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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There was, but Chamberlain forced the skill's removal, as they couldn't monetize it.
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Jordan Staha

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Found one that works !!!

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Yes it does but for how long is the bigger question till it gets pulled like all the rest have.
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Right, my concern too as another unofficial one got pulled. No IFTTT either for geofencing etc (not the fault of the developer). I prefer my hardware solution for now. It does everything for cheap money and a little time and give me full control.
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Keep in mind this is only 5 days  old this Skill  those MOFO's will pull it remember i said that.
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This is my in expensive Solution to anyone who wants Alexa and is already Apple homekit user.
using the MyQ-G0303 Hub
https://myqcommunity.chamberlain.com/chamberlainmyq/topics/how-to-add-alexa-to-any-myq-garage-opener...
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It even gets Worse, Chamberlain/LiftMaster Allow Siri FULL capability to Open & Close the Garage Door.  So, the capability is out there, but only for Siri/Apple users.

The only thing an Apple is good for is making people pay for overly expensive products.

We have all heard it before, Apple is the Greatest thing since sliced bread. 

Lets just say, my opinion is not high of Apple NOR Chamberlain/LiftMaster.  I'm looking for a replacement Opener now.

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Ahmen on Apple, just a fashion statement with a large price tag....what a ripoff...
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I have found a way to bypass the chamberlain system to make my garage door work with Alexa. Get a one channel wifi switch from amazon and solder the wires to the contact button terminals on your garage door smart button. Takes a little effort but it cost me less than 10 bucks and works perfectly. On a side note, will never buy another chamberlain product, they have shown their greed with their choices. Alexa integration should be a selling point, for future buyers, not a way to try to fleece their customers.
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I have found a way to bypass the chamberlain system to make my garage door work with Alexa. Get a one channel wifi switch from amazon and solder the wires to the contact button terminals on your garage door smart button.
What model opener do you have Christopher? A simple contact closure will not work with the new MyQ openers
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Not sure the exact model but it is a MyQ model. I had to solder the wires to the circuit board where the physical button that opens the door is connected. You can't connect to the external wires on the smart openers. It was quite easy though if you have ever soldered on a circuit board.
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Thanks for the tip Christopher!
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How did you then integrate the wifi switch with Alexa?  IFTTT?  Could you please post a link to the switch you used?  Thanks!
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If that question is to me, the switch is natively Alexa compatible. I have links all over these forums to my build notes (since Chamberlain hid my notes here on the forum).
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I noticed that.  Thanks for the link!
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M.W Robison,
I have the Chamberlain MyQ-70B Hub already i use for Apple ingratiation. So basically for like $25 i bought a Idevices Switch or you Can use or the Ihomecontrol one as well. And it has to have dual Apple and Alexa. So i create a Trigger that when The switch is activated it open the Garage and another trigger when switch is set to off it closed Garage with a "ALEXA" command. Get it? If you don't use apple home kit this will not work for you.
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That's too bad they felt they couldn't monetize it.  Gee I wonder if people take an increase in overall customers into account when they look at monetized gains?  Something to be said for overall customer retention and stickiness that comes into account with products such as this one that would make me a lot more loyal if they would support this. They should also realize customers like me will search on garage openers compatible with Alexa and if they are not I will go elsewhere. I'm an old senior executive from the computer industry. I would love to help them on their justification models.  For now I will wait.
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I was able to use Alexa to open my garage door using eWelink you can buy the hardware on a Amazon for about 13.00 dollars
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There are other methods using separate hardware, sure, but I think the whole point of this thread is most of us already bought into the Chamberlain ecosystem so it sucks, just a bit, when they go and yank a working third party solution out from under our feet and leave us with nothing.  
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What kind of hardware did you buy?
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Eric Lau

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Robbie Robinson hello, I have just installed ewelink and connected it to my alexa. The only problem i have is that it can only "open the garage" but it can't close it. Do you know what might be the issue? thanks
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There really is no way to integrate, since the "imitation button push" is the easy part, but knowing the door is actually open or closed is tougher. Not impossible, but tougher.
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There is a new product called Garadget that actually works with Alexa.  I'm ripping out the chamberlain (which is a shame as it works well with the iPhone app) and replace with Garadget
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LudoBenudo

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I found a way to open my chamberlain myq with Alexa routine
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Wróblewski Bartłomiej

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How ?
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There is definitely a way if you are Apple HomeKit user as well. For $20 a iDevices plug can be used as a trigger and works great. Anyone who wants full how to details feel free to email me. Mastermrx@gmail.com I can open my Garage from Siri or Alexa.
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I use an app call Simplecommands. You need to link with Alexa app and create routines
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LudoBenudo,


Do you have to say "Alexa, run Open Garage Door" (notice the word 'run'). Or will simply saying "Alexa, Open Garage Door" work for you?

