Time to Consider Getting a New Garage Door Opener!

Smart technology is taking the home goods industry by storm, and garage doors are no exception to the rule. With the innovation in this new line of LiftMaster garage door openers by Chamberlain, you’ll have to see it to believe it.

With just the click of a button, you can control your garage door from your very own smartphone or tablet

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Is it really that simple? Sure is. With the LiftMaster 88503, you can open your garage door from anywhere, ranging from the front seat of your car to your office chair at work.

The LiftMaster 85503 comes with dozens of extra features and amenities. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Built-in camera
  • 2-way audio
  • Wi-Fi capabilities
  • Use of brand-specific app on smartphone or tablet

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The LiftMaster 85503 includes a built-in camera with:

  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Manual 360-degree rotation
  • Live-streaming 1080p HD video

What can a garage door camera do you for you?

Whether you’re looking for a sense of safety or you’re just curious about your surroundings, you can get a full-view picture of the goings-on in and around your garage door. You can see your kids coming home from school, your repairman entering the house to perform some maintenance, or anyone else entering or leaving your house through the garage door.

What you can see from your smartphone device when somebody activates your garage door opener as they get through your garage door.

Here’s an example of footage from a LiftMaster 85503 built-in camera.

This is all to say: With the LiftMaster 85503, you can see the live events occurring in and around your garage because of the built-in camera feature.

Customize guest access to your garage

No need to worry about keeping track of your house keys – easily let guests in with the MyQ smartphone or tablet app.

1. One-time access

The MyQ app makes it easy to allow a specific guest to access your garage door during a one-time visit. You can select and customize the date and time frame of the access such that the permission is rescinded after the one-time usage.

2. Full-time access

Full-time access can be granted in a variety of ways, which we can explain further below. Basically, you can give someone anything from one-time access to full-time access, and you can also customize any variation on access in between those two poles.

Here are the three basic ways to grant access to house guests, visitors, loved ones, and family:

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  1. Regular access during specific time windows, such as once a week, twice a week on certain days, or on weekends.
  2. Temporary access for a visitor who will arrive and depart your house within a specific, pre-determined time frame.
  3. Full-time access to a family member, neighbor, loved one or trusted visitor.

To see how simple it is to grant access, take a look at these six images:

How it looks on your smartphone: LiftMaster MyQ app first lets you choose your relationship with the user you add. Then you either choose if it's a temporary, recurrent or always access.

Here’s how the app looks on a smartphone. The LiftMaster MyQ app first asks you to select your relationship with your guest. Then, you can select whether you would like to grant “always,” “temporary,” or “recurring” access.

Selecting a recurring and temporary is pretty intuitive. You select a day or many days, then you select at what time each guest gets access and at what time this access ends.

To grant temporary or recurring access, just select the day or multiple days on which you plan to have your guests over and select the date upon which you would like this access to end. Multiple garage door openers can allow you to select the specific garage door to which you are giving your guests opening and shutting abilities.

Your guest will be sent a link to download the MyQ application on their smartphone or tablet, and through that app, they can receive your invitation to access the garage door and use the application to open it themselves.

You can even use the MyQ app to keep tabs on everyone who’s opening and closing your garage door, and if you want to keep careful track, you can turn on notification alerts every time someone accesses your door. This information is later stored in the event history function, so you can look back after the fact at who’s been in and around your door.

Guest users cannot access:

  • Event history
  • Camera feed
  • All configuration functions
  • Commercial operators or gate openers

Wondering how these applications might be used in your life? Here are three examples:

  • Imagine that your son has agreed to tutor your neighbor’s son in math every Tuesday. You can ensure that your neighbor’s son has once-a-week access to your garage door during the time frame of the tutoring session, which means your son can stay in his room right up until the tutoring starts!
  • You need some plumbing work done, but you’re supposed to be at work during the only time the plumber is available for an appointment. Never fear! With the MyQ app, you can either grant the plumber access to the door, or you can open it right from the comfort of your office; just ask the plumber to shoot you a text when they need the door opened.
  • Your spouse’s family is coming to visit for the weekend, and you want them to feel free to come and go as they please. Grant them access to your garage door for the entire weekend, and they’ll be fully able to live their independent lives on their own terms, never needing to bother you to be let into the house.

