Homekit Bridge and Liftmaster Gate

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Hi I have the new MyQ bridge with homekit and the transfer from the old wired bridge went fine. Goth my garage door and my gate are in the app under the new gateway and work fine. However, homekit only sees the garage as an accessory, nothing for the gate. Any thoughts?

Thanks
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Jeremy Reed

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I’ve had my MyQ gate openers, 3 belt drive myQ GDO’s, 4 lights on switches, a radiant heater on a switch, and a commercial opener for 5 years now, and I see no reason whatsoever the HomeKit bridge shouldn’t work with them. Same with not being able to set a timer to ensure your garage doors are closed at lets say 10PM. If there’s a kid or animal or vehicle obstructing the safety sensors will stop the closure...


Liftmaster, get it together!! This is a really good product that could be great if you’d get on with it...
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I’m so glad I found this thread, I as many others have said have been pulling my hairs out trying to get HomeKit to work with my two gates, resetting, deleting and reinstalling apps, etc. I specifically bought the bridge new for HomeKit when I had a perfectly working one working with the app. Now I’m out $82 (bought directly from Chamberlain) . Any updates?
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Just bought and installed the $2000 gate kit and 3 WiFi garage openers. I am into Chamberlain for over $4000 and I can’t get the Gate into HomeKit? MyQ app all set up. Massive frustration attempting to get this installed on HomeKit... then I find this thread. Wish I found this before I spent 4000 on an incomplete non HkmeKit system. The data sheets sure make it look like this GATE is HomeKit compatible. “Just add the hub”. Let down.
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Lee Owen

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yeah... when you speak to Chamberlain they blame Apple. complete and utter nonsense. Make the gate another Garage door and move on.... I need it to work for equipment movement and snow plowing . I live alone and this would be very helpful. 
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I agree 99.9%, liftmaster is likely just being dumb, but I suppose might apple have some rule about “property access”?? I doubt it, but just throwing it out there.

I use my gate opener when I plow snow too, how come
You don’t just use your phone like I do?? I’d rather be able to speak to it too, but in the interim..
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Lee Owen

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Thanks for your suggestions and insight Jeremy. I plow with an ATV usually, while it is snowing. I have a water proof bluetooth headset I use for Snowboarding and plowing. I am not pulling my phone out in a snowstorm  and all the logistical hoo hah with gloves and slippery surfaces, water on the screen...bla bla when I could also hang a $20 remote from a cord.

THAT SAID ... I paid way too much for all the "home kit" connectivity Chamberlain/Liftmaster promised in all of their devices, chipsets and touted at Apple Keynote events only to beYEARS late. Then we find out gates were not included for some B/S reason AND we had to buy a gateway to be compatible with homekit. 

I don't know how much more property access opening a garage door could be as compared to a gate. Nobody at Chamberlain seems to be able to give an answer without blaming someone else, usually Apple for their ineptitude or foresight.

If I sound upset, I am. EVERY time I open my gate using a handheld dumb remote instead of saying into my waterproof iOS device on my wrist "Siri open my gate" or being able to have it open using my geo fence like I do now  with all of my doors and overhead doors.

Additionally, even the Chamberlain home kit bridge is slow to respond and does not work flawlessly. I usually cannot open and close doors without waiting a stupid amount of time between commands... Yes, I know Chamberlain...It's Apple's fault again, How come every other home kit enabled technology manufacturer doesn't have that challenge? 

I have spoken to people identifying themselves as "engineers" at Chamberlain and their canned answer is call Apple. It's not my job or product. It's yours. FIX IT.

 
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I also have a Liftmaster gate and want to know when is it going to be compatible with homekit???? C'mon liftmaster/chamberlain, this is not acceptable!!
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Ever notice you can't program a garage door or gate to OPEN on a schedule in the Liftmaster app, only CLOSE? HomeKit would allow a gate to be opened on a schedule and perhaps the legal team has decided they could get too easily sued if someone were to have their house robbed after a HomeKit routine opened the gate in error.
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It seems like this isn't going to happen until Apple implements a Gate accessory type: https://www.apple.com/ios/home/accessories/
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Isauro Cummins

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Really would love a resolution here. I can’t control my gate openers with HomeKit. I can open my garage but not gates.
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Any update on this? I just spent the better part of the day trying to get this to work until I found this thread. Rather frustrated... but happy at least to know that I'm not alone in this.
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Joey Jay

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Liftmaster gate controllers have a relay terminal on the circuit board. Applying power to this relay briefly will open or close the gate. I hooked up a HomeKit power switch to it and created a routine in HomeKit that opens and closes it on a schedule. So there’s that.
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Does it have to be on a schedule? What’s the wiring like for the HomeKit switch to the relay terminal ?
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Lovell Cooper

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Can you please let us know in detail how you did this. If you do you will be a hero to more then you know.
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ALN

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Wow! I can't believe that Chamberlain can't get their act together on this. It sounds like more than one of us spent hours and hours trying to get a solution, all coming to the same conclusion from the product descriptions that it would work, only to find this forum. What a waste.

At any rate, yes, description of how to accomplish your feat would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Joey Jay

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Here’s what you need:

any HomeKit appliance switch that turns power off and on
a relay that goes between the HomeKit switch and the gate trigger terminal

You can buy the relay here:

https://www.007systems.com/relay-modu...

I ran the wiring from the gate controller trigger terminal all the way up to the house and put the HomeKit switch and the relay inside the house so my WiFi would reach it.

Be aware this is a trigger only, so when you apply power the gate will open or close but you will not know which it is doing unless you buy a separate open/close sensor for the gate (also sold on the 007 website). After you turn the module on in HomeKit and the gate opens or closes, it is important that you then turn the switch OFF. Leaving power going to that relay trigger on will cause problems and may burn it out. In short, keep the switch in off mode until you open or close, and then turn it back off.

I have a routine in HomeKit that opens my gate at 6am and closes it at 8pm. Works perfectly. I also have a routine in the myQ app to close the gate at 5.55am just in case it was left open, so that the morning open routine will definitely open it at 6am. Otherwise, if the gate was already open the morning routine would close it, since it’s using a dumb trigger that doens’t know whether it is closing or opening the gate.