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Garage door opener with geofencing

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Argelius, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. Argelius

    Argelius Member

    Jun 8, 2013
    Palm Springs, CA
    I'm looking for an add-on device that will make my garage door opener controllable with a smartphone.

    Seems like there aren't a lot of different options at this point.
    This one seems easy to install and compatible with most existing openers:
    LiftMaster - MyQ Accessories - 821LM | LiftMaster

    Ideally, I would love one that would also allow geofencing such that the door would automatically open when the phone is within X-number of feet from the house. (Obviously, with various parameters present to avoid unwanted openings). It doesn't appear the MyQ does this.

    Just curious if anyone has come across anything like this.

    Ideally, the HomeLink in the Tesla could do this with a bit of software...
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Mar 8, 2012
    I'd guess there would be times when you don't want it to open/close just because you're in the area with your Tesla or iPhone. Garage door openers aren't smart, they either open or close depending upon where the door is at the time they receive the signal. You'd have to replace the garage door opener with a smart garage door opener to implement this function in a sane manner.
  3. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

    Apr 10, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Yes, it is not hard.

    We do this with OVMS for the Tesla Roadster, but sadly that is not available for Model S (yet).
  4. ww73

    ww73 Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    Sammamish, WA
    Ideally this would be baked into the Tesla software.

    Currently I do the same for my motorcycle using a combination of bluetooth, z-wave home automation, Android/Tasker automation, and wifi.

    For example, when my Android phone is paired to my motorcycle helmet bluetooth, and comes in range of my home's wifi, Tasker will trigger the open garage door scene on my home automation network. Result is I can ride directly into the garage without fumbling for the garage door opener or getting off to enter a code.

    I found a few limitations for geofencing which made me revert back to old school wifi:
    - hard to tell when I'm entering or leaving (need to create 2 concentric geo fences to simulate entering/leaving)
    - misfires can happen, i.e. driving back past my house after taking the kids to the bus stop, don't want the door to open
    - battery drain on my phone/latency tradeoff

    Another thing to note is that this is only useful if you know the current status of the garage door. Blindly sending a homelink command can inadvertently do exactly the opposite of what you wanted (i.e. garage door is already open by kids playing in the driveway).

    Tesla could do this with a software update and a garage module. Another project for the intern working on the self charging snake robot? :D
  5. bollar

    bollar Disgruntled Member

    May 1, 2013
    Southlake, TX
    This is something that Visible Tesla and Indigo do very well together. I already had an HA-controlled garage door (Insteon).
  6. arijaycomet

    arijaycomet Member

    Dec 18, 2014
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I've tested two different smart home garage openers on my blog:
    COMPARISON: Smart Garage Door Openers .. Chamberlain MyQ MYQ-G0201 versus Linear GD00Z-4 | ari jay comet

    However, I don't yet have any experience trying to tie this into the Tesla, per se. You could make something work using certain hubs, Life360 or similar, or other geofencing based apps/software. I don't think it would tie into the Tesla as easily, though as noted above, Visible Tesla & Indigo work to make this happen on some level. I've not personally played with those (yet).... but figured you may enjoy the feedback/link above for some insight to options! :)

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