How to Program Your Remote or Keypad in Plano, TX

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Plano, TX, Homelink Plano

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.

LM Keypad

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

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Blog Posts by Plano Overhead Garage Door in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX


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.

825LM Remote Light Control LiftMaster side view


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

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Opener & Smartphones in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Safety Sensors in Plano, TX


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

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Batteries & Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX


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


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.


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.

battery backup

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

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Internet Gateway

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


  • 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.


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.


myQ options

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


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

Liftmaster 829LM Garage Door Monitor

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX


What does the 829LM do?

The 829LM Garage Door Monitor is a very handle tool to have in your house. This device was designed to indicate the status of your garage door from inside your house. It can be programmed with up to four garage door openers! This device is compatible with MyQ technology garage door openers only.  You can put it anywhere in your house and you are able to open and shut your garage door as well as know if it is opening.

How does the device work?

To set-up this device all you need to do is connect the adapter to the garage door monitor and a standard 110 Vac outlet. Then you need to program it, you do this by pressing and releasing the learn button on the back of the garage door monitor. You have 60 seconds to press and release the learn button on the garage door opener. There will be 2 short beeps will confirm the garage door monitor has been successfully programmed. Note that the program additional garage door openers, repeat the steps above on each individual garage door opener, the garage door monitor can be programmed with up to 4 garage door openers! If you are wanting to erase the memory, all you have to do is press and hold the learn button on the garage door monitor for at least 6 seconds. There will be 1 short beep that you can hear at the beginning, and 1 short beep that will confirm that all codes have been erased.

What do all the lights mean?

It might be kind of confusing with all the lights that the garage door monitor has, so here is what they all mean:

  1. Red light blinking and green light off- at least one garage door is open
  2. Red light off and green light solid- all doors are closed
  3. Red light solid and green light off- no signal has been received from a programmed garage door opener within the last 20 minutes (implies a power outage or a garage door opener malfunction)
  4. Red light solid and green light solid- the garage door monitor has been successfully programmed.
  5. Red and green LEDs blinking simultaneously- the garage door is closing after pressing the close door button
  6. Red and green LEDs blinking alternately slow- the garage door monitor is not programmed to any garage door opener
  7. Red and green LEDs blinking alternately fast- the garage door monitor is a programming mode
  8. Both red and green LEDs are off- there is no power to the garage door monitor.

You can look in the user’s manual for any further assistant with the lights as well as what all the beeps mean.

Where can you pick it up?

We can these Liftmaster 829LM garage door monitors in stock at our showroom located in Plano. You can come pick one up for only $45 dollars plus tax. Also why you are there you can ask about our MyQ technology that your garage door opener is compatible of having as well!


By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Liftmaster 975LM Laser Garage Parking Assist

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Opener Laser Park Assist, Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Garage Door Safety in Plano, TX

laser park assist

Liftmaster has the solution for helping you park in your garage ensuring that you don’t hit your garage door. This system is called Laser Garage Parking Assist. It is a system that you hook up in your garage that has a laser beam detector to tell you exactly where to park and when to stop.  This device is ideal for customers with tight fitting SUVs, small garages, and much more.

This system is a very easy install. There are no additional wires needed, as well as, no additional power needed. It connects to IR sensor wires for flexible installation. You can also install 2 per garage door opener in the event that you park two cars side by side- or even to use on two separate cars with separate doors.  We’ve even seen customers who use more than one on a vehicle, but one has proven to be sufficient.


How Does it Work?

Any time the garage door opener is activated, the red light shoots the infrared beam continuously.  Be careful, the laser will stop shining after a minute or so!  If you back up and re-adjust several times, be sure that you cross the safety sensor beam at the opening of the garage- as this will re-activate the red beam.

Installing a Ceiling Laser Park Assist is EASY!

In a nutshell, to install the Liftmaster laser parking assist, all you have to do is mount it to the ceiling and plug the two wires into the ports on your garage door opener.  As long as your garage door opener has infrared safety sensors (the little black boxes at the bottom of the garage opening), then your opener is compatible.

Positioning the Laser Beam

After mounting the Laser Garage Parking Assist, it’s simple to set up and adjust. It helps to have someone there to assist you.  Drive your vehicle into the garage and park in the location you want to park your vehicle each time you pull into your garage. Activate the parking assist locator by obstructing the path of the safety reversing sensors. The laser will emit a pulsing bright red beam. Using the swivel mount, you will aim the red beam to a location on the dash or hood that can easily be seen while seated in the driver’s seat of your vehicle. Just note that the laser will shut off automatically in one minute. If you are not finished adjusting the beam and it shuts off, simply obstruct the path of the safety reversing sensors again to re-activate the beam. Then sit in the driver’s seat and confirm that you can easily see the location of the red beam. This location is now your point of reference for parking your vehicle. These steps are very simple to do, and once you are finished you are ready to go!


