10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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(Boosted the rating to 4 on October 27th, 2013 - see update below)
I am probably being a bit tough on only giving a 3 star rating on this product but here is why...
I have been testing Liftmaster's system against Insteon's system in my house as I'm trying to see which one I want to go with in the long run. I was very pleased with the ease of install for the Liftmaster system and using the MyQ feature to control my lights and garage doors. When I actually read and paid attention to the instructions, everything whent flawlessly with the set up. I still am blown away by being able to control the lights and garage door remotely from my iPhone! Pretty cool! I also like the option of receiving alerts when the garage door is opened or a light is turned on.
Here is where Liftmaster is behind its competition:
Other systems, including Insteon, have advanced features on their software that allow you to run scheduled events with their products. For instance, I have installed a Liftmaster wall switch to control my outside plug that I use for my Christmas lights. At this point I will have to manually turn them on and off from my iPhone rather than being able to set a schedule up to do that for me. Being able to schedule the on/off events would be very convenient. Insteon has this feature so it trumps Liftmaster in this area. (Maybe this feature will be available with Liftmaster before I actually put up my lights this year ;))
Other systems, including Insteon, have a really cool feature called "scene" where you can set up a bunch of events that are all initiated with one selection on your iPhone or even scheduled to occur at a specific time or upon a specific event. For instance, I could have a "scene" called "wake up" that turns on all the lights I use when I get up in the morning and prepare to leave for work. All these lights can be programed to turn off at a specific time; for example a few minutes after I leave.
Finally, one other area that Liftmaster has to do some catch up in is the number of different products that are offered with their system. Other systems, again including Insteon, have additional sensors such as motion sensors, door contact sensors, etc. that really expand the possibilities associated with home automation. This is an exciting field with almost limitless possibilities!
I would guess, or rather really hope, that Liftmaster is at this moment working on expanding their system. Maybe there is a major app upgrade just around the corner and some more gadgets in the works (?).
Liftmaster, give me expanded app features and a few more gadgets to tie into your system and I will gladly give you a FIVE star rating!
Let me end on a positive note... I think the Liftmaster hardware is excellent (especially the garage door controllers), the install was simple and the price of the system quite reasonable. I am eagerly awaiting (and hoping) for some upgrades to this system.
Update, October 27th, 2013
I just returned yesterday from my vacation home in Arizona. While there, I installed a couple of Liftmaster wall switches, a liftmaster gateway, and a new MyQ enabled garage door opener. Talk about ease of install and setup! I used the switches to control things that I didn't need on timers - a back yard flood light and the power outlet for my security camera. I also installed an Insteon system to control my garden lights, some indoor lights, motion sensors, and door open/close sensors. I went with the Liftmaster system for the two switches and the garage door because the set up was so easy and even thought they don't have the scheduling feature that Insteon has, they are just really dependable, quick to respond to my on/off commands, and never let me down (yet). The more I use Liftmaster's MyQ products, the more I love them! I have boosted my 3 rating to a 4 based on just how easy the system is to work with and how dependable it is. Still no 5 though until they upgrade their software to include scheduling.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent product. I bought 8 of them from Home Depot. Home depot has it with no shipping charge, and it is together with a 3 button keychain remote for liftmaster with yellow learn button and it is programmable with the liftmaster gateway. Now, i can turn all,
practically all, my lights and open my garage doors from anywhere in the world. It can of course check if lights and garage door are open or on. It can do a lot more, but i have no time to mention them--all for the same price. if something is wrong or you just don't want it, go to Home Depot and return it. Warning: it is tricky on how to program it, but it does work once you figure it out. By the way, Liftmaster/Chamberlain has an excellent tech support!!!!!!
