How To Program A Universal Remote Garage Door Opener: It's Easier Than You Think!
Looking for something that's easy to use? Then you need a universal garage door remote controller. They are handy and easy, but it takes just a little set-up first.
Before you buy one, make sure it's compatible with your garage door. It should say on the packaging what models it works with, or you can always check with the manufacturer. Most universal remotes are not made to work with all major brands, and none of them are brand-specific. Unless you've got something really rare, any one should work, but you should always check first before buying anyway.
There are 2 easy steps for setting it up. First, you have to clear the old codes. If you are buying new, this isn't such a big deal, but you should do it anyway just as a safety precaution. You usually just press a button that says "clear," and then it wipes any old codes off the remote. With some models, you have to hold down two buttons simultaneously for 30 seconds or so, and this will clear off old codes. After that, you have to program it to fit your garage door.
The word "program" might be a little scary for those of us who are still confused by e-mail and DVD players, but don't despair. It's very easy. Each exact brand differs a little bit about how they are programmed, but these are the basics steps that you have to follow.
The first step is to match it with your garage door opener. It will come with a list of brands and their corresponding codes. Look for your brand and model if it lists models, and punch in the code that it gives you. You will also have to match it with your specific garage door.
Usually, you have to hold down a button on your wall controller while holding the remote near it. You may also have to choose a channel for your door. This will connect it directly to your door's controlling mechanism.
After you've got it connected, it will ask you for a PIN number. You'll have to type it in twice. Make sure it's something easy to remember but not easy to figure out. It never hurts to write it down. Most of us have so many PIN numbers and passwords these days that the human brain can't hold them all.
Of course, your universal remote will come with an instruction booklet. This will guide you through the steps, but it also might confuse you and give you more details than you need. If you at least know the basics steps, you'll be on your way to getting your universal remote programmed in no time.
by: Andrew Stratton