In my case, if I don't say 'run' then it replies "I don't know how to do that".
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David Grabel

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where do you get app "simplecommands"
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David Grabel

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where do you get app "simplecommands"
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LudoBenudo

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AppStore

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David Grabel

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Thanks. Got the app but not sure if the alexa skill works in Canada
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Anthony

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How were you able to link your Alexa and Simple Commands.  I have both but cannot find the skill in the Alexa Skills.
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Anthony

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Nevermind. I found the link.
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wing will work myq opener Wink is now compatible with Amazon Echo! If you're not familiar, Echo is a product completely designed around your voice. ... Then, link your Wink account to Echo within the Echo mobile app (Settings > Connected Home > Device Links > Wink). From there, say “Alexa, discover new devices.”Jul 8, 2015
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I got Simple Commands to work with Google Home, but Alexa will not recognize the Simple Commands devices. I ended up modifying a Sonoff Basic and a 882LM to get it to work with Google Home.
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Bill Skeen

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Go to the Simple Commands forum for steps on how to setup.
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Mark Lee

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Alexa also opens garage doors by using the Garadget app.  Link the app with Alexa and you can open or close your garage door with Alexa.
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yes  I use e-WeLink 
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Can you explain how it works on ewelink?
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ewelink doesn't control the door directly. It controls Sonoff devices others such as myself have used to work around Chamberlain being dinks about this whole thing.  I've posted my solution many times in here, then Chamberlain set it too "private" in an attempt to hide it. So now I host the info on my own website
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As someone who purchased 2 garage doors and can’t use Alexa without a subscription I have to say that’s a total dick move by chamberlain

Come on.. it’s 2019 u want people to buy your shit, make it compatible with Alexa and google assistant without the stupid subscription

At least have the basic open close function and charge a subscription for more advanced features etc...
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It is necessary to discriminator against males in your descriptions. if you don't discriminate why do I not see any reference to cunts.
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I use simple commands
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Yes it is the best and really only free solution.- IFTTT Works fine but Won't even open the MyQ garage. and they charge for Subscription monthly. I have posted many write ups  on the subject.
With the Simplecommand App you can opena close every MYQ, light , Plug and Garage door. ALL FREE>>>>>>>>
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This is the REAL answer to the goal.  I now use SimpleCommand to connect to MyQ.  I then use the SMS Connection.  Create a contact called: Simple ... then when I'm close to my house say:  "Hey Siri, new message to Simple, Open Garage" 

Same when I'm leaving:  "Hey Siri, new message to Simple, Close Garage"

This solution works so well.  Thanks @andy wolfe
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You are welcome Brian.  For out side my Home and Apple Homekit  integration and triggers with other devices. I use the Hub sold by  Chamberlain for apple only. But since i have both Apple and Alexa integration in my Home and Alot cheaper to  have Echo dots then the over priced  Siri Homepod  this was the best and only  perfectly  workable solution giving best of both Apple and Alexa.
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That really sucks!
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Eric

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Seriously, they had the skill and then removed it?  Ugh
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David

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Chamberlain didn't, it was a user who created it.
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Jack Blanchard

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Maybe but Chamberlain took it away. It also worked with Smartthings and they blockednit as well.
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Total waste by Chamberlain.
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Trai Nguyen

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I was planning to purchase myQ for my two garage doors but after reading these comments I changed my mind
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Eric Larson

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Hey Chamberlain, wanted to buy two $300 units to update my house. Instead im buying two $49 options to get the results i want without spending a monthly fee.
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Trai Nguyen

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What did you buy?
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Eric Larson

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I settled on the NEXX $99.00 on amazon. I am getting the MHCOZY too to see how that can work in different areas.
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I won’t be buying this garage door opener that’s terrible business
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I'm taking a look at The MeRoss Garage Opener on Amazon ($69 no subscription). 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L5DPK8P

Seems to be a decent option.  It used to stink because you used to have to say something stupid like "Alexa ask MeRoss to Run The Turn ON Garage Door routine". 

