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      What’s automated in your garage?

      It started with run of the mill motion sensing flood lights that would turn on at night when we pulled into the drive way.

      Next came a series of upgrades to smart lights (Phillips HUE... awesome system especially for older homes that can’t use WiFi wall switches), inside and out that turn on lights from sunset to sunrise so we never come home to a dark house.

      Adding motion sensors and tweaking the routines, the driveway lights go from accent lights to full bright and back again when we get home. Walking into the garage, lights come on automatically.

      Then the WiFi enabled garage door openers were added (Liftmaster) and the phone app proved hella useful.... Did the boy leave the garage door open again? We can check history to see when he comes home at night We can open the door remotely if someone forgets a key.

      This weekend the MyQ Home Bridge was added and we have Apple HomeKit integration. Now I can say “Hey, Siri! Get in the kitchen and bake me a pie. Oh, and tell me if the garage doors are open.”

      Anyone else having fun with (and enjoying the functionality of) automating their garage? What systems are you using?

      #AMA anything about HUE or MyQ.

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      What's a garage?

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      What's a garage?
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      Absolutely nothing is automated in my garages. You even have to open the doors by hand.
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      Quote Originally Posted by VeeDubDude View Post
      It started with run of the mill motion sensing flood lights that would turn on at night when we pulled into the drive way.

      Next came a series of upgrades to smart lights (Phillips HUE... awesome system especially for older homes that can’t use WiFi wall switches), inside and out that turn on lights from sunset to sunrise so we never come home to a dark house.

      Adding motion sensors and tweaking the routines, the driveway lights go from accent lights to full bright and back again when we get home. Walking into the garage, lights come on automatically.

      Then the WiFi enabled garage door openers were added (Liftmaster) and the phone app proved hella useful.... Did the boy leave the garage door open again? We can check history to see when he comes home at night We can open the door remotely if someone forgets a key.

      This weekend the MyQ Home Bridge was added and we have Apple HomeKit integration. Now I can say “Hey, Siri! Get in the kitchen and bake me a pie. Oh, and tell me if the garage doors are open.”

      Anyone else having fun with (and enjoying the functionality of) automating their garage? What systems are you using?

      #AMA anything about HUE or MyQ.
      I never really thought about home automation in the garage. I have been planning on adding a range extender out there for Wifi, and have considered adding on a wifi-enabled opener to my existing Craftsman opener, like the Chamberlain myQ BUT...

      I'm very very keen on privacy and IoT devices really bother me. I'm not so much into connected devices as I am true automation, so eventually if I go full ass on it, I'll run openHAB on my local server and configure things to truly automate based on events/triggers/time/etc. I have a handful of PoE and WiFi enabled cameras in-home that are managed by a piece of software called BlueIris that runs on my server. Everything is stored locally/accessed locally via my own hardware. I have a similar setup with OTA antenna TV, a HDHomeRun Quatro and PLEX media server. I also run (on a VM) PiHole to block ads/advertising companies/cookies/etc from certain sources. Last but not least, the Ubiquiti EdgeRouterX handles the routing part of the network. With VLANs, I can segregate certain devices onto separate LAN's and keep everything tidy and secure. It's worth it to be self-reliant and have everything local.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Hawc View Post
      What's a garage?
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      Quote Originally Posted by VeeDubDude View Post
      It started with run of the mill motion sensing flood lights that would turn on at night when we pulled into the drive way.

      Next came a series of upgrades to smart lights (Phillips HUE... awesome system especially for older homes that can’t use WiFi wall switches), inside and out that turn on lights from sunset to sunrise so we never come home to a dark house.

      Adding motion sensors and tweaking the routines, the driveway lights go from accent lights to full bright and back again when we get home. Walking into the garage, lights come on automatically.

      Then the WiFi enabled garage door openers were added (Liftmaster) and the phone app proved hella useful.... Did the boy leave the garage door open again? We can check history to see when he comes home at night We can open the door remotely if someone forgets a key.

      This weekend the MyQ Home Bridge was added and we have Apple HomeKit integration. Now I can say “Hey, Siri! Get in the kitchen and bake me a pie. Oh, and tell me if the garage doors are open.”

      Anyone else having fun with (and enjoying the functionality of) automating their garage? What systems are you using?

      #AMA anything about HUE or MyQ.
      I have the MyQ and it is pretty nifty..I just wished it worked with Apple CarPlay. I am now looking into HomeKit options for sprinklery systemes, heating and upgrading the security system.
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      wish I had a garage. Have a shed for all my tools, jacks, miscellaneous parts and other stuff like lawn mowers, but not a garage for the car. Wish I had one though :/
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      Wish I had a shed so I can free up space in the garage.

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      My 1957 Delta Drill Press and my 1962 Craftsman Bandsaw. When you plug them in, they're automatically on.

      No but seriously the only thing I have automated is I put a motion sensing light switch right near where you walk in, and it was worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY. It's so awesome be carrying something and have the lights turn on.

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      For me....
      Hey Google, turn on/off garage light.
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      - Alarm hood pins on bay doors, run to led ceiling lights which come on/off going in and out.

      - Alarm hood pins on drop down attic door, as you pull down the ladder the attic lights up, turns off once put the ladder back up.

      - Apple mag safe auto charging system, trips on when volts drop.

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      my garage door opener, i can open it with my phone and I love it !


