Chinese Smart Home company have been turning out a steady stream of HomeKit products of late, which included a Garage Door Opener for the UK, US and other countries. Now, to go along with this product the company are introducing the ‘Meross Collie Garage Door Controller’, with the claim that it’s the first of its type, stating;
World’s first garage door controller supports Apple HomeKit without add-on devices. All you need is your phone and the controller
Meross claim you only require the controller and your phone, with no other hardware, and is designed to work with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.
The product itself looks like a mini router, comprising a small box, with a single antenna, along with a few ports that we assume are to connect the controller to your garage door motor. It can also work with up to three garage doors, each with individual control. It’s also designed to work with CarPlay if that’s something you have installed in your car.
As with the previous garage door controller, the ‘Collie’ is designed to work with all the major garage door motors, including the likes of Chamberlain, Craftsman, Avanti, Somfy, Nice, Hörmann, and many more – over 200 brands according to their website. It would also seem that the product includes a built-in alarm, although whether that is exposed to HomeKit too, we’re not sure.
At present, the company are preparing a…
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Common garage door repair related FAQ
How long does it take to replace a garage door?
Roughly 3 to 4 hours, if done properly.
How often should my a garage door be serviced?
Your garage door is a large piece of moving equipment made up of many parts. Some families use their garage door more than their front door. We recommend having your garage door and operator serviced every year in order to ensure a properly working door and operator. The noises your door or operator makes are your initial “warning signs” that something is not quite right. The longer you put off the necessary service, the more damage may result.
How long do garage door springs usually last?
The most common torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 cycles (one opening and one closing is a cycle.)
What is the life span of a garage door opener?
The average life span of a door opener can vary from 10 to 20 years depending on the model and usage.