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OT - wifi garage door or sprinkler system controllers?

Has anyone installed a wifi controller for their garage door opener or sprinkler system? I recently installed wifi thermostats at home and am looking to "smartify" some other operations.

The RainMachine looks promising for the sprinkler system, but was wondering if anyone has installed something else and how they like it.

#1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 22,331
    I just installed a wifi thermostat last week.  Love it.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 13,412
    While it's not truly "wifi", the wireless garage door opener hooked to my visor works pretty well.

    As long as I remember to push the button
    ;)
  • DMWDMW Posts: 10,300
    I can see a WiFi enabled thermostat and sprinkler system, but not sure I get garage door opener? Button inside the door and remote in the cars works for us. Am I missing an application here? I'm a total gadget geek and if there's a reason I might consider.
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    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - Gasser - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 9,057
    @DMW - When I've driven about 2 blocks from my house, I'm invariably plagued by the doubt that I didn't close my garage door. Also, if I've been working outside in the evening, I often forget whether I closed it or not. With wifi control, I could check on my phone or from any computer and close it if necessary. Another advantage would be that  you can open and close the garage door if anyone is making a delivery that you don't want left outside. 

    @nolaegghead - I think I installed the one you have  - Honeywell 9580wf? Took a little finagling to install it correctly, but I already love it. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 9,057
    While it's not truly "wifi", the wireless garage door opener hooked to my visor works pretty well.

    As long as I remember to push the button
    ;)
    And therein lies my problem!

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • DMWDMW Posts: 10,300
    Hmmm...is there an app to auto-close the garage door at specified time every night? Our garage door has been open overnight on more than one occasion...
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    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - Gasser - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 13,412
    Have you checked with your cable provider? I am barraged by Comcast/Xfinity ads for whole home crap like security/light control/garage etc.
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 4,493
    edited April 2014
    The garage door opener is one I'd be on board for completely. 3/5 days a week I drive back by to make sure it's closed. My wife says it's the onset of OCD. :/
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 9,057
    @DMW - dont know about that but I think you can set alerts on some that email/text if the garage is open at specific time. Example, you get a message anytime the garage is open at 10 pm.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • DMWDMW Posts: 10,300
    Have you checked with your cable provider? I am barraged by Comcast/Xfinity ads for whole home crap like security/light control/garage etc.
    All for one low monthly price. :))
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - Gasser - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 9,057
    @Eggcelsior I'll check but I think most are subscription type services. Figured it would be cheaper to just buy and install myself.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • onedbguruonedbguru Posts: 1,310
    Go ahead and install those wifi door locks, security systems and garage door openers.  It will make it easier for someone with my skill set to walk right in... And you think I am kidding????
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 4,493
    Aaaaannnnnnddd that's what's been holding me back.
    onedbguru said:

    Go ahead and install those wifi door locks, security systems and garage door openers.  It will make it easier for someone with my skill set to walk right in... And you think I am kidding????

    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • onedbguruonedbguru Posts: 1,310
    I am CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) - The ease with which an intrusion could occur would truly make your hair stand up.
  • BREWnQBREWnQ Posts: 218
    It's probably simpler to buy a lock pick set, watch a youtube video and break into your house.
    Brewer, BBQer, Softballer, RCer, Father, HomeTheaterer, and trouble maker.
    Orange, CA
  • onedbguruonedbguru Posts: 1,310
    except that with the wifi you can disable that pesky alarm system. What wifi can't tell is if the homeowner is armed... Oh wait, in NY/NJ you can because they gave to gun-owners list to the media... 
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 9,057
    Ummmm... What makes you think that it is difficult for someone WITHOUT your skill set to break in? Unless you have solid steel doors, bars on your windows, and an armed perimeter.

    Besides, I'm not looking for locks etc. Feel free to use your superpowers to screw with my air conditioning in the meantime.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 4,493
    I think he was talking about door lock and garage door openers being controlled by wifi. Is only want my garage door to be controlled wirelessly but still that's worrisome too.
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
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    caliking said:
    Ummmm... What makes you think that it is difficult for someone WITHOUT your skill set to break in? Unless you have solid steel doors, bars on your windows, and an armed perimeter. Besides, I'm not looking for locks etc. Feel free to use your superpowers to screw with my air conditioning in the meantime.

    I would just leave your garage door open and take your lump coal
    :P

    Lg Egg - Asheville, NC
  • This is what I did for the garage door. http://www.megunolink.com/garage-door-opener/  Works great. I had to run CAT 5 to it since it's not wireless but a fun DIY project. In  a few weeks however, I'll be forced to come up with a new solution since I'm moving. I also will be leaving behind a NEST thermostat system that didn't function very well in my home with the Geothermal WaterFurnace but was told by NEST that they are working on a firmware update that would have addressed the issue that we had.
    Lg Egg - Asheville, NC
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,624
    Can you not see what is happening on the forum...nobody gives a **** about your remote control crap....@Caliking, love you man.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 22,331
    Well, you did post OT in the subject but didn't put it in the OT forum.... I doth protest, esquire!
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 4,915
    @caliking and @Jeremiah I am the same way about the garage door. 

    I can't count how many times I have gone back home to make sure I let it down. I think it may be a form of OCD! 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 9,057
    henapple said:
    Can you not see what is happening on the forum...nobody gives a **** about your remote control crap....@Caliking, love you man.
    i wish i had wifi control over drinking your PBR... all of it.  :ar!

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 9,057
    Well, you did post OT in the subject but didn't put it in the OT forum.... I doth protest, esquire!
    guilty as charged. I figured the OT in the title was adequate warning!

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 13,412
    What guru said is what's holding me back too. You'll be bending over for the cable company but it is at least a unified system being monitored(as far as they say).
  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 4,915
    onedbguru said:
    Go ahead and install those wifi door locks, security systems and garage door openers.  It will make it easier for someone with my skill set to walk right in... And you think I am kidding????
    How would someone know I had a wifi system? 

    onedbguru said:
    except that with the wifi you can disable that pesky alarm system. What wifi can't tell is if the homeowner is armed... Oh wait, in NY/NJ you can because they gave to gun-owners list to the media... 
    I am in Georgia and you better believe most of us, at least where I am at, are packing heat. An intruder might walk in, but if I am at home and have anything to say about it, it will be time for sad songs and slow walks for his family. 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 13,412
    Uhh, pull up out front and use a triangulation app to identify your Wifi. It's actually pretty simple as long as you aren't in high density housing.

    Monitor lock/unlock sequences, door openings, etc to see when no one is home. Done and done.
  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 4,915
    Uhh, Thanks.


    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 13,412
    No problem. Technology advancement is a boon and a curse at the same time. Just look at the heartbleed bug. It was basically a poorly written line of code.
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