Now the garage door shows up under your Locks section so you can say "Alexa Lock the garage door" and "Alexa Unlock the garage door".  Alexa asks for your pass code to unlock.  (By the way, I have the Kwikset Premis touchscreen door lock and it works the same way - fantastic with Alexa).  

Too bad you can't use Open or Close with Alexa but those words are reserved.  I hear it's even easier with Google so hopefully Alexa will catch up soon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L5DPK8P
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I'm surprised they haven't developed a skill for it yet.  I would love the ability to open/close my garage door with Alexa.  Alexa is much more reliable than Siri.
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So you want a total stranger to have the ability to say Alexa, open my garage, and just walk into your home?!
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you can set Alexa up to only recognize your voice
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Walter - if you spend just a little time here, you'd know that if Chamberlain wanted to they could program Alexa to require a PIN.  There is NO security concern here (and if they continue to pig headly say there is, then let us check of a "I understand..." box).
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I have named my garage door something other than "garage door" that a burglar would not know.

You could call your garage door "toaster" and say "Alexa activate toaster". A burglar would have no idea what you named your garage door within Alexa.
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I use Alexa to enable and disable my home security system. When I tell it to disarm, Alexa says, "Sure. What's your PIN?" I speak my four digit number and the system disarms. No reason the same thing could be coded for a garage opener skill.
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This is exactly how Tailwind IQ3 works. You need a PIN to open the door.
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In the Alexa app somewhere, I saw a message that door open/close skills were disabled due to security concerns. (Imagine a thief simply giving a voice command.)
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Well if he's already in the house with Alexa ... that could be a problem. OH WAIT ...the burglar would be in the house to open the garage door and that's a security risk?

Maybe we should all remove the wall switch ... after all a burglar in the garage could push it and open the garage door.

Some how I think the vision of a burglar standing at your window yelling at the top of his lungs hoping to wake Alexa is hilarious.

A classic example of Bovine Scatology ;-)

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They could easily trigger Alexa without being in the house. I have one in my garage, they could just yell through the cracks. Or you could project your voice through a window. I trigger my Alexa in the room down the hall sometimes bit accident. Very possible.
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If you were a developer for this company that had no risk, compliance, or technical skill departments and implemented skills without care then yes this would be possible. But for Chamberlain this is not the case. I have an August door lock that opens with Alexa using a pin. The entrence to my house is more serious then my garage. When is the last time you heard on the news someone robbing a house doing this with any product? If they wanted to get in the last thing they'd do is yell out in front of the house for everyone to hear.
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Jack Blanchard

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Keith you’re an idiot
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Keith Lyons

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Usually idiots call people that. Either way, better than being an asshole. 
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It's super simple. Amazon Alexa simply requires a PIN code to open. I found a video of a solution called Tailwind that shows exactly how they do it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IRK_v3ewq4&t=2s
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Keith your an idiot and an asshole
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Oh thank god, I was struggling to figure out which one I was. Thank you for clearing that up. Wanna get together and have a beer? I mean, I am busy finishing my PhD and you are busy feeding into your delusion that you are awesome, but besides that I think we would really hit it off. XOXXOOX
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LOL and pampas..  Profile pic indicates a god complex.  No i don't want to share a beer with such an arrogant fukwad with some closet homophilia.  Phd in D-Baggery...  Good luck with that.

Wait Keeth... who the fk are you?  can you not follow the chronology of the thread? Nobody is talking to you unless you were booted for being such a douche.  Perhaps youre such a douche that you think everything is about you, but clearly I was talking to Keith Lyons.  come down off your high horse...
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Love you too, babe. 
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You guys giving Keith shit; he's not really wrong.  I locked my dumb ass out of the house last week, heh.  I tried all the windows, they were locked.  Car keys and phone were in the house so I could use neither my phone Alexa nor the mobile Echo in the car.  Went to the garage, cupped my hands around my mouth and pressed to the door and shouted "Alexa, ask garage opener to open door!!!".  No dice.  Tried three times.  Didn't want to yell too loud and let the neighbors know one can open my door by yelling.  Had an idea then.  I lay prone on the ground, stuck my fingers under the weatherstrip at the bottom of the door to create a ~0.25" gap.  Stuck my face up tight to it and yelled the command and voila, the door opened :)

