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I use the Linear GoControl controller. It's Z-Wave Plus. It's not a garage door opener itself, just the controller - you just wire it up to the terminals in the opener that the open/close button in your garage is connected to.
I spent some time researching this, and ended up getting a z-wave garage door opener off Amazon (this one). It works well, communicates over Z-wave and reaches through several walls to my Z-Wave light switches to join the Z-Wave mesh my SmartThings hub communicates with - With that said, I found out rather quickly afterward that Amazon purposely prevents Alexa from working with any type of smart door/locking mechanism, which made me sadface. I could probably still get it to work through Smart Things custom scripting editor, but honestly I'm fine just doing it through the ST app.
Amazon has not allowed Alexa to open/close doors or to unlock doors due to safety and security concerns. There are some workarounds out there.
I use the linear zwave garage door opener:
There is a custom device handler made for it on SmartThings that allows you to open and close it with alexa. However, I have tell alexa to turn it on (open) or off (close). It does not support Alexa telling me the status of the door. I still have to use the Smartthings app for that.
I used this on mine. Easy install for most garage doors, although I did have to install a relay due to how the the LiftMaster interacts with the “smart” wall panel. Looks to be more expensive than the Tailwind, but I also wanted zwave integration, which then gives you other automations for open/close and options for arrival sensors, etc. Linear zwave garage door opener
I’ve been using the GoControl GD00Z-4, which integrates with Abode.
You’ll see some mixed reviews about this garage door controller. Some people mentioned that it worked fine for about a year and then stopped working.
I’ve had it for about 6-months now and had no problems. The integration works very well and I also setup a trigger on Abode to automatically close the garage door after it’s been open for 10 minutes (because sometimes I leave the house and forget to close it).
Just in case, when I bought it from Amazon, I also bought the 4-year protection plan for an extra $14.99. So if it goes out before that, I’ll get a new one or my money back.
You can buy the GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4 Z-Wave Garage Door Opener
Those are compatible with Abode system. I bought one, integrated it with my Abode and now it can control my Liftmaster. It's been working great, I set up automatically closing after a few minutes and when alarm mode is changed to Home or Away.
There are some reviews saying that this controller only works for about a year and then quits, so I'd recommend buying the extra warranty (it was $10 bucks for 3 years on Amazon).
Personally i would highly recommend the GoControl Z-Wave garage opener, especially if you have a Smartthings Hub or want to go the route of home automation.
You can pick up a used one for around $60 and installation is a breeze.
I have had this one for a fee months now and it works with SmatThings, but not Alexa for now. It works really well and can hookup to just about any garage door opener.
GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4 Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Remote Controller, Small, Black [link]
I have one of the GoControl/Linear controllers. I'd say it's 40 feet away (just a guess), and I haven't had any issues. Haven't had any extreme temps as of yet; only had the system for a couple months.
I looked into the GoCOntrol briefly and I'm not sure why I passed it by. I have other GoControl peripherals that I like. Is THIS what you are talking about, it is the same price as the Chamberlain setup.
Edit: I remember why i passed this up. I had read people were having issues with the sensor, it doesn't know that it is up or down just that the door moved so if for some reason the laser gets tripped you cannot tell that the door went back open during its attempt to close. This may be incorrect information, I'd love to hear your take. Also I bought the Chamberlain for myself, each of us has 1 large 2 car garage door.
I am in the process of moving into a new place and just installed the linear z-wave garage door controller. I havent had a chance to play with it yet but it was simple to install. I am using it with smarthings currently but will transition to something PC based in the near future.
I bought this off Amazon and haven't had any problems.
I bought this go control unit from amazon back in October and set it up without much trouble. Initially I just had a hub and this for my garage to be able to check the door status after we left the house and my wife would question whether the door had closed.
I was in my basement at about 10pm the first time I heard the garage open. I thought it was odd since I knew my wife was upstairs on her computer so I checked it out and asked if she had triggered the door to open from her phone though I wasn't sure if she knew she could do this. I checked a few things on the smart things app, shut the door from the OG button outside and went to bed.
About a month later I woke up and headed out to work to find the garage door open. When I got to my car I immediately knew it had been gone through. Nothing valuable to a thief was stolen but they did take the hand mics to both my ham radio and my cb (I offroad and use these to communicate with my group), a knife that was in the driver front door pocket, and a car phone charger.
I checked my wifes car and saw that the center console had been tossed. Her car is kind of a mess so although I knew someone had gone through it I couldn't tell if anything was gone. I knew I couldn't do anything about it at that point so I left for work and an hour later when I knew she'd be awake I texted her about what had happened. She walked down to check the garage and it was open again after I know it closed when I left. She closed it and did her thing before also leaving for work.
I was in the middle of something at the office so I couldn't immediately leave but a few minutes later I went home (20 minutes away) and disconnected the GoControl. I haven't done anything with it since then. I did realize later though that the thief took my dewalt 20v battery and unplugged my charger to also take but actually left because the power cable was twisted around a few different things. I feel fortunate that they didn't steal more because I had my drills and other tools right in front of my car on a work bench.
