Disable warning sound when door closes?

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When I close my garage door with the MyQ app, it makes a very loud and annoying warning sound. Is there any way to disable that?
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Michael Parker

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It's for safety to make sure no one is near the door when it closes so no you can't disable it short of taking the hub apart and removing/disabling the beeper
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Bye bye warranty and just hope you don’t injure or kill anyone. I have never messed with mine but it’s obvious that disabling the beeper disables the sound. I have grown accustomed to mine I barely hear it anymore.

Hope a firmware update or new version could have some like this instead of a high frequency beep

“Beep beep attention the garage door is about to close please stand clear of the door”
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If you want the beep gone, Here is how you do it. No judgement. No arguments. No warranty help.

Different people have different living situations. 

You will not be chastised for living your life the way you want. 
Mark Parker has an issue with this as well as his hearing.  jk Michael.
I just get tired of the argument I keep reading when people want to do what they want to do. 


Clip the speaker, THIS METHOD WORKS FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT TO WORK.

Wife and I work different shifts want to sleep, CLIP THE SPEAKER.

Neighbor is a Sheriffs Deputy and thinks it is a raid alarm and runs over armed, CLIP THE SPEAKER.

Lazy dog likes to sleep, CLIP THE SPEAKER.

For some reason 1 of my vehicles just won't activate the garage door to close when we depart, don't want to Velcro a remote to the dash, CLIP THE SPEAKER.

Have a home daycare with kids running around, DONT CLIP THE SPEAKER.




Different people have different living situations. People have different needs in their life. Some people want it off. The device is what $35, some people don't need a warranty on a $35 device. Some people leave work at 2am and don't want to wake their neighbors.... I could go on, the fact is that everyone has different living issues and needs. If they want it here it is.

If you have kids or worried about the liability of killing children with no beeping don't. 


 
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We have a detached garage in a family neighbourhood the kids of the area do use the alley to place hockey and run up and down it doesn’t take running a daycare to say don’t clip it

If the sheriffs duputy thinks it’s a raid alarm they may need more training. Last I heard those are long siren sounds not short high pitched beeps

We have enough distance between the house and garage you can barely hear it before entering the house let alone inside.

I get it to each their own but is a sue-happy country think very carefully before disabling the beeper

Here in Canada it’s still happens but far less often and for much less financial gain, on average.
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If you don't want the sound of repeated beeping when you close your garage door via the app and are not worried about the warranty on a $35 device, you can clip the speaker out out of the circuit board and the device will STILL WORK just find.
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Hahah well sadly it’s not $35 up here

The gateway with hub and sensor was $200 CAD and the HomeKit gateway is $79CAD
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Thanks for the reply.  I assumed it was for safety, but what is the difference between using the app to shut the door and using a key fob, which I can also do, to shut the door from inside the house?  In either situation I can't see if there is anyone is near the door, but the key fob doesn't trigger the annoying alarm.

I don't disagree with the decision to have the warning sound on by default, but I feel like the user should be able to disable it.  

Michael, I don't mean any offense by this, but do you know for a fact that it can't be disabled or are you just assuming?  Have you received some confirmation from Chamberlain?
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Hey Joe, I just came across this thread as I too was fed up with the alarm. The alarm feature is mounted directly on the circuit board which would make it tricky if not impossible to remove. However the beeper/alarm does have a tiny hole that projects the sound. I ended up cutting a little piece of the orange ear protection foam plug and stuffed it into the beeper hole and it helped tone down the sound. A piece of electrical tape over the hole would probably work too. It still beeps but is much quieter. Worth the few minutes to do.
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I believe the reason the Chamberlain MyQ does it is avoid lawsuits. The apps lets you open and close the door from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the internet. The fob has very limited range and assumes you leave it in your vehicle, otherwise having view of the door to make sure their are not any children/animals around to get caught under the door.

On my first point Chamberlain doesn't want any legal responsibility if the user disables it and something tragic happens.

No offence at all taken.

