LiftMaster 8550 Review and Giveaway

April 17, 2012

When we moved into our house, one of the first things we realized with our tuck-under garage – was that… it is NOT a quiet garage door opener.

Almost immediately my husband went downstairs to try to ‘tune-up’ the garage door opener so that it wouldn’t be so noisy!

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The garage is tucked right under my boys’ rooms – and practically would shake their rooms when it opened.

We’ve spent the last year being sure that the kids aren’t sleeping upstairs before opening the garage door – and otherwise parking in the driveway if we were home after 8pm just to avoid the freaky-scared child-wakeup.

The garage door was on our list of things to replace when we moved in… Yeah – that terrible list that the city made for us.  So we had been saving for a new garage door – and along with the new door, we would have a new opener.

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As Part of the Home Makeover Event with Heather from OurKidsMom.com and I – we were able to get in touch with LiftMaster, who was happy to have us both do a  review for them of their newest garage door opener:  The 8550 with MyQ Technology!

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Take convenience and safety to a whole new level with the LiftMaster® 8550. The reliable, integrated Battery Backup System guarantees access in and out of your garage, even when the power is out. The safety and security features will continue to operate as well, ensuring your family is protected in a power failure. The opener is also equipped with built-in MyQ™ technology, enabling you to close your garage door or turn lights on or off using a smartphone or computer – from anywhere in the world. And because it features soft start and slow stop to reduce noise when it operates, it is perfect for homes with a room above the garage.

So LiftMaster sent a local technician to my house to install and set up our new LiftMaster 8550 Belt Drive opener! I. Couldn’t. Be. More. Excited.!!!

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All-in-all it took him about a little over an hour to install the opener and get all the features functioning.  He was very nice and walked through everything with us – except the internet gateway – because that required us to set it up through our wireless internet in the house.

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The internet gateway from MyQ Technology allows you to monitor and operate your garage door opener, or turn on or off lights in or around your home, from anywhere in the world by using your smartphone or computer.

This is an awesome feature – and really cool to show off to your family Winking smile

One of my favorite features of the LiftMaster system is the garage door monitor:

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The garage door monitor is a great way for me to see while I’m upstairs in my living room or kitchen whether or not I remembered to close the garage door. Also it lets me know by an (adjustable) audible beep that the garage door is open – and I can click the button to close it if need be.

And perhaps my MOST favorite piece of equipment that came with the LIftMaster 8550 – is the smart control panel:

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It might be silly – but my most favorite part of this is the light sensor.  Every time I walk into the garage, the light pops on – just before I reach for the switch.  Perfect for when your hands are full of garbage or kids or… both!

It does SO much more than that though:

An intuitive menu-driven panel allows you to program remote controls and MyQ™ enabled accessories right from the keypad. You can also adjust settings, view inside garage temperature, and get system diagnostics to help keep your system in peak working order. It also features Timer-to-Close, so you can choose to have the door automatically close after a pre-programmed number of minutes, allowing you to use your hands to carry items from the garage to the house without having to worry about closing the garage door behind you.
My Opinion:

Now that I’ve filled you in on the Accessories – we can ask: Did it solve the problem of being SO noisy??

YES!!

I can get in and out of my garage while the kids are sleeping – and you hardly notice the sound.  The belt drive truly makes a huge difference when the garage door is right under a bedroom!  In fact – I hear the beeping on my Garage Door Monitor in the living room before I hear that the garage door is being opened.

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I know that this garage door sounds and even feels like a little bit of overkill – but trust me, You get used to some of the amazing functions so fast – that it would be impossible for me to go back at this point.  I *LOVE* it.

I’ve already recommended this garage door opener to several people including my mother who is currently in the market for a new opener.  It’s truly amazing, and worth every penny – and I would recommend it to you.

How and Where to Buy:

Installed prices vary on the LiftMaster system from $350-$550.  The people that installed my LiftMaster 8550 system said that the value of the system installed with the accessories package that I got was $449.  To find a dealer located near you, visit dealerlocator.liftmaster.com

To learn more about the LiftMaster company, you can check them out online or you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

I *know* that you want one!

