If you've ever forgotten to close the garage door when you left home—or can't remember whether you closed it or not—a smart garage door opener can put your worries to an end. Using an app on your smartphone, you can open and close the garage door remotely, check to see whether you left it open, and get alerts whenever someone opens or closes the garage door.
You can either buy a garage door opener with built-in smart technology or add a smart controller and sensor that work with your existing garage door opener. If you have dual garage doors, you'll need to purchase an additional sensor. Since a Wi-Fi garage door opener connects to your home wireless network, you may want to consider upgrading to a whole home Wi-Fi solution that extends coverage to your garage.
Best Garage Door Opener Brands
Chamberlain and Vivint are some of the most well-known brands. Chamberlain smart garage door openers use the MyQ app, compatible with iOS and Android, as well as Nest. Vivint garage controllers work with your security panel and the Vivint smart home app.
Some smart garage door openers are compatible with voice control and home automation systems, so that you can easily control your garage door the way you want.
Garage Security and Automation
Along with a Wi-Fi opener, there are other ways to keep your garage secure and automate your home. Security cameras allow you to monitor your property from wherever you are. Smart door locks allow you to provide remote access to guests and lock or unlock your door from your smartphone. Also, keeping your garage well lit with garage lighting can help your family stay safe.