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Nexx Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller NXG-200 review: Sophisticated, but very expensive

The Nexx Sensible Wi-Fi Storage Door Controller NXG-200 is a classy management improve in your storage door opener, but it surely’s additionally a really costly one.

Earlier than you contemplate shopping for one, pay a go to to the corporate’s web site and use its on-line compatibility software to make sure your storage door controller is appropriate (you’ll want the identify of the producer and the precise mannequin quantity). Whether it is, the software will present particular directions on tips on how to wire the NXG-200 to your opener.

I’ve three LiftMaster openers in my residence, however every is a distinct mannequin, and just one was appropriate with the NXG-200 proper out of the field. To wire up the opposite two, I used to be knowledgeable (through a roughly offered webpage with numerous overlapping textual content) that I’d want an further $25 adapter to make the system work. So for this evaluate, I put in the system on the opener that didn’t want the adapter.

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Nexx’s compatibility software is a bit wonky, however finally helpful.

The NXG-200 is a small system—it’s a bit bigger than an Altoids tin—that plugs into the second energy outlet adjoining to your storage door opener. (Hope you could have one.) As nicely, a pair of naked wires have to be related on to your storage door opener. You’ll observe the web-based directions you acquired in the course of the compatibility check to find out precisely how to do that. The opposite foremost part of the NXG-200 is the door sensor, a wi-fi system concerning the dimension of a Zippo lighter that attaches to the storage door through tape and Velcro. The sensor communicates with the controller to inform it whether or not the door is closed (when the sensor is vertical) or open (horizontal).

Other than having to climb an 8-foot ladder and stretch to achieve the highest of our vaulted storage ceiling with a view to plug within the NXG-200, I had little hassle with the {hardware} set up, which solely required connecting the wiring results in two screw terminals on the again of my opener. (Many more recent openers have spring-loaded terminals that allow you to join sans screwdriver.) I shortly came upon that there was nowhere to place the controller on high of the opener due to the uncovered chain there, so I left the controller dangling to at least one facet of the opener. For a safer placement, Nexx consists of some double-sided tape within the package.

nexx NXG-200 installed on liftmaster door opener Christopher Null / IDG

The Nexx NXG-200 have to be connected to your storage door opener through wires, and area might be tight relying on ceiling.

I did run right into a hiccup in making an attempt to pair the wi-fi sensor with the Nexx controller, and shortly deduced that both the sensor was defective or its battery was useless. As 23A 12V alkaline batteries are hardly commonplace, I waited a number of days for Nexx to ship a alternative controller. Whereas pairing took some trial and error, it will definitely accomplished efficiently.

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As soon as the Nexx NXG-200 is put in, you may open or shut the door from wherever with a easy faucet.

Past that, setup takes place through your cellphone. A prolonged firmware replace was required in my testing, adopted by the standard pairing operation to connect with my Wi-Fi community. Once more, after a number of suits and begins, Nexx lastly related and commenced to work with out criticism: Finally, I may open and shut my storage door through my cellphone.

This, in fact, is the primary draw of the sensible storage door opener: letting you (or, say, a toddler who’s forgotten their key) get out and in of the home with out the traditional, visor-clipped wi-fi controller. Since you may open the storage door from wherever, it’s additionally a useful choice for instances when a supply arrives and also you’re not residence, or when a home visitor beats you to the home and also you wish to allow them to inside. It’s value noting, nonetheless, that Nexx isn’t presently taking part within the Amazon Key in-garage supply program.

Past on-demand opening and shutting of the door, Nexx has a number of different goodies constructed into the app. The app might be set to ship a push notification each time the door is opened or closed (by any means, not simply via the app), and an in depth historical past retains a log of all exercise. I discovered this extra dependable than Notion’s storage door sensors, which regularly go offline with out warning. By default, a reminder system will ship one other push notification each 15 minutes that the door is left open, though there’s no method to have the door robotically shut after a set period of time if it’s been inadvertently left ajar.

Arguably much less useful are a scheduling and timer system, so you may have your door open and shut at set instances or, for instance, after 30 minutes have handed. (Notice that it’s not 30 minutes after the door was final opened, it’s 30 minutes from the time you manually begin the countdown.) If the door is connected to a industrial storage that has set working hours, this may discover extra use, however I haven’t discovered any use for both characteristic in a house setting. If you wish to open and shut the door through voice, the system additionally hooks into Alexa and Google Assistant. IFTTT can also be supported, but it surely solely helps open and shut actions for triggers.

The NXG-200 is a reasonably nice product, however at $100—plus a possible further $25 in case you want the adapter—the NXG-200 may be very a lot on the expensive facet, significantly when put next with the $30 Chamberlain myQ and numerous generic retrofit kits that run half its value. Contemplating you should buy a wholly new storage door opener with Wi-Fi inbuilt for lower than $200, the NXG-200 is sort of a tough promote at its present price ticket.

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