Review and Giveaway: LiftMaster High Tech Garage Door Opener – it's geeky cool

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LiftMaster Model 8550 Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with MyQ Technology

Last month, LiftMaster upgraded my garage door opener with a system that features MyQ Technology. My new LiftMaster garage door opener is super cool. It’s geeky, but easy to use. With their MyQ smart home technology, I can check the status of my garage door online or with a smartphone (iPhone, Android and Blackberry). Not only can I remotely check to see if my garage is open or close, I can also remotely open and close my garage door. Like I said before, their system is really cool. And thanks to LiftMaster, I’m giving away their system on my dad blog. The LiftMaster prize pack consists of a garage door opener with MyQ Technology, free installation, Wireless Keyless Entry, and MyQ-enabled accessories like the Garage Door Monitor and the LiftMaster Internet Gateway.

Here is what I received from LiftMaster (giveaway prize pack may vary):

  • Model 8550 Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with MyQ Technology
  • Internet Gateway
  • Garage Door Monitor
  • Smart Control Panel
  • Wireless Keyless Entry
  • 3-button Premium Remote Control

Model 8550 Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with MyQ Technology
Here is what I like about my new LiftMaster 8550 garage door opener:

  • It features MyQ technology, which lets me open/close my garage door with a smartphone or computer.
  • It uses a belt drive system so it’s really quiet, which is great because the girls’ room is above the garage.
  • The system includes a battery backup in case of power failure. When we lived in an apartment, our car was trapped inside the garage when the power went out. If only it had a battery backup.
  • It includes a motion sensor that automatically turns on the garage door opener lights, then automatically turns off the lights after a few minutes.
  • It provides audible and visual warnings that the garage door is about to close when using the Timer-to-Close or remote closing features.
  • The enclosed gear case provides continuous lubrication for longer life and smoother operation.
  • It includes a lifetime motor and belt warranty, 5-year parts warranty, and 1-year warranty on battery backup battery.

Internet Gateway
This cool gadget connects your MyQ-enabled devices to the Internet. With this gateway, you can monitor and operate your garage door opener, or turn your lights on or off lights from your computer. If you want to go mobile, you can download an app to monitor and operate your garage door and house lights. There’s an app for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones. I tried out this feature on both my computer and iPod Touch. I didn’t have any problems monitoring my garage door with either one. It was also easy to close and open my garage door using my computer and iPod. BTW, you have log into the web or smartphone app in order to use this feature. It’s more work, but you don’t want to accidentally open/close your garage door or have anyone opening your garage door, do you? [Note: the gateway requires an annual subscription, which is free for the first year. After that it’s a few dollars a year according to the installation tech.]

LiftMaster Internet Gateway

Garage Door Monitor
This is something I have not seen before. It’s a device that tells you the status of your garage door. With the device, you don’t have to go downstairs or outside to see if you accidentally left the garage door open. In addition, you can use the garage door monitor to close the door remotely. The MyQ enabled technology allows you to monitor and close up to four garage doors. The device also lets you know when the garage door is being opened. BTW, you can place the device anywhere in the house as long as you have a power outlet close by.

LiftMaster Garage Door Monitor

Smart Control Panel
The LiftMaster Smart Control Panel is a serious upgrade to my old control panel, which was just a one-button open/close switch. The smart control panel can open and close the garage door like my old switch. But now I can also use it to manually turn the garage door opener lights on and off. The panel also displays the time, garage temperature, and system diagnostics information. As if that’s not enough, you can also use the the smart control panel to program additional remotes. The old fashion way involves climbing up a ladder and pushing a special learn button inside the garage door opener system to program the remote.

LiftMaster Smart Control Panel

3-button Premium Remote Control
This little remote can control up to three garage door openers or MyQ enabled light accessories. That’s really useful if you have multiple LiftMaster garage door openers and MyQ enabled light accessories. The remote also features Security+2.0 rolling code technology that uses a new code at every click. This makes it almost impossible for anyone to steal your remote control signal.

LiftMaster 3-button Premium Remote Control

Wireless Keyless Entry
I love the keyless entry, which attaches to the outside of your garage. It’s really handy when you want to go on a walk or bike ride, but don’t want to bring your keys along. With the keyless entry, all you have to do is enter a 4-digit pin number to open or close the garage door. You can change your pin at any time. In addition, you can even create a temporary pin for visitors. The temporary pin can be set for a number of openings or number of hours.

LiftMaster Giveaway
Thanks to LiftMaster, a reader of my dad blog will win a LiftMaster prize pack consisting of LiftMaster garage door opener with MyQ Technology, installation, Wireless Keyless Entry, and MyQ-enabled accessories like the Garage Door Monitor and the LiftMaster Internet Gateway. The value of this prize pack is about $550. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 (Pacific time). The giveaway is limited to readers located in the U.S. To enter the giveaway, answer this question: what do you like best about the LiftMaster garage door opener?

Six Bonus Entries (leave a separate comment for each entry)

  • Like LiftMaster on Facebook
  • Follow LiftMaster on Twitter
  • Click on the Facebook like button above the comments area and then on my Facebook page, answer this question: do you like the ability to remotely monitor your garage door?
  • Follow Daddy Forever on Twitter and tweet out a message like this (or use the retweet button above the comments area):

    Win a high-tech LiftMaster garage door opener @daddyforever dad blog: http://daddyforever.com/2012/03/21/myq/

  • Write about this giveaway on your blog or Facebook page with a working link to this page: http://daddyforever.com/2012/03/21/myq/ (include your blog post URL for verification)
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    — don’t forget to click on the confirmation link after you subscribe. Note: you still have to be subscribed when I announce the winner.

