Smart Garage Door Systems

Looking for a solution to control your garage door access from your smartphone?  


Below we take a look at some of the currently available off-the-shelf, retrofit, and DIY/Open Source solutions on the market.

Off-the-shelf Solutions

 
asante

Asante Garage


Description:
"Garage Door Buddy is an easy and secure solution to control your garage door from your phone, without needing to replace your existing opener. Best value on the market. Easy and quick to setup. Give access to your guests while they are visiting. Never need to worry about getting locked outside of your house."

Price: $149.95
Reviews: Amazon 5/5 (4 reviews)
Apps: AppleAndroid
Additional: Installation Manual (PDF)

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craftsman

Craftsman AssureLink


Description:
"The Craftsman AssureLink™ Garage Door Opener brings mobile communication to one of the main entrances of your home. Are you away and can’t remember if the garage door is open or closed? Ever accidentally leave the garage door open? Now you can monitor and operate your garage door from anywhere."

Price: $199 and up

Reviews: 4/5 Sears (29 reviews)
Apps
: Iphone/Ipad (2.5/5 225 reviews) | Android (3.5/5 455 reviews)
Additional: Installation Video

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garage-beacon

Garage Beacon


Description:
"Garage Beacon is designed as an extremely easy-to-use application that gives you the ability to turn your smartphone into a garage-opening remote. Setup of Garage Beacon is quite simple. Stick the tiny bluetooth unit to the bottom of your garage door opener, connect 2 wires, download the app, tap scan and press the connection button on the unit and you're done. No complicated registration of usernames or wifi configuration. Simple and secure bluetooth connection that always works."

Price: $68.15
Reviews: Amazon 4/5 (5 reviews)
Apps: AppleAndroid (3/5 9 reviews)
Additional: Installation Video

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garage-buddy

Garage Door Buddy


Description:
"Garage Door Buddy is an easy and secure solution to control your garage door from your phone, without needing to replace your existing opener. Best value on the market. Easy and quick to setup. Give access to your guests while they are visiting. Never need to worry about getting locked outside of your house."

Price: $59.99
Reviews: Amazon 4/5
Apps: AppleAndroid
Additional: Installation Video

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garageio1

Garageio


Description:
"Garageio is the simple and secure way to control and monitor your garage door from anywhere in the world, without needing to replace your existing opener.

No more turning around to make sure it is closed. No more leaving it open all night long. Give access to your close friends and family (up to 10 people) and see who is using it and when.."

Price: $149.99 (2 - 3 weeks shipping)
Additional: IFTTT Channel
Apps: Apple (3.5/5 7 reviews) | Android (4/5 13 reviews)
Additional: Installation Video

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gdmate

GD Mate


Description
:

"GDMate is a simple and secure system that turns your Android into a remote for your garage door (iPhone and Windows Mobile version coming soon). 

You will need to connect the GDMate Bluetooth Receiver (aka HM1100) to your overhead garage door opener. There are only two wires to connect and installation takes less than two minutes! Once installed you can then open your garage using the GD Mate App which is included with purchase of the receiver."

Price: $49.95 

Garage doors supported:
Chamberlain, Liftmaster, Genie, Sears Craftsman, AccessMaster, Raynor, Wayne-Dalton, and Axis Cam garage door openers.

Apps: Android (4/5 26 reviews) | Iphone (4.5/5 8 reviews)

Additional: Installation Video

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GoGogate 2


Description:
"The Gogogate 2 ($99) will provide homeowners and property managers the ability to remotely operate, monitor and control the access to their garage door or gate from a Smartphone, Tablet or PC.

Gogogate 2 has been developed so anyone can get a smarter and more secure garage door or gate. The product installation is very simple and consists of only three steps."
  • Access Management
  • Video Plugin
  • Wired and wireless sensors
Price: $99.00
Reviews: Smart Home 2.5/5 (4 reviews)
Apps: Iphone (3.5/4 14 reviews) |  Android (4/5 66 reviews)
Additional: Installation Video

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myq

MyQ™-enabled garage door opener


Description
:
"The MyQ® enabled LiftMaster® Internet Gateway is your simple solution for home control. It utilizes two-way communication technology which allows you to connect to and control your garage door opener, gate operators, or home lights by using an Internet-enabled computer or mobile phone from anywhere in the world."

Price: $230.00 and up 

Reviews: Amazon 4.5/5 (273 reviews)
Apps: Android (4/5 652 reviews) |  Iphone (3/5 277 reviews)

Additional: Installation Video



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migarage

miDoor


Description
:

"miDoor is a revolutionary new Internet-enabled remote controller that allows users to remotely view their garage door and gate status and open or close it with an iPhone, Android device, iPad or a Web-browser.

 

Works with existing and new garage door and gate openers. Create users, alarms and view the status and events in realtime."


Price
: $179 - From Company

ReviewsAmazon  4/5 from 14 reviewers

Apps: Android (5/5 3 reviews) |  Iphone (4.5/5 9 reviews)

Additional: Installation Guide (PDF)

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mobile-gdo

Mobile GDO


Description:
"The Mobile GDO controller is a small device you attach to an existing garage door opener.   With your iOS device you can monitor and control your garage door, remotely, from anywhere in the world.  

The Mobile GDO uses advanced encryption techniques to ensure your garage door is secure from outside intrusion.  The kit includes everything required to install the controller onto your garage door opener."

