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After reading about the MyQ compatibility with Homecare I decided to purchase one. In the literature it says that the MyQ Garage comes out of the box compatible with HomeKit, however, after receiving (model m0201) it, it doesn't seem to recognize HomeKit or set it up. Having Siri control was the reason I purchased MyQ. It is compatible and works as advertised or is this something that is coming a future version?
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We do not have a date for the launch of HomeKit with MyQ. I promise this board will be the first place I post when I have a date. 
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A CNET article on smart garage door openers suggests that HomeKit compatibility won't be availability until 2016. This would seem to imply that Chamberlain, like Philips Hue and ecobee, will need to build new hardware, and that a simple firmware update won't do.

Sigh. I'm starting to get impatient. I may just need to get the Insteon garage kit instead.
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So I kept reading all year that my August locks we're going to be HomeKit compatible. Last night I just read that August will be releasing the new HomeKit compatible versions in a month. Early adopter burn hurts so bad. I bet MyQ does the same thing to us.
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Agreed. At least with MyQ, there's a workaround. I doubt there will ever be one for August. I'd settle for IFTTT at this point (for both August and MyQ). 
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I have felt all along that it was going to take some sort of hardware upgrade to make our MyQ units HomeKit Compatible. But, now that I have been able to try HomeKit wth my Lutron Hub and Ecobee3 thermostat I don't care anymore. HomeKit is fun but really isn't any more efficient than using the apps when you are at home. Away from home I have had spotty experience with my 3rd generation Apple TV..it is tough to get it to work and even tougher to get it to stay on line...maybe the new model will be better.
Frankly, unless HomeKit morphs into some form of universal remote control in which Siri is just one of many features I don't see it remaining relevant as the Smart Home matures. I like the idea of voice control but for me to adopt it  there has to be some way to avoid having to carry your phone everywhere. Amazon Echo seems to be a step in that direction.
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I have very high hopes for Amazon Echo and was surprised to see that the new Apple TV didn't have a built in mic for Hey Siri. Instead it's in the remote which still requires walking to and picking up. A real missed opportunity in my opinion.
I hope Amazon aggressively pushes home automation through Echo. I'm tempted to put one in every corner of the house and office, including in my garage!
If Google builds in mics in their Nest Products, like the Protect for example, the home of the future could be upon us.
Lots of wishful thinking and waiting I'm afraid.
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HoneKit certainly isn't perfect, nor will it ever be, but it is a universal remote and it will stay relevant as long as Apple controls which home automation solutions get Siri support on the iOS platform. I don't understand your frustration with having to carry your phone everywhere. How does the Amazon Echo fix this? Just use your phone as a base station eiand h Hey Siri. Same thing.
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The intent of HomeKit is more than just Siri integration. It allows developers like me to pull all HomeKit enabled platforms into a single app. HomeKit itself isn't an app. It's a platform for integration. I'm as frustrated as anyone because I've been an early adopter of some of the hardware so that I could get started in building an app that ties as many home automation components together as possible.

I have August, Liftmaster 8550W, Lutron and Philips Hue. So far only the Lutron and Hue haven't let me down.
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At least you are going to get an upgrade sometime. I'm stuck with a new opener and a bridge that has no hope of upgrade.
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@alan How did Lutron and Hue not let you down..early adopters of both were required to buy a bridge to make the early stuff work with HomeKit.
I will be very surprised if Chamberlain manages to get existing MyQ units to work without a hub/bridge
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I didn't buy Lutron until after it supported HomeKit. So I just got lucky. Regarding Hue, I did expect to buy another hub because that's the part that has to get certified by Apple.

With August, I would think that a new August connect would be all that's required but it seems like you have to buy a whole new lock. That's disappointing.

