Liftmaster's new 8500W Wi-Fi garage opener locks things down

CNET | 1/9/2018 | Ry Crist
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The Liftmaster 8500W garage door opener comes with Chamberlain MyQ's Wi-Fi smarts.

Chamberlain's MyQ Garage is an easy smart home upgrade, and over the past couple of years we've watched as Chamberlain has integrated the MyQ Wi-Fi platform into a growing variety of garage door openers. The latest belongs to Liftmaster, one of the Chamberlain Group's subsidiaries, and it's one of the nicest we've seen yet.

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It's called the Liftmaster 8500W, and Chamberlain tells us that it'll retail for roughly $300 to $400 depending on the dealer. Unlike a lot of garage door openers, it mounts to the side of the door in order to help free up space overhead, and it also includes a built-in deadbolt that automatically locks your garage whenever it's closed. Once installed, you'll be able to open and close the door from your phone like any other MyQ opener, and you'll also be able to integrate it with MyQ-compatible services, including Nest, IFTTT and the Google Assistant.

The big catch there is that Chamberlain charges $1 per month or $10 per year for access to IFTTT and Google. A Chamberlain spokesperson told me that the...
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