Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations

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I'm looking for recommendations on a garage door opener keypad.  I
normally use a wireless remote / homelink to operate the door, but I want
a keypad as a backup, so that someone cannot be locked out of the house.

My requirements seem simple, but I've had no luck with finding a unit
that meets them:

1. Wired - it will activate the door by triggering the manual pushbutton
circuit

2. No batteries - it must be A/C powered.  If it has a back-up battery,
for in case of power failure, that's fine, but I don't want the unit to
fail because the battery died.

3. The relay must be separate from the outdoor keypad.  This would
prevent someone from simply ripping the keypad off the wall and shorting
the wires going to it.

4. It must be reliable

A unit exists that meets all of the above requirements except one: a
Genie KEP-1.  I've got one of these.  In fact, I've had 2, and they have
both died.  The first one lasted many years, but it eventually stopped
working.  I bought a new one of the same model, and it died within the
first year.  I even had the power adapter on a surge suppressor, since I
suspected that might have killed the first one.  I it listed on Amazon,
and from reading the reviews, it seems many others have had reliability
problems with the KEP-1.

So I'm looking for a similar device, but one that will last more than a
few months.  It seems that everything else I find is battery powered, and
most of them are wireless.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations
Get a standard, secure, wireless, keypad, battery operated unit, available
almost every hardware store that links via rolling code passwords each
usage. They come with every garage door opener that isn't bottom end quality
and work very reliably.

Change the battery every couple of years so it works reliably without any
voltage spikes from the dirty grid power in your home.


I'm looking for recommendations on a garage door opener keypad.  I
normally use a wireless remote / homelink to operate the door, but I want
a keypad as a backup, so that someone cannot be locked out of the house.

My requirements seem simple, but I've had no luck with finding a unit
that meets them:

1. Wired - it will activate the door by triggering the manual pushbutton
circuit

2. No batteries - it must be A/C powered.  If it has a back-up battery,
for in case of power failure, that's fine, but I don't want the unit to
fail because the battery died.

3. The relay must be separate from the outdoor keypad.  This would
prevent someone from simply ripping the keypad off the wall and shorting
the wires going to it.

4. It must be reliable

A unit exists that meets all of the above requirements except one: a
Genie KEP-1.  I've got one of these.  In fact, I've had 2, and they have
both died.  The first one lasted many years, but it eventually stopped
working.  I bought a new one of the same model, and it died within the
first year.  I even had the power adapter on a surge suppressor, since I
suspected that might have killed the first one.  I it listed on Amazon,
and from reading the reviews, it seems many others have had reliability
problems with the KEP-1.

So I'm looking for a similar device, but one that will last more than a
few months.  It seems that everything else I find is battery powered, and
most of them are wireless.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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I've always been curious, how many garage door openers can the rolling code
systems be programmed to remember?  Is it a small number, or much larger
than you would ever need?

Best,
Christopher


Re: Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations
I am not sure but mine will take a few...at least one from each garage door
opener, so three or more.


I've always been curious, how many garage door openers can the rolling code
systems be programmed to remember?  Is it a small number, or much larger
than you would ever need?

Best,
Christopher


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Re: Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations
Oh...and plus the keypad on the end of the one doorframe...so four or more.


I am not sure but mine will take a few...at least one from each garage door
opener, so three or more.


I've always been curious, how many garage door openers can the rolling code
systems be programmed to remember?  Is it a small number, or much larger
than you would ever need?

Best,
Christopher


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Both my Sears garage operator and my Door King gate operators use the 315MHz
rolling codes system and the receiver manual says it has two modes: one for
15 remotes in high security mode and the other for 31 remotes in normal mode.
I don't recall which way I set the jumpers on my LiftMaster 312HM receivers.

http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/aaaremotes/312HM.pdf

Tony

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On 11/14/2010 2:04 PM, Josepi wrote:
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I agree. I use a wireless keypad unit.

If the OP is really worried about being locked out, he could put a key
inside a false rock for a few dollars. The false rock is available at
Amazon, as is the keypad. He could also install two wireless garage door
openers. They are cheap enough, and having two virtually gurantess the
batteries will be good in one of them.

I've never had the batteries go bad in mine, and it has been installed
since 2003. Maybe I'll splurge and do it.
--
Jim

Re: Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations
He could also go in another door and release the drive lock and then open
the garage door manually.


I agree. I use a wireless keypad unit.

If the OP is really worried about being locked out, he could put a key
inside a false rock for a few dollars. The false rock is available at
Amazon, as is the keypad. He could also install two wireless garage door
openers. They are cheap enough, and having two virtually gurantess the
batteries will be good in one of them.

I've never had the batteries go bad in mine, and it has been installed
since 2003. Maybe I'll splurge and do it.


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Or if there is no other door, then this $12 no-fail device works:
http://www.aaaremotes.com/key-release-lock.html


Re: Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations
That would definitely enable access, come hell or high water. Two doors with
two remotes would also do it but when the power fails your link would be the
best, barring a second entrance / man-door.


Or if there is no other door, then this $12 no-fail device works:
http://www.aaaremotes.com/key-release-lock.html



He could also go in another door and release the drive lock and then open
the garage door manually.




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Assuming, of course, the garage door spring does not break.  I had a spring
failure on a wooden double wide a couple years ago.  That's when I got a
real appreciation for the weight of these doors.

Best,
Christopher


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So now you want to plan on a power outage and a spring breaking simultaneously?

Uh huh....



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On 11/16/2010 12:37 AM, G. Morgan wrote:
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Some folks wear a belt AND suspenders...

He forgot to mention that all the bearings on all the rollers could
seize up - THEN what?  Better keep a hi-lo around just in case...

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Ah, I thought it was Chris.  He hijacked it.

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Blow me.



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Garage door motors are not designed to lift large wooden double-wide doors
without considerable assistance.  The springs act as a counter-balance, and
if the spring breaks, the motor can not lift these heavy doors.  Some doors
weigh as much as 350 to 450 pounds, and if the spring breaks on a single
point of entry, then entry may be challenging.

Best,
Christopher


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Like a pallet jack?


Re: Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations
On 11/16/2010 7:21 PM, G. Morgan wrote:
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Motorized, driver has a seat and everything.  Like the ones the guys at
home depot drive around the store.  For getting the pallets off the top
shelves.

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It's also known as a fork lift.

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On 11/17/2010 5:37 PM, Jim wrote:
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Yeah - but that would make it too easy.  Here they insist on splitting
it up - the big ones they call fork trucks, the smaller ones are hi-lo's.

So when I made my little quip, I used the term I was used to - then it
sort of took on a life of its own...

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Power or no power, if the spring breaks, you can't open my garage doors
without the aid of some type of jack.  There are handles on the inside, but
from the outside, even two people can't open my doors.

Best,
Christopher


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