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Trying to make my old school garage door openers "smart" has left me with a multi-year-long nightmare of different solutions that never all worked properly. Today, we fix it for good with the help of HomeAssistant and Pulseway.
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ouimetnick 19 hours ago
You can do a lot of this in HomeKit on iOS.
Nicholas Graziano
I also have MyQ setup and had the same issues. HomeBridge is your friend. I setup a HomeBridge server on a RaspberryPi Zero W, integrated MyQ, TP Link smart outlets, Xbox, Amazon Echo, etc., and now they work with Siri Voice commands. Dream come true! Closes AND opens the garage door. Hook up a homepod, apple TV, or as I did, an iPad at home, and you can use these commands remotely, instead of having to be on the Wi-Fi. I can now send the command when I enter the neighborhood instead of having to connect to Wi-Fi in the driveway first.
Thomas Trask
Thomas Trask 2 days ago
Can you do a video going deeper into home assistant?
John A. Doe
John A. Doe 4 days ago
Does somebody knows what kind of internet connection he hat at home?
Werra 5 days ago
Amazing video! I've been using Home Assistant for over a year now. but the thing you said about Home Assistant Cloud is false. They don't host it for you. You still host it yourself, HA Cloud only makes a secure connection from your local instance to the internet (so to google assistant). You can choose with devices to "expose" to google and if your internet goes down you can still control everything locally.
Bryan Salcedo
Bryan Salcedo 5 days ago
Is Home Assistant Cloud Nabu Casa?
John Anhalt
John Anhalt 5 days ago
Now I understand how crazy I sound trying to do this same thing 🤣
liminos 5 days ago
Why not simply use OpenHab?
Dillon Michael
Dillon Michael 5 days ago
I have zero problems with my button on my sun visor
Alex Mejia
Alex Mejia 5 days ago
ALL of this just to avoid a $1 a month fee😭
Matthew Day
Matthew Day 6 days ago
6:55 - is that Linus, "The Cryptominer Hater", holding a pcie riser!??!?! GASP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Conor Murphy
Conor Murphy 7 days ago
I’d just log in each time tbh
donefe 8 days ago
Bert Visscher
Bert Visscher 8 days ago
If you're constantly logged out because your IP address changes, then why not fix the IP address?
SeniorCharry 8 days ago
This dude spent multiple of my paychecks to opens and close a garage door. I’m envious haha
Frivy 8 days ago
Thumbnail:Think Linus think
Ivan. 8 days ago
These companies are so stupid dumb...
Oliver Wilde
Oliver Wilde 9 days ago
Pay the subscription
Ados 9 days ago
Great video guys but you really need a disclaimer for UNRAID. I have been using Home Assistant on UNRAID for ages, if you use the Core edition you greatly limit your expandability in future. That's because HA Core is the bottom level for features, then HA Supervisor and finally HA OS. HA Core - docker ready but missing features including the big one, store add-ons. HS Supervisor - for systems with an OS i.e. Linux, Pi and contains all the features HA OS - for those wanting a VM with an OS only for HA to reduce overhead (basically HS Supervisor + minimal OS) If you want to take your automation to the next level with MQTT and other protocols you need add-ons which cannot be installed on HA Core. While you can transfer 70% of your configuration its not a 1:1 so if you thinking of going down the HA yellow brick road, advised to avoid core. Please get this to the top please to help others :)
EdgyShooter 10 days ago
With how often my Google assistant randomly wakes up and hears stuff my doors would be opening and closing every five minutes 😅
GiG DaDDy 10 days ago
Can I get 16:56 of my life back?
Chad Henwick
Chad Henwick 11 days ago
Literally just solved the issue with a bit of a better solution. Would have done this video differently
William Mills
William Mills 11 days ago
Talk about apple home for the win
Hangman official
Hangman official 12 days ago
Shoulda asked Michael Reeves for help.
