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How to Program Your Remote or Keypad in Plano, TX

Have you recently purchased a new opener or a remote for an existing opener? Programming your remote or keypad to your opener is simpler than you may think. Not all openers, remotes, and keypads are alike but in a few easy steps you should be well on your way to effortlessly opening your garage door.

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Determine what opener you have

The first step in programming your remote or keypad is to determine the type of garage door opener that you have. It is important to ensure that the remote or keypad that you purchased is compatible with your opener. Be sure to get as much information about your opener as possible, such as the make and model number, before you make your purchase.

What about a universal remote? As wonderful as universal remotes may be, they are not 100% “universal”. Be sure to double check that your opener is compatible with the specific universal remote that you choose, especially if you have an older system.

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Locate the learn button

All garage door openers have a learn button used to program your remotes/keypad.  The learn button will be a small button located on the opener itself; however, color, shape and location depend on the make and model of your opener. Be sure to check under the light cover, on the back, bottom, and sides of your opener. In most newer models, you can locate the learn button by following a small wire hanging from the back. Once you have located it you will be ready to program and/or purchase your remote.

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Program your remote

The process to program your remote varies depending on the type of opener, but most use a similar process. Always check the instructions provided with your specific remote as some steps may vary slightly.

Generally, to program your remote, press and release the learn button on your opener which should cause the indicator light to blink. Once that light is blinking your opener is in “learn mode”. This will allow you to program your remote by pressing and releasing the button you will use to open your garage. Be sure to test that your remote is working properly by pressing the remote again to see if the door opens.

*Note: Pressing the learn button until the indicator light stops blinking will erase any remotes currently programmed to your system.

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Program your keypad

Programming your keypad will be a familiar process if you have ever programmed a remote. Similarly to your remote, press and release the learn button until the indicator light blinks. Once your opener is in “learn mode” you will be able to type in the desired code on your keypad. Some keypads require you to press the asterisk (*) or pound (#) symbol after your desired code or to enter the code a second time. As always, check the instructions provided with your keypad. Enjoy the easy access to your garage!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Liftmaster 825LM: Remote Control Light in Plano, TX

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What does the Remote Light Control do?

Liftmaster has come up with a way convenient way for you to control the lights in your home. It can be programmed with a remote control, MyQ Internet Gateway Accessory or a garage door opener. It is able to work with up to 8 security+ 2.0 remote controls or up to 8 MyQ enabled garage door openers or internet gateway accessories.

Modes of Operation

There are 3 different modes of operation that you can use with this device.

  1. Remote Control Operation- This allows you to activate the light control from your remote control.
  2. Garage door operation- This allows you to synchronize the light control with your garage door opener light bulbs. For example: The garage door light bulbs are set to automatically turn off after 4 ½ mins, so the light control will also turn off after 4 ½ mins.
  3. MyQ gateway operation- This allows you to activate your light control from a web browser or your smart phone. This does require the MyQ Internet Gateway accessory.

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Installation

This is device is not hard to install yourself. There are 4 easy steps to follow in order to install

  1. First plug your lamp into the light control and then plug it into an electrical outlet (the LED on the control will flash. Just make sure that your lamp is switched on).
  2. Then if the lamp is not on, just press and release the power button on the control to turn it on.
  3. Then you simply press and release the learn button on the light control. The LED on the light control will light up.
  4. Depending on which device you use this is the next step

-if you are using a remote control, you press the button on the remote control

-Or you can press the learn button on the garage door opener

-If you are using the MyQ technology you need to go to “manage devices” then “learn device” to program the MyQ Internet Gateway accessory.

It also comes with a 1 year warranty on the device so if something happens within that first year of having the device Liftmaster will replace it for you.

How do I get one?

We sell the 825LM Remote Light Control in our showroom located in Plano. They are $40 dollars plus tax and you can install yourself. Or if you have a technician already scheduled to come out, they will be more than happy to give you one as well and might also be able to help you install if you are having problems. So just come see us today to get your 825LM Remote Light Control!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

888 LM Smart Wall Control Panel in Plano, TX

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What is the 888LM?

The 888LM Smart Wall Control Panel is a device that we install to older openers that aren’t able to connect with the new MyQ technology without having to replace your opener. The MyQ technology allows you to use your smart phone to operate your opener with just a click of a button. The 888LM control panel is capable with security+ garage door openers manufactured between 1998 to the present.

Compatible Accessories

The security+ 2.0 accessories are:

  1. Model 891LM 1-Button remote control
  2. Model 893LM 3-Button remote control
  3. Model 890MAX 3-Button mini MAX remote control
  4. Model 893MAX 3-Button MAX remote control
  5. Model 895MAX 3-Button Premium MAX remote control
  6. Model 877LM Wireless Keyless Entry
  7. Model 877LM MAX Keyless Entry

MyQ Accessories

  1. Model 823LM Remote Light Switch
  2. Model 825LM Remote Light Control
  3. Model 828LM Liftmaster Internet Gateway
  4. Model 829LM Garage Door Gate Monitor

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How hard is it to set up?

There are only 7 steps to install the 888LM

  1. First you need to turn off all power to the garage door opener
  2. You have to remove the existing wall control from the wall
  3. Then you need to label the wires on the existing door control-label the wire connected to the RED terminal-label the wire connected to the WHITE terminal. Disconnect the wires from existing door control.
  4. Next you need to connect the wires to the new MyQ control panel. When doing this make sure that the polarity is correct, matching Red wire to the R terminal and White wire to the W terminal.
  5. Then mount the MyQ Control Panel to the wall
  6. Now reconnect the power. There is a yellow command LED and a red learn LED that will blink quickly for up to 5 minutes as the control panel is recharging. Once the yellow command LED is glowing steady that means that the control panel is operational.
  7. In order to test the control panel, push the push bar to activate the garage door opener. And that’s it you are ready to start programming all your devices to the wall console.

