Craftsman's latest remote garage door opener can save you a U-turn or a call to a neighbor. The company has a new garage-door opener that lets you check on the door and raise or lower it from a smart phone or tablet.
The system was on display in January in a parking lot outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, where Craftsman had set up a demonstration garage during the International Consumer Electronics Show. The garage door and a couple of interior and exterior lights were all wired into a home-control system Craftsman calls AssureLink. Like other home-control systems, AssureLink transmits radio signals to communicate with compatible devices like porch lights and the garage-door opener.
What's different about AssureLink is it's hard-wired into a home router using an Ethernet cable. That makes it a little more complicated to install, unless you're building a new home, but it also adds a measure of security. No one will be opening your garage door by fiddling with your Wi-Fi network.
Users can log into a website to control the light and the garage door or download an app for Apple, Android or BlackBerry devices to do it on the run. The app tells you the current state of the garage door, whether it's open or closed and how long it has been that way. And, it could be handy for opening the door to let in a friend, family member or someone making a service call.
The AssureLink system is sold through Sears stores. Prices start at about $290.