For Liftmaster, my installer emailed saying that what I was buying was indeed HomeKit compatible. Well it's not. I wrote an app to discover HomeKit enabled devices on my network and the openers do not appear. That's disappointing because I was told yes they are compatible when in fact that has not happened yet. What I expect is that a HomeKit certified bridge device will be required to interface with the openers. What's that going to cost? I say this because it's very unlikely that this is just a firmware update. You can't just make something HomeKit compatible (read certified) with firmware only. I may be wrong but I seriously doubt that based on what I've seen so far.

All products that are HomeKit certified have a HomeKit logo on the box. Something for everyone to remember regardless of the product category.
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I wonder when Chamberlain is going to bite the bullet an tell us we will need a hub/bridge to enable HomeKit. It is still easier to push the HomeLink button on my rear view mirror and use the app to check from the restaurant when my wife asks if I closed the garage door.
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They told me that the 2 I have will work after the firmware upgrade, I don't believe this as I purchased them well before HomeKit was really announced. If they don't support it then I will be really, really pissed at them.
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Talking of homekit in general, I have the iHome Plug, I find that they loose connectivity at least once a day, so therefore cannot rely on them. But my new Hue hub is arriving today and looking forward to it working much better. Like the other person I also purchased the August lock under the believe that an upgrade to the firmware/software is all that was needed to use HomeKit. But they lied and apologized for telling me incorrectly when I emailed them this week. I also use Smartthings which connects a lot of things, but not some of the things I use. I wish manufacturers would come up with one universal connection option that would work across all products and systems!
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I do agree that when I'm in my car it is much easier potentially to push a button, but my interest in the HomeKit compatibility is both when we may have our hands full, or for proximity detection Via geofence. There's a lot of times that I'm either coming to the garage door or let's say carrying groceries in that it would be easier to say hey Siri close the garage door, than it is for me to try and figure out a way to get my elbow up to where we've put the garage door opener to try and hit the button. The other piece is being able to geo-fence so when my phone comes within 200 feet of the house start opening up the garage door which then would trigger lights to go on in the area of the garage inside the house. That is what I'm hoping to get out of the HomeKit compatibility.
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Right on Scott. That's the kind of things I want to put into an app. When I get within 300 feet of home, open the garage. If it's after sunset, turn on some lights too. When I get more than 300 feet away, close the garage. I don't like closing on a timer be used its a pain on the weekends.
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Mark, I am an early adopter of the iHome plug as well and I'm finding the same issue for some of the plugs. Interestingly, I have them set up to go auto on an auto off by time and that always works, but their app is really flaky and often doesn't represent the proper status appropriately. That said, I also have a Lutron devices with their SmartBridge and I was able to pull the plugs into a zone called upstairs and I can leverage Siri to turn off upstairs and it shuts off not only my Lutron lights but also the iHome plugs I do have to be very specific if I say "turn off THE upstairs" it will only turn off the Lutron pieces. But if I say "turn off upstairs" it will catch everything. Hope this helps.
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Alan, yup yup... Sadly or crazily I have both Wink products connected through Amazon Alexa, and Lutron connected through Siri and it all depends on the lights and scenario I am trying for (all to the confusion of my wife). Sadly you can't have a device respond to either you need to have it go one or the other... But that said, right now through Wink, I have a set of lights linked to MyQ so when we open the garage door, that set comes on... However, Wink cannot geofence the MyQ... I still want it to get connected to home kid and Siri because it's difficult to talk to my Amazon echo from my car. One more point to this the Amazon echo is so much more efficient with its all time power and listening then it makes it just so damn convenient to use when walking through a room to get it to control lights. I'm actually considering putting an old iPhone near it that constantly has power to use Siri in the same way to increase that ease of use for my family overall.
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I can have the garage open/close automatically via Smartthings 

I was able to add the MyQ garage doors to Smartthings so I can have it open the doors when my iPhone presence arrives near my home and close after I leave.
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I gave up on the Wink hub. Cloud services were way to unreliable. I have 13 lights in the kitchen area. At best, they would come on one by one. Too many times, one or more simply failed to respond and the hub is 20 feet away with a clear line of sight.

