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Just to put in my 2 cents...I've had this for a little over a year. It'll open the door for me but will not close it. If I power cycle it, closing function might return for a while (not always) but it loses it again. It also often takes a really long time to report the status of the garage door to homekit and because of this my Goodnight setting in homekit (which includes closing of all my garage doors) the system gets confused and will instead OPEN the garage door. Not a fan of this product and I'll eventfully be replaced this with a myQ compatible garage door opener.
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I have two of these installed and they work great with HomeKit. That said, I improved their performance by replacing the coin-cell battery in the sensor with a power adapter. [amazon.com] I just ran a few feet of wire to the door-mounted sensor and clipped it to the battery terminals. After doing so, it's very responsive and reponds immediately. (Before doing that, I had noticed a bit of unresponsiveness like @FujiToast mentioned earlier, but it's great now.)

Also, one of my two garage door openers is a newer model that wasn't compatible. I solved this by popping open the hardwired opener button that's mounted in the garage and connected the two leads from this Insignia unit directly to the switch. This gets around the door opener's encryption and just completes the circuit like all old openers used.

As for the current price, that's what I paid two years ago when it first came out, but it's totally worth for me at this price.
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I have one that need power cycle it so often that I end up plug it into a timer to turn it power it off and back on daily...
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I have this but always having disconnected issues even my WiFi is very strong signal. I end up removing it, they did the firmware update but didn't help. My two cents
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I have this but always having disconnected issues even my WiFi is very strong signal. I end up removing it, they did the firmware update but didn't help. My two cents
It shows up as disconnected when the door sensor isn't connected.

The coin battery drains like crazy.
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Glad to see I'm not the only one that's had issues with this thing!
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I have one that need power cycle it so often that I end up plug it into a timer to turn it power it off and back on daily...
This is the same problem I had, although it got progressively worse even after power cycles. I had it plugged into a Wemo so I could schedule a reboot overnight and then manually reboot it if needed. It got to where it only worked about 30% of the time no matter what I did.
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Works great for me. When it gets unresponsive, I replace the battery in the door sensor and it works again for about 6 months.
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Alternate option - Chamberlain MyQ [amazon.com]

Its $37.xx right now. However it has been around $20-25 in the past. Been using it over a year and it works fine without any issues.
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I have the Insignia model that doesn't have a separate sensor, and it's pretty terrible. It worked on and off for a while, and then basically stopped responding to HomeKit at all. I replaced it with a different controller/sensor combo that has been solid for me.
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I set up these for two garage doors for about 2 years now. One works 80% of time with homekit (will open but not close or close and not close), one will respond may be 10%. The door status will say open in homekit although its closed. Reset will make them work for a couple of weeks. Switched out the batteries, put a access point near these, still the same.
Bought MyQ and will test it in one door and see if that is more reliable. I really wanted to stay within homekit ecosystem, but I just cant rely on insignia, specially for automation like leaving home or you are shoveling snow and had the garage closed while shoveling. Now, it wont open and you have go through the main door covered in snow. Defeats the purpose.
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Alternate option - Chamberlain MyQ [amazon.com]

Its $37.xx right now. However it has been around $20-25 in the past. Been using it over a year and it works fine without any issues.
MyQ requires a subscription ($1 month) f that!!....

You can also Make your own for like $15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buAzgDpgIJo
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I have MyQ built-in my garage door opener but it has no HomeKit support
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I have MyQ built-in my garage door opener but it has no HomeKit support
There is an adapter you can buy, or you can set up homebridge with a raspberry pi. That's what I did with mine
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