First thing I did was 1. order a smart deadbolt for my door (with a pin pad) and 2. added PIN functionality to my garage opener skill to prevent others from following suit :)

PS: of course, now that Amazon killed the unofficial MyQ skill, it's a moot point :'(
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I installed a remote pin pad outside my garage for this purpose. I also have an Alexa device in my garage that can hear commands from outside. If you don’t know any PIN numbers then you can’t get in. You can turn on the lights, but that’s not a big deal for me.
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Right... but now they are advertising that you should use Amazon key with myq. So they want to give complete stranger delivery drivers access to your garage, but Alexa service is a security concern. BULLSH*T
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I don’t believe that is the issue. There are many doors locks on the market that work with Alexa. I believe it’s all about making money.
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Crazy ..if this is all about money, just increase the cost of the unit by $5 to pay for the development of the skill, then Chamberllain can advertise that it works with Alexa. Sounds like a win.

Regarding security, this is very simple. on the myQ app, just name the garage a unique name such as "man cave" so no one can just say "Alexa open garage" instead they will say "Alexa open man cave"
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Sharon Olsommer

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you can train Alexa to respond to only your voice
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Ricky Granada

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And you can set it up so you need a PIN
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mo, these are great suggestions, I'll pass them forward to our internal team. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. Lauren
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Add me as another disgruntled user that can't use Alexa for my garage door but I can for everything else in my house. With that said I love my app to open and close the garage door and just wish I could use Alexa.
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Me too
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Benjamin Dolewski

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As am I. It shouldn't be that hard to develop
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Yes add me too why would you stop that integration. And don’t charge a monthly fee it’s a feature of the garage door. You don’t charge a monthly fee to use the opener that comes with it they’re built in to the price of the device. Come on Chamberlain!
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It's a bit surprising there are tutorials to build your own app online but Chamberlain can't make one.
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I have the Garmin with Alexa product and it would be awesome to be able to say, Alexa, open garage door as I pull up to the house... Or as I leave which is when I usually forget to hit the button to close it.
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IF you have Smartthings, it's easy to set up using Alexa.
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Or you can download wink and setup geofencing. It will open when your on your way home within 100 ft or so and automatically close as you drive off but that could be when your 100' away as well.
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Found one that works !!!

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Seriously though - advertising your openers as "smart" and connected, whilst leaving out THE major player in home connectivity - Amazon Alexa, is disingenuous at best, and a seriously off-putting, representative lie at worst. If you're going to play games and nickel and dime me, then why would I not expect the same from your openers and company for the rest of their lives? A seriously bad marketing move on all accounts.
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This is one of the best comments I have seen regarding this strange policy.  Their attitude is truly counterproductive.  The management of this company is and its attitude toward the home automation community as a whole is truly baffling.   
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and its gone
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Not surprised. They even hid my explanation of how I used a smart relay to actuate my door with Alexa (so I moved it to my own website). That has nothing to do with their API, but everything to do with their corporate culture.
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I was informed that it was suppsed to work with IFTTT but only if you pay for a premium membership. I upgraded my membership and I see the IFTTT applets but the one that will check and close the door nightly will not work. I am frustrated and about to cancel my premium membership and by an Alexa enabled garage door controller. Luckily I am still in the free 1 month trial. I don't expect you will keep many customers if your offerings don't actually work.
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Jack Blanchard

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I just cancel the trial. It would only allow me to close garage not open it. Paying a monthly fee is not acceptable! Don’t buy Chamberlain products!
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Ricky Granada

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I did the same. I thought by paying for the premium service I would be able to achieve what I wanted. Cancelled the subscription and I’m thinking about getting rid of my MyQ controller and going with another company instead.
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Ricky Granada

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I ended up going with Tailwind IQ3 and love it!
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Tailwind isn't compatible with door openers with yellow learn button unless you add on and/or solder wires on existing equipment.
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Mark, can you tell me the specific Applet you're using? Many Applets are written by third-parties, but if it's one of ours we'll try to diagnose and fix the issue. Lauren
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In IFTTT I just searched for MyQ. It found several apps and one was written to do specifically what I am trying to do. I have tried Building the applet myself by choosing <IF This "Date & Time = Everydat at 10PM" Then "MyQ = Close the Door" The option is listed but the dropdown says option unavailable. I don't like that I cannot open the door with Alexa but I want to build a nightly double check that the garage is shut. I have Alexa, Wink, MyQ Garage door Controller. I even have a google home to try and hedge my bet. I figured with one of these I would be able to do what I want which is just check that the garage door is shut nightly. I tried to attach the entire applet but it was saved as a PDFand this site didn't allow a PDF to be attached. The frustation is for the Door Close History it can see and understand when the door is open and when it is closed but the nightly check is just broken but only in understanding which door to check. Should be an easy fix but seems somebody doesn't want it fixed.

