Why MyQ doesn't have Bluetooth?

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Hi! 
I use Chamberlain Garage Door Opener with MyQ Smart Hub and Bridge via Home Kit. In my house has happened Internet disruption and Wi-Fi was lost. As a result, I could operate with Garage Door Opener just manually by keyless entry system and remote control, which I, unfortunately, had left inside the garage. If MyQ had a Bluetooth, it would be more convenient, it could be used without Internet access also. For example, August SmartLock has it, and when Wi-Fi(Internet access) is absent I can use a Bluetooth.
Please, think about it.
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Scott Smith

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Internet disruption should not affect WiFi, they're mutually exclusive. The usable range of BlueTooth negates the need, use normal HomeLink or RF opener.
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Scott Smith

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WiFi is not Internet and Internet is not WiFi. They are mutually exclusive of one another. If your Internet is down then it is unavailable via LAN or Wireless LAN (WiFi). 

Internet is offline for whatever reason, ok Plan A is of no use.

Plan B RF, HomeLink or "clicker."

Plan C RF Keypad.

If all these are unavailable, Your ability to resort to a BlueTooth interface that is only available within 30-45 feet and you must have a paired phone that is also charged. If plan B and C have failed your likelihood of being able use BT is pretty low. 

As a former software developer, architect and now product owner, the scenario definitely does not fall within the normal 80/20, 90/10 use-cases to fund for development. Your proposition leads to analysis paralysis with nothing ever being delivered, you have to stop the "what-ifs' and satisfy your user-base. 

A backup Internet connection with another provider and a router that supports WAN fail-over or a smart powerswitch that will reboot devices based on ping timeouts often help resolve commodity Internet issues caused by "modem" or "router" issues. 

https://dlidirect.com/products/new-pro-switch
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I do happen to have a pretty robust setup myself but not a remote/auto rebooting power plug like you.

for my network, 2 ISP's into a Enterprise grade firewall with dual up uplink and one LAN port. a 24port managed switch, all three of my access points are PoE with two hardwired to the switch and one connected wirelessly and being fed by a PoE injector.

the access points are giving me Wifi from the equivelient of about 6 houses away.

two servers one running home automation software and a Windows VM other is running my video streamer, photo backup (photographer as a side business)

all the gear for this is held up to 30min of power loss with two UPS's

for LAN devices I have about 19 Wireless devices using various brands wifi bulbs, switches and outlets. for wired about 12 of them.my house is only about 1/2 automated with this set up too.

working on the wife to allow more hue bulbs and wemo switches to add that to the kitchen, bedroom and halls.....one day.

your product looks awesome, sadly it wouldn't work in my situation, never had to reboot my fiber ISP gear or cable modem at all ever. and a power cut to reboot on other server. would love to get my ISP i work for to get those in remote locations...saves sending a tech out, got any that handle DC power?
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@Igor...the August locks use Wifi for remote access and Bluetooth for proximity. the wifi also requires the bridge just as the MyQ and other devices.  Bluetooth does have distance issues that some garages would cause due to size and interference caused by doors, walls etc. maybe Chamberlain could market a bluetooth module but a safer and more reliable one is to have a wireless RF keypad as mentioned by Scott they are about $50-100 and almost any will work. mine i bought locally is still running the same battery from 5 years ago and being in Alberta, Canada has had to endure some pretty crazy weather. im amazing. the ABS plastic sadly isnt white anymore since the keypad faces south as my garage does and has been yellowed in the sun.

but that is about the best option for a shoddy internet provider connection.

the thing i would be going after is your ISP for its reliability if its not working well enough for you
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Yes they are available for DC as well;
https://dlidirect.com/products/dc-power-controller
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Michael Parker

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I’ll send to my engineering teams they would be buying a ton I work for second largest cable company in Canada. We have lots of remote areas and in winter sending techs is both difficult and dangerous due to weather conditions