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Controlling Tailwind with Siri

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    Scott Riesebosch

    Cameron,

    That is very resourceful of you! Kudos!

    I'm wondering if now is the right time to tell you that our next app update will have Siri Shortcuts control included?

    Scott

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  • Cameron River

    Good to know!  Thanks!

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  • Ryan Gerken

    I'm using the Siri shortcuts control... but wow is it really slow.  Not sure if it's just how Siri works, or if it's something specific to Tailwind.  I'll say "Siri, open the large garage door" - and then like 2 minutes later, it opens... 

    It's really too laggy/slow to be useful.  Do I have something set up wrong, or is this expected?  Stand alone IFTTT commands work very quick - its only when I use the new siri shortcut that it takes so long.  Maybe I'll try what Cameron did instead of using the built in function...

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  • Scott Riesebosch

    Ryan,

    It should not be that slow. It should happen within seconds. I just did more testing right now and every time it responds within 2 seconds or less of Siri confirming the command.

    Can you please try it again and let me know how it goes. Perhaps something somewhere was offline when you tested?

     

    Scott

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  • Spragues

    If its any consolation I just setup and tried the Siri shortcut and it was pretty much instantaneous for me (i'm using v2.2).

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  • Ryan Gerken

    Ok, weird. Maybe I have some sort of shortcut conflict. I still have the MyQ app installed. I appreciate the responses. I’ll try again when I get back home to see if I can get to the bottom of it.

    Thanks

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  • Dan-L

    I just found this article, perhaps it should have a similar write up in the FAQ? As I typically neglect to check Siri options

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  • Spencer Hammond

    I have the latest app but where on earth is the instructions for getting siri to work with Tailwinds? I must be dense.

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  • Dan-L

    1) You need to go to your phone

    2) Settings

    3) Siri & Search

    4) All Shortcuts

    5) Scroll to Tailwind

    6) See All

    7) Customize as needed

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  • Dan-L

    I attempted the webhooks route, but got stymied along the way.  Then I thought I'd be better of keeping it as simple as possible since I then would have to instruct/tutor and constantly correct my family if I got it going.....

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  • Scott Riesebosch

    Please check out this link from Apple. Just scroll about halfway down the page to the section on setting up Siri Shortcuts through the settings menu.

    https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT209055

     

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  • Spencer Hammond

    Ok, I was able to get my iPhone setup with Siri control. One disappointing thing is I apparently have to unlock the phone which defeats the convenience but I guess it's better than nothing. Would be interested to know if there's a way to not need to unlock the phone. Seems weird because I"m using voice control so the phone should know it's me. 

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  • Scott Riesebosch

    We are considering removing this restriction, but with a very large disclaimer in the app if you do that. If someone can imitate your voice, they can open your garage door simply by speaking to your phone. There's currently no way for us to secure the open command with a PIN code like with Google Assistant and Alexa, so we would need a substantial disclaimer in the app if we enable this.

    I am an iPhone user myself. I generally find that I'm holding my phone in my hand when I issue the Siri command, so I just hold my thumb briefly over the home button for the fingerprint scan and it's done. The only time it's a problem for me personally is when I'm wearing gloves.

    Anyways, I've asked the team to look into removing the unlock requirement. Will see what they come back with.

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  • Spencer Hammond

    Scott,  I hope they remove this restriction. I use my hands free steering wheel controls to activate Siri so my phone us usually in my pocket which isn't convenient to unlock. In this day and age most of us find out pretty quickly if we have a lost or stolen phone and can remotely wipe the iPhone clean so I think the actual risk is low. Thanks for being so responsive.

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  • Dan-L

    Update (03/06/19 @ 09:00 AM): Siri commands via Apple Watch is now working.....

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  • Scott Riesebosch

    The restriction has been removed and the next app update will allow you to use Siri even if your phone is locked. Just be aware that this will lower your security if you enable a Siri shortcut to open your garage door.

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  • Spencer Hammond

    Thanks Scott,

     

    This will really help in the convenience department. I'm not too worried about the security aspect as we record a phrase that wouldn't be guessed.  

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  • Albert Leo Menefee IV

    Will you please consider removing the PIN restriction (or at least making it optional for users with Alexa or Google home integration) I’ve already got enough PINs to juggle and I really don’t like having a common household PIN just to allow my wife and friends to open my garage door from the inside going out. It makes no sense.

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  • Scott Riesebosch

    Albert,

    Thank you but you will need to talk to Google and Amazon about that. Both of those companies require the PIN code. As a device manufacturer we must disclose the type of device we are integrating during the certification process. The moment we disclose that Tailwind is a garage door controller, both Amazon and Google require a PIN code to issue an open command and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. You will find the same to be true of ANY device that controls a garage door.

    HOWEVER, there is a loophole if you are an IFTTT user. Tailwind has both actions and triggers. You can use IFTTT to create an open command without a PIN code because we have an action on IFTTT for opening the door. So you just set up the trigger to be a voice command of your choosing, and set the trigger as opening the door.

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