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Tap2Pass Garage Door Opener Receiver
- Open your garage with your iPhone, iPod Touch or Android powdered phone using Bluetooth technology
- The Tap2pass receiver can be paired with up to 7 Smartphones and up to 24 vehicles (when equipped with the Flas2Pass transmitter, available separately)
- The Tap2Pass works with most of any garage door opener manufactured since 1982, DIY installation is quick and simple
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7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Nothing good to reportOct 09, 2012
After installing this product, I ran into three problems:
1. My garage door opener immediately started reporting a "Door Moving" error and would flash the light on and off every minute.
2. Although I could open the garage door from the inside, it would not respond at all from the outside of the garage with the door closed, even when standing right next to the unit on the other side of the wall (which was much closer than I could have gotten if in a vehicle).
3. This is the big one. Their customer service did not respond at all to my support request regarding the above. This is a horrible sign about a product and a company, and is half the basis of the one-star review.
6 of 8 found the following review helpful:
It works, Some things to considerOct 24, 2012
By T. Knox
Other reviewers have been harsh, but I think you can have semi acceptable results if you keep a few things in mind:
1. Bluetooth range is really short when you are trying to pair with a device on the wrong side of an exterior wall
2. Bluetooth gizmos take a minute to "pair," and with this gadget, that's going to happen every time you use it.
3. Everything you need MAY NOT be included. If the wall-mounted button you push to open your garage door (which this can replace or supplement) isn't on the same exterior wall as your garage door, you will need some doorbell wire. You may also need a handy outlet 6 feet from your intended mounting location, which should be as close as possible to where your car will be when you are outside trying to get in.
So, if you do everything right, you will drive RIGHT UP to your garage door, get out your phone, and wait a minute for it to "pair" with your door opener which you have probably mounted right above your garage door on the front wall of the garage to make the wiring easy, and because there is an electrical outlet on the ceiling, and because you need every bit of range advantage you can get. Then you open the garage door and drive on in, and shut the door. Getting out of the garage is smoother since your phone will be pairing while you get into the car, and the Bluetooth range will be a little better with the door open.
So the advantages are:
You can pair your parent's or children's or neighbor's iOS phone (I can't comment on Androidian widgets) with your garage door opener, which can be handy.
Your phone can open the garage door to put the mower or bike away.
This is great for when you want to open the garage door from the outside, but aren't in your car, or aren't in YOUR car.
You can still use your ordinary openers, and you will want to, because driving right up to the door and then waiting for a pairing is a little aggravating.
You can use the wire lugs on your garage door motor housing to ADD this. This doesn't HAVE TO replace your current wall mounted button.
Which introduces the disadvantages:
Gotta buy bell wire unless your opener is right next to your door, and it isn't. It's probably next to the door to you kitchen, way over on the other side of the garage. This thingamajig WON'T work over there, because you'll be out of range when you are in your car trying to get in.
You will probably need to plug it in... but if your garage door button is lighted, this is a good sign.
There is a really good chance that your ceiling-mounted outlet is too far away from the wall where you want to mount this thing, so you'll either need to consult Radio Shack, your collection of old wall wart power adapters, use a small extension cord, or mount to the ceiling as close to the garage door as you can.
This is a "built on a budget" gizmo that isn't going to win any style points and feels a little fragile (but if you mount it where it will work, nobody will touch or notice it).
Range is MUCH less than you are used to with your current opener.
Have to wait for "pairing" before you can use it.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
A solution to a problem that does not existDec 03, 2012
I received this product through Amazon.com's Vine Program, which means that I received it for free in exchange for my agreement to write this review.
The idea behind the Tap2Pass receiver is that you connect it to your garage door opener and then you can connect to it using your smartphone and then open your garage door. This solves the problem of having to carry a garage door remote control around in your car, when you only have room to carry your smartphone.
Unfortunately, there are three issues with this solution:
1. The range is incredibly short. This is the nature of Bluetooth. It is supposed to be a very short range service, i.e. a few feet. Since this device is intended to be inside your garage and you are going to be outside your garage, adding a garage door and car between you makes the range way too short.
2. Bluetooth is too slow. Bluetooth pairing isn't fast enough to make this useful. It takes several seconds after you get into range before your smartphone and this device will pair.
3. Most cars have room for a garage door remote control.
These three issues, combined with the cost to purchase and install it, make me wonder why anyone would prefer this option over the option of simply purchasing an extra garage door remote (which should cost between $10 and $30).
Having said all of that, if they made this device an 802.11 wifi device, and you set it up to connect to your home Wifi, the first two of these problems could easily be overcome. Wifi networks can easily be configured to have significant coverage outside of someone's home and today's smartphones can connect to a Wifi network in less than a second.
Even if the device operated on Wifi, I'm still not sure that a case could be made for buying it rather than getting another garage door remote.
All in all, I'd say that this device is a solution in search of a problem. The trouble is that the problem doesn't exist.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Not worth the troubleOct 30, 2012
By Shawn Tassone
"Physician and Author"
First of all the device doesn't even contain all the parts needed. As one other reviewer has complained the back wall mount wasn't included in the packaging so for me to spend a hundred dollars on something and then have to wait for the backplate is completely ludicrous. The second thing is that you might need a degree in electrical engineering as has also been mentioned depending on your system. There are too many ifs with this product for the price. It was good in concept and poor in production. Maybe the next gneration of this product will actually allow a normal person to figure it our, but right now it's not the case
Works great for certain people.Oct 03, 2013
By eric melzer
Unlike other reviewers, I was able to easily install this device and have it working in just a few minutes with my iPhone. There were a few months when the software would crash when I tried to launch it, but it has been updated as of June 2013 and now it works great on my iPhone 5S on iOS 7.
The device is basically a button that opens your garage door after your phone sends it a signal via bluetooth. It's a good idea and it works; however it's definitely slower than a standard remote and you do need to be within a few feet of the garage. I installed my Tap2Pass unit near the actual garage door and I can easily open the door using my phone from my car or motorcycle when I am still sitting in/on my vehicle. This is actually a great thing to have if you forget your remote or don't want to carry one on you (in the case of the motorcycle). It's fairly quick to enter your code and open the garage and it seems to work every time as long as you understand the limitations of bluetooth range.
Overall I'm happy with it but I can't give it 5 stars because it disconnects from bluetooth sometimes and I'm not sure if this is a phone issue or a device issue but it's a hassle to go into settings to reconnect the device before then launching the app to open your garage, but even with all that work, it's a lifesaver if you need to get into your garage and you don't have your keys or remote for some reason.
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