Alternate way to mount controller, especially for weak WiFi signal
When I installed mine, I was worried about having a weak WiFi signal to the controller. I did the following steps:
- Lay out wire. Unravel them and lengthen them in the general directions of the door open/close sensor and towards the garage door opener.
- Place the controller. I placed it on the wall closest to the house. Hopefully this is also closest to where your WiFi router is located, such as the basement or perhaps the family room. If you have two garage doors, the controller would likely go directly in the center between the two doors. I also placed it a little higher so it is out of reach of kids or nosy people, maybe two or three steps up on a small step ladder. It's also easier to see the lights, I believe. Hopefully, it doesn't have to be reset.
- Start fastening the wires to the walls/wood/etc I used a stapler and was careful to avoid damaging the wires. Better to staple to wood than to drywall.
- Connect wires to the garage door opener and to mount the door sensor. I had to extend the wire to the sensor. The garage in this case was double height and so required additional wiring. I had to extend the wire about 6 to 10 feet. I soldered and wrapped the wires properly. You may not need to do this depending on your garage. As the controller is farther away from the sensor in this setup, there is a higher probability that you may have to.
- Connect power to the controller and test.
All worked out well. The stapler made the wiring very quick.
Note that using the sticky pads is less likely to work if the things you are sticking them to are dirty or cold. Mine didn't stick very well so I skipped using them altogether. Also, if you touch the sticky parts, they become less sticky the more you touch them.
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