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These days they have an app that does everything. One of the most important spaces in your home shouldn’t be left behind in the previous century. If there are systems that can alarm your Smart Phone in the event that the refrigerator door is left open, why should you be able to control and monitor your garage door remotely? Well, you can. Actually, you can do a lot more than that. Here are a few products that will help bring your home into the modern area.
There are tons of Iphone and Android apps that let you control, monitor, and grant access to your garage from virtually anywhere in the world. Lift, Insteon ($100-$200), andMyDoorOpener ($30-$50) are a few inexpensive options if all you are looking for is simple control over opening and closing your door. If you want to take it a step further,MiDoor ($199)keeps a logof when your garage door opens and closes which is helpful if security is a consideration for you. Open-Me is a pretty cool system which automatically opens your door when you approach it allowing hands-free control of your garage.
MyQGarage ($30-$130) and GoGoGate ($99) let you remotely monitor your garage door via a small camera. You can watch real-time video from your smartphone from anywhere there’s internet. Asante ($195-$250) is another great system that allows you to monitor your garage door in real-time but also offers the additional feature of infrared, allowing you to check in even at night. Quirky Ascend ($90), Garageio ($199-$219) and Open Sesame ($49-$69)give you the ability to give access to your garage to other people that you designate (Like your family and friends, or whoever…). Say you need a friend to stop by your house to pick up that certain something you forgot: just open the app, add the user and they now have access to your palace. Garage Mate ($49.95)does some the same thing and is the cheapest option but hangs from your opener with its wires out….GarageBeaconalso allows you to grant access to people you designate but tracks who opens it by allowing you to assign different passcodes to each user but sadly will not be available until some unannounced date as they are currently trying to make it compatible with the Apple Watch.
Z-Wave ($80 – $120)is a phenomenal system that allows you to retrofit any existing system into a smart system but doesn’t offer much in security. If you would prefer to buy a new system rather than retrofit your old one, the Craftsman 1 HP Belt Drive Opener with the Assureline Gateway ($250-$350) is a fullyintegrated system that operatessmoothly and quietly, and connects wirelessly to all of your devices.
And just in case you haven’t hopped on the smart phone bandwagon just yet doesn’t mean you’re out of options either. Garage Door Guardian ($20-$30) and Garage Butler ($20-$40) are systems that work on a timer. You never have to worry if you forgot to close the door again.
If you’re looking to free up space in your garage you might tryMyLifter ($199), another smart system that allows you to hoist up to 100lbs with your smartphone.
If you’re parking challenged, try finding a laser guided system compatible with your opener. The most common is the Chamberlain CLULP1 ($15-$35) which uses a laser to alarm you when you should stop by turning your garage red. The ParkRight Dual Garage Parking system ($20-$30) is great for multiple-car garages. Of course if you don’t have a pretty penny to blow on such extravagance but still need help parking, you could simply purchase a parking mat ($20). It has raised edges so you can feel when you’ve hit the spot. And no garage would be complete without the Wibou car protection system which sits in your garage and alerts your smart phone if your car is tampered with.
Other garage accessories to consider especially if you are accident-proned or clumsy are bumper and wall guards ($15-$50) that protect your car and garage from damage when parking and opening your car door. Battery backup systems ($20-$100) allow you to operate your garage door even when the power to your home is out and many manufacturers sell them for various popular brands. Mini remote control openers ($5-$35) are super helpful for those who need access to the garage when not driving. It is a garage door opener remote small enough to fit on your key chain. Though of course, wireless exterior keypads ($20-$520) keep all of the control directly at the door and are helpful when your garage has no other access door. And finally, though technically not a garage accessory, Tile ($22-$32) is a key finding system that tracks your car and house keys on your smart phone. Never lose them again!