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Old 04-12-2010, 01:19 PM   #1
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Question Home link and gated community question

We just moved to a new gated community and I've been trying to get my home link to work with main gate and I'm having difficulty. I've done some searches and can't seem to find much of any information on the subject. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 04-12-2010, 01:21 PM   #2
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If its a hand held unit where you just press the button like a garage door it should be the same. Just follow the steps in your manual and it should work.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:05 PM   #3
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We just moved to a new gated community and I've been trying to get my home link to work with main gate and I'm having difficulty. I've done some searches and can't seem to find much of any information on the subject. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks for the help

Moe
Here is a partial copy of the instructions that cover the programming part. The balance of the instructions should be in your Owner's Manual. Pay particular attention to the section marked Gate Operator and Canadian
Programming


Universal Home Remote System
Operation


Do not use the Universal Home Remote with any garage
door opener that does not have the “stop and reverse”
feature. This includes any garage door opener model
manufactured before April 1, 1982. If you have a newer
garage door opener with rolling codes, please be sure to
follow Steps 6 through 8 to complete the programming of
your Universal Home Remote Transmitter.

Read the instructions completely before attempting to
program the Universal Home Remote. Because of
the steps involved, it may be helpful to have another
person available to assist you in the programming steps.
Keep the original hand-held transmitter for use in other
vehicles as well as for future Universal Home Remote
programming. It is also recommended that upon the sale
of the vehicle, the programmed Universal Home Remote
buttons should be erased for security purposes. See
“Erasing Universal Home Remote Buttons” later in this
section or, for assistance, see Customer Assistance
Offices on page 7-4.

Be sure that people and objects are clear of the garage
door or gate operator you are programming. When
programming a garage door, it is advised to park
outside of the garage.

It is recommended that a new battery be installed
in your hand-held transmitter for quicker and more
accurate transmission of the radio-frequency signal.

Programming Universal Home Remote
Follow these steps to program up to three channels:

1. Press and hold down the two outside Universal
Home Remote buttons, releasing only when the
Universal Home Remote indicator light begins
to flash, after 20 seconds. Do not hold down the
buttons for longer than 30 seconds and do not
repeat this step to program a second and/or
third hand-held transmitter to the remaining
two Universal Home Remote buttons.

2. Position the end of your hand-held transmitter
about 1 to 3 inches (3 to 8 cm) away from the
Universal Home Remote buttons while keeping
the indicator light in view.

3. Simultaneously press and hold both the desired
Universal Home Remote button and the hand-held
transmitter button. Do not release the buttons
until Step 4 has been completed.

Some entry gates and garage door openers
may require you to substitute Step 3 with the
procedure noted in “Gate Operator and Canadian
Programming” later in this section.

4. The indicator light will flash slowly at first and then
rapidly after Universal Home Remote successfully
receives the frequency signal from the hand-held
transmitter. Release both buttons.

5. Press and hold the newly-trained Universal Home
Remote button and observe the indicator light.
If the indicator light stays on constantly, programming
is complete and your device should activate when
the Universal Home Remote button is pressed and
released.

To program the remaining two Universal Home
Remote buttons, begin with Step 2 under
“Programming Universal Home Remote.” Do not
repeat Step 1 as this will erase all of the programmed
channels.

If the indicator light blinks rapidly for two seconds
and then turns to a constant light, continue with
Steps 6 through 8 following to complete the
programming of a rolling-code equipped device,
most commonly, a garage door opener.

6. Locate in the garage, the garage door opener
receiver (motor-head unit). Locate the “Learn”
or “Smart” button. This can usually be found
where the hanging antenna wire is attached
to the motor-head unit.

7. Firmly press and release the “Learn” or “Smart”
button. The name and color of the button may
vary by manufacturer.
You will have 30 seconds to start Step 8.

8. Return to the vehicle. Firmly press and hold the
programmed Universal Home Remote button for
two seconds, then release. Repeat the press/hold/
release sequence a second time, and depending on
the brand of the garage door opener, or other rolling
code device, repeat this sequence a third time to
complete the programming.

