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Chamberlain Shutting The Door On MyQ Garage API Access Reminds How Smart Home Tech Empowers Everyone

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Nov 8, 2023,02:07pm EST

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Opening one’s garage door with your phone is more than convenient—it’s accessibility too.

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Jennifer Pattison Tuohy reported for The Verge on Wednesday that Chamberlain, maker of the popular MyQ connected garage controllers, announced it would be shutting off “all unauthorized access” to the MyQ APIs. As Tuohy notes, this move breaks support for popular third-party software tools such as Homebridge and Home Assistant.

Chamberlain made the announcement in a blog post on its website.

As Tuohy also notes in her report, news of Chamberlain’s move comes a year after the company discontinued HomeKit support.

In an update this week, Chamberlain chief technology officer Dan Phillips said in part in a statement “only 0.2% of myQ users, previously accounted for more than half of the traffic to and from the [...]

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