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Monday, October 12, 2015

Chamberlain Group WD1000WF 1 1/4 HP Smartphone-Controlled Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener with Battery Backup and Ultra-Quiet Operation

I have never lauded a garage door opener before.  This one deserves accolades.  Jason Steich of Jason Steich Overhead Doors Inc. installed this for me.  It claims to be a DIY product but I would suggest it for only reasonably competent DIY folks.   It has a LOT of parts.  Jason had only two concerns, the rail is multi-part which is necessary to get it into a box and the battery backup wire was tucked very securely out of the way and necessitated some gymnastics to attach.  Jason told me that this is the consumer model, top of the line and comparable to the commercial model he sells from the same manufacturer. 

He said outside of the two minor issues noted above that it installed very easily.  This door is super quiet.  It came with an outside key panel.  The inside button has a screen that gives you the time and the temperature.  There is also a motion detector which turns on the door opener light when ever there is someone in the garage.  The opener has battery backup which will be invaluable for the number of times power has gone out over the last few years.  I pulled the plug on the opener and it ran just as smooth and quite on battery, plugged the AC back in and it speeded up, that was the only difference I saw. 

I don't anticipate using the Wi-Fi aspect but reading about it leads me to believe it is pretty darn slick.  I am not keen on having every aspect of my life controlled by Wi-Fi and vulnerable to hacking.

Overall, if you are very handy, I think you can install this.  For those of us who have aged out of the DIY mode,  installation can be accomplished by two hours of someone else's labor.  This is a really top shelf garage door opener for a quite reasonable price.

From the vendor:
myq smartphone control with built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in battery keeps you running even when the power is out
Whisper drive, the ultimate in quiet and performance
Home link compatible

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