A garage door opener of a house is relatively easy to program. To begin with, you should understand the kind of system it works with.
In general, there are two popular garage door opener systems: the fixed code or dip switch and the rolling code.
A dip switch is short for a dual in-line package (DIP) switch. It consists of a number of switches in a single base.
The switches look like a row of 8 to 12 switches in a small unit. They are commonly mounted on a PCB or breadboard.
You may notice such kind of switch in your garage door opener if it contains a DIP switch system. Moreover, the DIP switches are also found in the corresponding remote.
In general, DIP switches are found inside garage doors that were manufactured before 1993
A user needs to manually move the switch to activate or deactivate the system.
By adjusting the switches up and down and matching sequences in the receiver and the remote, you can create a unique code for your garage door opening.
Position of DIP Switches On a Garage Door Opener & Remote
A garage door opener will have DIP switches inside the motor unit. Again, the second set of dip switches will be found on the remote.
The image below shows a set of DIP switches on the garage door opener and another on the remote controlling it.
Each module will have a number of positions based on the number of switches.
The most common configurations you will get in the market are,
Here is an image of the clicker Universal 2-Button Garage Door Remote KLIK1U.
On the inside of the unit, you’ll find a DIP switch.
Types of DIP Switches
There is no significant difference between the various DIP switch models.
However, the design and the operation are different for rotary, rocker, and slider styles of DIP switches.
Rotary DIP switches
Slide/rocker/piano DIP switches
Image Source: RS component Ltd
Pros of Using DIP Switches:
How to Program a DIP Switch Garage Door Opener
By now, we learned where to look for DIP switches in the garage door openers.
Find a set of DIP switches inside the motor unit of the garage door opener and a matching set inside the remote.
If we change the position of the switches, it will change the code shared between the remotes and the garage door opener receiver.
Therefore, to program DIP switches on the garage door opener, the main goal is to match the pattern of switches between the remote and garage door opener receiver.
After we are done matching both DIP switches, we need to make sure the door has no obstacles.
Finally, by pressing the button on the remote, we can move the door accordingly.
DIP switches on a garage door opener are a row of switches set in a single panel. They are located in the receiver of the opener and the corresponding remote.
One can create a custom code for their garage door by matching the DIP switches on both the remote and the receiver.
However, in recent times, DIP switches have lost popularity due to the rise of easily customizable software configurations.