Genie 3120 Garage Door Opener Review with Aladdin Connect
Aladdin Connect is a smart garage door opener. Genie 3120 garage door opener is one of the most popular smart home products available today.
Aladdin Connect works with any standard garage door openers like those from Schlage, Kwikset, or GEICO. However, it does not work with the new Smart Key system.
The Genie 3120 is a smart garage door opener which connects to your home’s internet via Wi-Fi. It allows you to control it through your smartphone or tablet using a free app called Genie Home Control.
You can use the Genie 3120 to turn on/off lights, lock doors, start music, adjust temperature and much more.
How Does Genie 3120 Work?
When you first install the Genie 3120, it will ask if you want to connect to the internet. If so, it will create a local network (LAN) connection to your home router. From there, it can access all of its features without going through the internet at all. Once connected, you’ll have full control over everything from anywhere in your house!
Access Genie 3120 From Anywhere
You can control your garage door from anywhere using a free app called Genie Home Control. It’s available for both Apple and Android devices.
When you’re on your way home, you can use the app to check if you left the garage door open. You can also tell it to close it if it is. It’s a great way to make sure the garage is secure!
Genie 3120 works with other smart devices too. It can integrate with other products from the same company such as lights, locks, and weather stations.
It also works with any Z-Wave or ZigBee lighting, locks, thermostats, and sensors. IFTTT is another service that allows the Genie 3120 to connect to even more products through its app.
Other Features of the Genie 3120
Smartphone notifications: Using the Genie Home Control app on your iPhone or Android device gets even better. You can receive notifications when your garage door is opened or closed.
This is great if you’re waiting on someone to come over. Just look at your phone to see if your garage door has opened. If it has, then they are there. You can also use the app to check the current status of your garage door at any time.
Easy installation: This device is easy to set up and comes with all of the hardware you need. As long as your garage door opener is a standard size, then you can install the Genie 3120 in just a few minutes.
Once installed, it is also very easy to use. Plug one end into the garage door and the other into the wall. Download the app, create an account, and you are ready to go!
Works with your other devices: The best thing about this smart garage door opener is that it connects to everything! As mentioned above, you can connect it to lights, locks, and thermostats.
You can already be sure that it will work with other Genie products. As far as the rest are concerned, if it’s Z-Wave or ZigBee then it will most likely work!
Great reviews: This product has been getting great reviews from customers. Most of them say that it is easy to install and works with just about everything!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I replace my current garage door opener?
The short answer is that you don’t. Instead of replacing your current opener, you install the Genie 3120 next to it. It works by pairing to your existing unit. After the initial connection is made, you then connect the wires to your buttons. The same goes for connecting the power, although some people have had to get a heavier duty extension cord. Once everything is connected, you can begin using the Genie 3120 right away.
My door has a wall mounted control panel, can I still use the system?
Yes, you can use this with wall-mounted control panels. In fact, this system will work with pretty much any garage door opener. The only exception is if it’s a very old model. The Genie 3120 needs to be able to connect to the opener. If it is a very old model, then you may have to replace it with a newer one.
Do I have to use the Genie 3120 with the smartphone app?
No, although we would recommend it. There is another way to control the door. You can use the wall-mounted control panel that came with your garage door opener. It has the same features as the app and more. It also looks a lot like the app, just not in color. If you want color, you can always get a second Genie 3120 and add it to your system.
Can I extend the range of this system?
Yes, you can use a Z-Wave range extender. This is a separate device that needs to be plugged in. Once it is, it will increase the effective range of all of your Z-Wave devices. The best part is that it doesn’t interfere with anything already in your home. It just supports your other smart devices.
How can I make my garage more secure?
One of the best ways to keep garage secure is to install a steel sheet over it. This will prevent anyone from breaking in through the roof. It also adds an extra layer of weatherproofing so your garage doesn’t fill up with water whenever it rains. Of course, you should always lock your door whenever you leave the house. If someone tries to get in and they are unsuccessful, they are likely to break in.
Can I set this up so that my door automatically closes after it has opened?
Yes, you can set this up. It’s a simple process and all you need is the MyQ app on your smartphone. Just go to the settings page and look for “Auto close.” From there you can adjust how long it waits before closing and whether or not to be quiet about it.
How does the MyQ app know when I am near?
The genie sense battery powered sensor tracks the unique ID of your phone. It then sends that signal to the opener via Bluetooth. The phone needs to have internet connectivity in order to connect to the MyQ app. However, all processing is done on your phone and none of your data is being sent to outside servers.
Should I get the Wink or MyQ system?
The Wink system is no longer being made or supported. It doesn’t have as many compatible devices and you can’t integrate it with as many other smart home systems. Even though it is cheaper, we do not recommend the wink. The best option right now is the MyQ smart garage door system from chamberlain.
How many people can connect their phone to the MyQ app?
As many as you want! The genie sense battery powered sensor will not send signals to more than one phone at a time, but anyone can download the MyQ app and connect to it. This means everyone in your family can have their own account connected to your garage door system. You can also connect it to as many smartphones as you want.
What if I want to stop sharing with someone?
If you ever need to stop someone from opening or closing your garage door, you can do so from the manage accounts page. Just find their name and disconnect them. This is a great security feature for parents who want to let their kids play in the backyard, but don’t want them entering the house without parental supervision.
