Today I’m looking at the new Smart Garage Camera from Liftmaster. We just got a few of these the other day and we started to play around with them. You can add the Smart Garage Camera to your existing Liftmaster myQ account. MyQ is the technology that allows you to operate your garage door with your smartphone through your home’s WIFI and other Smart Home Apps. The camera is magnetic so you can stick it to the bottom of an opener or anywhere else a magnet will stick as well as this bottom part will pop off and you can use two anchored screws to attach it anywhere else that you would like. So let’s start playing with it and see how it works.
Setting up the camera is pretty simple. You do have a plug that does have to be plugged in. So wherever you put the camera it is going to have to be within the vicinity of an outlet. It’s just a mini USB cord, so you have some options when plugging it in. If you already have USB outlets in the area where you’re planning on putting it, or you can plug it into a regular 110 outlet.
Next, let’s see how to program it up. Plug it in and it’s going to start lighting up the blue blinking light means it is now ready to pair. In the app you’re going to go to the bottom right, and tap the little plus sign. There’s only one camera option right now, so it makes it pretty easy. Just check that you had everything ready, your Wi-Fi password, that your Bluetooth is enabled and you’re ready. Tap next and let the MyQ app go to work. Next, you’re going to set your Wi-Fi router and enter your Wi-Fi password. It can take a few minutes for everything to pair up. Now give your camera a name and select a location where you plan on placing the camera. The green light means you are all set up and ready to go. The camera allows you to listen and talk back through the app as well as capture snapshots to your photos.
You get 30 days free of the video monitoring similar to your ring doorbell, then it is either $3 or $10 a month depending on how long you want to store your video clips. Currently, Liftmaster is offering 50% off the top plan with the code “50VIDEO” when you sign up for a full year.
So there you have it. A little intro into the new Liftmaster Smart Garage Camera. I’m actually going to put mine near our front door because I do have a ring doorbell right next to the garage door currently. Liftmaster told us it’s not rated for outdoor use. They are coming out with a model that can be put outdoors. This will be under an overhang so it is a little protected. We’ll see how it does. Watch the video for the full setup.