Home Bridge Solution... Finally!

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Solution to MyQ not closing via Bridge! Throw MyQ away and buy the Insignia Wi-fi Garage Door opener at Best Buy. It’s 20 bucks cheaper and is HomeKit compatible out of the box, no additional equipment needed like Chamberlain did with the crap they sold us! Finally, my Garage is now part of my connected home!
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Can it open the garage door? Even if it can't, no worries because Chamberlain can't open it either...
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Jonathan and Mandy Daniel

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Yes, I bought it and it works perfectly!
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Michael Parker

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Never had any problems with my chamberlain and HomeKit bridge works great for me and my garage is a detached Uninsulated one in Calgary Canada where temps can get to -30 C. Been running my HomeKit bridge in the garage for wellover a year and this is its second winter coming up
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Michael, are you paying for the home automation integration? Can you open the garage door through your home automation system?
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Michael Parker

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With HomeKit my automation is free I have a geo-fence that opens my garage door about half a block from the house as I approach it’s opened I park, I get out of my vehicle walk towards my house and the door starts closing on its own I have a lot of smart home devices they are all HomeKit as well as Google and Alexa compatible
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Michael Parker

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I have, three Belkin WeMo light switches and three Belkin Wemo smart plugs, 15 hue bulbs, three iHome smart plugs and a couple of smart motion sensors to check your lights in certain areas of the house
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Michael Parker

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I also run home bridge which allows me to control my nest thermostat and smoke detectors with HomeKit
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Hmm, that is really interesting and sounds like exactly what I and so many other people have been asking Chamberlain to do. I don't have a Mac and I am not familiar with HomeKit. I wonder why Chamberlain not only offers this service free of charge for Apple users while charging everybody else a monthly fee but also let's Apple users open the garage door while not allowing other users opening the garage door for security reasons... Does anybody know the reason for this huge discrepancy...
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The charges are due to the way Google and IFTTT do their business in charge Chamberlain for use of their servers, Apple has the same security if my phone is locked and I try to use Siri it won’t work if I tell her to just open the garage door it also doesn’t work with CarPlay which is unfortunate because I would’ve loved to do that when I had a car play deck in my car but I just replaced the vehicle and it doesn’t have CarPlay Since Apple doesn’t require a local servers as it processes all the commands that is why Apple doesn’t charge Chamberlain for anything
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Michael Parker

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Apple user hence HomeKit....no monthly fees
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Interesting! I don't have a Mac. Are you saying you can control your garage door including opening and closing it through your home automation system. So for instance you can setup geofencing and the garage door opens when you get within 100 feet of your home? Or you can go to your home automation system screen, click on the garage icon and it opens the garage door? 
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Are use HomeKit Exclusively the geo-fence is set up through the Home app on the iPhone/iPad. To set it up I have a spare smart plug that I’m not using for anything and I set the geo- fence up that when I approach with in their specific distance approximately 300 m to turn on when that smart plug turns on, the garage door opens and starts a two minute timer once it’s fully open but the time I get around to my alley and park the door usually starts to close

You don’t need a Mac for remote access to HomeKit you just need an iPad at home or an Apple TV fourth generation or newer
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Ok, can you please explain this in more detail, i.e. step-by-step. Other people will appreciate it.

In my case I have an iPad that is always at home so we could use that if necessary. However, everybody in my family moved from the overpriced iPhones to Android phones. And while we have several AppleTV4 I am probably going to get rid of them because after their OS update they prevent me casting from Android devices to AppleTVs. I can't stand closed systems for very practical reasons. 


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There is a distinct advantages to close the systems and open systems I prefer apple just because I have apple throughout my house and I have invested heavily in their ecosystem their stuff is getting absurdly expensive though
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You just need to go to your iCloud settings on the iPad to set it up as a hub in terms of setting up the Geo fence it’s a little more complex,


I have a few automations set up to make this work


You need one for when the plug turns on to open the garage door and one to close the door when the plug turns off


You then need to set up “when I’m home” to turn that plug on and set an appropriately lengthy timer





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Thanks for the response. I looked into this and enabled my iPad as a Hub following the steps here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207057 However, then I got stuck adding Chamberlain as a device to control the garage door. Doing some googling it seems I need an additional device, the myQ Home Bridge. I thought my 828LM is that bridge but it appears that I need that PLUS that other square box https://www.myq.com/apple-partnership Is that what you have? I have seen a similar box before (myQ Smart Garage Hub https://www.myq.com/get) but I don't quite understand how that is different from the 828LM. 
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I have a liftmaster that has no MyQ functionality. I had to buy the myQ WiFi opener and then additionally had to buy the bridge to work with apple HomeKit. (2 boxes). Again, it never worked consistently and when it did, only for a couple weeks at best. In the future, I will stay away from any myQ product.
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Hi before I replaced my linear opener with a chamberlain with built in my queue i needed both of those


This is how they differ the 828lm controls and adds myQ to most existing door openers and the other only speaks to myQ devices like the 828lm and other door openers while adding HomeKit support

Hope that clears up the differences
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Thanks. I won't be trying this out then because otherwise I would have to buy another box while I am actually moving away from Apple.

I am still not quite sure I understand everything, though. I believe myQ is some kind of proprietary wireless network. Chamberlain then added various devices that build a bridge between this wireless myQ network and HomeKit, the internet in general, etc.

As an example, I have a Chamberlain 8500 which supposedly has myQ built in. So if I wanted to control the garage door through HomeKit (Apple home automation) I only need that MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener (MYQ-G0301). It will build the bridge between the myQ built into my 8500 and Apple's HomeKit.

Now if I had a garage door opener that doesn't have myQ built in, then I need to somehow add myQ functionality. Based on your comment, it seems the 828LM adds myQ capability to an otherwise 'dumb' garage door. However, the only thing I see on my 828LM is an Ethernet and power port. How would this 828LM communicate with a 'dumb' garage door?

Actually, it was always my understanding that the 828LM doesn't really add myQ functionality. Instead, it's a bridge from the myQ network to the general internet (including access from the phone app, IFTTT integration, etc) just like your additional box (MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener) adds a bridge from myQ to HomeKit. I am probably missing something here.
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Michael Parker

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Once I replaced my linear openerwith a chamberlain with Wi-Fi and myQ built in I was able to remove the door sensor and 828lm and I sold it just keeping the myQ HomeKit bridge.
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Jonathan and Mandy Daniel

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After my bad experiences with Chamberlain on this technology it was impossible to stay loyal and try another MyQ product, hope your luck is better.