How far away can this be used?
Technically, your phone doesn’t need to be anywhere near your house. As long as it has a data or wifi connection, you can open or close your garage door. Just make sure you are within range of a compatible sensor. These sensors need to be installed by your door in order for this to work.
Why is my opener not working with the MyQ?
Most older openers require an addition antenna kit in order to work with the MyQ. You will have to check to make sure you have this before you place your order. If you don’t have the ANT124, it is easy to find online.
How do I get alerts if someone opens my door when I am not home?
You can set up email or text alerts so you can be notified whenever your garage door is used. This is great for parents who want to keep track of their kids or security conscious homeowners.
What other sensors can I use with the MyQ?
The MyQ was designed to work with many different sensors for your convenience. You can get them for interior doors, so you know if a room is occupied or not. You can also get water leak sensors that will tell you whenever there is an issue. This lets you know whenever a pipe starts leaking in the walls.
What other devices can I integrate with the MyQ?
The list of supported products is always growing. You can get a weather station that will tell you what the temperature is outside so you can dress accordingly. You can get an irrigation system that waters your plants when it senses rain in the forecast. You can even get a key Finder that makes a loud noise when you are trying to find your keys and can’t.
Will this work on a double door?
The reason you are having issues with your double door is because it requires more power to open and that is something the gen5 simply doesn’t have. The good thing is, gen6 is going to have the same wifi capabilities as gen5 while also adding stronger motors and a bigger battery. So, when gen6 comes out you will be able to get a system that will work for both of your doors.
Should I get this now or wait for gen6?
If you have a standard single car garage with no extra doors, then gen5 is the way to go. The only benefit to getting gen6 is the wifi, which you won’t need since you already have your phone. If you need help deciding just give us a call.
I have a double door.
Do I need to buy two sensors?
You will only need to buy one sensor. The sensor has a range of about 20 feet, so it should be more than enough to reach your second door as long as there isn’t anything in the way. For example, if your second door is all the way on the other side of your garage and there is a shelf in the middle, then you may need two sensors. If you place it higher up on your ceiling it should work just fine.
Can I program this to close my door on certain days or at certain times?
The gen5 and gen6 have restrictions when it comes to closing your door automatically. They were designed to only close the door in an emergency exit situation.
Is this product easy to install?
You will have to drill holes and run wires, so you do need some knowledge of DIY. That being said, our guide will walk you through each step so you don’t have to worry. We also provide 24/7 phone and email support if you get stuck.
What kind of batteries does this use?
The gen5 uses 3xAA batteries. The gen6 uses 4xAA batteries. We highly suggest using rechargeable batteries as it will save you money in the long run.
Does the MyQ work on other brands?
No, the MyQ is only designed to work with Genie branded openers.
I have a gen5. Can I still use this? No, this is only for the gen6 openers.
The wiring is different so you won’t be able to connect the two. Don’t worry though, once you convert to gen6 you will be able to use your phone to open/close your garage door whenever you want.
How long does it take to install?
The average installation time is around 1-2 hours. We highly suggest watching our installation video before you start. It is always best to gather your tools before watching the video though. Most customers report back that it actually took them less than an hour to install.
Is this durable? Will it break easily?
This product is made out of high impact plastic, meaning it is very durable. It also has metal parts where it is needed the most (wheels, etc)
Do I have to pay for a monthly subscription?
Nope! This device is a one time purchase that connects directly to your genie. You never need to pay any fees to use this product. The gen6 opener has a monthly fee, but you only have to pay that ONE time when you initially set it up.
Does this work with all genie openers?
Yes it does! The MyQ is compatible with all Genie openers, regardless of when they were made.
How do I know if my opener is a gen5 or gen6?
You already have a gen6 if you have an orange learn button on your garage door opener. If you’re not sure, give us a call and we can help you figure it out.
What is the difference between the gen5 and gen6?
The major difference is that you can control your garage door with your phone with the gen6. The gen5 can only be controlled with the included remote. The gen5 also has a pin code that you need to use in order to close your garage door, the gen6 does not have this feature. The gen5 uses two pieces of wiring to connect to your home, the gen6 uses one.
Do I need genie accessories to use this?
No, this simply connects directly to your garage door opener. It was designed to work with all genie openers, regardless of when they were made.
What happens if this thing breaks?
This product is covered by our lifetime warranty. If you have any issues with it, contact us and we’ll get it resolved for you.
Do you provide installation services?
Sorry, we don’t provide installation services. Most people find that it’s an easy enough process that they can do themselves. Installation only takes a few minutes and our guide will walk you through each step. If you get stuck or need any help, give us a call and we’ll talk you through it.
How can I be sure this will work with my phone?
This has been designed to work with all genie openers from the past and future. It connects directly to your garage door opener, so it doesn’t rely on an internet connection or software that needs to be installed on your phone. It also has a keypad that you can enter numbers into in case your phone died or you lost it.
Is this product approved by genie?
Yes! This product is designed by the genie company to work specifically with their garage door openers.
How long does shipping take?
We usually ship within 1-2 business days, and shipping typically takes 2-5 business days. If you need this quickly, give us a call and we can discuss expedited shipping options.
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