Going forward, my lighting solution will be Lutron with dimmable LEDs. Not buying any more smart light bulbs.

At this point I just want my garage doors and front door to join the party.
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I have been really successful with Wink, but I it is more likely the why... I am using all Lutron lighting controls, no smart bulbs. The reason for my using Wink is to connect to the Amazon echo. But wing then goes and passes those commands to the Lutron switches If and when Amazon can ask directly to the Lutron Smart hub but I could pull wink out of the system Also, if that happened but I probably would be able to control my lighting from both Siri as well as the Amazon echo to a single set of devices Right now it is that the device is either on Wink leveraged through the echo or the device is on the Lutron hub leveraged through Siri.
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Also interested in release date. ..
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What about the WD962KPEV? Will this model be HomeKit compatible?
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The opener will not be HomeKit compatible. HomeKit will work with out MyQ Garage and out Wi-Fi enabled garage door openers. 
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Dawn. I'm somewhat confused by all of this. I understand that MyQ Garage (will be)/is Homekit compliant, however you also suggest in some of your replies that other products are also compatible. Do you have a full list of which products will be compatible? I don't have any garage door opener hardware at present, so would rather buy a complete kit rather than both a MyQ Garage and an opener with a lot of additional and unnecessary hardware. Many thanks for keeping us all so well informed.
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I spoke to customer support the other day and, while there is still no date for Homekit compatibility being given, I was assured that the MyQ Garage and any MyQ enabled opener with a "WF" at the end of its part number would be upgradeable to Homekit. Given this, I picked up my opener from Home Depot this week (Model HD750WF). I'm partly posting this here as a record of my conversation and purchase in case the Homekit compatibility never happens and I need to get a refund on the opener.
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I'm concerned about this answer. I have the HD950WF and just noticed that the 1000WF is now available. They both appear to be the same, I'm now wondering if HomeKit was added to the 1000. As to my knowledge, HomeKit compatibility requires Apple approved security features that may not be as simple as a firmware upgrade. See the Philips Hue, and Lutron Smarthub as examples. Both needed new HomeKit compatible SKUs.
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I agree with you 100%. I am very weary of thier answer too. Apparently the MyQ Garage has all of the necessary hardware in it to make HomeKit go (and this hardware is also in the WF models). Maybe someone from Chamberlain would like to absolutely confirm thatvstatement here. They will, however, need to send out HomeKit identification codes to everyone once their app has been upgraded.
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Can I safely assume that the HD750WF will be Homkit compatible? I, also, am awaiting release.
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According to my conversation with customer support the other day, it will be. See above. But part of me still wants to take this advice with a pinch of salt
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I would like to put this out there and ask those who say the unit is Homekit compatible, Does your unit say Homekit on the box, and is there a unique numbered sticker? (homekit number).

If you answer no, then I do believe MyQ is lying. Without this number, your device is not homekit compatible. No firmware update can add a physical sticker to your unit.

Please let us know if your unit says Homekit and has the sticker on the unit or manual.
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That is a very interesting question. I just set up my Ecobee3 and was required to scan a code to add it to my HomeKit setup, however the satellite sensor just required me to enter a code that just showed up in the ecobee app (no sticker on the sensor). Maybe the code will show up in the MyQ app? Dawn?
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I spoke to customer support the other day and, while there is still no date for Homekit compatibility being given, I was assured that codes for adding Chamberlain devices would be sent out to customers that requested them once the app was made compatible.
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I don't know if that's completely accurate.  I have a thermostat that is homekit compatible, but there isn't a sticker on the box with the number.  You actually select a menu option on thermostat itself and it walks you thru linking the unit and displays the code on the thermostat screen.  I would assume there is going to be a webpage interface to log into the garage door opener where you push a button that generates the code.  Just a guess....
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That would be awesome. So far my experience is that no HomeKit logo, no HomeKit connectivity.
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Mitch was there a number on the back of the unit or in the manual?