 

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth G says:

    I Love the keyless entry system

  2. Angela s says:

    I would love the Portable Intercom System Double Unit

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

  3. Harmony B says:

    I like the Wireless Portable Intercom – Double Unit

  4. Jennifer Hiles says:

    I would like the Residential and Commercial Telephone Entry System

  5. I like the Wireless Portable Intercoms.

  6. The Wireless Portable Intercoms are cool, too!

  7. Carrie Phelps says:

    The bank has just approved my daughter & her family for their first home, it would be neat if they had the Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom – 2 Pack.

  8. I love the intercom, I just dont think my house is large enough to use it

  9. Laura Miller says:

    We would love an intercom!

  10. Janet W. says:

    I would love to have the Wireless Portable Intercom – Double Unit!

  11. I would love to have the 3-Button Premium Remote Control, such convenience!

  12. Gricelda Castro says:

    I like the keypad entry!

  13. MommaMary says:

    I like that the unit lets you know if the door is open or closed. No more going out into the dark to check the garage door.

  14. Irma Hernandez says:

    I like the intercom unit

  15. johnny-amy lynn says:

    Perimeter Alert Systems

  16. I would love to have the Perimeter Alert!

  17. I like that the unit lets you know if the door is open or closed. No more going out into the dark to check the garage door.

  18. I would love to have this garage door opener because ours has been broken for MONTHS.

  19. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says:

    If I could wish for just one electronic device right now – it would be this Liftmaster garage door opener! Right now our garage door is manual and it weighs a ton! I simply can NOT open it by myself (you have to stoop to the ground just to reach the handle never mind how much it weighs.

    My husband will soon be having his second total hip replacement surgery and then he won’t be able to open it either. So we not only can NOT use the garage to park/protect the car, but we can’t access/store the grill, lawnmower, garden tools etc. and we even have to lug our bicycles into the house and either keep them in the living room or lug them up and down to the basement! I would LOVE to win this prize – it would be a real life changer!

  20. i like WGB315 Wireless Gatebell Keypad

  21. Nikki M. says:

    We are in need of a new opener so I’d love one of those! :)

  22. Margaret Smith says:

    Another item that I like is the 877LM
    Wireless Keyless Entry System
    Thanks so much.

  23. I like the Wireless Portable Intercoms

  24. Jack palmer says:

    I would like the residential telephone entry system.

  25. The intercom unit would be great to own!

  26. D Schmidt says:

    I really like the 833-2LM Wireless portable intercom (link http://www.liftmaster.com/LMCV2/pages/productmodeldetail.aspx?modelId=8183)

  27. ellen levickis says:

    all i would need is a basic Residential Garage Door Opener System, and any accessories would be a plus.

  28. My favorite accessory is the LiftMaster Internet Gateway™. I can’t even count the number of times I have had to turn around and drive back home because I wasn’t entirely sure if I closed the garage door or not. What a peace of mind to know I can make sure the garage door is closed without having to waste time and gas driving back and forth so many times!

  29. I would love to have CSL24V
    High-Cycle Commercial Slide Gate Operator with Battery Backup

  30. their line of intercoms look interesting.

  31. Brandi Price says:

    831-2LM
    Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom – 2 Pack

  32. Brenda C says:

    MEGA SLIDE

    Residential / Medium-Duty DC Slide Gate Operator

  33. Erin Rok says:

    I would like to have a telephone entry system

  34. Jennifer H says:

    The telephone entry system

  35. I like the I like the Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom – 2 Pack.

  36. The wireless portable intercoms would work well with my family

  37. Adrienne gordon says:

    I like the Wireless Portable Intercom

  38. I would like a intercom system. Thank you!

  39. Douglas Houston says:

    I like the expandable wireless intercoms

  40. robyn paris says:

    i would like Self-Contained Keypad System for Door and Gated Entrances

  41. Lee Black says:

    The perimeter alert would be great for our long driveway! It would be nice to know when people are entering our driveway!

  42. I like their wireless intercoms- those would come in handy if hubby was in the garage and I wanted him inside for something!

