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Chamberlain, a connected smart home company that specializes in garage door openers, today announced that it will be introducing Apple HomeKit compatibility to a range of its connected smart home devices. For users already using the company's products in the "MyQ" ecosystem, they will be able to gain HomeKit support through the addition of a new MyQ Home Bridge.

For new users, Chamberlain will launch the all-new Smart Garage Hub, a device that can add smartphone controls to "virtually any brand of garage door opener" that users already own.

Thanks to HomeKit compatibility, users will be able to control their garage door -- and any MyQ connected lighting accessories -- through their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch, and even use Siri.

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"The value of MyQ technology extends far beyond the garage, but into the daily fabric of families and their lifestyles in the home," said Cory Sorice, Vice President of Marketing for Connected Products and eCommerce at Chamberlain. "Through our growing product line, new features that add convenience and control, and expanding partnerships with tech leaders, Chamberlain has established itself as the industry's preeminent smart home innovator."
Additionally, Chamberlain announced new Smart Light Switches and lamp controls, as well as new features within the MyQ mobile app, including guest accounts and scheduling abilities. On iOS, users will be able to add Touch ID onto the app's startup to ensure an additional layer of security is protecting access to their garage door and lighting controls.

The company said that the MyQ Home Bridge should arrive by April 2017, and the Smart Garage Hub will launch around July 2017. The MyQ Home Bridge will run at a special introductory price of $49.99 (regular $69.99), but there was no mention of how much the Smart Garage Hub will cost.

Article Link: CES 2017: Chamberlain Reveals HomeKit-Compatible Smart Garage Door Openers
 

oneMadRssn

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Some of these IoT devices are just ludicrously stupid to me (WiFi hairbrush??). But the WiFi connected garage door opener actually seems super practical. When I have a garage door, I will definitely plan on getting a HomeKit-compatible setup.
 

gotluck

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Some of these IoT devices are just ludicrously stupid to me (WiFi hairbrush??). But the WiFi connected garage door opener actually seems super practical. When I have a garage door, I will definitely plan on getting a HomeKit-compatible setup.
Heh myq garage door opener is the only smart home product I have so far :p

We enjoy It!
 
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ericg301

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Heh myq garage door opener is the only smart home product I have so far :p

We enjoy It!


i replaced my opener with a MyQ one just a few weeks ago. ******** i would have to buy a new home bridge to work with home kit.
 

Romey-Rome

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HomeBridge has a nice plugin that works well & it's free if you have the WiFi gateway already. "Open Right Garage" etc. Shows up in Home app.
 

lazyrighteye

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Seems like a useful product for some.

The designer is me cringes at their clip art garage drawing. Looks like it belongs on my Palm Treo.
 

4jasontv

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That would be really useful garages that aren't connected to the main house and the user has to bring the opener with them every time they need access.
 

bsbeamer

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LiftMaster is one of their brands and have been using their app since we replaced our garage door hardware. Generally speaking, their app is functionally awesome. There are some quirks and closing the app (double tap home, swipe up close) does screw with their notifications at times. Recently integrated TouchID. As another mentioned, the design sucks - reminds me a bit of the early iPhone/iOS app days.
 

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Out of interest, what value is there in the AppleTV being a Homekit hub, if each manufacturer has to sell you their own Homekit bridge?

(confused)

The AppleTV HomeKit hub is necessary to access your accessories remotely through Apple's Home app. In other words, without the hub you can only access HomeKit accessories when your at home or via the vendor's apps.
 
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oneMadRssn

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Out of interest, what value is there in the AppleTV being a Homekit hub, if each manufacturer has to sell you their own Homekit bridge?

(confused)

I'll admit I'm far from an expert on this. As I understand it, the AppleTV allows you to access you HomeKit devices when you are away from home. Essentially, the AppleTV is an always-on "server" that bridges the connection between wherever you are out and about, and your local home network. Without the AppleTV, you would only be able to connect to HomeKit devices while you are on your home Wifi network.

From what I understand, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, most Homekit devices don't actually have to have their own proprietary bridge. It's an either/or scenario - you can use HomeKit or you can use their proprietary thing.

Some HomeKit devices do require you to use their own bridge, but it is because the actual things don't support traditional wifi for some technical limitation, and thus use some proprietary system. For example, in some of the lighting systems its inefficient or not cost effective to put a full-blown wifi radio in each bulb, and thus a bridge is used to send signals over power lines.

Also, the term "bridge" has been a misnomer in some situations where it is really rather an add-on module. For example, with garage door openers, often the actual mechanical opener itself is a dumb device and can be expanded to have smart capabilities with an optional plug-in expansion module or card or box of some kind. This is not so much a bridge as it is the actual HomeKit device.
 
