Kg4zlb

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Dec 11, 2014
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Does anyone have any recent experience of hooking one of these up to a a Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener?

I have a very old garage door opener, 1972 apparently according to Genie, and it works just fine but I wanted to automate it. I added the Genie Universal Conversion kit, then the Chamberlain MyQ control, put a wireless keypad outside the garage door and gave my Wife one of those 3 button door openers for her car and I open the garage via the Chamberlain MyQ iOS app (which in my opinion, is a clunky POS app - but it works!)

Moving on, I wanted to integrate this into HomeKit but of course at that time, the MyQ Home Bridge was "promised" later in the year - so I investigated using a Raspberry Pi and Homebridge and couldn't get this to work at all. Luckily this was all going on just as Chamberlain released the MyQ Home Bridge so I ordered one and eagerly set about installing it the other evening.

Epic fail; all I did (twice) was knock the whole opener off line, stopped the pin pad and and the car remote from working. Currently I have it all back as it was with the new Home Bridge in place but not connected.

For me, or maybe for my set up, the instructions are not clear - I can get it to the point of having the icon in my Home Kit but it is not operating from there - does anyone have any "idiot proof" instructions that I can follow so that I can et this working? I emailed Chamberlain support five days ago and have had zero response.

(Sorry for the long diatribe, I actually found it quite cathartic to write it all down!)
 

robnbill

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Does anyone have any recent experience of hooking one of these up to a a Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener?

I have a very old garage door opener, 1972 apparently according to Genie, and it works just fine but I wanted to automate it. I added the Genie Universal Conversion kit, then the Chamberlain MyQ control, put a wireless keypad outside the garage door and gave my Wife one of those 3 button door openers for her car and I open the garage via the Chamberlain MyQ iOS app (which in my opinion, is a clunky POS app - but it works!)

Moving on, I wanted to integrate this into HomeKit but of course at that time, the MyQ Home Bridge was "promised" later in the year - so I investigated using a Raspberry Pi and Homebridge and couldn't get this to work at all. Luckily this was all going on just as Chamberlain released the MyQ Home Bridge so I ordered one and eagerly set about installing it the other evening.

Epic fail; all I did (twice) was knock the whole opener off line, stopped the pin pad and and the car remote from working. Currently I have it all back as it was with the new Home Bridge in place but not connected.

For me, or maybe for my set up, the instructions are not clear - I can get it to the point of having the icon in my Home Kit but it is not operating from there - does anyone have any "idiot proof" instructions that I can follow so that I can et this working? I emailed Chamberlain support five days ago and have had zero response.

(Sorry for the long diatribe, I actually found it quite cathartic to write it all down!)
We got the MyQ HK bridge earlier this week (Tuesday).

We 'converted' from our old MyQ Internet gateway to the MyQ KH Bridge. It all works very well and the transition was smooth - albeit the app was not as clear as it could have been.

Since the instructions are only in the app - I can't recall the exact steps.

However - one thing that is required is to leave the old MyQ Internet gateway connected and running until the conversion is complete. At the end the app will tell you you can disconnect the old gateway. If that's not on - I think you will have problems.

The other item - there is a point in the conversion where you need to press the 'learn' button on the wall controller for the motor.

Maybe that helps? Also see if you can find a setup video on their site.
 

Kg4zlb

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Well I did find a power point presentation from Chamberlain and armed with that, the written instructions, my iPhone, my iPad and a step ladder, it now works! Don't ask me how I did it because I really don't know - a lot of the instructions are superfluous but it does work! Thanks for your input, very much appreciated!
 

robnbill

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Well I did find a power point presentation from Chamberlain and armed with that, the written instructions, my iPhone, my iPad and a step ladder, it now works! Don't ask me how I did it because I really don't know - a lot of the instructions are superfluous but it does work! Thanks for your input, very much appreciated!

Congratulations!

It also works well with HK automation - the MyQ sends a notification when the door is opened - or closed - you can detect that in an automation script and execute all sorts of KH commands.
 

mac.cali

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I have the MyQ Bridge with HK support. So far so good. I upgrade for the internet gateway which did the job, but I wanted my devices to be HK. I'm slowly purchasing HK items as I find on sale. I'd like to do lighting next, but that's a big expensive project. But I do like HK possibilities.
 

vipergts2207

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For those considering a purchase, beware that Chamberlain is charging a monthly fee if you want to integrate with other services such as IFTTT. HomeKit integration is free (for now).
 
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mac.cali

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For those considering a purchase, beware that Chamberlain is charging a monthly fee if you want to integrate with other services such as IFTTT. HomeKit integration is free (for now).

They don't charge for the internet gateway service. Where did you hear that from?
 

LiveM

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I would say, and I certainly hope, that charging for HomeKit is forbidden and/or impossible once it's enabled.
 

mac.cali

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I would say, and I certainly hope, that charging for HomeKit is forbidden and/or impossible once it's enabled.

Might be forbidden as I've yet to see a HomeKit device with a service fee. I know cameras can charge for extra dvr storage. But using it as a live feed still works.
 

vipergts2207

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Might be forbidden as I've yet to see a HomeKit device with a service fee. I know cameras can charge for extra dvr storage. But using it as a live feed still works.

