Home and Garden August 24, 2020
The iSmart Lite Garage Kit comes with the iSmartgate Lite and the iSmartgate Cam, offering a convenient way to open the garage door and keep a close eye on your belongings.
The Lite is compatible with all garage door openers made after 1993 with the exception of Chamberlain, Liftmaster and Craftsman openers with Security+ 2.0 technology. With integrated voice control and universal home integration the iSmartgate works with Apple Homekit, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Echo and iFTTT, all of which integrate for free so no additional hardware is required. Simply ask Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa to open or close the garage door. You can also check in for the status of the garage at any time from your phone to ensure your home is secure even when you are away. You can create scenes or home automations with other devices and services through the GarageWiFi and Gates iFTTT channel, there is also the option of creating different user accounts (restrictions by time, door and location). The iSmartgate allows remote operation (open/close) of garage, automatic open and closing can be set up via GPS when you approach or leave home or set to certain times of the day (let’s just hope you aren’t caught in traffic).
Installation is a hit and miss process, there are instructions but they could be clearer, if you aren’t a tech whizz it can easily become frustrating, especially when it comes to linking up to IFTTT (you will need this to connect to Alexa). However, if you do have issues, you can contact their experienced support team who fixed the situation very quickly. Once installed there are occasional disconnections where the app cannot find the device which is frustrating. The IP camera which comes with this kit has a much easier installation process, simply scan the QR code with your phone and in put your Wi-Fi password, that we can do. This camera has a 720p HD resolution, in High Definition (1MP) from the iSmartgate Cam, it has night vision up to 8m, a wide angle 116˚ with two-way audio that allows you to speak to visitors and hear them from the iSmartgate Cam.
The motion and sound detection alerts send real time alerts if it captures movement in the garage and the wireless connection and vertical tilting head makes it easy to locate in the perfect spot. There are plenty of features to love in this kit but that hit and miss connection makes it hard to trust that the garage door will open. The camera performed well and the real time alerts provide peace of mind. RRP €179
- Smart home and voice assistant compatible
- Remote Access
- Real time alerts
- Camera easy to install
- Automatic open/close
- Time to close feature
- Wireless camera connection
- Night Vision and wide angle lens
- Installation instruction for the Lite could be clearer