Problem is each unit needs a unique number to connect. That would mean their "firmware" update would have to be specific to every unit. Homekit also needs a specific hardware chip inside. Do these units have that chip? why would they and not advertise or turn them on?
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Not sure about the homekit chip.  There wasn't a linking number on the back of the unit.  It displayed the number on the screen and you held the phone up to it and the camera scanned the homekit number.  I can only assume though that if there is a chip required, it certainly has it.  I've just not read up enough on the architecture of homekit.
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So if I climb up the ladder and hold my phone up to the opener, the phone reads the HomeKit security code?
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we were talking about a thermostat that uses homekit tech.  I'm not sure how the openers will work.  We were just all theorizing.  =)
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Hopefully Dawn (with Chamberlin) will chime in soon with FACT instead of all this speculation.
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So Chamberlin release a homekit product in May? When one of the first product "Lutron's hub" was not released till Aug.
Lots of companies announced Homekit back in May when this article was written, of the ones so far that are out and working,
Ecobee 3 - new unit released
Lutron - new hub
insteon - new hub
schlage - new lock (released nov 1)
ihome - new product
Philips Hue - new hub.
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And August, a whole new lock possibly making it the most expensive transition from existing product to HomeKit.
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If I remember right, the original ecobee3 product was launched just prior to the announcement of HomeKit. Which means it's circuit board had been in design and production before the announcement of the home care requirements. Meaning the board design and layout have been completed without the MFI chip This is why it needed a complete product update. The rationale for ecobee to use the same number ecobee is because the only change was the addition of the MFI chip which not all consumers needed as many use android devices to control their thermostats. To move to the "Ecobee4", would create an issue for consumers with the idea that their current one, they may have just purchased was now somehow inferior to the product that was being released, exclusively because of the MFI chip. This was unnecessary and would be a PR issue for ecobee which was completely unnecessary.

Based on what has been posted hear a number of times by Dawn and Randi, I'm going to make a speculation.. .I'm also an avid technologist and work at times within the start up communities. That said, I'm not affiliated with chamberlain in anyway other than being a consumer.

As the chamberlain MyQ garage was released long after the HomeKit chips were readily available to manufacturers, as well as chamberlain being announced as one of the licensed MFI HomeKit partners. My speculation is that there is HomeKit security chip that is been manufactured into the MyQ garage, however, because their current software and back and services haven't been updated to fully support all of Apple's security protocols required by HomeKit, the current firmware has that chip disabled. Once those back and services and their communication protocols via the web and in their app have been fully updated and implemented a simple firmware update to enable the chip to handle those security request verifications will fully enable the MyQ product.

Now, I can be completely wrong on this, but that speculation, to me, is extremely plausible and makes the most sense based on all of the marketing material that was out as well as the interviews and other tech write-ups that of been done on this product.

Regardless, I'm enjoying the use of this product and the flexibility in capabilities it gives me as well as the awareness it provides for me. As with anything else, your mileage on these thoughts and experiences may vary.

Scott
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The new Apple TV arrives Friday. Here's hoping I'll be able to say "Hey Siri, open the garage door" soon. Frankly, that's the primary reason I purchased the MyQ Garage... HomeKit. just replaced my nest with the ecobee3 and replacing my awful August lock with the Schlage which arrives next week.
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The new Apple TV is not requirement.  MyQ needs to be upgraded to support HomeKit so you can use Siri.  There were rumors that Apple TV would act as a HomeKit hub but they turned out not to be true.  HomeKit uses iCloud instead
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John - What made your August lock awful?  I'm curious.  I've been using the Z-wave Schlage lock, but like you, also pre-ordered the new HomeKit version. I'm excited about that, and love Schlage products. But had seen the news about the updated August, so VERY curious what you didn't like about it?

