Sears Enters Home Automation Through The Garage

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Sears is taking a step toward serving the home automation channel through an unusual entrance, the garage.

The retailer’s Craftsman brand has begun offering two new garage door opener models that can be operated remotely via any Internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone, from anywhere.

The Craftsman AssureLink DC Chain Drive Garage Door Opener and AssureLink DC Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with DieHard Battery Backup offer homeowners the ability to monitor and open and close their garage doors via an Internet gateway or free mobile app for Apple and Android devices. The AssureLink Gateway connects to an Internet router via Ethernet cable. Once the Gateway is registered and activated online, a user can open the garage door remotely on command, to allow family members or guests entrance to a house with an attached garage; allow safe, indoor delivery of packages; or just check to make sure the door is closed.

The Gateway can be registered to an unlimited number of devices so each family member can have the app loaded on their device. As many as 50 or more doors can be controlled by the same gateway.

The opener operates on a spread-spectrum 900 MHz band. It features a soft-start/stop DC motor and chain drive for quiet operation; a premium motion-detecting wall control with programmable timer-to close feature; a keyless exterior entry pad, two three-function remote controls, 200-watt, twinpanel lighting; and an automatic sleep mode, which conserves energy while the door is not operating.

“Imagine the possibilities to simplify your life. Home owners and their family members can virtually eliminate the inconvenience of wondering if the garage door is closed, waiting at home for deliveries, or feeling the frustration of being locked out,” said Kris Malkoski, Craftsman VP/GM.

Malkowski told TWICE that as an introductory offer, registration and activation are free. Beginning with year two, there is an annual activation fee of $19.99.

The opener incorporates Underwriter Laboratoriesapproved audible and visual safety alerts to warn anyone nearby that the garage door is about to close. The blinking lights and beeps last for eight seconds and the door begins to close. In case someone does not hear or see the alerts, or something is inadvertently left in the door’s path, infrared safety reversing sensors stop the door. A contact reversal system detects obstructions during the closing process and reverses the door to the fully opened position.

The entry chain and steel-reinforced belt models retail for $189. The step-up model, which adds a DieHard battery backup system that operates the garage door for up to 20 cycles after the power goes out, is $329.

Malkowski said installation of the garage door opener is available through Sears’ service unit for an additional charge.

Both models are covered by a 10-year motor life warranty.


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