As you can see, the LiftMaster comes in handy quite often.

Mind blown yet? Just wait: There’s more!

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The LiftMaster comes with a built-in audio system!

Here are some of the audio capabilities of the LiftMaster 85503:

  • Real-time two-way communication
  • Adjustable volume
  • Microphone enabling/disabling feature

Believe it or not, the built-in camera also comes with a built-in audio system. This means that you can see a live feed of the people in and around your garage door and talk to them through the audio system in real-time!

As Rachel is entering your garage door, you get notified and you can say "Hi, Rachel." and give her instructions if she is your housekeeper or say you love her if she's your mom.

Imagine that your wife Rachel is just arriving home from work, and you’re waiting for her in the living room. Your phone buzzes alerting you that she’s just entering the garage, and you can chime in through the audio system:

"Hi, Rachel."

It’s almost too cool!

Make sure your home is as safe as possible

So now we’ve established that the LiftMaster 88503 is the top of the line when it comes to amenities and smart technology capacity. What’s more, though, is that The LiftMaster can keep you and your family safe by offering a wide array of security precautions and features. Here are a few of those key aspects:

  • Battery backup: If your home happens to lose power, your garage door can still be opened using the stored battery life provided by the LiftMaster.
  • Security against invaders: The garage door opener can send notification alerts when people are proximate to your door, so you can see, in real-time, if any unexpected guests have arrived and are near your home.
  • The SECURITY+ 2.0 feature creates new codes every time someone needs access to your garage, so no worries about potential intruders trying to use old codes to break into your home.
  • Alert-2-Close creates a noise and a flashing light every time the door is about to close, letting everyone in and around the garage door know to get out of the way in advance of the door shutting.
  • Safety Sensors, also known as photo-cell safety beams, detect whether there is anything under the garage door as it is about to close, and if there is something obstructing the door, the door will not close over the obstructing object.

    Two little girls playing close to a garage door while closing. The photo-cell safety beams are activated for more safety.
  • Motion-detection lighting uses motion-detecting sensors to turn on the lights when someone is in or around your garage.

What other features does the LiftMaster 85503 have?

We know that the LiftMaster 88503 can:

  1. Open your garage door from any location, no matter how far
  2. Allow visitors to access your garage door if you grant them access
  3. Provide audio and visual features when people are in and around your garage door

But there’s even more!

  1. Customize your alerts. You can control the number of notification alerts you receive and the types of notifications you receive. Whether you want a buzz every time someone gets near your door or you just want to know when someone’s opening the door, you can customize it to your exact specifications.
  2. Check the status of your garage door. If you think there’s a chance you might have left the door open when you left the house and you want to know for sure, you can consult the MyQ app to see whether or not the door is closed. If you left it open, you can close it from wherever you are through the app!
  3. Get in-garage deliveries when you order online. Afraid of a stranger stealing packages from outside your garage door? No need with the built-in camera feature!
  4. View past activity with either a 7‑day or 30-day video storage option, available via a monthly subscription.

    Alert Occured on your LiftMaster MyQ app: Garage door remains open 9:00 PM, Nov. 1

    Looking for a change with your garage door?

    Did you know that 9% of burglars enter homes through the garage door? The safety of your garage door is of maximal importance, and many garage doors, especially older ones, do not come with the kind of security that your family deserves and needs.

    Even if you want a garage without all of the features of the LiftMaster 88503:

    There is a wide array of door opener models, each one coming with a different set of features, allowing you to pick one that meets your exact needs, no more and no less.

    Still confused? Here’s an infographic that helps boiling down the complicated specifics into comprehensible terms.

    Need a helping hand with your garage door opening questions? Contact us today at 1-877-545-3667.

    At Atlas-Coles Door Systems, we live and breathe everything related to garage doors. We house a staff of true industry professionals who can answer any questions you might have and assist with any of your home renovation projects. We love helping people install new garage door openers and fixing up their oldworn-outut doors, and we’d love to help you with your next big project!

    Looking for a larger-scale renovation while you’re already putting in the work to replace or install your garage door opener? Here’s a list of our unique garage door styles, which can show you all of the cool things you can do with your garage door. Check out our Design Centre, an app that allows you to superimpose potential designs on a photo of your existing garage door.

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