 
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I did some research into the problem today that I am experiencing and it appears the "account.getDevices()" function of the API is not working. This makes using the API nearly impossible. I am willing to work with someone to fix this as I am actively looking for a solution. That can be here at Chamberlain or I will gladly take my money elsewhere. Again not trying to open the door just insure that it is closed at a certain time every night. If you cannot open the door for safety reasons surely you can help me insure that it is closed for safety reasons.&nbsp;
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Mark, I'm not giving an lee way to Chamberlain here (we know how they treat their customers with respect to home automation integration), however I do make sure my door (8550) is closed at night by setting it up in the MyQ app to do so automatically at two times in the evening (10pm and 1am). It's not Alexa connected of course, but it is a set-and-forget.
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Mark Reeves

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I tried that and it doesn't work either
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Someone else had that problem, iirc, whereas I do not. Are you running a MyQ Garage? I have an 8550 with it all built in and have no issues saving.
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Yes I have the MyQ Garage versus the Unit with everything built in. My thoughts are if they offer it as a product it should work. Not kinda work just do what it is supposed to do. I am very close to finding a solution that works and is not Chamberlain/Liftmaster. I find this website false and misleading chamberlain.com/myqpartners this says I should be able to just ask google home if the door is shut but this doesn't work. Says something about a subscription but noe clear way to resolve.
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Lauren, what the heck is wrong with chamberlains mentality.
Evidently I made a big mistake purchasing the MyQ device
Back to Home Depot for a refund and note to their management about the obvious disappointment
Maybe HD will get smart & stop carrying it as well as other Chambesuck products

Too bad, I was also planning on getting an opener
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Chamberlain bring back the Alexa skill!
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Jack Blanchard

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If it’s one of yours why should we pay for it!
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I recently purchased the premium package to use with IFTTT and Alexa. I would really like for my garage door to automatically open and close when I leave or arrive via Geotagging. Unfortunately, the applets don’t work due to security issues. I’m cancelling the subscription. BTW $10 a year isn’t really that bad for a product that would actually work.
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Ricky, we appreciate you sharing your interest in Geotagging as a feature with MyQ. Thank you for your feedback. -Chuck
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Knee Dragon

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I just bought this useless tool. I bought it because it was advertised as compatible. I'm returning it and telling everyone to avoid your products.
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I did the same.  I just signed up and then configured IFTTT.  Simple process, but it did not work.  I guess this whole IoT in the home has a lot of maturing.   
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Jim you can't just Sign up to IFTTT you need to create IFTTT Triggers like Setting when you say to a Alexa Trigger on Kitchen light it triggers the MyQ kitchen light on. The IFTTT command for Alexa is "Trigger" to set one for on one for off ( see example) of d
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This by Far the fastest and Best way to Control your MyQ Garage door  with Alexa absolutely Free. just follow the link with info. Using the SimpleCommands App
https://simplecommands.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020793153


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Works perfectly
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Rick Keifer

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Everyone this is finally it.  Sort of a workaround but works flawlessly also the programming aspect of it and the accompanying app that makes it all work opens a lot of other opportunity for automation.  the way it is programmed lets you create a "trigger phrase" which allows you to not only define "Alexa, open the garage door" but you can add "Alexa, open the garage door with security code ......" that way if someone shouts from outside Alexa doesn't open the door for them :-)  Still not happy with Chamberlain who should play nice with others but this works great and unlocks a bunch of other ideas for home automation.
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Phil Eldredge

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Simple commands works perfect for me.   Rick Keifer, can you put some more detail into how you setup the "Trigger Phrase" to use a security code?   Thanks!! 
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That's the easiest part.  just make it part of the voice command.  you are going to speak it after all.  so instead of "Alexa, Open the Garage Door" .. "Alexa, Open the Garage Door with Security Code 1234".  or a completely different code word "Alexa, open sesame" :-)  good luck.
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OK I see the confusion.  I didn't put the link that Andy posted along with my comments.  I apologize for that. Here is the full story.

