GoControl Linear garage door opener

GoControl Garage Door Opener Review

The GoControl Garage Door Opener is a great choice for making pretty much any garage door opener smarter.
The GoControl Garage Door Opener is a great choice for making pretty much any garage door opener smarter.

After configuring my SmartThings setup to automatically lock my doors at bedtime, I wanted a way to close my garage door automatically as well. I went with the GoControl GD00Z Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Remote Controller.

Since my opener is a LiftMaster, I initially looked at their myQ product. It’s lack of compatibility with SmartThings and the monthly fee to enable connectivity to Google Assistant and IFTTT were turn offs. The GoControl Garage Door Opener will work with pretty much any garage door opener and since it uses Z-Wave, is compatible with a wide range of hubs and security systems.

GoControl Garage Door Opener
GoControl GD00Z-4 mounted to ceiling

Installation was straightforward. I paired the controller to my SmartThings hub, mounted it to the ceiling near the opener and power, connected the two wires to the opener and then mounted the tilt sensor to the door itself. The tilt sensor connects to the controller and is what lets you know if the door is open or closed.

For safety, the controller makes about 5 seconds of beeping along with a flashing light before opening or closing the door.

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Brendan McDowell
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