I apologize for the delay on this response. Chamberlain is in the process of partnering with Apple for HomeKit. Once this takes place, your MyQ Garage will receive a firmware update and you will be good to go. There will be an announcement when this takes place.
If you have any more questions, let me know.
Can it be upgraded?
If not, do existing owners get a discount to purchase the new homekit compatible version?
I suspect it may require a hardware update and Chamberlain is trying to figure out how to deal with the justifiable backlash from buyers who made the purchase decision based on eventual HomeKit compatibility.
C'mon Chamberlain..what is it?
Hi Dawn. A related question concerning products and HomeKit compatibility. I know the MyQ Garage is being updated. But what about another product: the Chamberlain Internet Gateway.
I have a three car garage with two doors, and currently use Chamberlain garage door openers that are MyQ capable. Right now, I would need to buy the Chamberlain Internet Gateway in order to connect the doors to my wireless, and therefore to the MyQ app on my phone.
My question is - will the Internet Gateway be updated (either by hardware, software or both) so that it is HomeKit-compatible?
I know you said the Connectivity Kit won't be (which the Gateway is part of), and that newer garage door openers will be. But to me, the Gateway is really just a bridge, and not that different from the MyQ Garage. Leaving all older MyQ garage door openers and light controls enabled by MyQ technology out to dry seems like a raw deal.
Thanks - Chris
So this being the case I imagine Chamberlain came up with a quick solution and created MyQ garage- a hub that whose hardware could be updated via firmware. That's basically the main difference perhaps between the Connectivity Kit and MyQ Garage- the ability to have firmware updates. They had to go this way because Apple Homekit is a hardware based specification. I think Chamberlain could make the Connectivity Kit work if they came up with a solution that was hardware based. A homekit compatible bridge that could control and give commands to the Connectivity Kit perhaps? Or better yet a redesign of the door controller itself that was HomeKit compatible, but does not necessitate us from replacing the internet gateway and one that was discounted to previous owners of the older MyQ controllers.
The reason being is this. Even if I hadn't bought the Internnectivity Kit I don't think I would have bought the MyQ Garage because it looks like it such a poorly thought out design. The Interconnectivity Kit is so much more elegant and I bet it will be the more reliable unit in the long run- especially in regards to those sensors that are attached by stickers to a moving door??? Really? I understand by creating the new Hub they eliminated the need for the internet gateway device and the need to have an ethernet connection to the router, but I would take that minor convenience ANY day of the week if it meant avoiding drilling into my concrete ceiling (that is 18 feet off the ground as my house's first floor is required to be 11 feet above sea level). There's no way I could get up there to install this thing myself. Secondly, I live in Florida, by code we have steel garage doors that are hurricane proof. I can't drill holes into my garage door so I would be forced to use the stickers. Problem is we have a relative humidity level of about 80% year round in the garage and an average temperature between 90-95 degrees F in the garage during the majority of the summer months. There is NO WAY those stickers will hold up to these conditions attached to a steel door that shakes and vibrates vigorously when it opens and closes and the inside of which gets wet when you open the door in the rain. Check it yourself! Those sensors will be hitting the floors within 1 year or less in any states south of the Mason Dixie line and all you are going to hear are a ton of complaints. I guarantee it!
Honestly I'm surprised that Chamberlain came up with such a poor solution that required homeowners to drill holes and tape sensors to a garage door. That's such a cheesy low class design! C'mon! (If Steve Jobs saw this solution I don't think he would have approved.) I have Insteon, Nest, and Apple products in my house. I bought a LiftMaster door opener because I thought it was the best silent garage door opener on the market. It was the best. I don't think the MyQ Garage product is up to snuff with the rest of my devices. I wanted a Homekit compatible garage door opener as my Insteon Hub Pro will also be able to control Homekit compatible devices such as the MyQ Garage for tighter integration of my home automation but the design of the MyQ Garage looks like it was rushed or not well thought out. People who buy iphones, Macs, AppleTVs and watches, Insteon devices, Nest products, Schlage locks etc.. (like me) don't want to be taping things to walls or doors.
The Interconnectivity kit continues to be a much cleaner and easier solution. Just 5 minutes to change the garage door opener panel and your done. No stickers, no drills. Just a reliable solution and the sensitive electronics stay in the homerun closet where they belong away from the heat and humidity of the garage. All we need now is a HomeKit compatible door panel opener.
Chamberlain, please consider a Homekit update to the Connectivity kit for those of us who have been loyal to your quality products. Thank you.
Regarding the Lutron app comparability, it is not really the app that is driving the comparability. It is the Lutron smart hub that drives the home kit compatibility and capabilities in iOS 8.4. I own the Lutron smart hub as well. HomeKit interaction with Lutron is all funneled through the Lutron smart hub. The Lutron devices, like the Caseta line, are simply pairing with the Smart hub. They are also compatible with the Wink hub ( I do have one of these too) which is not HomeKit capable. Like Lutron's Caseta dimmers the MyQ m201 IS Compatible with the wink hub. So, in essence the MyQ garage currently can act independently or as simply acting as a device off of the wink hub. For now, I am leveraging the wink hub to turn on certain lights as soon as I open up the garage door. With MyQ.
Honestly, I am anticipating with the firmware update to activate the HK chip(and an app update) to provide the HomeKit compatibility that I will move the pairing from the wink directly to home kit, and then be able to use Siri and Geo fencing to open my garage door automatically and then activate the lights through the Lutron set versus leveraging wink.
If you're wondering, the reason I have the wink hub is because it also connects to Amazons echo. The always keyword listening echo makes lighting changes a bit more smoothly than scrambling to find my phone and leveraging Siri. Honestly, it's because everyone in my household can then use it to turn on and off lighting versus each person and having to carry around their phone. What I am looking forward to in moving the MyQgarage to home kit is Geo fencing and the rules I can apply from there
Someone else mentioned the new AppleTV, I was expecting something more in reference to an always listening type device from Apple . Opposed to the Siri button on a remote. No mention of ATV acting as a home hub was a bit disheartening too.
My suggestion is to be patient and let's see what comes up with tomorrow's iOS 9 release an app updates that will follow from there.
I have the MyQ Garage add on to my older craftsman and the app works really well. I am struggling with multiple push notification alerts, but it is great. Like many I am waiting on the firmware upgrade to get HomeKit integration.
suggests that MyQ Garage is certified by Apple to be Homekit compatible.
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