First follow the instructions in this link that Andy provided above.

https://simplecommands.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020793153

This works perfectly without adding any more hardware AND really opens doors to other automation things you can do with Alexa.

Then my delighted comments after I tried this were as follows:

Everyone this is finally it.  Sort of a workaround but works flawlessly also the programming aspect of it and the accompanying app that makes it all work opens a lot of other opportunity for automation.  the way it is programmed lets you create a "trigger phrase" which allows you to not only define "Alexa, open the garage door" but you can add "Alexa, open the garage door with security code ......" that way if someone shouts from outside Alexa doesn't open the door for them :-)  Still not happy with Chamberlain who should play nice with others but this works great and unlocks a bunch of other ideas for home automation.
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Alexa "Open gates of hell"
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Tom Thompson

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something not just Garage door
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Ok I am going to say this again . For months now I have been using the follow the link with info. Using the SimpleCommands App
https://simplecommands.zendesk.com/hc... it is not just best solution ito open/ close chamberlain garage doors and light switches as well with Alexa pretty much only solution. I am super happy... And u will be also.
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Rick Keifer

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How is everyone NOT finding this?
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My house at this point is fully automated minus MyQ garage door. If you need experts then look how the door locks and other garage door companies do it. I give Alexa a pin to open. Never have problems. I've been waiting for years for this company to get its act together. I will be removing the device and replacing it with a more user friendly one as will some of our friends.
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Let’s us know what you switch to other customers like me are planning on doing the same thing.
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I have been watching these discussions for five months thinking surely Chamberlain can get this figured out—add a pin—I can start my pickup from the other side of the earth with an Alexa skill for gosh sakes! Contact legal and add a waiver/acknowledgement to those MYQ customers who voluntarily add the Alexa Skill for MYQ. MYQ community manager—“we appreciate your interest thank you for your feedback—great idea.” So Official Rep is Chamberlain going to add an Alexa Skill to it’s product or not? I would “appreciate” an answer so I can decide whether or not to invest in your product or one that works with modern technology. Thanks—Chuck.
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For Alexa, go with Linear Spott and be done with it. Chamberlain develops new features at an excruciatingly slow pace. They won’t tell you one way or another and you could find yourself waiting years if they ever do launch Alexa support. Look at HomeKit and the still awaited multi-user support as proof of exceedingly long timetables.
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Jordan Staha

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Found one that works !!!
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LOL. Scott you're so right. Here's a video demo of Alexa controlling a garage door and it clearly shows using a PIN and explains the security reason for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IRK_v3ewq4&t=2s
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I checked up on Tailwind and it looks great. Unfortunately, I can’t find their app in the IOS store, nor can I find the Skills for Alexa.
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Mark Reeves

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Agreed could not find the skill in Alexa so I will  not be buying the Tailwind product until it is truly a viable option
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Mark Reeves

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I emailed Tailwind and got an initial response that their Alexa skills were in the process of being approved. I got a follow up email that stated the first skill should be available today ( I checked and it is) and the following skill will be available in a day or 2. I have also looked into several other solutions but have not pulled the trigger on any as of yet. I am pretty handy and have considered the Alexa enabled momentary switch wired to the push button and a Zwave tilt sensor to provide status for the door. Shame that I have all the technology present to do this but Chamberlain is not making it so because they haven't figured out how to monetize it. I own several houses and will likely need a garage door opener replaced but won't be a Chamberlain/ Liftmaster I will assure you. I will post what I decide and let you know if I get it working.
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It is very possible to open your garage door with Smartthings and Alexa and NOT pay Chamberlain their money grabbing fee(s).  Search for virtual switches, MyQ, and Smartthings.
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Jack Blanchard

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Use to work but not anymore
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Dan Baumann Jr