Price: $149.99
Reviews: Amazon (4.5/5 16 reviews)
Apps: Apple (3.5/5 5 reviews) | Android (3/5 2 reviews)
Additional: Installation Video

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secureremote

SecuRemote


Description
:

"SecuRemote is comprised of two basic items:The FREE app available for all 3 major smartphone platforms. The access control device which works with your existing garage door system. Uses Bluetooth.

The Administrator can then add up to four additional users (for a total of five users) from his/her smartphone. More users can be added through SecuRemote Online. To operate SecuRemote you must be within the 60-100 foot range."


Price
: $149

Reviews: Amazon 3.5/5 (6 reviews)
Apps
: Android (3/5 29 reviews) |  Iphone (3.5/5 57 reviews)

Additional: Installation manual (PDF)

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DIY Solutions

wydooropener

MyDoorOpener


Description
:
"MyDoorOpener is a native iPhone App, combined with inexpensive and easy to setup hardware, that allows your garage door to be securely opened, closed or monitored, directly from the palm of your hand."

Apps:
Iphone: $5.99

Parts List: The iPhone enabled door opener requires a wired ethernet link to your home router. 
1x Arduino Uno or Arduino Duemilanove board and power supply (~30$USD)
1x 5vDC operated relay which can switch 2A 30vDC (< 2$USD)
1x 1K resistor (< 1$USD)
1x 2N2222 transistor (< 1$USD)
1x 1N4004 diode (< 1$USD)
Wiring breadboard or blank PCB and wires (< 5$USD)
1x Arduino Ethernet Shield (with Wiznet W5100 ethernet chip)

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dinnovative

d’innovative WiFly


Description:
"The inspiration for this project was simple. My daughter has a habit of forgetting her house key, and we’ve had mixed results with the wireless garage door opener keypad. Time for a new solution. She has an iPhone and it never leaves her side, so that seemed like a reasonable interface to use. Plus, if I network attached it, I could do some other nifty things like control it from the office."

Parts List:
Roving Networks RN-XV module
5v to 3.3v power adapter
Home Web Server

- Complete Writeup
- Hackaday Coverage 
 
brads

Brad Fitzpatrick's X10 Garage Door Opener


Description
"Opens your garage door, either manually or when you approach your house!Android app I wrote to open my garage when I get near on my motorcycle. Don't even need to take off my gloves or helmet!This can either open immediately, or when house Wifi SSID comes into range. Useful when you forget your house keys, too!"

Apps:
Android

Parts List
- Computer in your house (OS: Debian/Ubuntu Linux assumed, but  any Unix where Go runs should work too, including Macs...)
- X10 universal module  http://www.smarthome.com/2010/X10-Universal-Module/p.aspx  http://www.x10.com/products/x10_um506.htm
- X10 CM11A serial module: (if your computer has serial ports, else get USB?)

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bluetooth

Android controlled Garage Door Remote pfodDevice™ for Arduino


Description
:

"This is a simple project that converts an Arduino Uno into a remote garage door open controlled from your Android phone. NO Android programming required and (optionally) No Soldering required. Uses a simple command parser."


Apps:
Android: $5.12


Parts List:
Arduino Uno R3
ProtoShield Short for Arduino (freetronics)
power supply
DC Power Line Female Connector

- Complete parts list with suppliers

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bluetooth-instructables

Instructables: Bluetooth Garage Door Opener & Car Starter

 

Description:
"It is relatively easy to Bluetooth enable many devices. These instructions will explain how I Bluetooth enabled my garage doors and car starter. The implementation is quite generic. Similar techniques could be used to Bluetooth enable many other things too."

Price: $65
Apps
:
Android


Parts List
:

Bluetooth boardPerf board - approximately 1.1" x 1.5" (29mm x 38mm)

BS170 N-Channel MOSFET, or similar transistor

Resistor 1K - 1M

Wire for hookup - old phone wire works well 

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idigi-garage-door

XBee Garage Door


Description:
"The XBee Garage Door is an automation project which allows you to connect your automatic garage door lift to your mobile telephone via an Android or a mobile web application. This project was featured in Make Magazine Vol. 30 in the article "12,000-mile .

The XBee Garage Door project uses a Digi XBee to communicate and attaches to the door using a hardware design called the XBee Pulse I/O—a general purpose, open-source hardware design for simple automation projects."


Apps:

Android


Parts List
- Breadboarded or populated printed circuit board (PCB)
- XBee Pulse I/OA door-closure sensor
- Length of wire to connect to your existing automatic garage door lift button
- A ConnectPort X gateway running the XIG application or a computer running the XIG with an XBee module attached
- Android or Web application to monitor and control your door remotely


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pcremote1

PC Remote Garage Door


Description:
"Here's how to set up your iPhone, PC, and wwPCRemote to open your garage door" - Video


Apps:

Apple


Parts List
Devantech USB Relay Model USB-RLY02 $44.68
- Type A to Type B USB cable 
- Requires soldering 


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Tuxgraphics garage door opener:

Description:
"The tuxgraphics garage door opener is not limited to just one type of smartphone. It does not require the installation of an app. It works with any phone that has a web browser built-in. This garage door opener can be used from an iPhone, from an Android phone or any data capable phone. It does not even have to be a smartphone."

Parts:
- avr ethernet board

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trackpin

TrackPIN


Description
:
"TrackPIN makes home delivery secure, controllable and convenient. No more front porch deliveries! An intelligent guardian for your garage. You decide who gets access and when your garage gets opened. Individualized PIN's: The new TrackPIN system grants and restricts access to your garage one PIN at a time. With customizable and disposable PINs, you can quickly and easily control exactly who opens your door and when!"

Price: $249.99

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