I had the same thought, that Apple told Chamberlain to pound sand on that fee nonsense. The other IoT companies should probably follow suit on banning charging for integration (if that is indeed why HomeKit is free with Chamberlain) or they may see their user base drop precipitously when their users start being charged for every device they want to use with their service. Being inside the walled garden isn't always a bad thing.
 
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mac.cali

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I had the same thought, that Apple told Chamberlain to pound sand on that fee nonsense. The other IoT companies should probably follow suit on banning charging for integration or they may see their user base drop precipitously when their users start being charged for every device they want to use with their service. Being inside the walled garden isn't always a bad thing.

I wouldn't pass that up. Apple has some pretty strict rules, sometimes those rules hurt the consumer. But maybe in a situation like this, it benefits them. When I was ordering mine, the rep stated it won't be in the home improvement stores for a while. But might be sold in apple stores by the end of the year. Not sure how true that is, but I've yet found another place to sell this.
 

sailermon

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I have a 2005 Chamberlain GDO without WIFI or MyQ. I purchased the MyQ Wall Control (888LM) for $32 on Amazon and the Home Bridge for $50 from Chamberlain. The wall 888LM, makes you GDO MyQ enabled is wired to the GDO and replaces your old wall control, so very simple to install. The Home Bridge is wireless and communicates with the 888LM via radio signal. The MyQ App walks you through the setup, including pressing the learn button on the 888LM and linking to HomeKit with a scanned code from the bridge. You never have to use the MyQ App again, if you don't want to because you get all the control and notices you need from Apple Home after setup.

My Home Bridge is in my home next to my WIFI router, 150 feet and several walls away from my garage, which is in a separate building where I can't even connect to WIFI. So the Chamberlain instructions stating that it has to be in the garage, with a strong WIFI signal, is misleading at best. It works just like the Internet Gateway except it is wireless and has HomeKit enabled. This setup works great with Siri and Apple TV as the connected HomeKit hub. Some advantages are the cost (under $100) is lower than the new HomeKit enabled MyQ Garage, if it ever becomes available, the beep warning on closing is from the wall control and is not annoying at all. In addition, all your accessories like keypad, HomeLink, etc. all work as before and you don't have to reprogram them.
 

vondo

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What HomeKit devices do you get through the MyQ bridge? I have an opener with MyQ but not Wifi. Seems to me I could have access to a bunch of things if everything is setup right:

1) Door opened or closed and commands to change the state
2) Lightbulb on or off and commands to change
3) Motion sensor state from the wired control by the entrance to the house
4) Temperature from the wired control

But all I hear about is #1.
 

vondo

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I got an e-mail today that the Liftmaster version was available with free shipping and a $20 discount, so I ordered. Free shipping did not show up in the receipt at the end, so I called. They say they are going to take care of it. Otherwise it was $12 for ground, same as Chamberlain.
 

speedy gonzales

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I got an e-mail today that the Liftmaster version was available with free shipping and a $20 discount, so I ordered. Free shipping did not show up in the receipt at the end, so I called. They say they are going to take care of it. Otherwise it was $12 for ground, same as Chamberlain.

Did you use a code for the discount?
 

nbwallace

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I just received my home bridge via the free upgrade. The setup has historically worked fine using the homebridge software and the liftmaster component. I am not sure how well transferring to the hardware bridge will work.

Has anyone switched to chamberlain’s homebridge? How easy was it?
 

robnbill

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Jul 5, 2007
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I just received my home bridge via the free upgrade. The setup has historically worked fine using the homebridge software and the liftmaster component. I am not sure how well transferring to the hardware bridge will work.

Has anyone switched to chamberlain’s homebridge? How easy was it?
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I just received my home bridge via the free upgrade. The setup has historically worked fine using the homebridge software and the liftmaster component. I am not sure how well transferring to the hardware bridge will work.

Has anyone switched to chamberlain’s homebridge? How easy was it?
It worked well for us.

FOLLOW the install instructions on your iPhone. Make sure you do not disconnect your MyQ Internet Gateway until HomeBridge is finished installing and working. All settings were transferred.

We did run into an issue - called Chamberlain support - they were great - stayed on the phone until the issue was resolved.

Piece of advise - do not mount the bridge to the ceiling near the motor right away. Keep the bridge plugged in where you can reset it easily if necessary. Once everything is working - mount it where it is in range. It doesn't need to be very close to the motor.

A few weeks post-install we did run into an issue where the door was opening and closing on it's own - and we were getting notifications on HK - while we were on vacation. Called Chamberlain and they knew immediately it was the wall panel - G888LM - that was failing. Unrelated to the bridge.
 

Uofmtiger

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I got one for testing purposes and never got it to work. I called and they talked me through the process (I had already tried) and no luck. My "case" is still slowly working its way up the ladder (so to speak). I (and the rep I spoke to) think the unit I have is broke...however, getting it replaced isn't easy. If I had bought it, I would have just sent it in for an exchange. Dealing with Chamberlain is no fun.

I also have something called Garagemate that works via Bluetooth, but I wanted the wifi just to check to see if my garage is open (since it occasionally goes back up thanks to leaves blowing into the sensor). I have a Jeep Wrangler, so I like the idea of not needing to carry around the garage door opener...since I often have doors or roof off. The Garagemate does that for me, but now I want wifi!
 
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