alexa integration not going to happen!

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Chamberlain will not do the integration with Alexa, they feel they have got us already and we will live without it. Only thing a company like this understand is profits, if we start hurting their bottom line I can assure you they would create a API. Stop buying their garage door opener or their MyQ Garage. Start returning these things and buy another brand and I can assure they will start listening to their customers!
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j Mercado

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  • I purchase a useless product under false advertising

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Tim Gardner

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I just returned 2. They need to wake up.
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Chris Roman

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Sadly I already purchased 2 with the hope and expectation they would do the right thing.  I was wrong and it's pretty clear the company is stuck in the 90s.    My garage doors are the only item in my home that I can't control with my voice or smart awareness at this point, otherwise I live a pretty cool automated life. Chamberlain seems to be the last holdout of embracing modernization, and we all know what has happened to most companies that have failed to keep up, no matter how big (Sears).   Eventually a competitor comes along and fixes it when the vacuum exists.    

I was able to warn someone else in Lowes a couple months ago that asked me about this integration so they didn't make the same mistake as me.
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Jeremy Pea

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I open and close my Chamberlain Myq garage door everyday using Alexa
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Chris Crump

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How?
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Rick Wooldridge

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Yes, how?
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Ken Hastings

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I was in Home Depot today and walked out without the MYQ because the salesman told me it will not work with Alexa.  I can not believe that the company would block access to Alexa.  My bet is there will be a lot of these returned in the coming weeks due to people receiving the MyQ as a gift and finding out you can not use it with Alexa.

At one time a few months ago there was a skill that worked but Chamberlin forced its removal.  So they have the skill ready to go but refuse to release it.
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John Tulloch

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Just purchased and canceled on Amazon after I read this. Garagio it is.
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Tim Chan

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Yaaa screw this company. Empty promises. I convinced my family to return all their MyQ openers
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Benjamin Michael

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I have 3 of these and will be my last as I am looking to purchase soon

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Ive had a MyQ for a few years. Just got around to automating the wifi devices I have with Alexa. And just discovered that this is not possible with the MyQ Hub.. Which is very annoying. So I'm on the lookout for another garage option that will work with Alexa. Any user based suggestions?

Done with Chamberlain.
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Chris Crump

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I too purchased this product hoping that it would integrate with Alexa.  Back to the store it goes! 

Wake up Chamberlain!
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Anthony Kime

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Wish I had never bought mine too.
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GPG ,LLC

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I’m disappointed with chamberlain. I wish I could return my product.
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Stuart Palermo

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Looks like IFTTT can bridge the gap for $1/mo. There are applets.
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There's plenty of ways to do this, none of them are quick or easy.  I have used a custom built SmartThings integration and it was flaky at best.  The IFTTT integration does not always work right away.  But what REALLY bothers me about Chamberlain is that their stupid serial number can only be registered to one system at a time - I currently have it registered to Alarm.com for ease of use in the app I use the most.  Because of that, I can't do any type of SmartThings integrations, and most importantly, the very own MyQ app will not accept my serial number!  ONE at a time.  What kind of nonsense is that???  Don't tell me it is for security because it isn't unsecured by using Alexa or any other app including their OWN app when already registered to something else!!!
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I wrote my own Alexa app to control my GDO.  In 4 days... On my own time.  At night after my day job as a nerd. 

It's coded and tested.  It has the ability to close all garage doors at once (for multiple door type installs), you can ask Alexa if the garage door is opened or closed, and a PIN activated open garage door command (you have to say a 4 digit pin to get the garage door to open via the skill).  It allows you to send text messages to other phones if you wish, that the garage door has been opened via the skill, just to make sure from a security perspective that any opening of the garage door via the skill is intended. That part is optional. The PIN is only required on an open garage door command. Not close.

All the data is encrypted at rest and in transit between Alexa and the server based lambda skill.  Alexa even encrypts data at rest when it is persisted across sessions.  I went a step further and encrypted the data stored on top of the aws encryption at rest with a AES 256 bit encryption.  So the data is encrypted, then re-encrypted so any attempt to compromise the data at rest would need 2 brute force attacks to get the data back out.  This isn't rocket science Chamberlain.  If you're interested in my approach, I'll sell you my source code for (Dr. Evil voice).  1 billllllion dollars... mwahahahahahaha.. 


My point is the tech is NOT hard.  If Chamberlain wanted to, they could field an Alexa skill in a very short time-frame. Oh, and Chamberlain, ever hear of oath 2.0 for account linking for pete's sake?  lol    

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Will you share?
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Frank

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I'd love too.  It was very easy coding it up.   But I'm not sure how?  If I publish and certify the Alexa skill for public consumption, like others have done in the past, I believe Chamberlain will have it removed from the Alexa Skill store citing "security concerns".  I could add you to a beta test of the skill (I would need the email address associated to the account you registered your alexa with),  but beta tests only last for 90 days.  After that, Amazon removes the availability of the skill.  And truth be told, you probably shouldn't trust someones random posts here anyway. :)

I guess my point is that if one guy, can code up an Alexa skill in 4 days after work and family responsibilities, I don't understand why Chamberlain can't do it with all of their corporate resources?   
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Ely Lucas

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You could open source it on github or write a tutorial around it?
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Frank

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Problem is I associated the app to my AWS KMS key.  Not publishing that on github. It also makes use of a website to register your alexa skill.  However, there are plenty of examples on github.  this one uses python.  https://github.com/tigerbrain/Alexa-MyQ-WithMultiDoorSupport
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Chris Crump

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Frank,  I was able to get most of this to work but am getting this error, could you help?
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Frank

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Looks to me like your lambda function is not set to the right version of python. Did you choose Python 2.7?