The Universal Home Remote should now activate
your rolling-code equipped device.

To program the remaining two Universal Home Remote
buttons, begin with Step 2 of “Programming Universal
Home Remote.” You do not want to repeat Step 1, as this
will erase all previous programming from the Universal
Home Remote buttons.

Gate Operator and Canadian
Programming


Canadian radio-frequency laws require transmitter
signals to time out or quit after several seconds of
transmission. This may not be long enough for Universal
Home Remote to pick up the signal during programming.
Similarly, some U.S. gate operators are manufactured
to time out in the same manner.

If you live in Canada, or you are having difficulty
programming a gate operator or garage door opener
by using the “Programming Universal Home Remote”
procedures, regardless of where you live, replace Step 3
under “Programming Universal Home Remote” with the
following:

Continue to press and hold the Universal Home
Remote button while you press and release every
two seconds (cycle) the hand-held transmitter button
until the frequency signal has been successfully accepted
by the Universal Home Remote. The Universal Home
Remote indicator light will flash slowly at first and then
rapidly. Proceed with Step 4 under “Programming
Universal Home Remote” to complete.
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Or you could just sit outside the gate and blow the horn until someone comes.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:34 PM   #5
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if you have car2u as the visior remote (3 buttons / 3 leds) it will not work with the gate opener car2u sucks. If you have homelink (3 buttons / 1 led) you should be able to learn the transmitter. GM stopped uning homelink late 06
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:08 PM   #6
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if you have car2u as the visor remote (3 buttons / 3 LEDs) it will not work with the gate opener car2u sucks. If you have Homelink (3 buttons / 1 LED) you should be able to learn the transmitter. GM stopped using Homelink late 06
The OP profile indicates the car is an '05 so it should be Homelink, right?
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:15 PM   #7
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The OP profile indicates the car is an '05 so it should be Homelink, right?
I never read enough before I type lol.... So I would clear the homelink by erasing everything and then relearn the remote following the instructions
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:09 AM   #8
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if you have car2u as the visior remote (3 buttons / 3 leds) it will not work with the gate opener car2u sucks. If you have homelink (3 buttons / 1 led) you should be able to learn the transmitter. GM stopped uning homelink late 06
We have an early 06 which came with Home Link. Under warranty, our visor was replaced in 07. It had this ooze dripping out of it. Likely the adhesive inside it was not Southern Arizona worthy. The new visor has the Lear unit. It works fine with our community security gates. And our garage door opener. Lots of bad press about the Lear unit. But we see no performance difference between it and the Home Link.

Your issue could be that the signal from the car originates from behind the grill. Not the visor like if you had a handheld transmitter mounted to a visor. The actuator button is on the visor, but the signal is sent from very low. Most gate antenna are mounted high and on the backside of the approaching wall. The antenna is line of sight to get the gate to open. Check how the security gate antenna is mounted. Is it partially hidden behind the wall so just a little bit is visible to the signal? If so, your signal might not be 'seen' by it. Second, what is the antenna made from? Our Car2U quit working well with our gate when the vendor replaced the receiving unit and installed a new thicker (sturdier) antenna. The gate vendor changed it out to a very thin wire alloy antenna which had less resistance and is more sensitive. It also has a loop on the end to increase the 'seen' surface. It is mounted on the back side of the wall so mounting it higher on the wall face exposed more of it to oncoming traffic. That did the trick for us.

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Old 04-13-2010, 04:11 AM   #9
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After thinking about our opener/visor being a Lear Car2U, I wonder if our buttons are Lear and the guts are still the Home Link? When I asked the service writer about the new visor being a Lear when the old was a Home Link, his response was hmm? So if we do have one of these and one of those I'm just glad it works at all.

The thoughts about the antenna placement are the more important. Since the OP has a Home Link for sure.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:40 AM   #10
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Or you could just sit outside the gate and blow the horn until someone comes.
That is one way of doing it!
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