Ok, this is the coolest thing since sliced bread. If you have an automatic garage door opener, then obviously you have a remote to open it from your car as you are pulling up. But, this eliminates the need for you to be right out in front of your house to open the door. I have actually taken my garage door remote out of my car for security reasons (in case someone breaks into my car and gets my address and remote). Now, I use ONLY the app to open the door when I'm about 2 blocks away, so I don't have to wait for it to open when I pull up. To keep people from opening the app on your phone and getting into the garage, you can set the app to open with a password or 4 digit PIN (or, if you're not worried about such things, you can set the app to open with no security#. I have already used it to remotely open my garage door when I was out of town, and my neighbor had to pull my trash can in. He called me, told me he was standing right outside my garage, I used the app to open the door #from 1 state away#, he put the can in, then I closed it from the app. Also, I have a friend who has one of these #but DOES NOT have an exterior garage door opener keypad# who has gotten a phone call or two from children who are home from school, but have "lost" or "forgot" the key to the house, and can't get in. PRESTO, right from work, they can open the garage door and let them in. WAY COOL. #ok, I'm a big tech nerd#.
Two reasons why it is "almost perfect": 1. The first part of the setup is getting it hooked up to your home wifi network. While the setup is not exactly rocket science, you do have to follow the steps carefully to get it all hooked up correctly. If you are someone who is "tech challenged", this may be a challenging step, but not impossible. The second part of the setup is getting it to talk to the garage door opener itself. Again, while not terribly difficult, it did take a little time. After I programed the MyQ to the door opener, I had to reprogram the car remote #in case I needed to put it back in my car# and I also had to reprogram the exterior remote keypad #the one attached to the garage door frame exterior#.
2. This is the most annoying thing about this, and I have called Chamberlain to complain/alert them about this, but I don't know how much good it did. There is a sensor that has to be attached to the garage door itself to sense the status of the door #open or closed#, and it is VERY sensitive. If the door is CLOSED and jiggles AT ALL #strong wind, someone bumping against it, etc...# the door sensor moves and sometimes thinks the door has opened. So, you go to the app and expect the door to say closed, but the system thinks it is "open", and shows it open #but it is still closed#. Sometimes it gets confused, and I have had to cycle the garage door from the push button opener in the garage #the one mounted on the wall next to the door that goes into the house#. This usually resets it. If the garage door is not jiggled, then it works perfectly. I have been looking for a different place to mount the sensor, but haven't really found anywhere on the door that is "jiggle proof" #MAYBE at the very bottom of the door, it seems that when the door is closed and butted against the cement of the garage floor, it seems to jiggle there less than higher up on the door#.
Also, keep in mind that it takes wifi to work, so if your home wifi network or internet, or power to your router/modem goes down, this will not work until it is restored.
Having understood these "limitations" or "quirks", the convenience of having this outweighs those "quirks", and I love it. I would definitely recommend this to a friend, and already have.