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What is HomeLink®?
by Roy Bardowell, CDDC
HomeLink® is a wireless control that allows users to open the garage door from the comfort of their vehicle. Instead of the remote, the garage door opener controls are integrated smoothly into your vehicle interior. These controls have three buttons and they can be fully programmed according to your requirements. You never have to worry about missing remote controls and related problems again.
What are the benefits of using HomeLink®?
All garage door and security experts encourage people to install HomeLink in their vehicles. These systems offer a number of benefits and some of those benefits are listed below:
Easy to program—HomeLink® is easy to program and has Quicktrain technology built into the system. Even if the vehicle doesn’t support Quicktrain technology, this system can be programmed.
Battery-free—The control is powered by the car’s electrical system so there’s no reason to be concerned about the batteries.
It’s convenient—The HomeLink® system is always located at the same place, easy to access, and easy to operate. This means you don’t need to hunt for the controls to leave or enter the garage.
Versatile—This system controls property gates, alarm systems, and garage door openers. You can find information about the full range of information regarding the device on the HomeLink® website.
What Garage door openers work with HomeLink®?
HomeLink® is designed to work with almost every type and brand of garage door openers available in the market and that includes Guardian™ garage door openers. The in-built technology is easily programmable and can form a link between the car, garage door opener, and even the property gates. Here are some ways to find the best compatible garage door openers for your requirements:
Established manufacturers—Established manufacturers like Guardian prefer to keep up with the latest technology and make sure all of their garage door openers support HomeLink® technology. This is usually mentioned on the product information page along with information about compatibility and other such factors.
Contact customer care—It is important to remember that HomeLink® is not Car2U®by Leer Corporation. Some car manufacturers began providing the alternate Car2U® system to HomeLink® in their cars right around 2006. This hasty move caught most door operator manufacturers by surprise and today there are limited door operators that are compatible with Car2U®. You can contact customer care of the garage door opener manufacturer or call customer service at your auto dealer for solutions. When programming the in car system, the problem may not be with the opener, but with the Car2U® device. When auto manufacturers were installing HomeLink® in their cars, there was rarely a problem. When the auto manufacturers found a lower priced device they never considered conformity or the users. Finding an operator that is compatible with Car2U® is more difficult. However, HomeLink® by Gentex works with most door operators and all Guardian openers. Car2U® by Leer never considered making their product universal. Call your dealership and ask them if they support HomeLink® or Car2U® by Leer. The Leer Corporation has developed a repeater receiver fix and it may be available at the dealership where you purchased your car. They will provide information and answer any questions you might have regarding the performance of the HomeLink® system or Car2U® with the garage door opener. Car2U® devices are not compatible with Guardian door operators. On the other hand, any auto ever made with a HomeLink® system, is compatible with a Guardian opener. A Guardian opener never needs a repeater hit. Some older vehicles will require a HomeLink® repeater kit when used with many of the newer garage door openers on the market today. Call HomeLink® (1-800-355-3515) when you are not sure about the vehicle and opener compatibility.
HomeLink® website—The HomeLink® website has information on most of garage door manufacturers. You have to search online for Car2U® by Leer.RENDS: One of the latest trends in doors is the carriage house design. Every door manufacturer now produces a few carriage house designs and this trend took hold very fast and now is most popular with homeowners who want a big change in the look of their home.
HomeLink® is a registered trademark of Gentex Corporation. Car2U® is a registered trademark of Leer Corporation. Images are property of Gentex Corporation.