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There is no need to pay around $80 for the Chamberlain hub. Just install a low-cost WiFi switch that works with Alexa and Google. If you already have installed the hub, this will work alongside it. https://www.itead.cc/smart-home/inching-self-locking-wifi-wireless-switch.html
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That's a great idea, and I intended to implement this via my similar hardwired Insteon on-off switch so I can open the garage door with a button press within the house and use IFTTT to send a command from the phone.

BUT... I have the LiftMaster 8500W that has a proprietary controller so it's no so simple as to solder into the connects of a simple doorbell style contact switch. I asked Chamberlain if there's a way to tap into the system with a doorbell switch and they said it is not. I believe them to a degree since even the second switch I installed on the other side of the garage to control the same door is not a simple switch, it's lighted and probably multiple wires in there. I'm not eager to mess around in there and wreck it.

Unless some has already figured this out - have you installed your switch in one of the new 8500W style systems?
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In my case, no soldering. I just placed the switch on the ceiling next to the garage door opener. I then ran two wires directly to the opener itself, right alongside the ones that come from the manual (non-remote) opener that's inside the garage.

Keep in mind that the switch requires a power source (USB). Since there is already a power outlet on the ceiling for the opener itself, I had no trouble.

I can now open the garage through my wink hub, my cell phone, and Alexa.

Best regards.
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I could easily put a controllable contact switch next to the opener since I have AC power to run it, but where are the two wires inside the opener to splice into? My old opener was stone simple - two terminals to connect the switch to but not this one.
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Hi Mitchell,

Mine is an earlier model, ceiling mounted opener. I have the Lift Master Chamberlain 41DB001. It came with a wall mounted push button switch to activate the door. Note that this is not a remote control, it is a door-bell style wired opener. It also has a lighted button that can be held down to place the opener in vacation mode. In this mode, the wireless remotes do not work. Extra protection while you're away.

I routed the cables from the WIFI switch to the same connectors (circled in green in the following pic) where the wall switch cables connect.

The following pic is from page 12 of the installation manual to your 8500W. Looks like there is a wired connector for the manual opener.

If you're interested in IFTTT, you may want to consider installing this https://www.simplecommands.com/ on your smart phone. With it, you can connect to your myQ account, set triggers, routines, integrate with Alexa and Google Home, etc.

Best of all, it's free.

Cheers

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