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Homelink usefullness vs regular garage door opener

I use a regular garage door opener and it works fine. The range isn’t great, but is acceptable. I also have a MyQ which works perfectly through my phone but don’t use it because it makes a loud beeping noise when the door is closing (as a safety feature) and I leave early in the morning and would rather not bother my family or neighbors. So my question is, why Homelink? Why is this better than a regular garage door opener? Is it so no one can break into your car and steal your opener? Is it convenience of not pushing a simple button? Is it so you don’t have a garage door opener clipped to your visor? I feel like I am missing something here. Like most Tesla owners I’d be happy to pay $300 for a useful feature, but I just don’t get it. Please, help me to understand.
Well it closes the door when you leave, and it opens the door when you pull up to your house. If you have multiple garage doors, you can program those as well. I'm guessing there is no reason you couldn't program, say, your parents garage door as well. You can also activate it from your phone manually (under Controls).
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My garage door opener controls my two garage doors fine. Either way I’m gonna sit there and make sure my garage closes before I leave in the morning, whether it happens automatically or not. This seems like the smallest convenience gain I can imagine. Maybe I’m just not the target demographic here. If I disabled the alert sound I’d set up something with HomeKit to do this through MyQ but I guess I don’t consider a 4 second wait a big deal.

To me the big MyQ benefit is letting people into my garage (and house through a separate app) remotely.
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There’re people who want everything integrated into the car. I personally don’t want to spend $325 on it. I’m using an old school garage door opener. That’s a button I press twice a day most of the time.

I also don’t want my garage door to open automatically. I only want it to open when I press a button. Our Model 3 has the home link but we turned off the auto open feature. All personal preference.


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Dec 4, 2019
Riverside, CA
I don't use the automatic feature at all -- don't trust it. That said, I'm glad I spent the $300 (at the time) for homelink in both of our Teslas. We have three separate locations (home, office, cabin). It's nice to not have three different openers in the car. I like that it's integrated and simply pops up on the screen when you get close to open the associated door/gate. Is it overpriced? Probably but, in the long run, I'd rather have the functionality than deal with something clipped to my visor or have an opener rattling around the interior.


OD: 6/4 MYLR5 White/White/20” Del. 9/16
Feb 18, 2021
SoCal (RSM)
I agree with those that appreciate the auto-open and auto-close.

What I do find stupid is that the "chime" on open/close happens when the signal is sent to activate the opener. Not when the "Skip’ option pops up that allows you to skip the auto-open/close for that approach/departure. The chime should sound when the pop up shows up to remind you to skip it if you don’t want it to activate.

Small gripe but it just makes no sense to me.


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Apr 29, 2020
To me the big MyQ benefit is letting people into my garage (and house through a separate app) remotely.
If your Model Y is in the vicinity of your garage door, you can do the same thing with the Tesla app. The Homelink button shows up under the "Controls" menu in the Tesla app.

I don't find it particularly useful today but maybe someday the car will open the garage, park itself and close the garage door...all automatically.
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If I had multiple garage doors I needed to open with multiple openers this is a way of consolidating them it sounds like a great solution. For standard opening purposes seems unnecessary. With my luck I would rely on it thinking it had closed when it hadn’t, driving away with an open garage door… getting an earful later.

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