The garage door opener remote is a radio transmitter. Modern garage door openers are radios that operate at 315 MHz. The remote sends a signal to the opener itself, which has a radio receiver built in. When the opener hears a signal from the transmitter, it activates a relay that starts the motor running.
Early garage door openers were very simple radio transmitters and receivers, which meant that one remote would open any garage door. When they started to become widespread, that presented an obvious problem.
Modern garage door openers transmit a radio signal that has a binary number encoded in it. The transmitter transmits a binary number, the receiver looks for that number, and it only opens the door if it “hears” the correct number. To prevent replay attacks (that is, to prevent a criminal from using a radio to listen to the code that is sent by a remote, then just playing the same code back to open the garage door), each time a code is used, a new code is generated. The radio transmitter and the radio receiver both contain a chip that uses the same system for generating new codes.
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You should now know how they work as you are here at the end of this article.
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