A universal remote, which has more than one button, can easily be programmed to operate two garage doors. When you go through the programming sequence, or learning process, each door opener will send a unique code to one of the remote’s buttons, and when the openers have “learned” which buttons you have chosen, the two garage doors should operate successfully using one remote.
A problem that some homeowners run into is if they own a home that has more than one automatic garage door, then they could have a remote for each door. If you are in this situation and let’s say you have a three-car garage—with three doors—you could end up with three different remotes, and unless you have a way of distinguishing one remote from another, you could be operating the wrong garage door. So what is the solution? If you have a keypad for each door, then you can always make use of those to open and close each door, but a better solution is to program a remote to operate more than one door. We will explain exactly how it can be done by answering a few of the most common questions asked by consumers who have run into this problem.
Can two garage doors be programmed to one remote?
A universal remote, which can be programmed to operate most garage door openers, has the advantage over dedicated or branded remotes since they usually have three buttons that can be programmed to operate various devices such as garage doors, gates, barriers, etc. To program your universal remote, the codes already programmed in the opener(s) must be removed. Locate the “learn or SRT” button on the opener and hold it down for at least six seconds to erase the codes. To check that the codes have been erased, try your remote to open or close the door. There should be no response. Once the codes have been erased, then each door opener can be programmed to respond to a different button on the remote. To do this follow a few simple steps:
Press the “learn” button on the opener until it starts to “blink”, and then on the remote, press one of the buttons keeping it pressed until the light on the garage door opener flashes. The remote should now open and close the door. Do the same with any other opener, selecting a different button on the remote.
Can I get a second remote to operate the garage door?
You can buy a second remote for your garage door by either contacting the manufacturer of the opener or by going to your local home improvement store and looking for a remote that is fully compatible with the original remote and opener. You will need to take a note of the brand, model number, and if you can find it, the serial number of the opener. Armed with this information, you should be able to buy a second remote fairly easily. If you have difficulty locating one at the store, then you can always go online and search for the model number and get a remote that will work. For example, if you have a Chamberlain Model #B2405, then you should be able to obtain another remote that works with that model from online stores. Many remotes use the color of the learn button to ensure compatibility, but others simply use the code generated by the opener.
Can one remote operate two doors and two individual doors?
It is possible to program a “tandem door opener”, where both doors open and close simultaneously, but this is could lead to a serious injury if you’re not careful.
Modern garage door openers use what is known as rolling codes to program remotes. This means that each time you program a button on the remote for your garage door opener, the code changes. If you program your remote for one door by using the learn button method, then a code is generated by the opener and paired with a button on the remote, allowing you to open and close the door by pushing that button. Repeating the process for the second garage door, the second opener can generate the same random code, and although this is extremely rare, it has been reported by some consumers. To avoid this very unsafe situation, it is recommended that you remove all codes from the openers as described above, then program one opener and the first button on your remote. When that is complete, unplug that opener from the power outlet, go to the second door, and program that door opener and a second button on the remote. After checking the door operates as it should, plug the first opener back in, and select the first button to open and close the door. You should now have two separate buttons on the remote which will operate the two garage doors independently of each other.
Can a remote be programmed for multiple doors?
If you have a remote with more than one button, then a garage door can be programmed for each button. Manufacturers such as LiftMaster, Craftsman, and Chamberlain garage door openers are sold with remotes that have three buttons so if you have more than one garage door, then each door opener can be programmed to any one of the three buttons.
If your garage door openers are different models, then you may have to invest in a universal remote, which is compatible with almost every newer type of garage door opener. It would be wise to check on the packaging to see if the remote you are considering buying lists the type and model of your garage door opener.
Once you have a compatible remote, then the process of programming a universal remote is the same as with a brand remote, but you need to follow the instructions supplied by the manufacturer to ensure you program it successfully.
What’s the number of remotes you can have with a LiftMaster opener?
The answer to that question depends on the model of LiftMaster opener you have.
If you have a Wi-Fi opener manufactured from 2015 to the present, then you can have 40 remotes for the LiftMaster Elite model, 24 for the LiftMaster Premium model, and 12 remotes if it is the LiftMaster Contractor model.
From 2005 to the present, a myQ-enabled opener can have 40 remotes for the LiftMaster Elite model, 24 for the LiftMaster Premium model, and 12 remotes if it is the LiftMaster Contractor model.
If your LiftMaster opener was manufactured between 1997 & 2005, then you can have eight remotes programmed for each of the different “learn” button colors: Red/Orange, and Purple.
How do I reset the remote for my garage door opener?
In reality, you do not reset the remote. What you need to do is reset or reprogram the opener itself. To achieve this, you first have to erase all codes stored in the opener. Locate the “learn” button and press it for at least six seconds. You may notice an LED beside the button light up. If it does, keep pressing the button until the LED goes out. This means all remote codes have been erased, and you can start to reprogram your remote(s).
NOTE: If you have any other linked/smart devices, you will have to press the “learn’” button again for another six seconds to remove the links.
You can now program your remote(s). To do this, follow a few simple steps:
Press the “learn” button on the opener until it starts to “blink”, and then on the remote, press one of the buttons, keeping it pressed until the light on the garage door opener flashes. The remote should now open and close the door. Do the same with any other opener, selecting a different button on the remote.
Can I add a remote if I have an old garage door?
You’ve lived in the same house for years. The garage door is in good shape and the automatic door opener works fine. The only thing wrong is that you would like to have a remote to open and close the door, but none of the remotes on the market today seem to be able to “talk” to the opener.
If you have a garage door opener that was manufactured before 1995, then the remotes available today, including universal remotes that state they can be programmed to operate your opener, unfortunately, will not work.
Older garage door openers operate on radio frequency technology that is unique and will not communicate with the remotes sold at home improvement or online stores. However, all is not lost. Remotes are still available for pre-1995 door openers, but you need to establish the radio frequency the garage door opener uses.
Assuming you don’t have an old remote lying in a drawer somewhere, then you have to find the frequency code that should be located inside the motor housing. If you remove the cover, there should be a label close to the antenna wire that will show the frequency code. Now you have the frequency, you will be able to order a remote that will work with your garage door opener and end your frustration.