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      Less for the garage, but related to a1german, I got a raspberry pi and a few ds18b20 temp sensors, stuck it in the attic, and watched the temps go from 150s to 130s with a 20 inch fan.

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      What’s automated in your garage?

      Do my automated window shades count? Somfy brand, battery-operated remote control, programmable shades. Perfect for my lazy a__.
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      Quote Originally Posted by fireside View Post
      I never really thought about home automation in the garage. I have been planning on adding a range extender out there for Wifi, and have considered adding on a wifi-enabled opener to my existing Craftsman opener, like the Chamberlain myQ BUT...

      I'm very very keen on privacy and IoT devices really bother me. I'm not so much into connected devices as I am true automation, so eventually if I go full ass on it, I'll run openHAB on my local server and configure things to truly automate based on events/triggers/time/etc. I have a handful of PoE and WiFi enabled cameras in-home that are managed by a piece of software called BlueIris that runs on my server. Everything is stored locally/accessed locally via my own hardware. I have a similar setup with OTA antenna TV, a HDHomeRun Quatro and PLEX media server. I also run (on a VM) PiHole to block ads/advertising companies/cookies/etc from certain sources. Last but not least, the Ubiquiti EdgeRouterX handles the routing part of the network. With VLANs, I can segregate certain devices onto separate LAN's and keep everything tidy and secure. It's worth it to be self-reliant and have everything local.
      Oooo. I haven’t had a chance to look into home brew automation systems....

      Now I just need to find the time to build out my home server. And the proper case... I don’t think my wife will be happy with a 36U rack with a 4U server in it adding a ton of dB to our current living space.


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      I’m actually quite proud of a couple things.

      Certainly the auto meter elite boost gauge hooked up to my pool pump output. Right now it’s just facing my back door, but if I ever upgrade my garage door system I have plans to hook it up to my Arlo maker so it will notify me on my phone if the pump shuts down.

      I have two Arlo Makers installed with magnetic switches on the garage doors.

      And I have a Rachio sprinkler setup with an additional zone to fill my pool, so J can ask Alexa to Gil my pool.

      I have a huge Frigidaire A/C unit with WiFi control.

      F privacy when this stuff makes my life so easy. And my phone is listening to everything anyways???
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      I have 'dumb' occupancy/motion sensors for the main lighting.
      This is the only thing "automated" in that it will do something without touching a thing.

      I also have zwave tilt sensors on the garage doors, that tie into smartthings to text me when the door opens and closes. Have an ST reminder if a door is open left open for 45 minutes, and then again if it hits 830pm and the door remains open. Not really automated, but providing status and monitoring. At some point I will work on setting up zwave/zigbee switch/relay to be able to close the doors through ST. Dont know that I will worry about any specific open/close automations though.

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      On topic: Garage door buddy for the openers.



      Off topic: The solid state relay and thermocouple interface for my home made text messaging electric smoker sit in the garage, that is 'automated' with closed loop temp control and various faults / alarms.




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      Liftmaster for me. My wife had a really bad habit of leaving the garage door open, sometimes overnight. Not a great idea when you live on an alley. I have alerts set up on my phone app that ping me when the door opens and when it closes. I can also open and close it remotely as well. My new Hyundai also has BlueLink. I can check it, locate it, lock it and start it from my phone. I am not too big into remote starting as I see people here in MN who let their cars idle for 20 minutes on cold mornings but occasionally when I need to drive my kids to school on a clod January morning, I would remote open the garage then remote start the car just to get the oil circulating. Pretty handy. The BlueLink is expensive though so it is unlikely that I will renew it once my new car trial period ends.

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      Quote Originally Posted by S1ack View Post
      On topic: Garage door buddy for the openers.



      Off topic: The solid state relay and thermocouple interface for my home made text messaging electric smoker sit in the garage, that is 'automated' with closed loop temp control and various faults / alarms.




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      Have you guys seen a temp controller for a heat fan?

      My house has radiant water heat boiler system and I have a small radiator fan in the corner of my garage. The fan is on a switch. It would be cool if the fan turned on whenever the heat got BELOW 60.

      Id also want to turn it off completely at night. Does anything like this exist? I could only find attic fan vent controllers which do the opposite; turn on when it gets hot.


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      What’s automated in your garage?

      MyQ connected to HomeBridge. I think that’s it in the garage itself.

      Rest of the house is fairly automated at this point...all but two rooms have most lights automated, two Nest thermostats, automated window shades in a few rooms, occupancy/door/water sensors are also connected to HomeKit. We have a Pi + 3 hubs all connected to HomeKit.
      Last edited by Numbersix; 08-02-2020 at 12:29 PM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by VeeDubDude View Post
      It started with run of the mill motion sensing flood lights that would turn on at night when we pulled into the drive way.

      Next came a series of upgrades to smart lights (Phillips HUE... awesome system especially for older homes that can’t use WiFi wall switches), inside and out that turn on lights from sunset to sunrise so we never come home to a dark house.
      I drank the HUE koolaid years ago and love the product, however I don't have any in the garage. rest of the house? oh yeah.

      the only automation we currently have in the garage is an Arlo Pro 2 camera. part of my 2020 upgrade plan is to replace the opener with a wifi compatible opener, mainly from a "yes it's closed" perspective.

      otherwise, not really an area I feel we need smart bulbs or automation.
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