• Oct 7, 2011
Craftsman has paired the company's garage door openers with smart phone technology to give home owners remote control of the door from anywhere. Anyone who's ever left home and forgotten to close up shop after they've departed can appreciate the value of the system. Craftsman Assurelink users must sign up for an annual $19.99 activation fee and purchase a compatible opener for around $275. Afterwards, they can control their garage door from any internet-enabled smartphone, computer or tablet. Sounds pretty handy.

Craftsman has even protected against the unlikely event of someone getting squished by the automated door with audio and visual warnings that work in conjunction with the standard pressure clutch that protects against flattening toddlers or causing other undue harm. The technology borrows from the same thinking that allows some vehicle owners to access features like door locks and remote starting from their handheld devices. Hit the jump for a video of the device in action.



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      Kevin W
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is there to prevent someone who has stolen your phone from now having easier access to your home?
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, let me get this straight, I need to connect my garage door to the internet, you know, where those who wish to break into things and steal things lurk. Yeah thanks, but no thanks.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos to Craftsman for figuring out how to get a $20 yearly subscription fee out of a garage door opener.
      Dump
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aaaghh! All these app-enabled devices are becoming passe. Once day some app-gadget-happy sucker is going to find out that some hacker can open his garage, disarm his home security system, unlock & start his car, lock/unlock his house doors, turn on his TV, adjust the HVAC settings, program his frig to freeze his beer/thaw his steaks, and then turn on all his lights at 2am. Maybe it's time to give the damn apps a break.
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know about you, but when I forget to close my garage door I have no idea that it is actually open. So this application would do nothing for me accept expose my garage door to hackers. If it came with a remote sensor and alert that my garage door was in fact up then we'd be talking.
      zambono
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's ridiculous they want to charge a yearly fee, when all this is doing is connecting to your own wireless network so that you may control it. The same as any wifi enabled thermostat.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zambono
        Actually, it connects to your wired network, it is ethernet, not WiFi. It uses its own (MyQ) wireless technology from there.
      Jermaine Perkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, this sounds useless. Unless the garage door will text you after a pre-determnied amount of time has lapsed to inform you that the door has in fact been left open, what's the point. $20 per year for something thet will get absolutely no use? not worth it. How about you press the button and wait until the door is down BEFORE you drive off. Just my $.02, and I'll keep my twenty thank you very much.
        Agilis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jermaine Perkins
        You could always log into the phone app and check the status of the door. It may not directly alert you, but you can definitely check the status.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jermaine Perkins
        I read the specs on the Chamberlain version (not rebranded) of this and you can set the garage door to close itself 1,5,10 or up to 99 minutes after it is opened automatically. I agree the email would be nice, but this seems like it would cover a lot too.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      It sounded like a good idea until they got to the $19.99 annual fee (gulp). Also, why not add a Web cam to it, so that when you check on the door from your phone, you can see whether the door is closed, and be able to watch it close, for peace of mind? I checked the Sears Web site, and there's no mention of the annual fee, or any kind of sign-up. They sell a chain-drive for $231.99, and a belt-drive for $263.99. Both offer delayed closing capability, and the belt-drive has a back-up battery that will run the opener through 20 cycles after a power failure, along with a LCD screen wall switch that's programmable and includes diagnostics. It also says you can operate the opener from any computer.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      A little searching shows that Chamberlain has new "MyQ" technology for their openers. This is (as usual for Sears) a Chamberlain rebranded unit. So you can find more info by searching for "MyQ home automation" or "Chamberlain MyQ". Chamberlain lets you control 15 other devices from the same gateway also. Distressingly Chamberlain says go to myliftmaster.com, but that site isn't up. http://www.chamberlaingroup.com/corporate/en-us/insideChamberlain/pressReleases/articles/liftmasterDebutsMyQTechIDA2011.htm The Liftmaster is controlled through the 828LM "MyQ" internet gateway which isn't available yet it seems. Service is $15/year. http://www.liftmaster.com/consumerweb/service/faq/faqlanding.htm
      pasigiri
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not sure if I like the idea of this. I have some safety concerns. Phone stolen/hacked, etc. Great idea, just a little nervous about what could go wrong.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a technology geek myself I don't get it. You have the included garage door opener(s) plus many cars now have openers built into the car. So rather than push a button I pay 20 bucks annually, turn on my phone, scroll to the program and press a button to open the door. On my iPhone I count at least 3 steps. I'll stick to the one simple step I have, thanks!
      • 3 Years Ago
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