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WilliamG

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LiftMaster is one of their brands and have been using their app since we replaced our garage door hardware. Generally speaking, their app is functionally awesome. There are some quirks and closing the app (double tap home, swipe up close) does screw with their notifications at times. Recently integrated TouchID. As another mentioned, the design sucks - reminds me a bit of the early iPhone/iOS app days.

I use the LiftMaster MyQ and it's been great for me. I really hope HomeKit comes to LiftMaster as well.
 

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I'll admit I'm far from an expert on this. As I understand it, the AppleTV allows you to access you HomeKit devices when you are away from home. Essentially, the AppleTV is an always-on "server" that bridges the connection between wherever you are out and about, and your local home network. Without the AppleTV, you would only be able to connect to HomeKit devices while you are on your home Wifi network.

From what I understand, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, most Homekit devices don't actually have to have their own proprietary bridge. It's an either/or scenario - you can use HomeKit or you can use their proprietary thing.

Some HomeKit devices do require you to use their own bridge, but it is because the actual things don't support traditional wifi for some technical limitation, and thus use some proprietary system. For example, in some of the lighting systems its inefficient or not cost effective to put a full-blown wifi radio in each bulb, and thus a bridge is used to send signals over power lines.

Also, the term "bridge" has been a misnomer in some situations where it is really rather an add-on module. For example, with garage door openers, often the actual mechanical opener itself is a dumb device and can be expanded to have smart capabilities with an optional plug-in expansion module or card or box of some kind. This is not so much a bridge as it is the actual HomeKit device.
That is correct. Thats what I meant in my OP. Apple should make a bridge so we don't need one for different systems. MyQ, Hue, Wink, and SmartThings. I wish their was just one because usually most Hubs connect through ethernet to a router. I have three ports used just for the bridges/hubs!
 

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I'll admit I'm far from an expert on this. As I understand it, the AppleTV allows you to access you HomeKit devices when you are away from home. Essentially, the AppleTV is an always-on "server" that bridges the connection between wherever you are out and about, and your local home network. Without the AppleTV, you would only be able to connect to HomeKit devices while you are on your home Wifi network.

From what I understand, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, most Homekit devices don't actually have to have their own proprietary bridge. It's an either/or scenario - you can use HomeKit or you can use their proprietary thing.

Some HomeKit devices do require you to use their own bridge, but it is because the actual things don't support traditional wifi for some technical limitation, and thus use some proprietary system. For example, in some of the lighting systems its inefficient or not cost effective to put a full-blown wifi radio in each bulb, and thus a bridge is used to send signals over power lines.

Also, the term "bridge" has been a misnomer in some situations where it is really rather an add-on module. For example, with garage door openers, often the actual mechanical opener itself is a dumb device and can be expanded to have smart capabilities with an optional plug-in expansion module or card or box of some kind. This is not so much a bridge as it is the actual HomeKit device.

Ah ok thanks, that actually makes complete sense!...I'm looking to move house and am keen to get some Homekit compatible products, probably start off with lighting. I've been told LightwaveRF is pretty good, but it doesn't have an official bridge so people are using Homebridge on a Raspberry Pi, just seems like a lot of effort to get a solution in place that should make things more convenient!
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That is correct. Thats what I meant in my OP. Apple should make a bridge so we don't need one for different systems. MyQ, Hue, Wink, and SmartThings. I wish their was just one because usually most Hubs connect through ethernet to a router. I have three ports used just for the bridges/hubs!

Exactly, ideally a Philips Hue bulb would just connect to an AppleTV Homekit Hub.
 

Drumjim85

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They have been saying for the last year or so that they'll add homekit functionality to their products through a software update. I know that's impossible, but they've been saying that all over social media, and now have been deleting their posts (LINK). Chamberlain tends to over promise and under deliver.
 
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Relentless Power

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They have been saying for the last year or so that they'll add homekit functionality to their products through a software update. I know that's impossible, but they've been saying that all over social media, and now have been deleting their posts. Chamberlain tends to over promise and under deliver.

I can't speak for Chamberlain specifically. But they have been around for years and are in many garages. That said, they need to follow through with what they intend on doing it they want to compete with other overhead manufacturers.
 

vipergts2207

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About damn time someone releases a HomeKit compatible garage door opener. Countless light switches, outlets, light bulbs, and other products of dubious utility released over the past couple of years, but nothing until now for the primary way a large number of people enter their home. This will be a likely purchase for me next fall after some reviews have had time to come out.

On another related note, I've been following the s***-storm over at Chamberlain's forums for roughly the past year. Some not too happy customers about this news today.

https://myqcommunity.chamberlain.com/chamberlainmyq
 
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