For years my wife has been bugging me to buy a wireless keypad unit for our garage door so as a family we can open or close the garage door without having to use the bulky openers that came with the garage doors. I have to admit the remote controls for our Liftmaster garage door openers are larger than I would want (they are almost 15 years old now). Whenever we go on walks the garage door opener was something I took in my pocket to get back in. Also, there were times when I would get picked up to play golf and tell my wife to close the garage door after I had left. Half the time that never got done. We have had items stolen from our garage so we know that security is a big issue. My wife went to Home Depot and bought the Liftmaster Clicker Universal Wireless Keyless Entry Keypad 387LM for $25 and told me to install the unit ASAP. Quite a few of our neighbors have installed these gadgets as well so I asked them how easy it was and they said "simple".
Choosing a Wireless Keyless Entry Pad for your Garage Door
Let's first start with the top brands you will find like Genie, Liftmaster, and Chamberlain. These are all names that are commonplace amongst garage door openers and almost all reviews we found were more than favorable for these models. If you have a Liftmaster garage door unit, then buy the Liftmaster garage door keypad, same goes for the other brands. The instructions to install and mount these units is really easy. The entire process took me about 20 minutes. You'll first need to determine the age of your current garage door opener and check out the style. The installation instructions will walk you through the process. Once you have determined the style (smart learn or DIP switch), you will need to punch in a few codes into the keypad while you are pushing a button on the opener (the main unit) attached to your garage ceiling. This will ultimately allow the keypad to sync up with the garage door opener and work seamlessly. It took us a few tries, but once we had picked our password the keypad unit worked fine. We happen to have a 3 car garage with 2 different garage doors. In this case, we could have chosen either door to work with the keypad unit. You can always change which door the wireless keypad works with if you change your mind. The next step was to mount the keypad device to the wall outside of our house. There are a few screws to screw in and then the keypad will be attached to the wall. There is a cover that goes over the keypad that you pull up when you are ready to enter your code and open the garage door. We now find our kids using this keypad to enter the garage after school, or when they come home from their friends houses in the neighborhood. We have told them not to share the password number, but we will change it out every few months to make sure no one else is getting into our garage. Where Can You Buy Them At? - All the home improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot carry them and you'll see them at Sears or Walmart. The average cost is $20 to $30. You can view top selling wireless keypads for garage doors here. See the video below on how install the keypads.
RECOMMENDED - As we noted above, it's best to go with a keypad that matches your current garage door opener system. We found the Liftmaster Clicker Universal Wireless Keyless Entry Keypad 387LM for $25 to be a bargain given how convenient it was to install and use. Mounting the unit outside our garage door was simple and now we can open or close the door without a remote or key. It covers several frequencies (300/310/315/368/390 MHz compatible), provides secure access, and the programmable code is easy to change. Some owners have complained about the cover not working properly and I will say that it does 'stick' a bit, but overall it works fine. I do agree with others that I wish the unit would open up either door, but for now we will settle for just one. The whole idea of having this keyless entry pad is so that we can get in or out of the garage without using the larger remote controls. Although I was against this at the start, I must say I have been using the system at least 2 or 3 times a week as it has become a habit with how easy it is. Now when my brother picks me up to play golf I can have all my gear out front and close the door without having to ask my wife for help. Check out the Genie wireless keypads here.