[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by LiftMaster, but they are not the administrators of the giveaway on my blog. I am not liable for the prize. I received a prize pack for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]

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383 thoughts on “Review and Giveaway: LiftMaster High Tech Garage Door Opener – it's geeky cool

  1. I like the “Internet Gateway” access. This would work great with my iPhone and laptop for me as I’m always forgetting to shut the door down once I’ve gone inside the house.

  2. Wow, this is quite the bundle! I’ve been intrigued by the internet-connected stuff, let’s just hope it’s not too hackable! That said, would love to win and give this a try.

  3. I really like that It uses a belt drive system so it’s really quiet. My husband works a midnight shift and both ours and our kids bedrooms is right above the garage. Every night when he goes to work, the garage opening and closing wakes us.
    Thanks so much.

  4. I love the ability to remotely monitor my garage door. This is wonderful for checking to make sure it’s closed and also to open instead of having to run downstairs to open it.

  5. Wow, hard to pick 1 thing to be a favorite about this garage door, but I love all the high tech features such as being able to monitor and control the garage door from an app from my smart phone! Very neat, very handy! Would love to have this!
    graywolfpack5@yahoo.com

  6. The monitor is awesome – we had kids break into our car last year after we accidentally left the garage door open overnight!

  7. I follow on Twitter cdziuba and tweeted using your button but I couldn’t see where the timestamp was so I copied the whole darn tweet! Carol Dziuba ? @cdziuba Reply Delete Favorite · Open
    Review and Giveaway: LiftMaster High Tech Garage Door Opener – it’s geeky cool @liftmaster | Daddy..

  8. I like the monitor tool because I leave the door open enough that I always wonder if the door is closed. Also with the internet monitor I don’t have to wonder about the door when I’m not home.

  9. i love that you can turn your lights on or off lights from your computer…especially if you’re away from home

  10. i liked the post and your page.
    i do like the remote knowledge. while i could live w/o it, it would be nice to stay in bed rather than worrying about it and getting up

  11. I Clicked on the Facebook like button above the comments area and then on your Facebook page and answered your question.

  12. I like the wireless keyless entry. We only have one car and it would be useful if my husband was gone with the car & I needed to get in the garage.

  13. Click on the Facebook like button above the comments area and then on my Facebook page, answer this question: do you like the ability to remotely monitor your garage door?
    ————————————————
    lisa lo FB

  14. Click on the Facebook like button above the comments area and then on my Facebook page, answer this question: do you like the ability to remotely monitor your garage door?

    Done!

  15. I like that the Smart Garage Door Opener lets you electronically program security codes from the Smart Control Panel or the powerhead.

  16. I love the keyless entry. This would be great when going out for a walk and not having to take the keys along. Thanks for the giveaway!

    katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. I love the wireless key entry! This would be perfect for us because my son rides a motorcycle and it would be much easier for him to get it in and out of the garage.

  18. To enter the giveaway, answer this question: what do you like best about the LiftMaster garage door opener?

    I LIKE IT BETTER THAN OPENING BY HAND

  19. Click on the Facebook like button above the comments area and then on my Facebook page, answer this question: do you like the ability to remotely monitor your garage door?

    kelly nicholson

  20. The best thing is Internet access via my phone to turn on the lights and open /close the door. Would be great for deliveries.

  21. I would love to win the LiftMaster garage door opener because ours has not worked in years and I have been out of work for the past 6 months. My husband could use a new one. Liked on Facebook – Susan Jones Ladd and Twitter – corrysue1. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :)

  22. What I like most about the opener is its quiet operation and back up battery system. We have alot of power outages in the summer during thunder storms.

  23. I love the garage door monitor feature the most because it provides added peace of mind when I am having a forgetful moment!

  24. I like Garage Door Monitor because I often wonder if I forgot to shut the garage door.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. I never knew a garage remote signal could be stolen. That’s impressive! Love the temp pin for visitors. And, like most, I love the ability to shut the garage door via my phone. I’m always forgetting whether or not I left the garage door open!

  26. Left a msg on your FB page saying I love the ability to remotely monitor the garage door!
    danielle murray tallent

  27. lift master garage door accessories are the only ones i install here in jamaica, i love the 8550 elite series……..

  28. I like the Wireless Keyless Entry. My Father in-law has one of these and it is priceless

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  29. I liked the blog post, your FB and I posted on your wall answering your question :)

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashummz05(at)yahoo(dot)com

  30. I Clicked on the Facebook like button above the comments area and then on your Facebook page, answer this question: do you like the ability to remotely monitor your garage door?

  31. You can remotely check to see if your garage door is open or closed. This is something I’ve never heard of before. What a wonderful invention.

  32. I am always driving away from the house asking myself “did I close the garage door?”. With the LiftMaster, I’ll never have that fear again.

    All the other features certainly outclass our vintage 11 year old current garage door opener; especially the quality and reliability.

    We have a need for this and would be happy campers if you chose my entry.

  33. I really like that you can monitor and close your garage door with the internet gateway from your smartphone! I always have my phone with me so it makes it super conveniant.

  34. As I commented (at length) on your FB Wall – I like (LOVE) everything about this LiftMaster – the My Q Technology, Internet (connection) Gateway, Remote ControlS, Smart Control Panel (!) and above all that it can and will do – regardless of the specific entry mode)- it will OPEN our garage door – which is something I cannot do on my own (I think probably weighs even more than the car does…!)

    (and to sign on with YOUR apt summation – as my 12 years old god-daughter would say – It’s “WAY COOL!”) Thanks!

  35. this is picture perfect for the woods houshold we have wooden doors and the garage opener long has ceased. Thanks Sw

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