I have delved deep into the app and examined the internet gateway in the garage there is no user selectable option to disable it. But since it's got a beeper you should be able to crack it open and pull any leads making that beeper work as a solution if it grinds your nerves that bad. I don't mind it since I early use the app cause the app doesn't have CarPlay and HomeKit is available yet so I end up using my fob 99% of the time
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I have a Lift Master MyQ app for one location, and a Chamberlain MyQ app for another.  They apps are identical.  The Chamberlin product makes the annoying loud beeping when I am closing the door at 2AM.. my neighbors get to hear this... The liftmaster makes no beeps.. Somehow they got around lawsuits? what if you were deaf anyway- you would still be sued, there is no visual notification that it is closing..  I hope they fix this soon, in the meantime, I'll see if I can take out the beeper..  Thanks.
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Josh McPartland, thank you so much for making that excellent point to which I whole-heartedly concur.  I recently purchased and installed the MyQ opener, and I couldn't be more frustrated with the product.  My perspective of the product from an IT project management, is that the product is seriously flawed from a rush to market.  It's only been installed a few days ago, and I'm now seriously considering taking it down and replacing it with the Lift Master system (thanks to your review).  The MyQ is yet another example of companies driving IT products and services to market, without the project(s) being properly controlled and gated to ensure a solid deliverable to the customer/market.  Thanks again for your review.
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HomeKit is coming in the next few months. Here is Chamberlain's new webpage on it.

https://www.chamberlain.com/chamberla...

Regarding the closure alert, yes, Chamberlain has confirmed that this is a safety feature of the app closure. The rational behind app and FOB closing are vastly different regardless of personal use. A FOB can only be triggered within proximity of the opener, so there is greater knowledge of the surrounding area and typically line of sight to the door. The app can be triggered anywhere in the world (internet connected). Proximity is negated, line of sight is negated, so is awareness to obstacles potentially in the path of the door. Therefore the alert beeps to create awareness of closure for anyone present at the time of closure.

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Completely agree Michael. I have been using home bridge for the past year and it's been working well but it still has its times it falls down and I need to restart the server. True HomeKit compatibility is going to be excellent. It is sounding however like we're going to need a secondary device for it.
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Anyone know of a good HomeKit capable camera I'd like to pair that with my garage door opener for when I do opens and closes
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I use a Foscam it's not HomeKit compatible but price was right so I can always tell if the app is giving out false positives

Hopefully we don't need to replace the bridge Chamberlain has been working on HomeKit for so long hoping existing hardware just needs a firmware update
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Scott Weidig

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That's what I'm hoping is well, but I'm getting indications that that may not be the case.
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Fingers crossed would be nice to ditch the fob and say "hey Siri open my garage door" instead.
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Here is a promise for HomeKit back in 2015
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Scott Weidig

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Oh yeah, I received many of those as well. We will see...
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As your consumer, you need to find a way to disable the audible alarm.  You have the mandated safety system (laser sensor) underneath the door.  This is overkill.
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Shaun, we recognize that the sound of the alarm can be quite intense. Our openers are required by law to include safety alarm signals functioning at certain decibels because of the unattended operation feature enabled by our app. If you’re interested, specific legal details regarding the law are available here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/16/1211.14?qt-ecfrmaster=1#qt-ecfrmaster. Lauren
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if you don’t like the beeping you could void your warranty and disconnect it from the circuit board. Just a thought
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Excuse me, do you work for Chamberlain? If you are not the product manager, I’d like a comment from PM from Chamberlain. Isn’t the hosting site for this community called “GetSatisfied”. Advising a consumer to “get satisfied” by voiding the warranty and making homemade alterations to the electronic board is not customer service. I just spent over $1,000 to have these openers installed. If I want to change the default setting and deactivate the alarm, the PM and their regulatory department I’m sure to build an endemnification clause protecting their liability allowing customers to disable this annoying safety feature.
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Nope I don’t work for Chamberlain this is a public forum and I offered an option and that is all
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Thank you Lauren. I work within an industry regulated 21 CFR 620. This is fair response and thank you for providing this information. While I disagree with the CFR, I understand you are bound. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/...
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Shaun, Chamberlain absolutely does not recommend you disable the safety alarm. Lauren
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Josh, LiftMaster products with MyQ are bound by the same rules as Chamberlain. I'd like to understand what product you're using and how it's operating. Can you provide any details? Lauren
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I have a new Liftmaster 8365W-267, and the circuit board/speaker for this is inside the actual opener itself, not in the wall unit/panel. Got on a ladder, opened the end which has the circuit board, and determined there was too much extra stuff to do, so I closed it back up. Not worth possibly doing damage to it. Luckily I don't perceive having to close the door via the app/website all that often. Agree the loud alarm beeping is obnoxious and overkill.
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When I use my Liftmaster MyQ app to close the garage door, there is NO beeping, and the door closes immediately.  When I use my Chamberlin MyQ app to close the garage door, there is the loud beeping, and then the door shuts.  There have been no modifications to the Liftmaster, it just works.  This is why I've been saying somehow Liftmaster is getting around it, and Chamberlin is not.  Purchase one and you will see it works just fine without the beeping, and it is the same app!.  Strange.
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What model of Liftmaster do you have installed? 

