Is there any way to open and close MyQ with Alexa?

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Is there any way to open and close MyQ with Alexa?
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Screw conjecture (no offense Jack). If you're stuck with them already like I am, you can get around it as I have with a bit of effort. As frustrating as having to do so is.
Meanwhile I have stopped recommending Chamberlain/Liftmaster and have been leaving detailed reviews elsewhere as to how poorly they regard their customers.
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Hi gryhnd and all,

I have figured out a way to do this but you do have to pay the $10/yr for the Chamberlain Support Package or install a wireless door contact (the support package allows you to use IFTTT to see the door status (opened, closing, closed, opening) without the added wireless door contact). You also need some kind of Home Automation System. I use Samsung SmartThings. A hub is around $85 and you can do a ton of different things with it and Alexa and SmartThings play well together.

Essentially, I have set up a Virtual Switch with SmartThings that can be Turned on or off by Alexa. I have used Webcore to write code that Opens the Garage Door if the Virtual Switch is Turned ON or to Close the Garage Door if the Virtual Switch is Turned OFF. This Webcore code also manages the Virtual Switch if the Garage Door is opened or closed without the Virtual Switch (using the wall switch, App, or remotes).


I tried to paste a generic copy of the Webcore code on this reply, but I could not. If you are interested, I could email you this code.


Bottom Line: I can say "Alexa, Turn on Garage Door" and the door will open. I can say "Alexa, Turn off Garage Door" and the door will close. 



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I have been opening my garage door for years with Alexa using Insteon. I got the MyQ device for my new house as it supported 2 garage doors. 
The answers being given by the support people here are a bit lacking. There is ZERO reason to stop Wink Robots and Amazon Alexa from opening the garage door. The answers simply reflect an unwillingness to listen to customers. 
I will be putting my devices on Craigslist in order to buy another system (Tailwind, Insteon) where the company is a little more responsive to customer requests. 
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I have Tailwind and it’s awesome! No subscriptions, does exactly what I want it to do, and customer support has been fantastic! Being one of the early adaptors to this tech, I was going back and forth with customer support. It usually got a response the same day or the next. Removed my MyQ stuff and I’ve been happier ever since!
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taasadi

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Can you add English (Canada) support?
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Dylan Strohschein

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Yes, I can work on this.
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taasadi

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Not sure what happened to the other post? Are still maintaining the skill?
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Dylan Strohschein

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I just came here to respond. The Canada is finally live!
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Mark Lee

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Home Depot sells a garage door opener that is 100% Alexa compatible.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Mighty-Mu...
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Mighty Mule is not one of the big two manufacturers, but this is exactly the kind of product the big two should be building. As we have all said here, its not a technical challenge to do so (like MM demonstrates), its just each one of their ill-founded 'business plans' that prevents it.
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Chamberlain seems totally tone deaf in the home automation market.  Subscribe to a garage door opener?  Ridiculous.  Home automation is table stakes and should be included in the premium price of the product.  Exclusive agreements also ridiculous.  Home automation typically includes dozens of products from a wide range of manufacturers, and NONE of them charge subscriptions.  Alexa is the most popular voice assistant BY FAR in the marketplace, and no one will add a second voice control system to support a garage door.

To be competitive and stay relevant MyQ needs to be free, have a good app, support Alexa, and support either z-wave or zigbee.

There are too may alternatives to MyQ for people to put up with Chamberlain's lack of market awareness.  They just don't get it.
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Thank you all. I was about to buy the MyQ when I learned about this thread. This is a classical example of  clever engineering meeting  with idiot product marketing. This idea came probably from someone who attended a lecture or read a book about everything as a service and tried to apply to a product that guess what , don't provide a service .The recurrent revenue dream!! They probably thought, humm Ring can charge why can't we. Well ring does deliver a service right ? What you deliver ? API Access ? Get lost. Shame because they really have the best product on the market. Well finish, easy to install. I would easily pay 30 bucks premium for it but I will not pay 10 dollars per year to have access to APIs. To make things worst it seems that they kind of get locked with some platform by contract . Poor Chamberlain stakeholders ..........
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I have tried and tried to identify something that Chamberlain could/should provide 'as a service' which is optional and yet offers some number of their customers an extra value, but alas, they are a hardware provider and make some pretty compelling door openers. Everything they do should be focused on differentiating their hardware with more value and features than Genie and the others. Included software SHOULD be part of what they add continuously to make their hardware SHINE in a competitive field. If they stop trying to be an SaaS provider, then they could get back to innovating their hardware, which would likely have a ton of software differentiation which leverage their tightly coupled hardware.  For instance, as $3 worth of enviro sensors and you now could see the light, sound, temperature and humidity in the garage. Add another $1 in limit sensors and you could see exactly where the door is in its travel. Add a $4 dry-contact magnetic battery operated sensor and the garage's side door could be monitored as well. You could turn the lights on (and oiff) at no additional cost in hardware.