  43. I’d so like to have the 833-1LM
    Wireless Portable Intercom – Add-on Intercom

    retirenavalflyer(at)gmail.com

  44. Sue Ellison says:

    I would love to have the Wireless Portable Intercom – Double Unit to communicate with my kids upstairs-no more yelling.

  45. They say: LiftMaster believes it is important that all garage door openers manufactured prior to 1993 be replaced, as opposed to being repaired. This is to insure the highest degree of customer safety and satisfaction.
    Since mine is older, I’d be glad to have any of them.
    Thanks for the contest.

  46. wow this is awesome, I like that you can control the lights around your home while you are away

  47. Kristi C says:

    I would like to have the Wireless Portable Intercoms.

  48. Id like to have the wireless double unit intercom. My husband spends a lot of time in garage and shed so these would be nice to chat easily!

    http://www.liftmaster.com/LMCV2/pages/productmodeldetail.aspx?modelId=8183

    thankyou!

  49. I would like to have the Wireless Portable Intercoms so I can talk to my husband when he is in his office.

  50. courtney b says:

    i like the intercoms! mostly the wireless one

  51. I love the Wireless Intercom, this would come in so handy!

  52. I like the Single Line Telephone Access Control

  53. Amy Zachek says:

    I learned that there are 4 types of residential garage door openers. I thought they were all the same!

  54. kelly nicholson says:

    Visit the LiftMaster Website, and leave a comment telling me which product(s) and/or accessories that you would love to have for your home, safety, and garage door needs.

    i need a Wireless Intercom!

  55. I like the Wireless Portable Intercoms.
    austma7@aol.com

  56. OMG!! The technology nowadays! I love the timer-to-close to feature. My husband is OCD and has had to turn around when running late somewhere, just to make sure the garage was closed. This would bring peace of mind to both of us, I think. We also just bought a car with Homelink and our current garage door opener is not compatible. Oh, how I hate our current remote control. It falls off the visor constantly. ANd, yes…we have the “doorbell” button in our garage. Another thing I hate. I would love to have something quieter, too! Right now, as a mother of 3 boys….it is all about convenience and peace of mind for me. Right now, I don’t have it.

  57. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would like to have the 877MAX
    Wireless Keyless Entry System.

  58. I’d love to have the Wireless Portable Intercom – Double Unit

  59. Jennifer Hedden says:

    I like the Wireless Portable Intercoms.

  60. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I would love the LiftMaster Internet Gateway. BTW twitter isn’t working right for me today (won’t give tweet URLs) so instead of a URL for the tweet, I am leaving the time stamp and my username.

  61. I like the Perimeter Alert

  62. Linda Lansford says:

    I want LA400
    Residential DC Linear Gate Operator

  63. Denise B. says:

    I also like the “Perimeter Alert System”.

  64. Mary OBrien says:

    I want Liftmaster’s Internet Gateway – reassuring when we’re not positive we closed the door.

  65. love the wireless portable intercom

  66. I’d like the
    831-2LM
    Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom – 2 Pack

  67. i like that they have the phone app!

  68. I had no idea they made wireless portable intercom systems. Totally cool. Really practical too.

  69. brooke t says:

    Perimeter Alert Systems

  70. Monique Rizzo says:

    The Intercom is cool!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  71. Kristy Thiel says:

    I think the perimeter alert is very cool.

  72. Tiffany S says:

    Telephone entry!

  73. I would love to have the portable intercoms.

  74. Anne Nack says:

    I like the Wireless Portable Intercoms.

  75. Debbie Ellis says:

    I really like the Residential and Commercial Telephone Entry System, Great.

  76. Kimberly Schotz says:

    One of their Intercom would certainly come in handy
    Kims2312@verizon.net

  77. Paul T / Pauline T says:

    I like the Perimeter Alert Systems for my house….great crime deterrance

  78. Andrea Henry says:

    Wireless Portable Intercom – Double Unit would be excellent for us.

  79. The ability to check if the garage door is open or closed remotely is my favorite. I’m constantly leaving the house and then asking myself 5 minutes later, “did I close the garage door?”

