Where is a basic overview of the HomeKit Bridge and how to install with MYQ-G0201?

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I recently received the complimentary HomeKit Bridge. I thought it would replace the MYQ-G0201 MyQ-Garage system I bought in late 2015. But it appears that I have to use both devices simultaneously just to integrate with Apple HomeKit?

The slim documentation that came with Bridge has no info on integration, and the same doc is all that is offered online. I tried reading all the tips and complaints in this forum, but I’d like to see “formal” instructions, posted on the Chamberlain website, that cover these topics for MYQ-G0201 integration:

1. What is the HomeKit Bridge for?
2. Since I already have the MyQ app on my iphone, why do I need the Bridge?
3. Does the Bridge replace the MYQ-G0201? If not, why not? Seems like a lot of phantom energy waste to power 2 devices.
4. What are the official steps to install the Bridge with a G0201? Would it be easiest to start from scratch, i.e., removing the existing app and setting up both the bridge and G0201 from factory reset?

I don’t use Apple HomeKit or any smart home system yet, and this would be my first device on it. These days, I very much appreciate the MyQ-G0201. It took about a year to stabilize and stop sending me false reports, but knock on wood, it has operated very well in 2017. So I am interested in taking it to the next step, but not if that is going to cost me hours of frustration and research.
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MyQ Community Manager, Employee

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MJ, happy to answer these questions, but let's start with this? Do you want to be a HomeKit user? The MyQ Home Bridge has one primary function - to connect your MyQ-enabled devices to HomeKit. If you don't want to access HomeKit functions, such as Siri voice control, then perhaps you won't want to install the new device? Lauren
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Exactly. I installed the Bridge and it’s integration with Apple Home allows me to operate the doors via Siri. No need to open any App.
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MJ Lee

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With an overview of the Bridge, I would understand why I would want to use it. For example, if all it can do is open the garage door by voice, that’s not compelling to me.
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MJ, find details about the MyQ Home Bridge here: https://www.chamberlain.com/apple-partnership. Let me know if you have other questions. Lauren
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MJ Lee

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thanks for the link. Other than Siri voice control, it seems there are no real reasons to integrate MyQ with HomeKit. It doesn't make sense for me to turn on a light or heat the house because I open or close a garage door. If Chamberlain stopped providing the MyQ iphone app, then I would have to use HomeKit. But the MyQ app is fine by itself, plus I have it on my Apple Watch, which I wear all the time. So I don't need voice activation.
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With the bridge, instead of opening the app on your iWatch or iPhone you can just say to it "Hey Siri, open the garage door". It's a bit more convenient and saves a few seconds of fumbling around. Or you can ask Siri "Is the garage door open?" and she will let you know the status. Change Siri's name and the garage door's name and you could say "Hey Dave, open the pod bay doors". LOL