See what I mean?  Tiny investment in design and the door opener takes on a whole new life! Forget the SaaS nonsense. Just get the hardware to scream home automation and we'll figure how how to make Chamberlain so sticky owners will NEVER replace them with another brand!


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Hi Mark,

Thanks for the honest feedback!
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I have worked for a number of hardware companies in my life and the same issue presents itself. As the competing manufacturers are looking for ways to differentiate their solutions, many times they look to software as the means to do so. The software adds value OR make the offering more competitive. The key is deciding if the software value added brings your product to parity and/or leadership in the market you serve, or if the software opens a whole new addressable market.

In Chamberlain's case, GENIE is hot on their heels and the differentiation between a Chamberlain and a Genie is non-trivial. Each GDO vendor has strengths and weaknesses in each of their litany of offerings. So software tends to be one of the modern considerations for competitive differentiation.

Now Genie does NOT do a very good job with their Smarthome Aladdin support either, so Chamberlain doesn't need to do anything competitively YET. (In fact it could be argued that Chamberlain's availability of subscription IFTTT support is ahead of GENIE, even though limited numbers of people use it). But at some point GENIE will potentially announce some form of no-cost Smarthome integration and potentially something more inclusive or compelling, and at that time Chamberlain will need to react to remain competitive.

OR, could Chamberlain take the lead and fire the first shot? Could Chamberlain demonstrate Smarthome leadership? Sure, but there in little pressure competitively since Genie is also lacking deep smarthome integration for the consumer. (Yes, there are some enthusists that can hotwire a Genie to get it done, but that is noise-level from a financial standpoint).

Just saying...
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Chamberlain's attempt to monetize Alexa integration is shameless and greedy, and their proffered justifications are absurd. My MyQ setup predates the "disclosure" of the monthly fee requirement, and I'm certain there are many others who purchased this product without the requisite notice of the monthly fee. For us, Chamberlain is unlawfully restricting our unencumbered use of our property and I hope enough will band together to make a class action suit worthwhile. Meanwhile, I'm mulling over suing them individually. As it will cost Chamberlain far more in legal fees to defend a suit than the potential revenue from my monthly fee, they may have to reconsider the cost-benefit analysis. After all, it's clearly about the bottom line here Chamberlain as they obviously are not concerned with customer satisfaction or their reputation for fairness.
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I will never buy another one, which it too bad as it has been great for a couple of years now. But I need the ability to open and close through Alexa. Plus the MyQ app does not close the door immediately, it beeps and waits 10 seconds first. Not good if zombies are trying to get in.
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@Judith Gilett
I have actually sent Chamberlain an email regarding that very same thing. I have screenshots of their website where it explicitly advertises that they "Sync with popular smart devices and platforms". There is no mention of fees, subscriptions, or anything of the sort on the site. I will be submitting a complaint with the BBB and filing suit in small claims as well. 
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When I was looking for a garage door opener this summer for my new construction house, Chamberlain advertised as "Syncs with popular smart devices and platforms". They do not mention fees or subscriptions on the site, nor do they in the manual. 

I emailed the Chamberlain group and informed them that this was deceptive and misleading advertising. Ring doorbell has similar service fees, but they are up front about it, and that influenced my purchase decision. Had Chamberlain been up front as well, I would have purchased from a different manufacturer as well.

They responded back saying that they charge the fee to keep the costs of the physical openers lower. In short, they do not plan to change their practices. I have filed a formal complaint with the BBB and the FTC as Chamberlain is in violation of the Truth in Advertising act. I have a current case number with both agencies and will update as the case progresses. When the groups asked about an acceptable resolution, I suggested that Chamberlain waive the subscription fee.

I recommend that anyone else who feels that the Chamberlain group is not up front with the service fees in their advertising also contact the BBB and FTC. If enough people act, the current deceptive practices will have to change.