  80. Karen Gonyea says:

    LOVE the keyless entry system :)

  81. Love the phone app that comes with it soon i will have every device in the house connected to my phone :-)

  82. I like the 835LM Perimeter Alert it detects motion up to 30 feet away with wide 120 degree coverage

  83. The 3240 1/2 HP Screw Drive Garage Door Opener looks like a great opener.

  84. Trasina McGahey says:

    I would also love the:
    RSL12V Residential / Light Commercial Slide Gate Operator with Battery Backup

  85. Would love the Wireless Portable Intercoms for my house!

  86. david basile says:

    3585
    3/4 HP Belt Drive Garage Door Opener

  87. I would LIKE to have their Wireless Portable Intercoms

  88. I love the intercom feature.

  89. melissa pruitt says:

    i love the wireless portable intercoms!

  90. April Lane says:

    The Perimeter alert

  91. Kristin SAwatzke says:

    I love the intercom unit!

  92. Hyzennthlay C says:

    I love the perimeter alert!

  93. I also like the 833-2LM
    Wireless Portable Intercom – Double Unit .

  94. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I like the Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom – 2 Pack

  95. Kathy Rambousek says:

    I think those wireless intercoms are pretty cool. It’d be great to have one of those

  96. I like the intercom system.

    Thanks!

  97. The Universal Keyless Entry looks like a great product. No more having to break a window when I get locked out in the middle of winter.

  98. Pauline M says:

    My mother just turned 70 today and lives alone in a large home. The other night, I got a call at 12:30 a.m. because she thought she heard someone trying to break into her home and wanted me to check before she called the police. I ended up waking up my girl and driving over to check her home. The Perimeter Alert would be a great device to eliminate alot of those calls!

  99. I like the Telephone entry syste

  100. Marge Pagan says:

    premium series 8360 battery back up garage door opener would be great. No more sturggling to open the door when power is out.

  101. sarah rainwater says:

    Besides the garage door opener I like the intercoms.

  102. I’d love to have the sensor control that tells you whether the door is open or not. I get a little OCD about that and it would be so much easier to check!

  103. I like the Wireless Portable Intercoms

  104. Annette D says:

    I love the LiftMaster Internet Gateway™

  105. The indoor/outdoor intercom or the Elite 3850 or the system you reviewed. Great giveaway!

  106. christine jessamine says:

    i would love to have the wireless portable intercoms!

  107. jen gersch says:

    i would love the Residential and Commercial Telephone Entry System

  108. Mabyn Shingleton says:

    Love the Liftmaster products. The portable intercoms look great.

  109. I like the wireless intercom system

  110. i like the wireless portable intercoms
    tcogbill at live dot com

  111. I’d love the wireless indoor/outdoor intercom

    chestnutyouth(at)hotmail(dot)com

  112. jeanne conner says:

    I would like the Wireless Portable Intercoms

  113. Wanda McHenry says:

    I love the Wireless Portable Intercoms (& I did not copy, hahaha!)

  114. Rebecca Parsons says:

    My vehicle has the ability to hook up to the wireless system, so that would be a huge plus.

  115. brian kawa says:

    I could really use the liftmaster 8550 my opener is shot and after cancer surgery and uninsured medical I cant afford a new one.This looks awesome and very easy to use

  116. Sherry S. says:

    I like the Wireless Portable Intercom – Double Unit

  117. i would like to have their 833-2LM wireless portable intercom
    pkeintz@gmail.com

  118. Marysa N. says:

    I like the mini keychain remotes!
    Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

  119. Debbie Jackson says:

    perimeter alert systems

  120. nannypanpan says:

    i like the self contained keypad system
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

  121. Amy Brewer says:

    the intercoms look pretty cool

  122. I want the LiftMaster 8550G and a Smart Control Panel 880LM!

  123. I like the Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom.

  124. Seyma Shabbir says:

    The intercoms would be useful

  125. Kathy Hanley says:

    I would love the internet gateway! I can’t tell you how many times we’ve left on vacation in the middle of the night in the dark and ten minutes down the road my husband will say “Did I close the garage?”. We’ve had to call neighbors for them to check the door. Turning on and off lights would be wonderful too and make our house safer when we’re not there.

