Garage Door Opener, Tailwind

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Have seen a few posts related to Homelink, MyQ, garage door openers. Wanted to mention Tailwind as an option. I added a MyQ sensor to my garage 3-4 years ago, then replaced with a Tailwind (gotailwind.com) sensor ~a year ago. MyQ was ok, but not as reliable as I'd like using my iphone to open the door, and I wasn't able to automate opening and closing (may be a way to pay more/more hardware to do this). I find Tailwind to be much more reliable and helpful. More trouble to install, wires directly to your opener, the drive itself, but its pretty straight forward. If you use an iPhone, you put a small disc shaped sensor in your car that links to your phone via bluetooth. From what i understand, android phones don't require the sensor.

But after that it works as you'd want and expect. No problems with the bluetooth connections, WiFi, etc. Tailwind opens the door automatically when I return to my garage, and closes the garage door after I leave home (though you need to be a ~250 - 500 feet away for these to trigger). We don't even think about doing those steps any more. Have a sensor in each of our cars, that tie to both my phone and my wife's (iphones). Works when I drive my wifes car or vice versa, etc. Works with Alexa, though we rarely use that. Dont' get any unwanted opens or closes. Sends reminders when the door is left open. Customer service is good, and they have instructions for hooking to many brands.

One controller with one vehicle sensor is $70, and an extra sensor is $20, looks like a sale price. Good summary/recommendation on the wirecutter website. Does anyone else here have this? Surprised it hasn't been mentioned before.
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Have seen a few posts related to Homelink, MyQ, garage door openers. Wanted to mention Tailwind as an option. I added a MyQ sensor to my garage 3-4 years ago, then replaced with a Tailwind (gotailwind.com) sensor ~a year ago. MyQ was ok, but not as reliable as I'd like using my iphone to open the door, and I wasn't able to automate opening and closing (may be a way to pay more/more hardware to do this). I find Tailwind to be much more reliable and helpful. More trouble to install, wires directly to your opener, the drive itself, but its pretty straight forward. If you use an iPhone, you put a small disc shaped sensor in your car that links to your phone via bluetooth. From what i understand, android phones don't require the sensor.

But after that it works as you'd want and expect. No problems with the bluetooth connections, WiFi, etc. Tailwind opens the door automatically when I return to my garage, and closes the garage door after I leave home (though you need to be a ~250 - 500 feet away for these to trigger). We don't even think about doing those steps any more. Have a sensor in each of our cars, that tie to both my phone and my wife's (iphones). Works when I drive my wifes car or vice versa, etc. Works with Alexa, though we rarely use that. Dont' get any unwanted opens or closes. Sends reminders when the door is left open. Customer service is good, and they have instructions for hooking to many brands.

One controller with one vehicle sensor is $70, and an extra sensor is $20, looks like a sale price. Good summary/recommendation on the wirecutter website. Does anyone else here have this? Surprised it hasn't been mentioned before.
Sounds almost ideal. I take I there's no way to adjust the distance from the garage? While I have a pretty long driveway, I like to look over my shoulder to ensure the garage door actually closes. Periodically, my Tesla gets out of sync and I've driven off unknowingly leaving my garage wide open.
 
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I don't have one but have researched extensively and have several friends that have them. Just haven't pulled the trigger on purchasing yet. One other thing I liked about TW vs. the competition, one of their hubs or whatever they call them can support up to 3 doors vs. much of the competition requires a hub per door or only supports 2 doors. And I have a 3 door garage.

Sounds almost ideal. I take I there's no way to adjust the distance from the garage? While I have a pretty long driveway, I like to look over my shoulder to ensure the garage door actually closes. Periodically, my Tesla gets out of sync and I've driven off unknowingly leaving my garage wide open.
There are limits on it because of the GPS driven geofencing technology. It's only consistently so accurate across a number of different scenarios.
 
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Sounds almost ideal. I take I there's no way to adjust the distance from the garage? While I have a pretty long driveway, I like to look over my shoulder to ensure the garage door actually closes. Periodically, my Tesla gets out of sync and I've driven off unknowingly leaving my garage wide open.
You can adjust some, longer, but not closer. I do get a notification when the door closes on my phone and watch. I get the notification at the same point every time so now that I’m used to seeing it every time I think I would miss it. But I understand not quite the same as watching it close.
 

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That does look interesting, even without the Rivian. Might have to add one to replace the MyQ we currently have. I have been having issues with getting phantom opening messages during the night due to high winds shaking the door. I wonder if the Tailwind sensor setup would be better for that. It's not an issue when I'm home, but when I'm out of town I have to call a neighbor to make sure our door isn't open.
 
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I wonder if the Tailwind sensor setup would be better for that. It's not an issue when I'm home, but when I'm out of town I have to call a neighbor to make sure our door isn't open.
I expect so. The tailwind sensor looks like one of those two piece magnetic sensors used in alarm systems for windows and doors. Very different from the myQ sensor I had that was one piece stuck to the garage door.
But I’d have not expected winds to impact either.
 

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I expect so. The tailwind sensor looks like one of those two piece magnetic sensors used in alarm systems for windows and doors. Very different from the myQ sensor I had that was one piece stuck to the garage door.
But I’d have not expected winds to impact either.
I wouldn't have expected it either, and maybe it is just coincidence, but those are the only times I have had any phantom open or closing messages. The MyQ Google Home and Google Assistant is also not great, so that is another reason to make the switch for me.
 

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Got this to avoid buying the Tesla Homelink. Ours works like crap. I got tired of fixing it and went back to using the clicker. Ymmv.
 
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