FLIPxBEAR 12 days ago
If someone breaks into your car to steal your garage door opener and knows where you live. You got bigger problems. If you are that paranoid. Hide the fob in the engine bay. Take it out of there before you start your car. Lol
Idk Anymore
Idk Anymore 12 days ago
You could also, (and I know this may be asking a bit much), just turn off your auto wifi connection and disconnect before getting into your car. And double check you haven’t reenabled auto connect before coming home. No IP change if you hold cell signal at all times
Sean Yem
Sean Yem 13 days ago
"Ooooh The ZigBee!"
Titus Overmyer
Titus Overmyer 13 days ago
Sadly, almost everything is trying to go the subscription route. You can't just own anything anymore....
James Last
James Last 13 days ago
KISS>>>>"Keep it simple, stupid."
TheMrTape 13 days ago
6:40 Could fix that by adding a 1-10kohm resistor from the green wire to negative, or to positive in the rare case it's a PNP transistor. Wont break it to find out by trial and error.
Tech Yeet
Tech Yeet 13 days ago
Try using one of those button pressers with Bluetooth so you can just press a button on a remote.
Robert Coffey
Robert Coffey 14 days ago
A warning for people who are interested in a career in IT: the title of this video is very apt. Nothing EVER works. Or if it does, don't expect it to do so consistently. Also, if something in the software is broken, it's either Java or DNS. Or Certificates that expired. Fucking Java.
ron baer
ron baer 15 days ago
ifttt screwed everything by make it a pay to use
bobyboy 15 days ago
You know I bought the separate My Q hub and transmitter and set it up in my garage to work with my 80’s era garage door so I could open it with Alexa over a year ago.... only problem I ever had was when I forgot to change the credentials when I swapped routers but a hard reset and 15 mins to set it back up worked great. With that being said I’ve been considering the home assistant docker for my unraid system but have heard it’s a nightmare to get up and running. Would you say it is any easier or harder than setting up unraid itself or other dockers such as plex and makMKV?
Glory Hold
Glory Hold 16 days ago
They have door openers that are credit card sized for ur ridge wallet also ones that attach to your key ring your creating a non existing issue to solve for the sake of coolness
Jay Mosshart
Jay Mosshart 18 days ago
That does not look like a Linus solder job.
EchoConstellation 18 days ago
Get the MyQ, then block it from WAN access. Then use HomeKit natively or HomeAssistant to trigger it when out of the house. That solution is free, and avoids any “updates” from Chamberlain. Siri or the Home app happily handle my garage door without the garage door having any WAN access. HomeKit is free, an AppleTV or iPad handles the hub task, and securely provides external access.
Curtis B
Curtis B 18 days ago
@9:50 - was typing that you need to look at Home Assistant but then..
Peeple Eeter
Peeple Eeter 19 days ago
Wouldn't a casing with copper shielding block the frequency that was activating the garage door randomly? I know this works with guitars and distortion feedback, but idk about much else. I play guitar fast, I'm no scientist. Lol
Clifford W Crawford
Raspberry Pi much?
Clifford W Crawford
What has home automation become? We never had this kind of headaches in the early 2000s.
CL1909 19 days ago
I bought two Meross garage door openers with google assitant and HomeKit comparability. So far no problems and has worked very well!
Hey Jamie
Hey Jamie 19 days ago
I can’t even express how infuriated I am when something doesn’t just WORK. Or when something simple is entirely maddening. Like FCKING HOSES!!!
Skywind 20 days ago
Hmmm. Linus doesn't want to pay subscription fees, but is sponsored by a subscription model service..... granted pulseway's pricing model makes sense given what they are providing, just kinda funny
Mazen 20 days ago
my dad just has a code paper or something on his front glass and the sensor opens the door whenever it sees the correct code
Crimson Fhang
Crimson Fhang 20 days ago
you dont like the wireless buttons in your car because they are a security risk? and your using home brew wireless home automation with a server. give a hacker 5 minutes at most and they're in. Nothing wireless is secure, being a tech guru you should already know this.
Ivan Fazekas
Ivan Fazekas 20 days ago
Almost sounds like Scotty Kilmer. (Lovem both)
CowPat101 _
CowPat101 _ 20 days ago
The next video should’ve been I moved house.
