Good remote features
Poor Alexa integration
Automations can be unreliable
About the Wyze Garage Door Controller
- Colors: White
- Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n @2.4GHz
- Power source: 5V DC, 2A
- Weather resistance: Indoor-use only
- Smart assistant support: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant coming soon
- Operational temperatures: -4°F to 122°F
- Warranty: One-year warranty
The Wyze garage smart add-on system includes the Wyze Cam v3 and smart controller. It also comes with a micro USB cable splitter, power adapter, and power cord. There are accessories to help hang the system, including an adhesive mounting sticker and cable clips. (I’d caution patience on that last step, by the way. You get one shot at placing the camera, and rushing the job can make for some rather hideous cable placement.) A quick start guide and large QR code that sticks to your garage door are also included.
Make sure to ensure your current garage door opener is compatible with the Wyze Smart Garage Door Controller. If it doesn’t quite match up (mine didn’t) the next test is shorting the opener’s wall button terminals with a pair of needle nose pliers. If the door opens (mine did), then you’re good to go. Wyze supports a variety of garage door opener models.
The setup process requires some basic wiring know-how to connect the Wyze controller to the same terminals as your standard wall-based opener. From there, I connected the controller and the Wyze Cam v3 to power and completed the setup in the Wyze app, available for iOS and Android.
What we like
There are an assortment of remote features to secure your garage door from anywhere
With the Wyze Smart Garage Door Controller, you can open/close the door remotely, drop into the Wyze Cam feed at any time for a view of your garage, get notifications if the door has been left open for a specified amount of time, and get access to a detailed database of all the times your door was opened, left opened, or closed.
There’s also scheduling and automation functionality, allowing you to set a specific time for the door to close every night or tap into your location to automatically close the garage door when you leave home.
If that’s where the perks stopped, most folks would be satisfied. Wyze, though, sweetens the deal with things like color night viewing (a somewhat rare feature for outdoor security cameras), motion and sound detection, and smoke and carbon monoxide alerts.
It doubles as a security camera for your garage
The Wyze v3 Cam, which plugs into a standard electrical outlet, shows a live view of your garage at all times in the Wyze app (right above where you can press the button to open or close the door). The 1080p view is clear and easy to see, and the camera is also equipped with color night vision. The camera offers local microSD storage, allowing for non-stop recording, and alerts you when motion is detected. It's also equipped with a siren (a soft one, but still) in an effort to help deter unwanted visitors.
The camera works by scanning a QR code sticker (included with the controller) that you place on the interior middle of your garage door. Many garage door openers rely on battery-operated sensors to alert the system when the door is opened or closed. With a sticker, you don't have to worry about replacing any batteries. The downside is that nothing can block the QR sticker (which could be a problem for large vehicles parked in single-car garages).
It’s incredibly convenient on a daily basis
Because of a misplaced remote early on in our home ownership, we’re a one-controller household over at the Woodard residence. And, as you may be able to infer, it doesn’t belong to me. When my partner leaves for work in the morning, I lose the ability to open or close the garage door remotely. A first-world problem to be sure, but an annoying one nonetheless.
I’ve used the Wyze controller every single day for over a week, and it’s been a nice solution to my remote control woes. Since the garage can be controlled from the Wyze app, available for iOS and Android devices, I no longer have to go through the cumbersome process of securing a separate garage door opener to take with me (or having to go back inside to open/close the garage when I need access).
In a more random use case, there have been time(s) in the past where I’ve left my key with a friend during a vacation, returned home without remembering to pick up the key, and have no way to enter my own house. As luck would have it, I recently found myself in an identical situation. Rather than shimmy my way through an unlocked bedroom window, all I had to do was pop the garage door open and head inside.
What we don’t like
The Alexa compatibility doesn’t work
Wyze has touted its controller’s compatibility with Amazon’s smart assistant, Alexa, and the Amazon Echo ecosystem. In order to control the garage door with Alexa, a self-created four-digit voice code is required as a preemptive security measure (similar to how you might arm/disarm a DIY smart security system, like the Ring Alarm Pro, when using a voice assistant like Alexa).
The problem here is that despite the Alexa app recognizing the Wyze controller as a compatible app, neither the Alexa nor the Wyze app include a field to establish this voice code. When you ask Alexa to open your door, she prompts you to head to the app to set up the code, which isn’t right. Whether it’s a bug or incomplete infrastructure, I could not use Alexa voice control to operate the garage door controller.
At the time of publication, the garage door controller lacks compatibility with Google Assistant and Siri. Wyze says Google Home compatibility is coming soon but the verdict is out on when exactly that might be.
The home automation features are inconsistent
Shortly after installation, I tapped into the “Rules” tab of the Wyze app to set up certain automations. For example, I can set the controller to enact a certain action when I “enter” or “exit” a determined location, with such available actions as uploading a short video to the cloud, turning on or off motion detection, or closing the garage door, to name a few.
I built a rule that directs the controller to close the garage door after I’m at least 500-feet away from my house, but the feature didn’t always work as intended. A push alert is sent via the Wyze app if the garage door is left open after a certain period of time, which is helpful, but consistency amongst home automation features would be even better. It’s a small flaw in an otherwise reliable smart garage door opener.
Wyze claims to use symmetric and asymmetric encryption to protect user information. The Wyze app also offers two-factor authentication through either text message or the authenticator app to help keep your smart home safe and secure.
Should you buy the Wyze Garage Door Controller?
Maybe, if you don’t mind the lack of certain smart features and functionality
At the time of publication, Wyze’s garage door controller’s automation features can be buggy, doesn’t work with Alexa despite saying it does, and lacks integration with both Google Home and Apple HomeKit. If any of these reasons are a turn off, look elsewhere.
Currently leading our list of best smart garage door openers is the Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub, and it is significantly cheaper at around $25. However, for the additional $20 or so for the Wyze package, a Wyze Cam v3 gets tossed into the mix, giving you eyes, ears and peace of mind with your garage that you likely won’t achieve with the MyQ. The rest of the list, by the way, features devices that are far more expensive than the Wyze controller, offering mostly middling returns in exchange for the price hike.
If you’re willing to look past a couple of flawed features, though, the Wyze Garage Door Controller may be worth adding to your DIY home security setup.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
Meet the tester
Nick Woodard is a tech journalist specializing in all things related to home theater and A/V. His background includes a solid foundation as a sports writer for multiple daily newspapers, and he enjoys hiking and mountain biking in his spare time.
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