Chris, you're partially correct.  You will still need an Apple TV for most of the products on the market today, because they don't have the hardware and/or software required.  Some of these devices, by way of a firmware upgrade, will support HAP to allow for remote access without Apple TV.  But some of them won't...

For example:
https://www.ecobee.com/faq/can-i-use-homekit-away-from-home-without-an-appletv/

Based on that, it sounds like the Ecobee3 will require hardware that isn't currently included, so they will need Apple TV for remote Siri access. Sure, you can still use the app for remote access just fine.  But if you want Siri remote access, no dice without ATV.  MyQ may or may not be the same way, as there is a lot of speculation here on this thread about if the MFi hardware is included, and to what extent. Only time will tell.
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Any updates on HomeKit integration with MyQ Garage?
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still waiting for HomeKit support... it's not looking good that its delay this long.
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Could some one from Chamberlain give us some kind of time frame for HomeKit compatibility
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That question has been asked here multiple times and the responses from Chamberlain have been consistent:
  1. The MyQ will gain HomeKit functionality via a firmware update.
  2. They can't announce a timeframe for release of the firmware update.
  3. Owners monitoring this board will be the first to know when it's released.
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I'm still annoyed that I just bought a garage door opener with MyQ built in but using the Gateway from a dealer, and immediately was left out in the cold on Homekit. However I set up my a workaround using some Open Source code and now my garage door opener behaves like it truly is Homekit. Weird that I can make the old version that will never be supported work, but Chamberlain can't get it's supposedly supported units to... "Siri, open the garage door"
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Annoyed too, Chamberlains APP can't control the lights with a timer function. Where can I find any code to help. I am going to stick rewriting the APP on my son when he finishes his Masters on Dec 11. Thanks, harry samuel at Amazing-foto dot com
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i am a firm believer that at this point Chamberlain is just straight up lying to us.
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I got excited today when I saw an update for the MyQ app in the Apple App Store. False alarm, nothing for HomeKit.....
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Boo, we would like HK please... Not Nest Cams - nest is another device that is NOT HK compatible...
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I just had my WD1000WF installed today.  1) I love it 2) super quite 3) easy setup in the app 4) the motion sensor to turn on the light is great.  I called Chamberlain to make sure that my unit was going to be compatible with HomeKit when the firmware update was released, and the agent said "Absolutely, once released after the new year, your unit will be compatible."  So there you have it...After the new year.
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Great! Which new year are we talking about?
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After the many promises and length of silence on Chamberlain's part, this seems to be a valid question.
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Here is a great idea for chamberlain. Setup a return process for customers that you lied about home kit compatiblitiy.

Corporate greed damn liars

You keep teeling us fairy tales about the magigal software update that will make it compatible. You know very well that apple requires a specific chip and its not just a software update

I want my money back
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This is beginning to become beyond frustrating as all these other products have released their HomeKit versions. Why is an update taking this long unless it's not possible?
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Not wanting to defend Chamberlain too much (it is taking far to long to get this update out and their transparency is not crystal clear) but Homekit is notoriously difficult to develope for. Most of the other companies that have product out are specifically in the home automation space. Whereas chamberlain have a whole portfolio of existing product to support, maintain and update. I expect that there is just one engineer working on this and juggling his workload with other projects after someone in marketing made the decision to "just" support HomeKit. That I have sympathy for.
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You're right, my cousin Gomer Pyle is the one engineer working on it, might take a while.
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If this was a priority for Chamberlain, they would either have a dedicated team with committed cycles / sprints.  If they don't have the resources or the skills, then they should be contracting out.
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I know this discussion is about Homekit but honestly I can't wait for Google to get in the game with Brillo and Weave.  I have an Android phone but have to admit I've been tempted to get an iPhone.  I have about $600 in Lutron Caseta dimmers and $900 in Philips hue lighting products.  If my HD950WF was Homekit compatible that might push me to get one.  Right now there just aren't enough Homekit products.  Google is far behind but I have a feeling that once they get going, compatible products will come out at a faster pace than Homekit products are now.             
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I just sent this to Support.  Hopefully there will be a response, but I'm at my ends wit with this product:

The app works so horribly and is not even close to 10% reliable.  I am so sick of this message:
"The Door cannot be controlled because of too many failed attempts.  Please operate the door locally to reset and allow unattended operation."