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Still works perfectly for me!
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The skill is a program you downloaded when it was still available. It's no longer available. It won't be supported but probably hasn't changed either. I wish there was some way for you to share it.
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It's not all about the garage door.  I invested in MyQ light switches and lamp controllers, I'd like them to work with Alexa.
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You should return the products or sell them on Ebay/Craigslist otherwise you will be paying a subscription fee when they finally add Alexa functionality in 2020.... Get a product that doesn’t charge subscription fees for basic use.
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For switches and lamp controllers, Lutron probably makes the nicest stuff on the market. Investing in MyQ for that stuff was an unfortunate misstep.
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Well this is all very unfortunate to read.  I don't know why a company the size of Chamberlain/Liftmaster can't get up to speed with technology.  I've had my opener for a couple years now and it still works great, so I'm not going to go buy a new one just yet......but I promise the next one will not be this brand if they can't make some changes soon.  I just got my first Echo yesterday, and was excited to make my garage door work with Alexa the way I've already made dozens of other items in my house work.  Shame...shame...shame...
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Jack Blanchard

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Don’t wait because they can do it but won’t. It actually worked at one time then Chamberlain took it away. They are lying and should just admit it will never happen because they don’t want to.
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There is a way to do it for $20 or less if you're handy with a soldering iron to tie in a momentary switch that is Alexa controlled. I haven't done it yet but plan to. It won't tell you what position the door is in, but that's no different than triggering the door using spare opener in the kitchen as we do now.
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I've given up waiting for Chamberlain, and today successfully connected my 8550 to Alexa (also works for Google home) for $30 worth of parts (plus a USB cable and 5V USB charger I had laying around). Could have been less than $20 if I purchased the relay from China directly, but I was impatient.

One limitation is an Alexa one(?). I can't say "open garage door" I have to say "turn on garage door". So for now I've set up IFTTT so I can just say "Alexa, trigger garage" (plus other variations my family could utter). I might try and delve into custom functions via Amz Lambda at some later date (baha).

In the meantime, for my 8550 with Security+ 2.0, I decided to pick up a $12 833LM push button to solder into rather than risk frying my much more expensive smart control panel. With that done a-OK, a cheap smart pulse (or inching) relay "USB 5V DIY 1 Channel Jog Inching Self-locking WIFI Wireless Smart Home Switch APP Remote Control Module for IOS/Android" does the rest of it. All from Amazon.

It may sound like a lot, but in reality it was all pretty straightforward. The hardest part was setting up the relay which came with no instructions.

Here's a collage of the kit, mounted on the stringers in the ceiling just behind the opener.

Unfortunately I neglected to get a shot of how I wired in to the 833LM board before reassembling the button, but it was simple, if delicate. The B&W wires are soldered to the microswitch leads and then connect to the smart relay. The red and white wire are the standard for the button to the opener.

"Alexa, trigger garage"

Even my wife is all smiles!

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To bypass the "turn on garage door" command you can create a routine in the Alexa app to invoke when I say something. name it "open garage door" then ad the garage door as a smart home item and put it in the on/open state. Reverse the state by creating a second routine named "Close the garage door". I do this with my Lutron casita shades to avoid the "Turn on the living room shade" non sense
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Thanks GC! I had completely forgotten about Routines. Now I've got that set up. Appreciate the tip.

In the meantime, I'm also enjoying geo-fencing through IFTTT, so that when I drive into my neighborhood the door starts opening automatically and is somewhere between 1/2 way open and just finishing opening when I pull into the top of my driveway.
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I only see where IFTTT closes the door for a monthly fee.
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The module I use to "push" the button is 3rd party and can be IFTTT controlled. Read my description of the build up above. The point of my exercise was to get away from Chamberlain's pig headedness about Alexa controls.
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Thank you all for this information, thread is hilarious for a Monday morning read about do i really want to upgrade my Liftmaster to a new MyQ.  So long story short, no, my older Liftmaster is working great, just noisy.  This was my work around getting Alexa and IFTT to work with my coming home and the garage opening up for me by geofence or by app on smart things.  https://www.lowes.com/pd/Iris-Universal-Garage-Door-Internet-Gateway/50213045  The garage door opener thinks you activated the push button on the wall, that simple and it works.  
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Here is the missing photo for the inside of the button soldering required. Thanks for the tip, this is working great. I even hot glued the components into this box below and made it look even nicer.

Box: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0193XS25O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Stole your pic Ryan, and added it to my new build notes.  Thanks for getting that!
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gryhnd

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Chamberlain blocked my V2.0 post. You can find it here now.
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gryhnd

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I've updated my build for this. Switched to a two channel relay instead. Check it out.
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Well, all this conjecture is pointless. The truth is that they have an exclusive agreements with Apple and Google. So unless you use Homekit or use the Google device you're in the cold until those agreements expire.
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Customer feedback is never pointless if it’s loud enough