Garage Door Automation

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  1. brad2388

    brad2388 Young grasshopper

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    How do you see when its open and closed? Alerts?


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    eh? his android app showed the garage cam feed.
     
  3. brad2388

    brad2388 Young grasshopper

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    So how would one control the garage with the phone?


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  4. Go3Team

    Go3Team Getting the hang of it

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    I don't have the phone set up anymore. When I did, and the right password was entered you could press "1" to open or shut the door. I had set it up that way in case we were away and for whatever reason, someone needed in.
     

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    brad2388 Young grasshopper

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    How do u have it now? Id like to be able to control our two doors as well.


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  6. Go3Team

    Go3Team Getting the hang of it

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    We had to replace the opener, and the old way to open the door didn't work any more as the new opener uses some kind of serial connection at the switch. I bought this:

    Chamberlain / LiftMaster CIGBU Internet Gateway for MyQ Technology Enabled Garage Door Openers - Garage Door Hardware - Amazon.com

    It interfaces great with Openhab which is what I use for home automation.
     
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    hmjgriffon Known around here

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    I was looking at OpenHAB, did you compare it with domoticz and others? what did you think? what kind of scripting does it use, can I use similar lua scripts?
     
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    Go3Team Getting the hang of it

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    The only other one I've used is Home Assistant. I use both Openhab and HA at the same time. I only use HA for the integrated Google TTS which can be used to announce things on my Google Home / Chromecast.
     
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  9. Dingus

    Dingus n3wb

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    I went with Open Garage, but haven't fully implemented remote monitoring/alerting yet. I plan on going with a VPN or IFTTT setup. I liked that it's essentially a remote relay switch and can be used on any opener going forward. You can even wire it to a remote so you don't have to have it mounted right next to the opener on the ceiling.
    Installation was easy. The niftiest thing was the auto close or alert after X minutes Open option. I can roll my own cloud and not have something go belly up/breached down the road.

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  10. cryptelli

    cryptelli Pulling my weight

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    Nice! Its straight forward nature is what attracted me to it. I plan on doing a write up of my installation but I opted to not use any cloud integration control it all over my VPN using Tasker on my mobile.

    While I would like to take advantage of that feature, without some type of check to ensure nothing was underneath the door before closing I wouldn't feel comfortable using it. However your situation my be different and it is nifty!
     
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    Go3Team Getting the hang of it

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    Ours has it's own built in sensors that won't allow it to close if there's something in the way. If the sensors somehow don't catch something in the way, the moment the door feels resistance, it goes back up.
     
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    randytsuch Pulling my weight

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    Our opener has IR transmitter on one side, receiver on the other. Won't close if anything blocks the path. I thought this was on all openers for a long time. I just had to replace mine because the old one was acting up.
     
  13. bdorring

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    I am using open garage (x2). Very happy with it. You can use the supported app (blynk) to open and close the garage remotely. Also it can alert you if open for X minutes. I don't use that feature. It has a great API that you can do your own scripting.
    I have written my own powershell script to monitor the garages. If day = Monday through to Saturday, & garage is open for more than 10 minutes, close garage door and send me an e-mail and IFTTT alert. (if re-opened within 2 minutes, then don't auto close again). If sunday (gardening day), then just send e-mails and IFFT alerts, from 10 minutes, repeating every 60 minutes.

    Makes me very lazy. I probably only close garage manually now 50% of the time.
     
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    randytsuch Pulling my weight

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    I already had a Domoticz system running, and wanted to be able to monitor and close my two doors. Since I have two doors, I ruled out any commercial options, too much money for me.
    I ended up using a ESP board (Wemos mini D1) connected to a couple of relays. The relays are wired in parallel across the same wires as the open/close button. To open/close, I close the relay for about 1/2 a second, to short the wires.
    I also have two magnetic reed switches, to detect if the doors are closed. Same switches used in home alarm systems, so readily available.
    The ESP is running ESP Easy, which makes it easy to setup and communicate with Domoticz.
    Domoticz is running a script, which sends me a text if either door has been open for more than 10 mins. I could auto close, but I don't. I have a virtual switch setup in Domoticz that lets me close the doors. I also have a cam that I can use to check the doors if I get this message, and am not at home.
    I used dzvents for the script. This is a kind of add on to lua, but it makes it easier to address the switches and stuff.
     
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