My next step will be to file suit in small claims. Yah, I know it's only $10 per year, and I will spend more in court fees than the subscription, but it's the principle that they were not up front about the service fees that I have issue with. (rant over)
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Chamberlains fee of $1/mo. or $10/yr is not that much but I agree with you that its the principle that is upsetting. Also, keep in mind that there could be additional fees if you want to integrate with other services. Not only are they not up front about the fees but I feel like I should not have to pay a subscription fee to use a piece of hardware installed in my home that I already paid for. Whats next? A fee to open my fridge door each time I want to get a drink?
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Honestly, I wouldn’t mind paying $1 per month if this service did what it was supposed to do. I’ve had my Tailwind IQ3 since the beginning of this thread and I love it!
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Just bought a new Chamberlain garage door opener to replace one I have had for 12 years. After reading this it goes back tomorrow.
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Good idea
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It is a shame that Chamberlain forced the removal of an Alexa Skill that someone had created.  It worked and was good for all of us. Maybe some quirks but it did work.  I understand Chamberlain wants to monetize this (we all want to make money right?) but since Chamberlain is unable to come up with a model that is suitable, why not allow a third party skill until they do. Wouldn't that appease frustrated clients and be true to their advertising "Syncs with popular smart devices and platforms".
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They're wanting to monetize a 'skill' that an end user created for them too. Such that they keep removing skills that people post here. How are we tolerating this? lmao.

 This is all on top of already selling an expensive af unit that advertised the feature (big reasons why alot of us bought these units because of the FALSE advertisement at this point). 

Sucks, because the hardware itself is great, and fully capable. But never again... 
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Perhaps they should just stop thinking about building a recurring revenue sales model and focus on products. hell, I'd pay $24.99 one-time for the skill. That feels like pure margin to me and very strategic thinking for Chamberlain to participate in the Smart-Home revolution, which should make someone at Chamberlain smile.

As it sits today, Chamberlain is just an observer of the Smart-Home era. They are sitting on the sidelines like a spectator, watching other true innovators grab marketshare/mindshare/publicity/etc
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Just about every new product advertises that it works with Alexa and google. Now days I only buy products that have that capability. so Chamberlin needs to get there act together before everyone starts to buy Genie and Atoms openers that work with Alexa and google.

That will be a revenue impact.
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At some point Chamberlin will have to cave and offer the Alexa skill for free.  Competition will force it.  By that time though, Chamberlin's brand will have suffered, and undoubtedly so will have their sales.  I would be surprised if the Alexa skill brings in much (if any) real revenue, especially when you factor in damage to brand and loss of future sales.  Someone at Chamberlin must realize this.  Someone on the Board must know that a subscription model just won't work for this "product."  Why would someone pay over and over again for nothing new?  Now, Chamberlin could easily mend their brand and ensure strong future sales by simply and immediately offering the skill for free.  With a little PR spin, they could even make it seem like they're being generous.  Perhaps it could be a "holiday" present for all who have already purchased an opener, or maybe it could be a promo for last-minute holiday sales.  (An apology would also help.)  Chamberlin has roughly two weeks to take advantage of the timing.  The longer they wait, the more it will look like a failure, i.e. when (not if) they finally do cave.
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Have to ditch chamberlain myq now. Everything in my house is controlled via Alexa.
Anyone knows a garage door opener that works with Alexa, please post
Thanks
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Trung, look up Tailwind IQ3. My new home cafe with a Chamberlain Opener installed. I added MyQ for the added safety of knowing my garage is closed due to my 8 yo at the time who always left the door open. Since I’ve integrated my entire home to Alexa and Google, I had to ditch the MyQ setup and went with Tailwind IQ3. It does exactly what you want it to do with no subscriptions and the Owner/creator, Scott, will personally help you troubleshoot anything. It’s an awesome product!
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Thanks for your recommendation. It’s time to dump MYQ and update to a service that actually is smart.

I just found my Christmas gift.
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Ken

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That Tailwind system looks really cool Ricky, thanks for suggesting it.  Shelling out another $110 is a bitter pill to swallow on top of the $80 MyQ, but at least this would actually work the way I want it to.  That vehicle sensor for automatic operation when I approach is really cool too!
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After the recent cold snap I had to replace my garage door opener. I called a local company that I had dealt with previously.
They suggested there Chamberlain/LiftMaster series. I said no way I do not want that product line at any cost. I guess we can't do business and we disconnected. A few minutes later the manager called me and asked why? Take a look at these Posts. Chamberlain/Liftmaster is not a product I will buy. But, it was when they pull a working Unofficial App from Google Play I knew I was done with them. TOO MUCH CORPORATE GREED. They are Apple bigots.
The manager read these posts and called me back. "What can we do to keep your business." I said sell me a different product. We agreed on a Genie System. It goes in next week.
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What a shame, I wish chamberlain was able to hook into alexia. It would also be nice if chamberlain would respond to this request
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Hey, Chamberlain. Any idea if\when this will be resolved? I’m debating on whether to bother with the more premium options on the 8500 series, but the lack of Alexa support and the need for a subscription is a deal breaker for me. I can look elsewhere or get the lesser model and “hack” it to make it work, but I’d really rather you just bring your capabilities on par with the competition.
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Hi everyone,

