- Jul 7, 2004
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- Tomball, TX
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I have a 1HP Craftsman belt drive with Wifi and battery backup as well. Can't remember if it's the same as Chamberlain or not. My phone beeps and lets me know if the garage was opened or closed or I can do it remotely myself. But yeah, if I'm away, it's nice being able to look at the phone and see if it's closed.When my old door opener died (a mid 80's Craftsman chain drive) a few years ago, I happened on a Chamberlan 1.5 hp belt drive opener on clearance at Home depot, and it included a battery backup and internet access.
I thought it was gimicky at first, but find it very nice to have now. Nothing worse than having to turn around to check if the door was left open. Or having to get up out of bed to double check it was closed. It is set to automatically close 10 minutes after opening, and set to close at 9 pm if it is open as well.
I have no need for a battery backup, I can open the garage door just fine, but my wife and kids can't.
Battery gives like 5-7 open/close cycles max. I tell my wife if power goes out, she can open the garage door once to get her car out, but can't park back inside till power comes back on.
It did cost a little more than $35 though ($125 more to be exact).
The dog likes the garage so he can watch the world go by and whizz in the yard while I'm at work, so he's tethered out there during the day with the door up about 24-26". The only thing the software lacks is the ability to do is remotely crack the door like I can with the manual opener. A user preset height would be excellent.