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Bluetooth Vs WiFi Garage Door Openers: What's the Difference?
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Bluetooth Vs WiFi Garage Door Openers: What's the Difference?

What is a Bluetooth garage door opener and why would I want one? And what about WiFi garage door openers? Are they the same thing?

With smarthome automation becoming more mainstream, it only makes sense to buy a home automation hub and have it control your garage door as well as everything else.

So what is the difference between a Bluetooth garage door opener and a WiFi garage door opener?

Both of these technologies enable you to open your garage door using your mobile device, but there are a few differences.

  • Bluetooth

With Bluetooth connectivity, you have to physically be within a 20-foot range of your garage door opener if you want to open it.

  • WiFi

WiFi is definitely the more competent option. With WiFi connectivity, your garage door is connected to your home internet service. This allows you to remotely monitor and control your garage door using a mobile app.

How Does WiFi Garage Door Opener Connectivity Work?

Since home automation is fairly new and new features are being added often, you might think the technology would be difficult to learn. But nothing could be further from the truth. It is really an extremely simple process. In fact, with a simple add-on, you can convert your existing garage door opener to a smart garage door opener in a matter of minutes. Or, if you are purchasing a new garage door opener, you can buy one already equipped with this technology and ready to communicate with smart home automation systems.

Here's how it works...

  1. Add a smart garage door controller to your existing opener using adhesive.
  2. Attach two wires (in most cases) to the open and close nodes on the opener.
  3. Attach a sensor to your garage door. This is what will detect and transmit the door. 
  4. The garage door opener smart technology connects to your home's WiFi network.
  5. When your mobile device sends a command, that signal is relayed to your home automation hub.
  6. The signal from the hub triggers the sensor in your garage door opener so you can remotely control the door.

Why Would I Want a Smart Garage Door Opener?

There are some great benefits of a smart garage door opener. The main reason is security. When using a smartphone app, you can monitor and control your garage door remotely. This will allow you to see if you left your garage door open and close it if you did. It will also enable you to open your garage door remotely. And some smart garage door openers will even alert you if suspicious activity is detected.

Convenience is another benefit. You will never have to worry about losing or carrying around a garage door opener remote ever again. Additionally, most WiFi garage door openers will automatically close your garage door within a specified amount of time if you accidentally leave your garage door open. So what's not to love?

Why not give a Bluetooth garage door opener or WiFi garage door opener a try today? Contact us here to take the leap.
 

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