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Old 07-17-2002, 02:09 PM
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The battery in my remote is dying and I had a hard time opening my garage door when I went home for lunch. I opened it up and it's a weirdest size battery, so instead of getting a new battery I ordered the Universal Transceiver (pretty good excuse right?)...

So I looked into 31st330i's website and found out HomeLink was giving out signal booster free of charge. I called the customer service number and was told they didn't do that for BMWs anymore. And I would have to bring my car to the dealer and have the entire unit replaced... sounds like B.S. to me... I guess I'll see how good the range is and if it sucks I'll call again.

Anybody else here got the booster kit from HomeLink? I need more info!

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Old 07-17-2002, 02:38 PM
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I know I've seen a home-made, DIY booster kit around the net before...not sure where though.
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Old 07-17-2002, 02:49 PM
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UGDO 'records' original signal...

Andrew,

I bought the UGDO about a month ago and called Homelink immediately to get the booster. They told me that they did not have it anymore and actually gave me a good bit of background on why they had it and what to do to improve range.

Firstly, the booster was needed because of the UV shielding in the 7-series blocking the signal path from the UGDO. They told me that the E46 does not have that problem based on the placement of the UGDO where it is. Don't know if it's hogwash but here's the fun part...

The UGDO does not work like your regular garage door remote - ie. flip some dip switches to set the code and it broadcasts that code. It works more like a recorder that plays back the signal you initally feed it. So, if you have weak batteries in your garage remote the UGDO will record a weak signal which as it is a generation away will limit the range. How to fix this? When you program the UGDO make certain that you use a fresh battery in your remote so that the UGDO can record the most powerful signal possible. As soon as they explained this to me it made sense so I bought a new battery, reprogrammed the UGDO, and solved the range problem!

Sorry for the long post but hope this helps!
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Old 07-17-2002, 03:00 PM
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Re: UGDO 'records' original signal...

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Andrew,

Sorry for the long post but hope this helps!
Thanks for the info. That's kindda what the guy told me too, he said I should have fresh battery in the remote when I program it. I told him I have rolling code opener and he told me I still need to program it with the remote before performing the learning process... So I guess I need to go get that weird-a$$ battery afterall... well... I have another remote, but the battery on that one is also not so good...

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Old 07-17-2002, 07:22 PM
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I also have a Rollling Code Opener and had the hardest time getting the thing to work.

Others may not have had this problem, but here goes:

To program a Rolling Code Opener you must follow all the steps as described for programming a regular opener. Then, flip the instruction sheet over and continue with the instructions on the back.

For some reason, I kept trying _just_ the instructions on the back of the sheet where it talked about Rolling Code Opener's.

I did finally get it working and happen to like it much better than carrying an opener around. I may try reprogramming with a brand new battery though, just to see what happens.
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Old 07-17-2002, 09:40 PM
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I know I've seen a home-made, DIY booster kit around the net before...not sure where though.
found it:

http://bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/Homem...geextender.htm
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Old 07-17-2002, 09:48 PM
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I also have a Rollling Code Opener and had the hardest time getting the thing to work.

Others may not have had this problem, but here goes:

To program a Rolling Code Opener you must follow all the steps as described for programming a regular opener. Then, flip the instruction sheet over and continue with the instructions on the back.

For some reason, I kept trying _just_ the instructions on the back of the sheet where it talked about Rolling Code Opener's.

I did finally get it working and happen to like it much better than carrying an opener around. I may try reprogramming with a brand new battery though, just to see what happens.
Heh. I was feeling really stupid for not figuring out that you had to do both parts. I actually even called the Hotline to find out.
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Old 07-18-2002, 08:09 AM
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bought that battery from Lowe's yesterday, good thing Lowe's on my way to the gym. less than $2, thought it would be much more. Now the remote works a lot better, and I sort of understand why one would need fresh battery to program the UGDO. (doesn't make total sense, but I guess these things are super low-tech so the singal strength is directly proportional to the battery voltage)...

I'll see how well it works first, and if I want more range I'll do the DIY booster with al foil.

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