Easily and quickly opening your garage door with the touch of a button on your car remote is a convenience that many homeowners enjoy. But if you’re new to this convenient feature, it can be intimidating to sync the opener in your car with your garage door opener. Don’t worry — it’s not as complicated as you might think. Over 80% of all car owners have successfully synced their garage door opener to their cars.
Syncing cars and garage doors saves you time (a primary purpose of the internet of things) and increases your safety. It also boosts your home's security. This article describes how to sync car garage door opener in your home.
Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to help you get started syncing your car garage door opener.
The first step is making sure that the type of remote in your car is compatible with the model of garage door opener you have installed at home. Syncing a car garage door opener requires a compatible car and garage door opener. The car must have a built-in HomeLink system to be able to sync with the garage door opener.
The garage door opener must have a compatible frequency, such as 315 MHz or 390 MHz, for the car to be able to sync with it.
Most new cars come pre-equipped with a universal garage door opener, but if yours does not, you will need to check if it is compatible before attempting to sync it. This information should be available online or from the manufacturer.
Once you know that the remote in your car can be synced with your particular model of garage door opener, you will need to purchase any necessary equipment for the job. In most cases, you need a small device called a “remote extender,” which plugs into your vehicle’s OBDII port and allows the signal from your car remote to reach beyond its normal range.
The car must also have a working key fob to activate the HomeLink system, and the garage door opener must have a “learn” button to program the HomeLink system.
However, some vehicles may require additional tools specific to their make and model; again, refer to the manufacturer for advice on what equipment is necessary for installation.
Once you have all the necessary equipment on hand, follow the instructions carefully and make sure each part is properly connected. Depending on what system and brand of garage door opener you have, there may be different steps involved in syncing them together, so take care when following these instructions. Also, remember that all remotes must be set up individually; multiple remotes cannot be synced together at once.
To sync the car and garage door opener, the car must be parked within a few feet of the garage door opener. The car must be in the park, and the ignition must be in the “on” position to activate the HomeLink system.
Syncing your car's remote control with your garage door opener doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming. With these three simple steps — checking compatibility, gathering needed supplies, and following directions carefully — you can easily sync up any compatible vehicle with an existing garage door system in no time at all.
So get out there and start enjoying this convenient feature today.
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