Hi Mike! There used to be a 3rd-party device handler for Chamberlain MyQ openers, but it seems that it has been discontinued: [link]
Another option is to use the GoControl unit that connects to your existing garage door opener: [link]. It has native integration with ST as well as options for third party device handlers that extend the functionality. The price on Amazon is a bit high right now, but I've seen it around $65 in the past. If you're not in any hurry, use camelcamelcamel.com to track the Amazon price and notify you when it decreases or hits a target price you configure.
I can't help much with the camera portion of your question, but I'm interested to see what others have to say as well. This is something I'm still deciding on also.
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Hey, I'm pretty much in the same situation as you, so even though I can't share any lived experiences, I can still tell you about stuff I've researched.
Hopefully this helps!
My comment was really targeted toward OpenHAB. If you're running Wink, I think you'd be better off getting one of these GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4 Z-Wave Garage Door Opener. Amazon reviews are pretty solid and Home Depot was selling them for use with Wink for a while. I believe it comes with a tilt sensor, which is probably easier to use than boogering a regular door sensor on like I did. Probably a solid bet. I would have bought one of these if OpenHAB supported the z-wave barrier class.
As far as the MIMOLite... I can't tell you for sure as I run OpenHAB, but it looks like it should work according to these links: post in reddit /r/homeautomation and Amazon review
I'm using a Go Control / Nortek Controls / Linear WADWAZ-1 to sense my garage door. I snagged one of the WNK01-21KIT kits from Home Depot on sale.
I've also got a Honeywell Ademco 958 overhead door contact on my other door that should work as the door contact listed in fortrezz's diagram linked in my previous comment, if you wanted to sort of wire it.
For Wink, by the time you buy both the mimolite and the door contact (wired or z-wave) you might as well just buy the go controls device and get the benefit of secured z-wave barrier class.
While I don't have either system, I have read the reviews on both, and they seem to be the most popular options.
SmartThings then something like this:
Depending on how handy you are with things, you can also semi-roll-your-own with one of these:
Over on the smarttthings community there are several threads where people set this up (search MimoLite)
You can also use any zwave relay. Lots of good info on this over at SmartThings Community.
Once you have it working in the SmartThings, if it doesn't already appear as a switch to Google Home, you can make a virtual switch and then have a smartapp activate the door when the switch is pressed.
Personally, I made my own using an Arduino, a relay board, and a SmartThings "ThingShield" for arduinos. This was years ago before many ready-made z-wave options existed.
OK so my favorite accessory is, by far, the garage door opener and sensor system. It closes my door automatically at night if I forget and leave it open, and sends me notifications when it's left open during the day. Plus as I have the lights controlled, it turns on my main garage lights when I come home at night. [link]
Secondly, I know it's not a switch but I also love the Schlage connect lock. This was the first "smart" device I ever got, well before I had Wink. It's amazing as with remote start cars, and this, I now never have to touch my keys, and it works great for letting people in with temporary codes when you're on vacation. Plus when I go for a run I don't have to carry my keys. It integrates fantastically with Wink letting you set codes, lock door, change settings, etc. I actually only bought the Wink hub because of it since I wanted an easier way to program/control it (well, that and the fact that when Quirky went under Meijer was selling the hub for $5 and the controlled power strips for $10. No lie.) [link]
As for switches, I tend to prefer the Leviton ones as they are the cleanest looking, don't have obnoxious lights (like the GE ones) and are reasonably priced. I only have one Caseta switch, and while it works fine, I just don't know that I care for the style. (On a side note, the Caseta remotes can work for any Wink device if you set up shortcuts for the various buttons). The annoying thing with the GE switches is that you have to push up to turn it on and down to turn it off. While I know that sounds like a silly complaint since physical switches work that way, it's something you have to think about since it doesn't stay up or down, and instead is always in the middle. I have the same complaint with the separate buttons on the Caseta switches. This is another reason why I like the Leviton ones. Only one button which simply toggles the state.
Finally, all the Z-Wave switches work independently of the hub and will ALWAYS respond to your physical commands immediately, regardless of hub or no hub. They are always a physical switch first and remote second.
Here's a well reviewed z-wave alternative.
I use the Linear GD00Z-4 Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Remote Controller with my SmartThings hub. Works perfectly.
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Both are Zwave and work great with Vera Lite.
Installed this last night. Works perfectly with my smarthings. Absolutely love it.
I used one of these before I got a MyQ garage door opener. Works great with Wink and Alexa.
Here's one [link]
Also this zwave garage door opener works with wink GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4 Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Remote Controller, Small, Black [link]
As far as light bulbs, there are lots of places to start. If you want to replace bulbs themselves, look at LIFX or Hue. They both offer either color or white bulbs and an API that lets you dim/adjust color/etc via your phone.
Alternatively you can replace your light switches with ZWave switches (about $40ea) that you can hook to a ZWave controller (ZWave is a wireless protocol that a lot of HA devices use. Zigbee is another).
As far as a ZWave controller, I still personally like SmartThings ... although there are other options. OpenHAB+Aeon ZWave USB stick is more of a 'roll your own' setup. Wink, Abode, and Vera are other options.
As for your garage, once you have SmartThings or another option listed above, this will do the rest of the work for you:
For #3, Sonos is the most expensive but best option.
For #5, You can go Nest, Ecobee, or a number of the great ZWave thermostats if you have a Zwave controller.