SAN JOSE — One upgrade all homeowners should consider is converting to a Wi-Fi enabled garage door. Incorporating Wi-Fi into your garage door’s motor will allow you and your family members to open and close the door from a smartphone app. Not only is this feature convenient, it can also go a long way toward increasing home security.

The biggest benefit of having a Wi-Fi enabled garage door is the capability for remote operation. It doesn’t matter if you’re at work or vacationing in Italy; if you have an internet connection, you’ll be able to operate your door. This can come in handy in several scenarios. For example, have you ever been out and suddenly had a sinking feeling you left your garage door open? With a Wi-Fi enabled door, you don’t have to worry—just one tap on your phone’s screen will give you assurance that everything is safe and secure.

Another scenario where this capability can come in handy is with package delivery. Everyone knows “porch piracy” is a big problem these days, but with a Wi-Fi enabled garage door, you don’t have to worry whether your packages will be there when you get home. Just leave instructions for the delivery person to call you when they arrive. When you receive the call, you can open the garage door and they can leave the package inside.

These are just a couple of examples of how a Wi-Fi enabled garage door can improve home security and peace of mind. Considering the relatively low expense of this upgrade, it’s well worth the investment.