Dogs really are man’s best friend (sorry cats). But if you have a furry one at home, life quickly turns to “how soon do I have to get home before the dog gets the floor wet?”
First, let’s get the important stuff out of the way: the myQ Pet Portal isn’t just a dog flap. It’s a total door replacement. You need a professional installer to come to your home, remove an existing door and replace it with the myQ Pet Portal door. But for the effort you get a nice-looking door that hides its best feature.
While most of the door looks normal, look closely at the bottom and see a seam. That’s the real magic of the myQ Pet Portal. When a dog approaches the door while wearing a myQ Pet Portal sensor, the elevator style door opens and opens wide enough to let your puppy in or out.
The people at myQ have implemented real in the system, and you have many options. For example, the Pet Portal supports two modes: ‘automatic’ and ‘on demand’. Automatic is exactly what it sounds like, your dog comes to the door and it opens automatically. That’s perfect when you’re at home and your K-9 wants to be in and out and in and out all day long.
On Demand mode sounds perfect for when you’re at home or out with friends. Instead of opening automatically, the door sends a notification to the myQ app. That will let you decide whether to let the dog through. And to help you make that decision, the Pet Portal comes with two cameras, one on each side of your door. You also get a set of speakers and a microphone.
You can talk to your dog, see what’s going on, and even make sure he’s not carrying dead “presents” – or worse, a furry friend. To this end, the door closes automatically after your pet has passed through the opening. The cameras have a downward wide angle,
In the myQ app you can set profiles for your different dogs (even if you have more than one) and set individual options such as which mode to use. You can list size, age, race and gender, and set a photo. Of course, every puppy needs its own sensor, because that’s how the door distinguishes one dog from another (and ignores your cat or a possum)
If you’re concerned about the size of your dog, or the possibility of the doors closing on your best friend, don’t be. The Pet Portal can accommodate everything from small 10-pound dogs to 90-pound beastly dogs. And myQ dived into the background of the garage door to protect Rover. It uses a non-contact sensor to double check that there is nothing in the opening when it closes the door. And, just like a garage door, it also detects if the doors are in contact with something and retracts when it does.
Chamberlain Group (the parent company behind myQ) is not known for doors, and as such the company partnered with Kolbe doors to create something that looks good in most homes. But here comes the part that stings: pricing.
The myQ Pet Portal requires a total door replacement, and the new door has built-in elevator doors, multiple cameras, speakers and microphones. It also needs to be plugged into your home for power. So it is not cheap. Not even a little. Depending on the options you choose, the myQ Pet Portal starts at $ 2,999. The nicer you want your door to look, the higher the price. And the price does not include installation.
But for your $ 3,000 +, you get peace of mind that even if you stay outside for another hour or two, your dog won’t suffer. Instead, they can indulge themselves. And you have a cleaner house for it. You can now book at the myQ Pet Portal site.