Does the myQ Home Bridge really have to go in the garage?

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The directions I've seen for the Home Bridge say to put it on the wall or the ceiling of the garage, or at least somewhere in the garage that has a good wifi signal.  As long as it's in range of your wifi network, why does it need to be in the garage at all?
I have an older Chamberlain opener that pre-dates any of the myQ functionality, so my plan is to use the Chamberlain Smart Garage Hub and the Home Bridge.  The hub will obviously go near the opener, and the hub obviously connects the opener to the wifi network, or else the Chamberlain app wouldn't work for remotely opening and closing the garage door.
So wouldn't the Home Bridge just need to be on my wifi network, and not necessarily in the garage?  Or is there some short-range, non-wifi communication that needs to happen between the hub and the Home Bridge?
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Roger Owens

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My 2016 MyQ Home Bridge is 6 feet from my router inside my office. The bridge is about a foot from the wall that is between the office and garage. That means my bridge is inside but about 13 feet from my 2016 Chamberlain opener (and directly in between the router and opener-which of course is not important).

My opener is new so I did not need the hub.
My opener and bridge has been working flawlessly for maybe 18 months. It works great with the Chamberlain app and with Apple’s HomeKit using an AppleTV 3 as the HomeKit hub. I use the Good Night automation in Apple’s Home app to close the garage door automatically every night in case I forget!

I have no idea why so many on this blog have had so many problems...
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My bridge is in basement about 4 feet from wall that comes down from garage and is next to router and works fine.