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How to Program a Remote and Homelink Garage Door Opener
 by: Jeremy Harmon

When you have an automatic garage door, it is quite difficult to open it without a garage door opener. It is especially difficult when you are in the car and you need to pull the car into the garage. You do not want to have to get out, open the door, get back into the car, and then pull it into the garage. You want to be able to push a button and the door open up. However, you do have to program that garage door opener to do the job.

You have two types of garage door openers. You have remote garage door openers and you have Homelink openers. Remote openers are your average remote control garage door opener that clips onto the visor in your car. The Homelink system is a garage door opener that is built into your car. There are manufacturers such as Audi that install Homelink systems within their cars.

Programming the traditional remote

How you program your traditional remote depends on the manufacturer. Just like a remote control that you are programming to go with your television, you may have certain numbers to punch or you may need to hit a certain combination of buttons. If you have a remote that has numbered keys on them, then you should be able to input the code and be on your way. If you have a garage door opener with just up and down buttons, you may have to press the buttons in a certain order.

Programming a Homelink System

You will be given instructions on how to program your Homelink system to the garage doors at your home. However, there are some generic programming instructions in case you need them. And what is great about Homelink is that it can be programmed in just a minute. Here is an example of programming instructions:

Press and hold the buttons on the outside. You will notice the diode will start flashing after 20 seconds.

Now you just need to hold the remote control to your garage door about 5 to 30 centimeters away from Homelink's transmitter. This may take a few tries.

Next, you need to press your remote control's button and the button on the Homelink system that you want to use for your garage door. However, do not release the button until you have completed the next step.

You will now notice that the diode will flash slow and then faster. When you see the rapid flashing, you will need to release the buttons. This means the programming has been successful.

The process is a very simple one. It is also a very quick one as you can see. Of course, how you program your Homelink system will vary. Not all of the buttons in all of the different car models look the same, but the concept is more or less the same. At least now you know that it does not take any extra special technological knowledge to get the job done.

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