Though we may initially think that every key pad entry systems are the same, from Chamberlain garage door openers to Genies, this is not the case. Among key pad entry systems, there are a multitude of different options, styles, and security settings. Which is best for you is entirely dependent on the needs of your family and home, of course, but understanding your options will certainly allow you to make a better decision about what works for you.
Universal Standard Keypad Systems
There are some companies that make keypad entry systems that work with a variety of different brand openers. Understand that you don’t necessarily need a Craftsman keypad to open a Craftsman garage door opener, and so on. This widens your options and makes more available to you. A standard keypad is what you may think it is—it features a 10-digit pad and allows you to set a code to open your door. Some of these run wireless, others you need to hardwire.
Biometric Fingerprint Systems
You read that right—with the incredible improvements in modern technology, you can use a fingerprint to gain entry into your home. Fingerprint technology is great because it can obviously not be passed on to others, meaning the only person that can get in is you! There is no challenge of deciding on a code that is appropriate and secure enough to not be broken, nor any risk of onlookers determining a code from afar. These, however, are not compatible with all different types of openers. Make sure to check the compatibility with whatever brand garage door opener you own prior to purchasing.
Telephone Entry Systems
Though we usually see these systems featured in apartment buildings rather than in single-family homes, the telephone entry system is becoming smaller, more compact, and more appropriate for smaller residential settings that require the maximum amount of security. These keypad systems feature intercom functions, and entry is granted by dialing in the user’s telephone. This is a great choice for small multi-unit buildings, or smaller gated communities.
Finding the proper keypad entry system will require you to do a bit of research and investigation concerning the compatibility of your opener with the system, the level of security that is necessary for your garage, as well as what the capabilities are for the rest of the family (for example, if you have children). Only you know what is best for you, but getting educated will help you make the very best decision. Good luck!