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Control Your LiftMaster Garage Door Opener With The Innovative MyQ App

Sometimes our curiosity gets the best of us, so to satisfy our curiosity we delve into the unknown. Many consumers are intrigued with innovative devices, even though they are not familiar with their purpose or how they work. You also have those, who feel the need to invest in nearly every electronic device that rolls out on the market. While it is not always in our best interest to invest without researching first, we continue to let our curiosity overpower our decision-making processes.


MyQ Enabled Liftmaster 8550W Garage Door Opener

LiftMaster 8550W Garage Door Opener


Smart-Connected Devices

When the first Smart Lock rolled out on the market in 2013, it didn’t take very long for consumers to become intrigued. The Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt was released to the general public on June 19, 2013, with skeptics coming out of the wood works to voice their opinion about the lock’s safety risks. Well, it didn’t take very long for the lock to prove itself and it was so successful a second version was released on August 30, 2016. The Kevo actually paved the way for the August Smart Lock, Schlage Connect and Yale Real Living Deadbolt.

Today, Smart Technologies can be found in an unlimited array of consumer products. However, Smart Home companies were not ready to stop just yet, because they wanted to create interconnected products that would mesh together, which finally brought the Smart hub. This gateway allows all the devices connected to a single home network communicate with each other and from afar. Today companies are turning to cloud-based services to sync their connected devices to third-party products.

Many companies integrated gesture control and speech recognition technologies into their Smart devices, providing hands-off control.

LiftMaster Garage Door Opener

Millions of residential garages are controlled by LiftMaster Garage Door Openers. In the past, the only way to activate the garage door opener was with the small associated remote. The remote was a godsend, because it allowed homeowners to open the garage door, without needing to step one foot out of their vehicle.

LiftMaster wanted to enhance their garage door openers, by allowing their customers to sync the unit with their smartphone and other third-party devices. This is made possible with the MyQ mobile app. Now, this only works for newer models with a built-in Wi-Fi module, such as the LiftMaster 8550W and 921LM. LiftMaster has partnered with a variety of companies, including Nest, Xfinity Home and Alarm.com, allowing users to control their interconnected devices with the MyQ app.

To learn more about MyQ-Enabled LiftMaster Garage Door Openers, just click on the following Amazon link.

Comcast Enhances Home Automation Platform With Wi-Fi Cameras And Voice Control Technology

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) currently offers home security services, giving consumers the option of using their existing equipment or renting additional equipment directly from the company. The home security package includes third-party cameras, thermostats, and doorbells. For a low monthly fee, Comcast will monitor these devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today, Comcast revealed their plans to redesign the Xfinity Home automation and security platform.

The new xCam is integrated with Wi-Fi Technology, so it can communicate with iOS and Android devices. It also has night vision capabilities, 109 degree FOV (field of view), and motion sensors. X1 Home customers will have the option of viewing a real-time video feed, storing 24/7 or motion-based video recordings for up to 10 days, and downloading them to their source device. To add more convenience to the operation of these Smart devices, Comcast added Voice Control Technology. This will allow users hands-free control, eliminating the need to manually access the Xfinity Home app interface.

The xCam is weather-sealed, so it can be placed indoor or out. This all comes after Comcast announced it purchased the IOT Company, IControl Networks. The Xfinity Home platform is compatible with:

  • Nest Learning Thermostat
  • August Smart Lock
  • Chamberlain MyQ Garage Controller
  • Lutron Caseta Controller And Dimmer

Comcast is confident that their redesigned home automation platform and xCam will be successful. With more and more consumers “cutting the cord”, the company needs a game plan to convince existing customers that the X1 set box is more than enough of a reason to remain a cable customer.  The company has already made an agreement with NetFlix to make the streaming provider’s content available through the X1 box. The combination may keep existing cable customers plugged in for just a tad bit longer. The xCam camera will not be available until later this year. For more information, be sure to check out Comcast’s product page at Amazon.

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Xfinity Enters The Race For Smart Home Devices

Apple and Google have been in the market for smart home devices, but it seems that Comcast has recently thrown their hat into the rink. Comcast will be working with Xfinity Home designing hardware and software that will allow customers to control their smart home devices by utilizing one single mobile application and password. As of current many of these devices required separate log-ins and applications. As you can imagine it is quite the hassle to have to login for access to each separate device.

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