How can I boost range of garage door transmitter?

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Nospam, May 2, 2006.

  1. Nospam

    Nospam Guest

    Is there a way to boost the range of a garage door transmitter? Currently
    the dang thing does not go up until I am almost in front of the door (the
    battery is new).

    Thanks,
    Robert
    Nospam, May 2, 2006
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  2. Nospam

    m Ransley Guest

    Lengthen the antenna and try a new remote.
    m Ransley, May 2, 2006
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    Doug Kanter Guest

    "Nospam" <> wrote in message
    news:KpH5g.11432$t_2.7897@trnddc07...
    > Is there a way to boost the range of a garage door transmitter? Currently
    > the dang thing does not go up until I am almost in front of the door (the
    > battery is new).
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Robert
    >


    Are there windows in the garage door?
    Doug Kanter, May 2, 2006
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  4. Nospam

    Guest

    install a new remote controller, it gets wired to the push button
    switch wire location. put controller on front wall of garage, antenna
    just outside.

    if its a new problem try a different set of new batteries bought
    elsewhere, and dont use cheap ones.

    new batteries are occasionally bad...
    , May 2, 2006
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    Jeff Wisnia Guest

    Nospam wrote:

    > Is there a way to boost the range of a garage door transmitter? Currently
    > the dang thing does not go up until I am almost in front of the door (the
    > battery is new).
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Robert
    >
    >


    If the transmitter is one of the ones where the transmit RF frequency is
    adjustable by screwing a tuning slug in and out of a coil, it may have
    drifted out of tune and you could retune it.

    You'll likely need to connect a voltmeter to a test point on the
    receiver to do that, and tune the transmitter slug to peak the meter
    reading.

    Your equipment manuals should tell you if that can be done.

    HTH,

    Jeff

    --
    Jeffry Wisnia

    (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)

    "Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented."
    Jeff Wisnia, May 2, 2006
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  6. Nospam

    _ Guest

    put the remote on you chin and use it, you will be pleased by how much
    further it works.


    "Nospam" <> wrote in message
    news:KpH5g.11432$t_2.7897@trnddc07...
    > Is there a way to boost the range of a garage door transmitter? Currently
    > the dang thing does not go up until I am almost in front of the door (the
    > battery is new).
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Robert
    >
    _, May 2, 2006
    #6
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    Andy Asberry Guest

    On Tue, 02 May 2006 11:30:50 GMT, "Nospam" <> wrote:

    >Is there a way to boost the range of a garage door transmitter? Currently
    >the dang thing does not go up until I am almost in front of the door (the
    >battery is new).
    >
    >Thanks,
    >Robert
    >


    At our previous house we had a pair of unknown brands. Maybe Sears.
    Range was about 100'.

    Out here in the country, we used Genie. Range seemed pretty good. I
    bought anther and made a gate opener out of it. I can stand in the
    kitchen and operate the gate at the road 400' away.

    You can buy their Intelicode transmitter and receiver to add to
    another brand of opener. http://www.imdoors.com/tableremotes.htm
    middle of the page.

    --Andy Asberry recommends NewsGuy--
    Andy Asberry, May 2, 2006
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    Just Bob Guest

    Nospam wrote:
    > Is there a way to boost the range of a garage door transmitter? Currently
    > the dang thing does not go up until I am almost in front of
    > the door (the battery is new).
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Robert


    Did it work any better when it was new? The lens might be dirty. Try
    cleaning with cotton swab and some cleaning agent.
    Just Bob, May 2, 2006
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    Steve B Guest

    "Just Bob" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    >
    > Nospam wrote:
    >> Is there a way to boost the range of a garage door transmitter? Currently
    >> the dang thing does not go up until I am almost in front of
    >> the door (the battery is new).
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Robert


    We used to tweak ours at work. There is a small round hole by the corner on
    some. Look in there and see if it is a hex or a slot or what. That will
    allow you to tweak it. Stand as far away as you want to be when it opens.
    Hold down the button. Turn the adjustment first one way and then the other
    until it opens the door.

    As I said, it depends on your model.

    Steve
    Steve B, May 2, 2006
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    ameijers Guest

    "Just Bob" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    >
    > Nospam wrote:
    > > Is there a way to boost the range of a garage door transmitter?

    Currently
    > > the dang thing does not go up until I am almost in front of
    > > the door (the battery is new).
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Robert

    >
    > Did it work any better when it was new? The lens might be dirty. Try
    > cleaning with cotton swab and some cleaning agent.
    >

    Lens? This is RF, not a TV remote. I'd also check that the inside antenna,
    that coat-hanger thing hung off the opener, hasn't been knocked loose.

    aem sends...
    ameijers, May 2, 2006
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  11. Nospam

    ameijers Guest

    "Jeff Wisnia" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Nospam wrote:
    >
    > > Is there a way to boost the range of a garage door transmitter?

    Currently
    > > the dang thing does not go up until I am almost in front of the door

    (the
    > > battery is new).
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Robert
    > >
    > >

    >
    > If the transmitter is one of the ones where the transmit RF frequency is
    > adjustable by screwing a tuning slug in and out of a coil, it may have
    > drifted out of tune and you could retune it.
    >
    > You'll likely need to connect a voltmeter to a test point on the
    > receiver to do that, and tune the transmitter slug to peak the meter
    > reading.
    >
    > Your equipment manuals should tell you if that can be done.
    >

    Manuals? What are these manuals I keep reading about on here? By the time
    equipment gets down to my point on the food chain, docs are a distant
    memory.....

    aem sends...
    ameijers, May 3, 2006
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    Beachcomber Guest


    >> Did it work any better when it was new? The lens might be dirty. Try
    >> cleaning with cotton swab and some cleaning agent.
    >>

    >Lens? This is RF, not a TV remote. I'd also check that the inside antenna,
    >that coat-hanger thing hung off the opener, hasn't been knocked loose.
    >
    >aem sends...
    >



    The receiver antenna may be in a dead spot due to reflections from
    surrounding materials.

    Try re-orienting the antenna (horz --> vertical) or vice-versa.
    Lengthening or shortening the antenna. If the receiver is removable,
    relocate it .

    Beachcomber
    Beachcomber, May 3, 2006
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