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Homelink and the new 8360 and 8550 Operators
Last Updated: 11/29/2012
BULLETIN Date: 9/22/2011 Models Affected: All Security+ 2.0 Garage Door Openers

This sheet answers common questions about incorporating the new Security+ 2.0 garage door openers into a HomeLink equipped vehicle of any model year or type.

Q: Why don't the new LiftMaster openers work with HomeLink vehicles made prior to 2007?
A: LiftMaster has created a new version of our remote control rolling code (Security+ 2.0) that increases radio range and virtually eliminates interference. Older vehicles do not have this code in their HomeLink systems since it did not exist prior to 2007. This is not the fi rst time that HomeLink has added new codes during the life of the product; the same situation existed back in the late 1990's, only on a much smaller scale since HomeLink was not as popular as it is today. This does mark the fi rst time that HomeLink has developed a backwards-compatible solution in the form of the repeater kit, thus allowing older vehicles to operate with new technology. Homeowners and dealers should be pleased that the kit exists, as many electronic products made today are rarely backwards compatible!

Q: Some newer vehicles (2008 and up) still do not have the new Security+ 2.0 code in the HomeLink system. Why did this happen?
A: HomeLink is manufactured and designed by Johnson Controls, a large interior supplier to the automotive industry. Chamberlain (LiftMaster) gave Johnson Controls the new Security+ 2.0 rolling code back in 2006 so they could add it to the HomeLink system in some vehicle models starting in late 2007. Many automotive companies chose not to immediately implement the new version of HomeLink for various reasons. In fact, some vehicles made in 2011 still do not have the new version. It may be that even within the same vehicle make, there are models that have the new HomeLink codes and in the same year, models that do not. This condition exists through no fault of Chamberlain or Johnson Controls; it was simply based on decisions at each automotive manufacturer to implement or delay the new version of HomeLink.

Q: Which version of HomeLink is required and how can I determine which vehicles have it?
A: HomeLink version 4.0 or higher vehicles are equipped with Security+ 2.0. While lists do exist that show vehicles equipped and model years affected, these remain the property of the auto manufacturers and Johnson Controls; we are not permitted to distribute these lists. For the most accurate information, it is recommended that a consumer or dealer contact HomeLink directly at 800-355-3515 to determine vehicle compatibility. It may be necessary to look at the manufacturing date on the vehicle body. Another method of determining compatibility is to try to program the vehicle to a Security+ 2.0 system; if the connection cannot be made after one or two attempts, a HomeLink Repeater kit should be installed to rectify the situation.

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Q: Will the HomeLink repeater kit resolve diffi cult radio interference problems when used with a Security+ 2.0 garage door opener?
A: Most likely, the answer is no. The HomeLink repeater uses 310 MHz signals, which may help reduce interference if there are problems at 315 or 390 MHz. Excessive interference between HomeLink in the vehicle and the HomeLink repeater kit may still create problems. Only the use of a Security+ 2.0 garage door opener combined with either a Security+ 2.0 transmitter or HomeLink vehicle transmitter v. 4.0 (or higher) will resolve diffi cult radio interference problems.

Q: What happens to a HomeLink repeater when the power in the garage goes out?
A: The HomeLink repeater kit runs on 110 volt AC power. If the power goes out, the repeater will not work. For openers with AC motors (non-battery backup models) this is not an issue, since the opener and repeater are both inoperable when power is lost. If the repeater kit is operating a new Security+ 2.0 battery-backup equipped garage door opener, a Security+ 2.0 remote transmitter will be required to open the door during a power outage. In areas where residential power loss is common or recurring, it is recommended that the homeowner keep a Security+ 2.0 transmitter in the glove box of the vehicle to allow entry during a power outage. Of course, a battery backup Security+ 2.0 opener can always be controlled from outside the garage with a Security+ 2.0 keypad.

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