Thank you for your feedback. At this time we do not have any updates but we will continue to pass feedback from the community to our myQ teams.
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It has been over a year. Chamberlain has lost my business forever.
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So disappointed with Chamberlain, I'm surprised they can't come up with a few options on this.  I guess they don't put a lot of weight into tech-savvy products.
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WOW...this question was posted 1 year ago and you still do not have any comments.

Meanwhile people are finding ways to bypass your secured system. That is not helping anyone.
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Wish I saw this post before I had my contractor put in my new openers. D@^@ MOVE CHAMBERLAIN. Your customers deserve a response. Knock off the canned "we hear you" crap and give us some real answers. You are selling a product that advertises its compatibility with smart home devices and you are lying. I want to know why you are lying to us? I already know you rather not answer the question, when will you allow the Alexa skill? "Thank you for your response. We hear hear you." Now, why are you lying in your product promotions? Your internal legal team advises this type of behavior? I would fire every last one of them.
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I also have a Chamberlain opener and no... there is no fix that I have found... I will be trashing my garage openers and getting Alexa compliant openers this spring.
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So the two biggest names in the USA for garage door openers (Chamberlain and Genie) do NOT support any real home automation capabilities. What brand of "Alexa Compliant" openers are you going to install? 

Given this reality, I am thinking that the real 'best' choice is buying a great rock-solid and proven GDO that works hard for ever (either brand is fine), and then separately choose a top-notch universal GDO home automation controller that works with Alexa/Google/Siri, like the NXG100, the Garadget, GogoGate2, or Tailwind iQ3. This gives you the best of both worlds.

Sad reality, but it looks like TWO purchases are needed to get where we hoped the one or both of the big GDO boys would have gotten us altogether on their own. I guess not...
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I do not know who told Mr Harris that Genie does not work with Alexia, but I switched my Liftmaster/Chamberlain and the company who installed my Genie made it Alexia Compliant. Works from any Echo.or Dot in the house.
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My comments above are based on the external accessory MyQ (Chamberlain)  and Aladdin Connect (Genie)  modules.  I assume that both vendors integrated controller solution works the same, and both vendors tech support told me directly that they do not have Alexa integration for their MyQ and Aladdin technologies, respectively.

Are you saying you have a Genie brand GDO which integrates out of the box with Alexa without the use of any third party controller, like those mentioned above?
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Just to reiterate, if like me you're now screwed stuck with Chamberlain because you  discovered all of this too late, and you like to tinker there is an inexpensive way to incorporate Alexa/Google. Between Alexa and geofencing I rarely touch a physical opener any more.

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What I am saying is when the sales person, who was selling me a $1000.00+ garage door and Opener learned his sale was dead because of the Liftmaster/Chamberlain product he told me Genie would be a workable solution.

The door and Genie were installed and my setup works with Alexia.

Looking at the itemized bill I see the door and Genie system, installed. Nothing is mentioned about anything extra.
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Why are you comparing the fact that neither support voice integration. We should be asking why neither support Alexa.

Every device out there for home automation supports Alexa, my house  alarm can be turned on and off using Alexa, my front door can be unlocked using Alexa, all of these products came with an App that link to Alexa.

The reality is that a year ago someone built an app that worked perfectly with MyQ, but Chamberlain made him remove it. This is not hard to do.

Security can't be the issue, they can force you to add a PIN. I think it is just stubbornness and arrogance that is getting on the way.
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Actually I am not justifying their decisions to ignore/prevent Alexa, quite the contrary. I am saying that the two biggest and most recognized manufacturers of garage door opener hardware have both decided to show their 1970's vintage approach to engineering. They think chain, gears and motors, not 'software' and features. Worse yet, they may be looking at each other for competitive product features, and since neither has it, they feel the are safe and won't lose the core of their business which is the hardware itself, not the software features. Its only when ONE of them wakes up and thinks forward, rather than backward that we might see some change from BOTH of them!