Get Rid of That Old Tennis Ball!

The tennis ball on a string is so 1990!  They are extremely unreliable in how they roll across the windshield as you move, they break over time, and you’ll get tired of it hitting you in the face every time you go out to your garage when the garage doesn’t have a car in it!  The 975Lm Laser Garage Parking Assist is a handy tool for a person with a full garage and needs to know exactly where to park so that they don’t hit anything. You can pick one up at our show room located in Plano for $30.00 plus tax. We are open Monday through Friday 8-5:30 and 9-1 on Saturdays, just stop on by and see us!


By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Breaking Into Your Garage in 6 Seconds

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Garage Door Safety in Plano, TX

A recent episode on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank brought garage security to the attention of millions of American viewers.  An entrepreneur pitched his product that would stop a garage break in, and displayed a video that showed how easy breaking into a garage can be.  The product pitched on the show seems moderately effective at securing a garage door, but it will cost you more money and effort than the steps below, and isn’t currently recommended by any major reputable agencies.

Is it true?  Can someone really break in to your garage in under 6 seconds?

The practice of breaking into a garage using a simple metal coat hanger and a block of wood has been commonly discussed in the garage door repair industry for years, but has become an internet sensation on YouTube and on local news stations in recent months.

Ok. Now take a deep breath…..

First of all, despite what many videos and sites suggest, DO NOT USE A ZIP TIE OR CUT OFF THE RED EMERGENCY RELEASE CORD. Yes, it deters a coat hanger from dis-engaging the garage door opener, but it also prevents anyone from being able to get out of the garage in the event of an emergency or garage door opener malfunction/failure.  Do you want your family to be digging in drawers looking for scissors in the event of a house fire?  Didn’t think so.  Installing a zip-tie is the most common solution you’ll read on the internet, but doing this voids any and all warranties from your manufacturer, installation company, and voids most forms of home owner’s insurance coverage on any accidents associated. Federal Law requires emergency release cords to be installed and maintained on all garage door openers.  Zip Ties are a simple solution, but they are NOT the best solution.


So what CAN you do to stop this?


  1. If you have windows, frost or obscure your garage windows to decrease visibility, especially if they are at the top of the garage door.
  2. Install a garage door monitor on your garage door.  Most modern garage door openers have optional accessories that can be installed that can beep, flash, and even send your smart phone an alert every time your garage door opens.  You can put them on your night stand, in the living room, or anywhere with an electrical outlet within a 25 foot range.
  3. Add a motion detecting light on either side of your garage.  Thieves often take the path of least resistance.
  4. Add a Liftmaster 840LM Motion Sensing Light to the ceiling of your garage.  A cheap, quick way to add light to your garage without needing an electrician.
  5. Replace your bulbs on the garage door opener.
  6. Test your motion sensing function of your garage door opener.  If the lights don’t come on when the door opens manually, you need a newer garage door opener.
  7. Have a security sensor installed by calling your security company.  This sensor works just like the ones on your doors (and/or windows) of your home, and is triggered in the event that the garage is opened while the alarm is set.  Call them and tell them you’d like to have a garage door contact sensor installed on your garage door, they’ll walk you through the process.
  8. Keep large landscaping trimmed to a minimum around the garage area, and avoid leaving out “bait” in the driveway such as an easy to grab kids scooter.  The last thing you want is for your home to stand out as an easy target.
  9. Stay organized.  Does it look like you would notice if they stole it?
  10. Keep the garage door closed during the day, even if you’re at home.
  11. Don’t crack the garage door open  for ventilation.  Invest in a more insulated garage door, attic, and home to save money.  Not only can this let animals and people in, but it’s the most common cause of customers running into their garage door when backing out.  In your rear view mirror the door looks closed, but your husband left it cracked all afternoon.  You hit the button to leave after loading the kids and spilling the coffee on yourself.  You hit the button, put it in reverse, check your iPhone to see how far behind you’re running, and then……bam…….you call Plano Overhead Garage Door because you swore you hit the button (you did, you just needed to do it twice).
  12. Lock the pass door from your garage to your home.  This way they can get into your garage, not your entire home.  Treat your pass door of your garage like your front door!
  13. If you park outside, lock your car, roll your windows all the way up, keep remote controls out of plain sight, and take your keys inside.
  14. Re-program your remotes, keypads, and automobiles once a year.  Did you give that code to the plumber last summer?  Did you have a questionable repair company work on your garage door opener a few years ago?
  15. Add a garage door strut to your top panel.  If your garage door is the original on the home, it likely doesn’t have a reinforcing strut at the top that most companies include with installation these days.  These struts will prevent flexibility in your top garage door panel, and make it harder to enter your garage.
  16. If your garage door opener looks like the one from the video, upgrade!  The opener in the video is close to 20 years old.  Technology on garage door opener carriages has evolved to prevent this exact scenario from happening.  The new, spring loaded carriages are much more difficult to dis-engage than the old flip-down plastic carriages from the 1990s and 2000s.
  17. Install a myQ compatible Liftmaster garage door opener with appropriate accessories so that you can monitor the status of your garage door from your phone, anywhere in the world.
  18. Buy a garage door opener with a Timer-to-Close feature.  This optional Liftmaster feature allows your garage door opener to close automatically after a set period of time.  The majority of the thefts we learn about are from garages that were left open.
  19. Dogs make for great deterrents (but don’t leave them in the garage).
  20. Stay active in your community and consider a community crime watch effort.  Your neighborhood has a reputation, protect it!