  126. Jessica Stotler Hetrick says:

    I like the wireless portable intercoms

  127. Hollie S says:

    I would love the belt drive garage door opener.

  128. Sandy VanHoey says:

    Love the residential garage door openers. My daughter needs one for theirs, this one is pretty shaddy

  129. Sheryl Gruhler says:

    I Love the keyless entry system

  130. clynsg says:

    The Perimeter Alert system would be very helpful here in the country.

  131. Jessica Roellchen says:

    I love the intercom system!

  132. We really need the Gate Operator System! We have to get out and open the gate when we leave and come home, rain or shine!

  133. Alyssa C says:

    I love the keypad entry!!

  134. pamela james says:

    the wireless portable intercom

    pjames330 at aol dot com

  135. I ‘d love to have the Intercoms

  136. Love the wireless portable intercom

  137. I like the keyless entry!

  138. Angela Winesburg says:

    I like the Wireless Portable Intercoms.

  139. Shelby Roberts says:

    8550
    Elite Series® DC Battery Backup Belt Drive

    THIS ONE!!!

    We have a garage door, but the motor went out of it, so now we don’t even use it. I really would love to get a new one!!

  140. Norleans says:

    Def the Wireless Portable Intercom – Double Unit

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  141. Oh I love the idea of the portable wireless intercoms!

  142. I like the wireless intercom

  143. Anja M. says:

    I would love the 373P Premium Remote Control.

  144. Beth R says:

    The perimeter alert

  145. I’d love to have the keyless entry system as well. 877MAX
    Wireless Keyless Entry System

  146. Norleans says:

    Def. the intercom. Thanks for the chance to win.

  147. Mary Pat Roth says:

    I would love the wireless intercom.

  148. The wireless portable intercom is really cool.

  149. Gianna says:

    I like the Remote Light Switch.

  150. Rajee Pandi says:

    keyless entry system

  151. Ellie W says:

    I would love the keypad entry.

  152. mike s. says:

    I’ve never had a garage door opener before, but if I do, an external keypad entry (or perhaps a retinal scanner) is a must. I hate having to remember to take me keys outside everytime I want to go into the garage (its a detached). I’d also love for my kids to be able to open up the garage and get toys and whatnot without having to bug me for a key…

  153. cheryl dangelo says:

    I like everything esp wireless keypad entry

  154. Kat Emerick says:

    I like the 895MAX
    3-Button Premium Remote Control
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

  155. I like that the keyless entry has a battery back up. I also like they have indoor/outdoor wireless intercoms!

  156. Joye Rast says:

    I like the intercom system

  157. Lily Kwan says:

    The 8550 Garage Door Opener Model looks very nice!

  158. amy tolley says:

    I really love the garage door openers i sure could use this thanks for a great giveaway

  159. Robert Thorson says:

    I would love a quiet LiftMaster® 8550! Mine is way too noisy and the fact that I can close it on my phone is a big plus for those days when I wonder if I remembered to close it.

  160. s riches says:

    I want the LiftMaster perimeter alert system.

  161. keyless entry system

  162. the perimeter alert system that they have sounds very interesting.

  163. Rick M. says:

    I like the Residential Jackshaft Opener so I would have easier access to my attic door.

  164. Daily Woman says:

    I also like the Wireless Intercoms, they would be great for when my husband is out in the garage.

  165. Jannie Bryant says:

    I like the Perimeter Alert

  166. Tim Stephens says:

    I’d love to have the belt drive opener… silence is golden

  167. Melissa M says:

    Our door has been broke for 5 years, we would love a new one! And keyless entry is a plus!

  168. I would love to get my garage door working again, but the portable wireless intercom would be nice to have as well

  169. RLong1975 says:

    I love the programming feature on the opener. I would be great to know the door will close automatically after a certain amount of time

  170. I’d want the 3420 screw drive 1/2 Hp system

  171. Danielle says:

    I would love to have the Wireless Portable Intercoms
    Enhance your home’s communication to multiple locations with LiftMaster’s wireless portable intercoms. Each system features up to two years of battery life and 1,000 feet of range.

