I installed a pair of smart garage door openers in my house last year and I have to tell you, it might be the best smart home decision I’ve ever made. Seriously, I can’t tell you how much I love these things. I got a pair of Nexx NXG-200 Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Controllers, which sell on Amazon for $80 a piece. It takes less than 10 minutes to install one of these little boxes, and I can’t think of a better way to spend 10 minutes.

First of all, I never have to deal with those frustrating garage door opener keypads anymore. Why on Earth do they never work on the first try?! I feel like these companies are trolling us at this point because I know there are weatherproof keypads out there that actually work. Another great benefit is the fact that you can see your garage door’s status in the app and control it from anywhere in the world. Have you ever rushed out of the house and then panicked sometime later because you couldn’t remember if you closed the garage? I do it at least a few times a year, but now I don’t have to panic anymore. I can see if the door is open in my app, and then I can close it with a single tap if I need to.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, and I can’t recommend these devices enough. The Nexx model I have is great, but it’s a bit pricey at $80. Thankfully, there’s an even more popular option out there that’s on sale for less than half the price! The myQ Smart Garage Hub by Chamberlain does everything I mentioned above and more, and it’s back under $40 right now at Amazon. At that price, it’s no wonder why it’s the #1 best-seller. I’ve tested this model as well and I can’t recommend it enough — especially when it costs half as much as the model I use!

Here are the important details from the MyQ’s description from the Amazon page:

myQ Smart Garage Hub by Chamberlain allows you to use your smartphone to open and close your garage door from anywhere. Feel more secure at home when you set times for your garage to close and receive alerts when the garage door opens and closes. With the myQ garage, your smartphone, Wi Fi and any compatible garage door opener, you are connected and in control. myQ is compatible with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993, including Chamberlain, Craftsman, Lift Master, Stanley, and more. Note: You must have a sectional garage door and safety sensors installed. myQ is easily installed in four steps or you have the option to request expert garage hub installation for added support. myQ also works with Google Assistant for voice control, IFTTT, and Wink for even more features and functionality. Daily schedules preset times for your garage door to close or your lights to turn on/off every day. Enhanced security and protection with so many connected devices protecting your data is more important than ever.

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