If you take the time to follow even just a few of these steps, you can significantly decrease the likelihood of a break-in of your home.  It’s National Garage Safety Month, get out there and do it while it’s still on your mind.  There is no substitute for peace of mind!   Contact Plano Overhead at 972-422-1695 if you would like for us to make your garage more secure!


By Nick McGregor

840LM Garage Motion Sensor Light with Wall Switch

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Lighting, Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Safety in Plano, TX

Liftmaster 840LM Motion Sensor Garage Light Product Image

Liftmaster has introduced a brand new product that stands to change mancaves, garages, closets, and attics forever.  The new 840LM 4′ Garage Light is a simple solution for one of the most common shortcomings about the inside of a garage, attic, or closet.  You just can’t see anything, it’s just too dark!

If you look online, you’ll see hundreds of light fixtures that offer plug in compatibility, but most are either cheaply made, aren’t exactly what you were looking for, offer only one florescent light bulb, or cost way too much money.  Enter the Liftmaster 840LM 4′ Garage Light.

840LM Garage Light

With a motion sensor built in to the light fixture, you never have to worry about finding that light switch, or balancing all your work things with your kids’ school materials like a game of Jenga just to be able to see what you’re doing.  Many closets are left without light- in which we commonly buy those battery powered LED lights that just don’t do the trick at all.  And although many garage door openers now come with motion sensing lights, you can barely even tell that your garage door opener lights are on when the 840LM kicks on.

The construction is very well done, and is aimed at simplicity of install.  The metal fixtures and sturdy steel outer mounting clips are a nice touch to a previously neglected area of plug-in lighting.  Screw 2 lagbolts into studs, or 2 toggle bolts (or 30lb screw/anchors) through the ceiling, attach the mounting clips to the light, plug it in, and you’re done.  You can either poke a hole in the ceiling above the light, or run the cord with supplied cord clips to tidy up the job (and paint the cord if needed).  There’s no splicing, no concerns about breakers, and you don’t need any electrical knowledge.  The 8′ power cord is long enough to reach 3/4 of the way across most standard two-car garages.  If you can hang a picture on the wall, you can mount the 840LM Garage Light with no problem.

It comes with two 4′ florescent bulbs, making it appear as if it were a professionally installed permanent commercial light fixture.  With two T8, 32watt, and 4,100K, there’s no need to worry about whether it will be put out enough light- it will.  The sleek black design, with an opaque cover really gives it a professional and finished look straight out of the box.

840LM Garage Light Wall Button

There is also a wireless, battery operated push button that you can mount anywhere on the wall or table close to the light fixture- without having to run wires or worry about having an electrician run power to and/or install a switch.  You can disable the light as needed with the wall button, and the lights will also go out by themselves after 5 minutes with no motion.

Although cost has not yet been disclosed, we can guarantee that this garage light is going to be worth the money.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see your tools, that label on the box at the back of your closet, be able to actually see when you’re in the attic, or to have a light on your porch that comes on as somebody approaches your front or back door?  You will be amazed at how much nicer- and safer- a garage, closet, or porch can be simply by adding a little light.  Not to mention, it makes garages a safer place and inspires a little spring cleaning and organization!  This is one of the easiest things that you’ll be able to cross of your honey-do or Do-It-Yourself list!  In less than 15 minutes you can honestly transform an entire room.

What are you waiting for, try it out!

By Nick McGregor

MyQ Technology, Available in Plano, TX

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Openers & Accessories in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Plano, TX, Garage Door Technology

821LM Universal Smartphone Garage Door Controller

The 821LM Universal Garage Door Control is the newest release from Liftmaster. Compatible with most major brands of garage door openers that have photo eyes or safety sensors, the 821LM is set to enable a more mainstream occurrence of wireless garage door monitoring and operation.  This retro-fit universal kit contains Wi-Fi and built-in MyQ technology.  The 821LM box contains a Wi-Fi hub and a garage door sensor in order to convert an existing garage door opener to the patented MyQ technology to allow wireless connectivity.

