I was surfing the internet the other day and came across a blog about how you can use your phone to open your garage door. According to the article, all you need is the following:
- transistor from Radio Shack
- soldering iron
- Bluetooth headset
- handful of wire ties
- couple of 12” wires
- various pliers, wirecutters, etc.
After your have acquired this assorted equipment, you disassemble the headset, remove the earpiece housing by carefully working it loose with a pair of pliers, isolate one of the speaker wires, cut off the black wire and solder the transistor to the red wire from the headset. Then you need to plug this apparatus into an outlet and hang it from your garage door opener. You then are able to open your door by going to settings on your phone, hitting the Bluetooth setting and then hitting disconnect. You do have to do this within a couple of seconds, apparently, or it won’t work. Different phones do require slightly different instructions.
All seems a bit much, doesn’t it? I mean, unless you possess a love of tinkering, I couldn’t imagine a normal person going through all of this trouble for the simple pleasure of opening a garage with a phone. With all the aps that exist in today’s smart phone marketplace, there should be a far more optimal way to use your phone to open a garage door.
Sure enough, there is.
Liftmaster, the leader in Garage door openers, has a solution that doesn’t require soldering iron. Their new technology “MyQ-enabled” Internet Gateway is a simple solution for using any brand smart phone to not only open your garage door but also to control your home lights as well. And you don’t need to be standing in front of your garage. This can be done from any remote location
Their four new garage door openers – the LiftMaster® Elite Series® 8550 and Premium Series 8360 with Battery Backup, the Elite Series® Model 8500 Wall Mount opener, and the Premium Series 8355 – are the only ones in the marketplace with MyQ® technology built right in. This offers you a new level of home activation as opposed to an expensive, hardwired home automation system.
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