Have you ever lost your garage door remote? Or perhaps left them somewhere you can’t even remember? Most garage door remotes come with duplicates but what if you lost both? That’s just really bad luck but it can happen sometimes! No one’s blaming you! That’s why universal garage door remotes are available. What’s a universal garage door remote anyway? It’s still a garage door opener but it can duplicate your old garage door opener. There are some things you should consider before buying a universal garage door remote. Here are some things you should know about universal garage door remotes:
- A typical universal garage door remote or a self-learning copy remote is operated at 315 MHz frequency. You have to know what type of frequency your garage door operates otherwise the universal remote won’t work. How would you know what frequency your garage door runs on? You can typically see it on the receiver or if you still have the box or the leaflet that comes with it, then you can check the proper information.
The universal remote is categorized into three groups. They are:
1. Fixed-frequency, single frequency universal remote can duplicate different remote controls provided that it transmits the same frequency like 433.92MHz or 315MHz. If your garage door operates on 315MHz and you bought the 433.92MHz remote, it won’t work no matter how you set it that’s why it’s important that you know the right frequency to your garage door.
2. Variable frequency, single frequency universal remote can duplicate different remote controls that transmit the same frequency which can be tuned by the user usually by a capacitor trimmer to change the frequency. These are often used between 287MHz and 390MHz.
3. Multi-frequency universal remote control has a PLL/VCO (Phase Locked Loop) inside that allows it to operate in a different frequency. On each button, it allows you to set each button on a different frequency. For example, on the first button you can set it to 315MHz, on the second button you can set it on 433.92MHz.
Why should you use a universal garage door remote? It’s very useful to duplicate your original garage door remote because it basically prevents loss and it can also replace your old garage door remote. Besides, using a universal garage door remote is way cheaper than buying the original ones. If you’re using a multi-frequency universal remote control, it’s a huge advantage for you. You can set each button to each frequency to your gate and then your garage and then your car alarm and well, you know the rest.
- Find the correct duplicating position. The most common problem for universal remote users is that sometimes, the cloning key fob can’t successfully copy the signal even after several tries. So to save time and to improve the success rate of copying your original garage door remote, you need to know the most common duplicating positions of remotes together with the background information of your garage door operator.
Here’s a list of the Encoder IC Compatibility Test:
The following list show some of the standard encoders used to generate the code to be transmitted by a RF remote control. Although these are standard encoders, some RF remote control manufacturers use their own non-standard encodings, which often can be duplicated by universal remote controls as well.
• HCSxxx (KeeLoq Rolling code from Microchip)
• HT6010 / HT6013 / HT6014
• HT600 / HT680 / HT6207 / HT6010 / HT6012
• MC145026 / HT640
• 5026-1 / 5026-2 / 5026-3 / 5026-4
• AX5326-3 / AX5326-4
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