You might not have realized it, but garage door openers just got a heck of a lot smarter.  As part of the home automation movement, garage door openers now have technology that allows them to be controlled from any internet device from anywhere in the world.  The Liftmaster 821LM Universal Garage Door Control has simply revolutionized the ability to control your garage door opener.

MyQ Options

Previously, consumers were forced to purchase specific models of garage door openers- such as the Liftmaster 8550- in order to ensure compatibility with the new myQ technology and the accompanied 828LM Liftmaster internet gateway.  Then, a wall console (the 888LM) was introduced by Liftmaster in order to convert older models into tech savvy machines.  Both of these options are still available, and useful; however the newest product to be released has broadened the horizon for tech lovers everywhere.

With MyQ technology, easy setup, and a free downloadable MyQ mobile app; it appears that the future of garage door openers is truly upon us.  There are now at least three different ways to enable your garage door opener to be controlled from your laptop at work, or your iPhone while you’re on vacation.

By Nick McGregor

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  • September 23, 2016:

    "We've used Plano Overhead many times since the late 1990's and have been pleased every time!"

    -Sally R.    Plano, TX
  • September 7, 1987:

    "Prompt, courteous, and took care of the job in a very professional manner.  The enthusiasm to do the job right was refreshing to say the least."

    -Jared F.    Richardson, TX
  • January 2, 2017:

    "The customer service of this company is great.  They go the extra mile to make things right.  Use this company.  They fix your problems correctly and have quick service too."

    -Richard S.    Dallas, TX
  • March 14, 1995:

    "Plano Overhead quickly diagnosed my problem, made the necessary repairs, and adjusted the door for proper operation.  All I can say is, again, thanks for the excellent service and very professional service personnel.  The cost was very reasonable as well!"

    -Lynn P.   McKinney, TX
  • December 4, 2006:

    "Great service! I couldn't be happier!  I'm just amazed that in today's hurry up, make a quick dollar and get out world, this kind of expert service and friendly attitude still exists.  I don't mind paying for this kind of service and attitude.  I'll never call anyone other than Plano Overhead!"

    -Steve S.   Wylie, TX
  • January 27, 2017:

    "My garage door spring broke this morning.  I had used Plano Overhead before and was really impressed with their customer service and the professionalism of their technicians.  They stand behind their work and their products.  I have always recommended them to people I know and will continue to do so!"

    -Mark Z.   Allen, TX
  • January 14, 2004:

    "Thank you for your timely and professional service and your reasonable prices!"

    -Emmett W.   Garland, TX
  • December 6, 1993:

    "As a small business owner myself, I would like to commend your company for taking the extra step many business fail to take these days. Please feel free to add me to your list of references."

    Johnathan T.    Plano, TX
  • March 12, 2011:

    "Great service, great price, great company."

    -Chris H.    Plano, TX
  • August 13, 2006:

    "I cannot believe I got a Thank You Note from you guys!  Your promptness, courtesy, sympathy, and efficiency all made my situation a little easier."

    Richard W.   Murphy, TX
  • June 27, 2013:

    "The entire process was fantastic.  I walked into their showroom, and a representative was more than ready to help!"

    -Tony B.    Plano, TX
  • February 23, 2017:

    "Technician arrived on time on very short notice.  He worked efficiently and completed work in about one hour.  He even took time to answer questions and go over the work!"

    -Viadhe T.    Carrolton, TX
  • May 7, 2014:

    "Everyone from the technicians to the receptionists are always so pleasant to deal with.  You will not be disappointed with this company!"

    -Betsy Y.    Allen, TX
  • May 30, 2015:

    "Service was great, very professional and helpful!"

    -Steve J.    Frisco, TX
  • August 8, 1997:

    "I appreciate the fast service.  It's great to find a company I can rely on.  I'll recommend you every chance I get!"

    Stephany R.   Richardson, TX
  • January 5, 2012:

    "It is great to find a local company that you can depend upon.  I will definitely recommend your company to others who may have problems with their garage door."

    -Christina L.     Allen, TX
  • October 31, 2014:

    "About as good an experience as you can get, the installer was professional about his business, showed up on time, and completed the job in the time estimated."

    -Mark M.     Frisco, TX
  • August 19, 2014:

    "Plano Overhead Garage Door runs their business the way consumers wish all businesses were run.  They are simply a premier service provider."

    -Arlene M.    Plano, TX
  • January 6, 2017:

    "Scheduling was very responsive both via email and over the phone.  They were very professional and timely during the install, and even programmed my vehicles to the garage door opener before leaving.  I will continue to hire Plano Overhead Door in result of my experience today and will highly recommend them to my neighbors!"

    -Jon M.    Plano, TX
  • June 17, 2014:

    "Punctual, knowledgeable, and fast."

    -Dawn H.    Richardson, TX
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