Digital Insan1ty
Digital Insan1ty 20 days ago
ye going IFTTT was the bad real bad here. I decided long ago it's no good using something proprietary for the main controlling hub and something self hosted like homeassistant or openhab is the solution
gadjetsvideo 21 day ago
It looks like your EMC problem was happening because you put your external relay contacts across the switch that triggered the base of a transistor (or the gate of a FET) , maybe they left off the pull up resistor from the circuit which made the transistor very sensitive to induced currents from electrical noise. Check for the pull-up and if there isn't one then try adding a 4K7 from the green wire to the circuit supply voltage, this will then "de-sensitise" the transistor. You could also try winding your purple and green wires together to form a twisted pair which will help to cancel out any common mode induced interference.
TapesNstuffS 21 day ago
Radio remote master race. No software glitchy crap. People can steal your phone too and get much more info about you than a random remote that nobody knows which garage you own.
Arun Kanjoor
Arun Kanjoor 21 day ago
in india we dont have a garage so im really sorry but i think you are getting angry over a very first world problem lol XD
Kuroji 21 day ago
But they moved right?
Mummified Tony
Mummified Tony 21 day ago
Can this voice command work when you tap the voice button on Android Auto?
tobsam 21 day ago
Ummm... So, I use IFTTT to forward Alexa commands to a Raspberry Pi, which then controls a bunch of stuff in my room. But I am also limited by the 3 recipes without the subscription. Well... It turns out, that you can just use multiple accounts and connect them to the same amazon account - so my Alexa can run as many IFTTT triggers as it wants to. I just have to create a new account for every 3 triggers.
Mendo D's Oregon Back Roads
What about just using the garage door buttons built into the mirror? That seems a lot easier than asking Google to do it.
navry01 21 day ago
HAHA! Now the classic about printers! :D
ps 22 days ago
LMAO, Here Linus from Brittanica - Diminishing returns, also called law of diminishing returns or principle of diminishing marginal productivity, economic law stating that if one input in the production of a commodity is increased while all other inputs are held fixed, a point will eventually be reached at which additions of the input yield progressively smaller, or diminishing, increases in output. Just get the car remotes for that specific GDO if their app bites...
Sillyhatday 22 days ago
Imagine having to pay a monthly subscription to control your garage door.... "You didn't pay this month, so you can't get your car out of your garage"
Steve DOES
Steve DOES 22 days ago
Home Assistant! Hooome Assistant! -Paul Hibbert
ZaBiMaRuSz 22 days ago
i loved this video, is the most 1rst world problem i ever seen, thanks guys
David Herrera
David Herrera 22 days ago
It feels like $1/mo is more valuable than all the struggles in hindsight
Titus Overmyer
Titus Overmyer 13 days ago
He went that route and it didn't offer all the functionality
osito021 22 days ago
My system is by far better and superior than yours. When I come home and park on my driveway, I get out of my vehicle and physically open the garage door, park my vehicle inside and then physically close the garage door myself at the end of the day. Far less complicated, more secured and above all, effective. Problem solved.
Paul humphreys
Paul humphreys 22 days ago
i bet all the messing about has cost you more than $1 a month (muppet)
Kourosh Tavangar
Kourosh Tavangar 22 days ago
Wow your hair is so clean today 😅😂love it 🤩
Jack Sommers
Jack Sommers 22 days ago
the lift master ones actually are serial busses and they sell an adapter to use normal contacts
StapleCactus 23 days ago
I'm assuming the fob in car idea is bad because someone could break into the car and steal it? Is that what you're worried about? Doesn't seem like an issue if you don't get your car broken into. Of course, I have old cars no one cares about and I'm not well known enough for people to spot me from my car and target me.
Andrei Palcu
Andrei Palcu 23 days ago
This video: Nothing EVER works!!!1!!1!!11!!111!!!!! Next video: Download a better GPU!!!11! | This method REALLY WORKS!!!11!!!111!!!!1!!!
Venu2HD 23 days ago
never gettin tired of that intro
Tafellappen 23 days ago
Imagine just hiding the fob in your car. I hide it so good even i cant find it when i get home
DeanRendar84 24 days ago
the mech tech (relays) always gets preferred over the pcb tech, even though its primitive and doesn't look much, those in the know taught me that. consistent reliability wins over people
352GNV 24 days ago
I don't know how your wife puts up with your stubbornness
MetallicBlade 24 days ago
K.I.S.S., Linus. I bet you, the old one still worked better (Until it died) than this modern crap. Good way to open up extra network vulnerabilities. Not very _smart_ now, huh?
