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  1. Dewie

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    Thus far I only use mine to monitor a mouse trap in the attic of my house:

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  2. HairyAss

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    Just ordered a Nexx Garage Smart Garage Door Controller. It integrates with your existing garage door opener, has an app that includes notifications if the door was left open and you can control it through the app and also integrate with Alexa. I just found out about it from a Home Automation group at work as it went on sale here: https://www.woot.com/
     
  3. Boots

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    like $250 here :/
     
  4. HairyAss

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    I had the woot website still open after ordering when a co-worker came in and he commented, "Oh, what's Woot got on sale today?". When I mentioned that I'd never used or even heard of the site before, he was really surprised... which led into a discussion on shipping costs to Canada, etc.

    Honestly, though, I'd probably still pay $200 for it if it does what it advertises. There is a *ton* of small-time break-in crime in my neighborhood and one of the easiest things thiefs do is a quick grab and run when they see an open garage door. We're pretty good about keeping it closed, but there have been a few incidents where it has been left open for extended periods. I'll also be halfway to the ski hill and start wondering in my head if we left it open so the peace of mind will be worth it.
     
  5. Boots

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    I have a camera in my garage for that very reason lol. I just need remote closing ability
     
  6. HairyAss

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    You would think a camera would help, but they're pretty much useless around here from what I've heard. I know people who have been robbed, have the robbery all on video clear as day, but the cops don't do anything about it. Best bet is to do what you can do to prevent the crime from happening.
     
  7. Boots

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    Yeah, makes sense. I'd imagine where you're in a much larger place the crime is more common too?
     
  8. HairyAss

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    The biggest problem is that the homeless problem is out of control - the city grew really quickly, rents got out of control, and a lot of people ended up on the streets. There is a lot of "petty theft" stealing small stuff that can be sold easily online for cash. So... lots of window smash and grabs with cars, taking advantage of open garage doors to grab bikes or whatever and stealing Amazon packages off porches.

    There are more "other types of crime" for sure, but the petty theft is rampant. Luckily (knock on wood), we haven't had anything stolen personally yet.
     
  9. Boots

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    Isn't there some drama there over taxpayer funded homeless shelters lately?
     
  10. Cheddar

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    I can do all the but open the door via voice and I'm kind of happy about that .I can just imagine being away from the house and telling someone "I can open my garage door just by saying OK google, open garage door" and my phone picking it up and doing it.
     
  11. HairyAss

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    I'm not that dumb.
     
  12. Cheddar

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    Got it. Works great. Ordering two more. If I can get it to work reliably outside and get a decent range in zero light, I'll sell the wired system and switch to these around the house.
     
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    Look for a chamverland garage door controller. I have one. It’s a myconnect or something
     
  14. Duggan

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    MyQ, it works well, I used to use the liftmaster app, but found Chamberlain myQ to be a bit better. I realize they the same company, but found the chamberlain app to be better.
     
  15. Cheddar

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    Yep .some phones and accounts prefer one App, others prefer the other. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to which App works better for each person.
     

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