I mentioned a couple months ago in the other thread that I purchased one of these OpenGarage devices from their online store . I haven’t seen anyone using one of these but wanted to say they work great! I spent the past few months experimenting with it as well as writing a Home Assistant component to support it.
Some features I like:
- Cost. I bought my first one for $50, and ended up building another for my second garage for around $10… These are ESP8266 based, so it’s pretty easy to do for a DIY enthusiast.
- Local. This operates on your local Wifi network, and doesn’t require a cloud server. Thus - you won’t have to worry about a vendor like Garadget shutting you off
- Distance Sensor. Open/Close status is determined by a distance sensor. In addition to door status, this also allows you to create a sensor in HA that can tell if your vehicle is in the garage or not.
Here is a pic of one I build (Nodemcu, 5v relay, HC-SR04 distance sensor).
Mounted in garage:
Here is the one you buy for $50 (much cleaner and prettier looking):
Finally, I wrote a new cover platform for OpenGarage, and this will be supported starting with 0.44 release of Home Assistant. It’s easy to setup, and you can create templates that will determine if your car is present when the door is closed.