Does the light blink when you use the Liftmaster MQ app, or does nothing happen other than it closing the door?
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Well, I just got a Liftmaster 8550w and it makes the annoying beeping noise on close with the Liftmaster app.   I haven't tried via HomeKit yet but I expect the same.  I still need to set up the home bridge. 
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Would it not be possible for MyQ to geo-localize the signal/request to close the door to determine if the sound should be emitted ?
Just a thought.
I just bought the app and I'm also annoyed by the sound (my neighbours as well).
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As mentioned it’s a legal requirement in most places. Otherwise allowing one to specify a location where it’s say not a legal requirement could get them into trouble when a user sets it incorrectly and someone get hurt or killed.
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Yes for sure, I understand the legal requirement and the security concerns, but what I had in mind was geo-location based on the location of the device that sends the request, i.e. not something that a user inputs in the app.
If the request is sent from a device that is not within a given range from the garage door (which can be pretty accurate these days) , then the security sound is triggered, otherwise it's not.
Again, it was just an idea, I'm pretty sure it was already thought of.
Thanks !
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That would require a gps type chip as any VPN could spoof a users location pretty easily. If the hardware isn’t in it then software is only work around and that could be hacked pretty easily as well.

I for one appreciate the beeping as in bright daylight I don’t see the flashing and I use Siri to close the door as I’m exiting. The beeping and flashing allows me time to exit the garage knowing it’s about to close.

I time it this way once door is open my iPhone is connected to CarPlay and I have the car in reverse I say “hey Siri close sesame”. The beep and light flash and I start backing out once I’m out the door starts closing. Works great.
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One of my doors closes, no beeping and no flashing. My other door closes, it beeps and flashes like crazy. What gives?
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The specificity of that law is striking, so I guess I exonerate Chamberlain from their forced indemnity, however spurious I think it is. I’m going to have to measure my alarm with a decibel meter (don’t have presently - maybe somebody else can measure and post here) - I bet it’s way way above the stipulated 45 dB @ 10 feet. It should be audible in and around the garage, not by my neighbors 3 doors down. I’m toying with whether I could get the best of both worlds by putting a pot or resistor in series with the speaker. At some point it becomes as much a fun DIY as annoyance mitigation.

I’m also surprised there’s not a secret configuration / Easter egg available. Or maybe an overseas gray-market version that is de-burdened of this nanny-state stuff.
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I surprised it’s so loud for you I can barely hear it as I back out with my windows closed
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Tripp Knightly

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Cars are pretty good with their sound insulation (ymmv), so maybe I’m not surprised?
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How are you neighbors 3 doors down hearing it I don’t find it particularly loud, just more annoying than anything
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In the dead of night, open summer windows, smaller lots and maybe a bad-sleeping busy body, plus technically it’s across the street so I’m guessing less to impede.
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Here’s a solution even if it’s a kludge that shouldn’t be necesssary. This LifeHack teaches you how to connect an old-school opener to a smartphone app. So instead of using the MyQ to fire the remote closing you use this other app & traditional opener. https://lifehacker.com/build-a-smartp....

I get it’s impractical just throwing it out there. I’m more inclined to pull the speaker, solder-connect some leads and get a pot inline with the speaker to drop the volume way down.
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FWIW, I just inserted some cotton in the speaker such as described in this blog post: http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Li...

I know the OP asked about disabling, but this dramatically reduced the volume level to acceptable unless you need no beep at all. I’m surprised it worked as well as it did. There may be even better materials to use. Silicone caulk, maybe, but that could be more permanent.
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Had I known it was going to have such an annoying sound, I would not have bought it. I will probably return it and find a better solution.