Mohammed Armaan
Mohammed Armaan 24 days ago
A fucking server to open a garage door
cybernessful 24 days ago
I don't get it. Why is a fob less secure than what you install on your iPhone?
Benji Daniel
Benji Daniel 24 days ago
Funny how people will spend many hours of their own time to avoid paying a small subscription fee. Like is your own time worthless?
MetroDubsCo 25 days ago
you see the security issue with a door fob in the car.. but not one where anyone can ask google to "OPEN GARAGE DOOR"?
Erez Engler
Erez Engler 25 days ago
Chamberlain just fixed the ip address problem a few days ago.
Daniel's Game Vault
Yeah....no thanks. Just keep your fob :)) The cost+time of all that probably outweighs the results.....
missed opportunity to just call the home assistant Jarvis...
SillySnowFox 25 days ago
Can Home Assistant be used with a local DNS entry? Or does it need to be a public address?
I_love_rec_room 25 days ago
I honestly can't believe you're raging over 1$ a month like Geez
Mihai Craciun
Mihai Craciun 25 days ago
11:47 money laundering definition, lol
Tom Cruz
Tom Cruz 25 days ago
Andres Cabezas
Andres Cabezas 25 days ago
.. Now you add a nodered instance tazmota for your sonoff stuff and the stars are your limits.. Btw you can use the direct app if google assistant stops.
Eryk Sokolowski
Eryk Sokolowski 25 days ago
@linus have you ever heard of a switch BOT
ChevySpeed724 25 days ago
Or maybe...just MAYBE...don't leave the opener remote in your car and take it in with you just like you do your car keys. Good lord, this cat loves making his life more complicated than it needs to be. At least he can make some money out of it with a video though lol
PotatoesTakeL's 26 days ago
Watching this is just like watching a grown baby cry about how his mom kicked them out
waddup 26 days ago
This is better than most comedy movies from 2019-2021
Jankubist Jk
Jankubist Jk 26 days ago
Use a raspberry pi that connects to google and a servo motor which presses the button on the switch
Justin Francis
Justin Francis 26 days ago
What's worse than a non functioning garage door? Using Roundup, for anything... I see it there on your shelf.
Franklin Oliver
Franklin Oliver 26 days ago
I love how Linus admits he was too lazy to install an opener himself so he called a company and they only offered the one, and when that one particular installer turned out to have wireless switches, instead of saying "okay i will buy a new one and just do what i was going to do before", he just adds as much extra shit pretty much as possible until eventually things are working as he imagined in his head. LOL
Sjon Huisman
Sjon Huisman 26 days ago
At 6:53 you can actually see the frustration (exhaustion) in his eyes.
Car Parking Multiplayer
Why don’t you make an opener with a Raspberri Pi?
David Mooney
David Mooney 27 days ago
I just bought a used 2002 lexus and it synched right up with my 80s garage door. Proves that nothing is better than a cheap old toyota.
Knight 27 days ago
I would have just stuck on a switchbot. Or soldered those relay cables to a hacked up wireless door opener.
Cossak Rose
Cossak Rose 27 days ago
Jeez... It's almost like these unnecessary janky internet-of-things home crap... are unnecessary and janky! Maybe having EVERYTHING connected to your phone/internet is more trouble than it's worth!
Henry Ledbetter
Henry Ledbetter 27 days ago
How many nmap scans has that domain gotten in the last two weeks lol... I know at least one person definitely did
William Randol
William Randol 27 days ago
Having this same setup myself... there is still one gotcha too look out for... if you have the garage door open, and close it from the app... if something triggers the safety trigger like say a stray cat running out of the garage, you cannot close the door until you get back to the house and press the switch.
Mako 27 days ago
Always makes me feel happy when I see he's still daily driving the same phone as me.
Gaming on STARLINK!!
It's time to break up.