The Tailwind iQ3 Smart Automatic Garage Controller is the most responsive and reliable smart garage-door opener controller we tested. The iQ3 also makes arriving home to an open door easy, thanks to precise geolocation technology that uses Bluetooth and GPS (it can automatically shut your door when you leave, too). There’s also the option of voice control with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple’s Siri through Shortcuts (full HomeKit support is coming this year). And the iQ3, unlike other proprietary controllers, works with any brand of garage-door opener, courtesy of a free adapter.
Of all the controllers we tested, the Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub and Controller was the easiest and quickest to install, and it’s also among the simplest to configure and use. There’s an option to integrate with a LiftMaster Smart Garage Camera, which can provide extra peace of mind, and the MyQ is compatible with all leading garage-door openers made after 1993. It works with a number of smart platforms, but not with Amazon Alexa. If you want to use HomeKit, you’ll have to buy a $70 MyQ Home Bridge (though even then the MyQ doesn’t offer the useful automatic open-and-close feature of the Tailwind iQ3).
The iSmartGate Pro offers more features than the competition, including direct camera integration, geofencing, free HomeKit compatibility, and local control. But those come at a relatively steep price.
The iSmartGate Pro is controlled…