Amazon Echo, please use Ask Alexa, a custom integration which allows for the same.
More features to added, if you have any suggestions or ideas please feel free to ask and we’ll try to add it.
This custom device type and smart app is available on the RBoy Apps Server, http://smartthings.rboyapps.com. Refer to our facebook page below to get access to the server.
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