I purposely bought a brand new wifi access point to eliminate signal strength as as a possibility. I can browse the web from inside my car even down the block, but I cannot open nor close the garage door?!

I would like a response to this, I would like to know this will be resolved.  I also purchased this product with the promise of HomeKit being available, but have seen no light on this subject.

You are welcome to email me or call me at xxx-xxx-xxxx.  I am willing to give you as much diagnostic information as desired to resolve this, but if it goes unanswered I will be forced to request full refunds of these faulty products.

I appreciate your response,

- Jon McCullough
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I clicked submit, which brought up an error page for their form.  I tried browser 2: same results.  I tried browser 3: same results.  Now on the phone with tech support.
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Good luck! 
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Courtney solved my problem!  LED lights appear to be the culprit.  I'm hopeful they will get HomeKit soon because using garage door openers in my area [apparently] don't work due to the number of garage door openers in the area, so MyQ needs to be reliable! Hope you are reading this Courtney: THANK YOU!!
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Glad things got worked out for you Jon. They support team really does try hard to help get everything worked out for their customers.
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Don't you see what they're doing? They know how much we are all waiting for this update so they are going to surprise us on Christmas Eve with the update!

Ho-Ho-HomeKit

(Wishful Thinking)
Hope everyone has a Happy Holiday (telling Siri to open and close the garage door!)
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Chamberlain has confirmed numerous times right here on this forum that HomeKit is coming to MyQ Garage via a firmware update. I want that functionality yesterday just like the rest of us. However, I'd prefer they release a solid product vs rushing something buggy to market. we can speculate forever on why the update is not here yet. I prefer to assume positive intent. To be fair, it's not late as they never set an official release date for the update.
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Adam

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Long time lister, first time caller. I got my Chamberlain MyQ kit for Christmas LAST YEAR with the promise of HomeKit compatibility coming sometime in 2015. Well, Christmas is almost here again and still no HomeKit. Had I known that this is how slow Chamberlain rolls out software, I wouldn't have bothered with the kit in the first place. Come on Chamberlain, give us a realistic time-frame to set expectations. 

Even though Chamberlain keeps saying it will only require a firmware update, I'm skeptical. That would mean they had access to Homekit chips and installed them in MyQ's over a year ago. I'm anticipating another bate and switch move like Philips pulled with their HomeKit "compatible" system. 
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John Matero

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Multiple HomeKit sites are confirming compatibility does not require the chip. As long as the device can be mapped with HomeKit service types, a firmware update can be all that's needed. I suspect that's how Chamberlain's MyQ Garage will work. Without the chip, consumers will be greeted with a warning about security when registering.
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Anyone know of something like MyQ that is HomeKit compatible?  Ready to give up on Chamberlain
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Scott Weidig

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Not that I am recommending this, but if you want to get an insteon hub ($149) and then this: http://www.smarthome.com/insteon-74551-garage-door-control-status-kit.html ($80) it might work... I'll wait for Chamberlain hopefully to get this going soon..............
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Jeffrey

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Kishi (and Scott),

You would need the INSTEON 2243-222 HUB PRO ($149) and the INSTEON 74551 GARAGE DOOR CONTROL & STATUS KIT ($79).

BUT, you should be aware that according to Insteon, the "*HomeKit-enabled garage door controllers and door locks not yet available but Insteon+ will be ready when they are." (http://www.insteon.com/insteon-hub-homekit/)

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