Before the rant begins this is not a HomeLink issue, mostly user error with no thanks to Wayne-Dalton garage Prodrive motors.
If you are wondering about the HomeLink process go directly to their website: http://www.homelink.com/home/welcome
. There are some useful written programming instructions and a programming video for a universal kit that is way too vague for me. For some reason they ask you to select your specific vehicle year, make and model plus the Garage Door Motor, I am not sure why because the instructions seemed to be generic anyway. The webpage is helpful though when you don't have the Subaru instructions readily available.
A better Subaru specific video is this one:
or a second to be fair to others:
. I usually get so distracted the first time watching a how-to video when things are going on in the background, it just seems more entertaining at that moment. Or is it thanks to America's Funniest Home Videos where we watch for that blooper moment, who knows.
What is supposed to be a 3-Minute process took me no less than 30 minutes to complete, remember user error. With several total re-programmings to make it happen on ALL of the remotes and keypads I finally got it figured out.
You MUST sync the remote with the Mirror first, keep the remote within 1" to 3" of the HomeLink button that you have selected to operate your garage door. This took the better part of holding both buttons simultaneously for 27 flashes before they finally paired and the flashing became quicker. Yes, there is a difference between a tortoise slow and steady flash from the hare rapid paced flash. I never thought that it was going to work and the instructions don't give you a time frame to hold both button together. For me it was 27 slow flashes before it picked-up speed, OK release both buttons. If you get lucky the garage door will operate, ours did not and the frustration began. I am not sure if we have a "rolling code" garage door or just a poorly design overly complicated contraption with multiple idiot buttons, I will leave that for you to decide.
Next I had to figure out the "Learn" vs. "Program" setting on the lovely Wayne-Dalton Prodrive garage door opener. This is the most confusing motor I have ever seen on a Garage Door. Now begins the Rant! First I had to Push the Program Button, everything lights up to tell you that it is ready to add a remote device, next you need to select the Learn button and Highlight the pre-programmed slot that you want to utilize. If you choose the wrong position it will erase the currently saved code for the other programmed device. Poured cement walls are not a smart thing to hit your head on, so just count it as a DAM moment. Guess how many times it took me to figure out what the poorly placed lit LED numbers 1 through 4 meant on the back of the drive machine.
After figuring all of that out and two ladder races later you may now have less than 15 seconds to get into the XV and push and hold the same HomeLink button that you chose to pair with the Garage Door Remote. Per Homelink this may take up to three attempts while depressing the Homelink button in 2-second intervals, no more and no less so say the directions
This was the only four leaf clover moment for me, the garage door linked on the first button depression. Finally a break in this electronic debacle. I do understand why the Wayne-Dalton company is no longer making Garage Door Openers and are sticking to the Door part of the Garage, their units are NOT user friendly. I can only imagine their installation process for the Doors though, overly complicated for something that is traditionally simple.
With all of this being said I truly hope that everyone else had a better experience when syncing their HomeLink system to their garage, gates, and home electronics. Thank you Subaru for making this toy available to us, RUN if you open your garage door and see a blue Wayne-Dalton Prodrive Motor hanging from the ceiling.