  172. I like the perimeter alert system.

  173. Jennifer says:

    I love the swing gate operator!

  174. Debbie C says:

    I would like to have their 835LM Perimeter Alert System.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

  175. I would love a portable intercom (wireless)

  176. Melnaie Montgomery says:

    i like the 3/4 HP Heavy-Duty Chain Drive Garage Door Opener

  177. I like the perimeter monitor system

  178. kent cook says:

    keyless entry sounds great

  179. Solducky says:

    The telephone entry systems are really neat! I have never seen those before.
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  180. Katie R. says:

    I would like to have the Perimeter Alert System

  181. Jessica Hays says:

    I love the keyless entry system!

    jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

  182. Roxann Clark says:

    WE don’t have a garage door opener, so to win one would be nice

  183. DAMIAN JARREAU says:

    Perimeter Alert Systems

  184. Denise C says:

    We could really use a garage door opener, but I also love the wireless intercoms

  185. Angela J says:

    I’d like an intercom

  186. We have 2 big dogs that are extremely friendly, but very vocal. When people knock they always get scared off by my dogs. So I would love to have the 831-2LM
    Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom – 2 Pack to help resolve the problem :)

    aaron_amanda(at)live(dot)com

  187. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Wireless Portable Intercoms
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  188. In all my years, I never had a garage door opener.

  189. Nicole B says:

    I’d like to have the wireless keyless entry.

  190. I’d like the Perimeter Alert Systems because it would give you an understandable feeling of confidence and security at night.

  191. julie hawkins says:

    I’d like one of the wireless intercom systems for my home

  192. Sheila Foley says:

    if you could see our “jury rigged” system, you would agree that the basrc system would be awesome for me!

  193. I would like to have the chamberlain/LiftMaster – “Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom”. This is great security idea for anyone living alone and might not want to answer the door to a stranger.

  194. Roger Fullerton says:

    I would love to have the intercom system.

  195. Shirley Hicks says:

    i like the intercom system

  196. fawn strunk says:

    I would love to have the keypad entry..

  197. kathy goldberg says:

    Perimeter Alert System! in this day and age i would love that peace of mind. i have adult kids coming in late from work and would feel so much safer with this. Garage doors and openers have sure come a long way!

  198. tina reynolds says:

    I really like the Wireless Portable Intercoms

  199. Kristie Betts says:

    Wireless Portable Intercom

  200. 835LM
    Perimeter Alert would like thanks

  201. I like the intercoms my husband is always at the barn and this would be nice get his attention instead of walking to the barn everytime

  202. sarai martinez-gomez says:

    i would love the intercom!

  203. Caitlin McClure says:

    I want the Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom

  204. amy deeter says:

    like the Remote Light Switch.

  205. Aaron Bretveld says:

    I like the fact you can control this garage door opener with a smartphone (with an extra accessory)

  206. Valeen N says:

    I would love to have the Wireless Portable Intercom! Then I could track down the kids in the basement or the hubby out in the garage!

  207. Michelle S says:

    The intercom system would be nice

  208. I want a garage door opener with iPhone control. That would be awesome.

  209. Gale Nelson says:

    love the keyless entry no more loosing keys

  210. R Hicks says:

    would love to have their 835LM
    Perimeter Alert system

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  211. cynthia layton says:

    key pad entery

  212. tiffany duhaney says:

    I love the Wireless Portable Intercoms. It would work great for my family esp. since my husband and kids are always outside and Im always inside

  213. shirley zolenski says:

    I like the MEGA SLIDE
    Residential / Medium-Duty DC Slide Gate Operator

  214. Breanne says:

    I like the Perimeter Alert

  215. I’d love to have one of their intercoms.

  216. Jaque R. says:

    I would love to have the Wireless Portable Intercoms as a safety measure. :-) Thank you.

  217. heather c says:

    I’d love the Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Intercom devices!

  218. Great site, valuable and very useful information,you has provided us for that I really thankful to you.

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