Update: You can make a button on a remote to control several lighht switches. I had one button to turn on all lights with just one button. I see this is useful when having visitors at night and i want to turn all the lights on. As I said you have to buy this at home depot, because i found myself using the extra remotes. This thing is definitely amazing.....!!!!! Bu the way, the gateway can handle up to 16 light switches.... I had one button on the remote controlling all the gardden lights and fountain--that was awesome--
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Easy to install, clear instructions. Inability to put lights on a schedule is lacking and in my opinion should be standard for such a device. Also note Chamberlain and Liftmaster MYQ (Same company) are fully compatible, so you can purchase whichever one is cheaper and they will work the same way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The light switch works well but there is no built in timer like other switches such as Belkin Wemo line.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I was really intrigued by the idea of being able to turn lights on and off remotely via remote (or an app when paired with the Liftmaster 828LM Internet Gateway). We purchased two of these for our garage lights and our front lights. I can imagine getting even more in the future.
When paired with the Liftmaster 888LM wall control and the Liftmaster 828LM Internet Gateway, I now have some cool capabilities, all without having to switch out our existing LM garage door opener (circa 2009). By the way, if you already have a newer Liftmaster/Chamberlain Garage Door Opener with myQ 2.0 support, then the 888LM isn't necessary. If you just want to control the lights with a remote (from the house or the car) then the 828LM is also unnecessary. But with that added internet gateway and an app, I can use an iOS or Android device and monitor the state of the lights, turn them on and off, receive alerts when the lights are switched on/off, etc.
The hardest thing about installing the 823LM light switches was turning off the power to the right circuit; but that's just because our electrical panel isn't labeled too well. After that, it was an easy job to remove the plate, remove the old switch, wire the existing wires back to the new switch, feed the antenna wire down below the box, test and then reinstall the switch plate.
A few caveats, it may be hard to know which wire is the hot wire and which is the load wire in your box. I got it backwards the first time, but it just took switching the wires after it didn't work the first time. Also be sure your switch box has a ground wire, since that is required. Most modern switch boxes will, but if yours doesn't for some reason, you will need to get an electrician to help. Finally, it does actually take a few minutes for something in the switch to charge up before it works, so be aware of that. Let it sit for a few minutes after installing before testing.
Once the switch is ready to go, it should switch on by pressing the top of the rectangular panel and off at the bottom of that panel (but not the complete bottom; that's covering the learn button and an LED). There is a little bit of resistance and a small "click" sound, but nothing you'll notice after repeated usage.
Also be aware that you are just buying the switch that goes behind the plate. For us this wasn't a problem since we already had the larger rectangular cutouts from the larger rocker switches. But if you have the older style up/down switches, you will have to replace the switch plate. The picture shows the installed result, but the switch doesn't come with the switch plate, just the switch that goes behind and into the box. Also, make sure you have room in your box and can push wires out of the way. The unit will fill up much of the box so if you have a really tight wiring situation, you may have problems adding this switch.
Having added the lights and programmed them to both cars, now we can drive up and turn on the light on the porch or all the lights in the garage. And at night, I can check the app and if we have forgotten to turn off the porch light or the garage lights, I can check the status and turn them off without getting out of bed. Likewise, if I hear a noise outside, I can turn on the outside lights, check the security monitor to our outside cameras and see if anything is there.
With just these few upgrades, it feels like I have a really cool smart home. My only wish would be for a few more features in the app such as the ability to schedule lights to turn on and off, for a way to check the status of the lights without having to open the app, or an ability to lock the garage door opener for a period of time so it won't open even with commands from remotes (say when we are going out of town for a while). Even still, I'm very happy with our purchases of the 888LM/828LM/823LM.
The last thing I will mention is that I didn't buy our switches from Amazon. We actually bought them from Home Depot. The switches they sell are about the same price, but come with the little key-fob remotes (3-buttons) that you can program. Even if you don't need these, I think it makes sense in case you needed to return the switches for some reason, you could do it easily to a Home Depot store. Also, if you see the model number for the Chamberlain light switches, don't worry. We actually bought the WSLCEV version which is identical to the 823LM. It's just the consumer packaging of the switch.