Ready to Go!!

Now that you have installed your 888LM MyQ Control Panel, You are able to program all of your remotes, keypads, and MyQ enabled accessories. We do sell these control panels at our store located in Plano.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself we can always send someone out to help you figure out how it all works. Feel free to give us a call at (972) 422-1695!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

 

 

Backup Batteries in Plano, TX

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The Battery Back-up, is a well-known product that provides homeowners with reliable garage door operation during severe weather, thunderstorms and blackouts.

Security

Our customers in the Plano, Texas area who use a garage door opener for easy, safe and secure access to their garage and home have already found that access to their cars, as well as getting in and out of their garages, are compromised by a powerless garage door opener when there is a power failure. Not only does this cause convenience and transportation issues, it also poses a security threat to families and homeowners who depend on the garage door as the primary entrance and exit from their home.

Reliability

Plano Overhead Garage Doors Battery Back-up provides reliable garage door operation in the event of electricity outages. It is compatible with the new generation of garage door openers, which combine reliability, speed and power, all with amazing quiet operation. This accessory enables an opener to operate the door at 3.5 inches per second, and, in the event of an extended loss of electricity, the unit will run up to 50 cycles in a 24-hour period after initial power outage.   It also reaches full charge within 48 hours and has front facing LEDs that indicate the charge status.

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How it works

The battery itself is located inside the unit that mounts to your ceiling.   The battery comes standard with most residential garage door openers.  Once power is lost to the home, the Battery Backup system automatically begins functioning.  Dedicated to full access and safety, the Battery Backup system on the LiftMaster garage door opener operates so all remote controls and garage door opener safety systems work normally.  Also, to notify the homeowner that the garage door opener is operating under battery power, a series of recognizable, audible sounds signal when the door is opening or closing.  As an added safety feature, a flashing LED light alerts the homeowner when the battery is charging, in use, or when the batteries need to be replaced. The battery, which has a life of roughly three-to-five years under normal use, is warranted for one year from the date of purchase to the original owner.

Rest easy!

Severe weather events are not an uncommon occurrence here in North Texas! With the help from us here at Plano Overhead Garage door, you can rest easy knowing that with electricity or not, you will always be able to open your garage door!  A battery backup can be easily installed or replaced by either a highly experienced Plano Overhead technician or the homeowner.

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

 

Quick tips for Setting Up Internet Gateway Device

We here at Plano Overhead understand that when it comes to installing and connecting devices sometimes can get very stressful and frustrating. That’s why we are here to help you out when it comes to providing you with the utmost information and will help you get the most from your products when using a smartphone, tablet, or computer to monitor and control your garage door opener, gate opener, light controls, or other MyQ enabled products.


 Connecting to the device

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  • To start, look to the “ MyQ Quick Start Guide” for instructions for the connection of your Chamberlin Internet Gateway to the Internet. A computer or tablet is a MUST HAVE for the step; a smartphone or mobile device will not work to create an account and connect to the Internet Gateway.
  • You then must have a valid email address to create your account. After entering and submitting your information, you will then receive a confirmation email.
  • When the  Internet Gateway powers up, the GREEN LED and BLUE LED will blink for times indicating a correct power connection and reset of the Gateway. After power up, the LEDs will indicate the status of the  Internet Gateway.
  • If the GREEN LED is off after connecting the Internet Gateway to your router, check the Ethernet cable connection to your router. It must be in the LAN port, (normally numbered 1-4). If the GREEN LED is still off, try another port on your router. Then if you still cannot get a solid GREEN LED, you then will need to contact Liftmaster for help.  They have an entire team dedicated to helping you with the device.

 Registering

Once you have set up your account, you must add the Chamberlain Internet Gateway to the account. It is easy to do from a computer; this can also be done from an internet empowered smartphone or tablet.

  • To add the Chamberlain internet Gateway to your account, the GREEN LED on the Gateway must be on unremittingly. If the GREEN LED is off, try connecting and created again. The Internet Gateway MUST HAVE an internet connection for the website or phone to find it.
  • You will need the SERIAL NUMBER from the bottom label of the Gateway. If this is the second Gateway to be added, you then will only need to go to “Manage Places>Add New Place”.
  • Now you will need to personally name your device.
  • At this point now you are able to add things like the garage door opener, gate opener, lights. Or other accessories from the “Manage Places” page. To assemble that, click on “Manage Places>Add New Device” and follow steps.

 Alerts

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The alert feature allows MyQ users to receive an electric notification when certain events occur. You’ll be sure to be aware when your garage door opens and closes at all times! An alert can be enables, edited, or disabled with any internet enabled computer or smartphone. Multiple alerts can be enabled for any of your garage doors, gate operators, or light controls. You may even have alerts be sent to your email for your personal record.


Smart Phone App

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Now that the hard part is finished, you can move onto the fun part! Downloading your smartphone app can be the most useful thing when it comes to Garage Door Openers! After installation, all you need to do is input your account email and password and you could be in Hawaii on vacation and be able to open your garage door for your neighbor to let your dog out or water the plants!


 

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

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