While remote garage door openers are older than the internet itself, even they can’t escape becoming connected to the internet. New Wi-Fi connected garage door openers offer convenience and a layer of security to the operator. But how do they work and are they a perfect fit for you?
How Do Wi-Fi Connected Openers Work?
Just like every other smart device, a Wi-Fi-connected opener starts with the internet. A signal is sent from a phone or a remote to the Wi-Fi router. From there the router sends a signal to the opener, telling it to either close or open the door.
Most manufacturers have a downloadable app that allows you to operate from your phone. Other manufacturers provide you with a smart remote that can be used even when far from your garage. No matter how far you are from your garage, as long as it’s connected to your home’s internet, you should be able to access it.
Different Wi-Fi Opener Types
There are two different ways to connect your opener to Wi-Fi. The most common way is through a built-in sensor to the opener. This is common amongst newer models and requires little to no setup on your end as well as no extra devices.
The other way is known as a hub. A hub is a device that is typically connected to your router via an Ethernet cable. The hub receives the signal from your phone or remote and then sends that signal to your opener.
Benefits of a Wi-Fi Opener
It may seem as though a Wi-Fi enabled garage door opener is just another device that is needlessly made ‘smart’. However, there are a number of benefits to having a Wi-Fi connected garage door opener. The first and most obvious benefit is convenience.
A Wi-Fi-connected door also allows you to monitor your garage door when you’re not home. You will receive alerts when the garage door is opened and emergency alerts when the door is manually opened. You can even program who is and isn’t allowed to open the garage door.
We Can Install a New Wi-Fi Opener
If you think a Wi-Fi-connected opener is perfect for your home, give our team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call today. We work with big-name manufacturers to ensure we have the exact product that you need. Rather it’s the opener itself or just the hub, we can help.
Once you have picked the perfect product for you, we get to work installing it. We can have your new garage door opener up and running within the day. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you!