Home Automation Solutions

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I am tired of the whole MyQ fiasco. It was apparent that after many, many delays they would charge for home automation integration. Despite concerns and warnings they still chose to take that path. As I stated in other threads, I am refusing to pay monthly service fees for home automation. I have 100+ devices in my home and none charge a monthly fee. Imagine each of them would charge $1/month, they could possibly increase the fee, you have to update CC information every so often (that's why I also refuse to use battery operated devices), etc, etc. 

I was hoping they come to their senses but they are not. Hence I need alternatives. I know the linear system was mentioned. I am thinking of installing a small relay that can simulate a press on the wall-mounted garage door opener and that can communicate back to my home automation system. This will cover the opening and closing of the garage door. Then I would install a sensor on the garage door to check the open/close status. Has anybody implemented this already and has some good pointers?



 
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Linear/GoControl would work. I think there's another company Nold Open, but i haven't seen a lot on it out in the wild. 

Let's start with what home hub do you use? I'm looking at using the gocontrol just to make it zwave and get my MyQ dilemmas out of Chamberlain's lackluster control. 

Looks like there's also a company named Aeotec with a zwave controlled unit as well. 

It really depends on what you want to do, what current hub you use, and how much you're willing to tinker. 

I have a Wink Hub V2, it is my primary hub that I use for all my zwave lightswitches through the house and it's working with my Ecobee thermostats so i focus on keeping it primary. I'm working to get my AppleTV involved to serve up homekit, but I just need time to do it as I think it's going to take some additional work with homebridge or another alternative path. My wife prefers Android and I have recently switched to Apple, so i want to make both worlds work.

If you require homekit, you're likely going to have to buy Chamberlain's other pieces. I made a committment to myself to find an alternative so gocontrol or aeotec will likely be my replacement and then find a way to pipe it in later to homekit. 

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Read another thread with someone talking about Nexx Garage also, might want to look into it as well. Looks to integrate with Alexa and others.
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Look into home assistant. There is Google Home, Alexa and IFTTT support, and there might even be a familiar garage door opener component available... 
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Interesting. You may want to create a thread on their forum and post an error log. I've had the integration working flawlessly for several months now, since the component was pre-beta, and regularly use it to open and close the door as well as trigger actions based on the door's state changes. 
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Excellent! I will be doing that now!
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It appears someone has removed my link to the home-assistant (<-another link) website. Interesting...

http://home-assistant.io (<- yet another link)
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Thank you SO much. I was basing my work off the wink/homeassistant integration, i hadn't noticed they had their own module. I now have Homeassistant FIXING what Chamberlain has BROKEN.
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Dont beat too loud. It wouldn't be surprising for Chamberlain to intentionally break the component.