Chamberlain ships HomeKit-enabled MyQ Home Bridge, sells out immediately
After promises and several delays, Chamberlain became the first company to ship a HomeKit-compatible garage door opener system, er, add-on “bridge” device: The MyQ Home Bridge.
Covering this home technology space is sometimes pretty funny, since there’s always some kind of adapter or bridge or extra “thinggy” that you have to add to your setup to make it compatible with some new platform. And many consumers are growing tired of buying dongles, adapters and extra “bridge” devices, but that’s a discussion for another article.
The MyQ Home Bridge will upgrade an existing MyQ-connected garage door opener to work with HomeKit and Siri, if it fits one of these configurations:
- A Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener.
- A non-Chamberlain brand garage door opener connected with a MyQ Garage.
- A Chamberlain MyQ®-enabled garage door opener connected with a MyQ Internet Gateway.
And that’s true, if you can get one.
Evidently, the unbelievable amount of pent-up demand for this product caused it to sell-out nearly immediately. Chamberlain? Hello? Perhaps you should have made just a few more?
Now, to be fair, the MyQ technology doesn’t yet work with Alexa or the Google Assistant, either. It’s understandable for Chamberlain (who owns LiftMaster, by the way) to be careful, as accidental activation of a garage door could cause more damage or injury than most other smart devices when connected to a home automation system.
What will you be able to do with your garage door opener once it’s connected to HomeKit? Open and close it (obviously), get its current status, turn on and off the lights attached to the opener, and receive notifications when the garage door is opened or closed (by someone else)…all done thru HomeKit apps like Apple’s own Home app, third-party HomeKit apps or Siri voice commands. For control of the MyQ away from home, you’ll need a 4th-generation Apple TV, an iPad plugged into power, or the upcoming HomePod smart speaker.
For right now, the best thing you can do is to get on the list to be notified when they have more in stock. Just head over to the Chamberlain website to sign-up. The introductory price is listed as $49.99. If you have a LiftMaster opener, check out their site for their own HomeKit MyQ version...listed as coming soon, of course.