As we see here in a ton os these discussion on this site, the third party's are all filling in the void created by this blatant ignorance of what the smart marketplace needs in 2019.... But since they are the two biggest games in town, it does affect them in the bottom line, so everybody sings happily each day.  I am sure new relatively unknown companies like Might-Mule (at Home Depot) are smiling that they have a 'shot at the bigger market' as informed customers start demanding home automation and Voice control as a MINIMUM REQUIREMENT and are willing to risk trying products from new comers to get there. (Lets hope these new players also have good motors and chains and gears!)
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Nicely put.  As someone that is buying a new house, Chamberlain has lost my business.  It does not go unnoticed in their new app there is a subscription for number of smart options.  If that's the model they want to use and lose customers because of $12 a year subscription model, more fool them. As they keep losing business to up and coming players in the market, eventually they will see the light.  But by then it may be too late.  Be smart about smart home devices.
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(Edit to my note above: It currently does NOT affect them in their bottom line)
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Mark - I think it does affect their bottom line because they aren't growing near as much as they could. They may not yet being seeing much of a change, but now that word is spreading about their practices and lack of vision, there are so many not buying in that their growth will stagnate. If it hasn't already.

All I know is that I'm stuck with them for now, but when I move they will not be an option any longer for me.
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Alexa integration is a free service with ALL other home automation devices, that says a lot ..
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Maybe in the near future Chamberlain will fix and add customer requested functions to the MyQ app since they have partnered with Amazon Key early this year. If Amazon Key is going to open and close the garage door in the upcoming Amazon Key service, perhaps I would imagine Amazon Alexa functions might be a possibility.  If Chamberlain cannot deliver the MyQ features that their customers are asking for, then it is a lost opportunity for Chamberlain and Chamberlain can remain a garage door company. Chamberlain should consider using this as a trojan horse to break into new markets by providing the features customers want. Otherwise someone else will replace Chamberlain if there is no need to choose Chamberlain. The MyQ app is in need of serious development.
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I am just using the IFTT with Echo, paying the whooping $10/year and can close my Garage Doors with Alexa. I really can't think of a good reason why I would ever need to open the garage door with Alexa. I have the MyQ App for that if needed and not that hard to open the App and Open the door. Similar with closing it but it is nice to be able to see that a door is open (via an Action Tiles Monitor) in the bedroom and just say "Alexa Trigger Close Double Garage Door"... or "Alexa Trigger Close Single Garage Door". It works great.
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If it works for you, then that is all that matters.
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Never said that Mark. However, what good reason does a person have that requires them to open the garage door with Alexa or Google Assistant? Please consider that you have in your hand or pocket most of the time a phone with a very easy to use app that can open the door. Also, if you are using a Home Voice assistant, you are at home and you can easily walk to the garage door, use your opener, and go out the garage door in your car, or with your body, or with your lawnmower........  I just can't think of a need to open the garage door with a Home Voice Assistant. I can think of a need to close it and have set up a Webcore application through SmartThings that closes the garage door after 10 PM (until 6 AM) after it is open for more than 15 minutes. What came with my Garage door other than the $10/yr supports this.
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Hi,

I have figured out a way to do this but you do have to pay the $10/yr for the Chamberlain Support Package or install a wireless door contact (the support package allows you to use IFTTT to see the door status (opened, closing, closed, opening) without the added wireless door contact). You also need some kind of Home Automation System. I use Samsung SmartThings. A hub is around $85 and you can do a ton of different things with it and Alexa and SmartThings play well together.

Essentially, I have set up a Virtual Switch with SmartThings that can be Turned on or off by Alexa. I have used Webcore to write code that Opens the Garage Door if the Virtual Switch is Turned ON or to Close the Garage Door if the Virtual Switch is Turned OFF. This Webcore code also manages the Virtual Switch if the Garage Door is opened or closed without the Virtual Switch (using the wall switch, App, or remotes).


I tried to paste a generic copy of the Webcore code on this reply, but I could not. If you are interested, I could email you this code.


Bottom Line: I can say "Alexa, Turn on Garage Door" and the door will open. I can say "Alexa, Turn off Garage Door" and the door will close. 

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You don't need to understand or agree with the reasoning for it to be a valid need for others. Like Mark said, if it works for you then great. But for most of us here asking why, clearly it does not. For me, it does not, and because of that I developed my own solution (which doesn't require any subscription or programming) since i found out too late in the game I had been tricked by Chamberlain.