Industry innovator The Genie Company has just come out with their latest product release. Their brand-new wireless wall console combines convenience and quality with modern technology, attractive modern design and increased functionality. With a strong focus on innovation and service, many homeowners trust the Genie brand to deliver reliable garage door openers.
Genie Company Announced New Wireless Wall Console
In July of 2019, Mount Hope, Ohio-based Genie Company announced the release of their brand new wireless wall console. More than just a garage door accessory, the console offers stylish functionality. It’s easy to install and simple to use. Accessory Product Manager Jaclyn Sapp shared that the company’s “goal has been to ensure everyone benefits from its well thought out and tested design.”
For homeowners seeking to replace an existing console, this new model fits seamlessly over an existing junction box. It comes with 2 AAA batteries, so homeowners can install and use it right away.
Many homeowners are already familiar with the Genie brand, not only because of their recognizable logo but also because of their common garage door products. They’re one of the most popular brands known for both residential and commercial garage doors. The Genie Company has been trusted by builders and homeowners alike for decades.
About the New Wireless Wall Console
The Genie Wireless Wall console is completely wireless, easy to install, and offers flexibility in placement. Its attractive contemporary design is made to complement your home. One of the best elements of the product is the jogger or delay button. The jogger button eliminates the need to rush out of the garage before the door closes. Simply press it once before the door starts moving to gain an additional 10 seconds. You can press it up to 3 times for a maximum of 30 seconds delay, giving you plenty of time to safely exit the garage before the door starts to move. Homeowners and users no longer have to worry about rushing in and out or risking injury. The LED backlighting makes the console easy to see and operate, even in dimly lit or dark conditions.
The features and benefits of the new wireless wall console are numerous. Let’s explore the features that make the Genie system so desirable for homeowners:
- Completely Wireless Installation: As the name indicates, the product is completely wireless. Homeowners won’t have to worry about hooking up the console into the wall to an existing wired system or calling in a garage door repairman to take care of it. Installation is a simple do-it-yourself project that can be completed in a matter of minutes. That means less stress and a quick and easy setup. The console operates on just 2 AAA batteries, which are easy to change out and affordable.
- Easy to See: The large buttons combined with the blue LED light surrounding it make it easy for homeowners to see the console in the dark. Coming in or out your garage at night won’t be an issue, thanks to these simple but helpful details.
- Delay Button: The delay or jogger button is another desirable feature that homeowners will appreciate. When pressed once, it provides an extra 10 seconds to exit or enter your garage before the door starts moving. It can be pressed as much as 3 times to give a maximum of 30 additional seconds to safely exit the garage.
- Pulsating Light: The console offers two different speeds for the pulsating light. Alternatively, the pulsating feature can be turned off altogether to extend the life of the batteries.
- Low Battery Indicator: When the battery is low, the backlight will turn red. This indicator gives homeowners time to replace the batteries in the wireless console so that your garage door opener remains functional at all times.
- Maintain Steady Light in the Garage: At any time you can use the console as a light switch to turn on the opener light itself and have a steady light in the garage.
The Genie Wireless Wall Console is compatible with most of the Genie garage door openers produced since 2013. It is not, however, compatible with Genie models 1022, 1024, 1042, 2022, 2024, 2027 or 2042.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Genie wireless wall console:
- What type of batteries is required for the console to operate? 2 AAA batteries are needed for operation of the wireless wall console. They are included with the purchase of the product.
- When do the batteries need to be changed? You’ll know that it’s time to change the batteries when the back light on the console turns red.
- What are the functions of the wireless wall console? There are 3 buttons on the wireless wall console. The largest, referred to as the DOOR button, is the one that moves the door up and down. The “jogger” button is also referred to as the delay button. This gives an additional 10, 20, or 30 seconds of time to safely get out of the garage before the door starts to move. The light button controls the light on the opener, turning it on and off.
- Does the console have backlighting? Yes, a pulsing backlight makes it easy to locate the wall console in dark or dim conditions. Homeowners can control and adjust the pulse rate as desired to extend the battery life.
- After pressing the jogger button, how do I know how much time I have before the door starts to move? Once the jogger button is pushed, the backlight on the console will flash once per second for 10 seconds. If the jogger button is pushed twice, it will flash once per second for 20 seconds. If the jogger button is pushed 3 times, it will flash once per second for 30 seconds. 4-5 seconds before the door begins to move, the light will flash on the garage door opener unit itself.
How to Program the Wireless Wall Console to Your Genie Opener
There’s no need to call in a garage door repair company to get your wireless wall console up and running. Both the installation and programming are simple and straightforward. The console complements a garage door installation, but it can be installed at any time. You can pair it with all Genie Intellicode® openers since 2013.
Mount the console in a convenient location that is within sight of the garage door. You may choose to install it on the garage entry door’s framing or on the drywall next to it. It should be placed at least 5 feet above the floor. Once you’ve installed the Genie wireless wall console in an optimal location, it’s time to program it. This is a simple process that won’t take more than a few minutes to complete. First, you’ll need a quick access to the garage opener learn/program button and to open the console’s cover and remove the battery tab.
When you are in the programming mode of the console, you will have 30 seconds to complete the following steps: place the operator into programming mode. This is done by holding down the learn/program button until the round LED light appears blue. When this happens, release the button. The round blue light will then go out and the long LED light will flash purple.
When you see the flashing purple light, press and hold the Door button on the console 3 times until the door operates.
Pros and Cons of Using the Wireless Wall Console
The use of wireless technology continues to grow and expand, not only for commercial applications but for many consumer products as well. It offers many benefits, but it’s not without a few downsides, too. When it comes to garage door opener accessories, homeowners will likely find that the pros of the wireless wall console outweigh the cons.
Wireless Device Pros
- Cost: Wireless technology has been able to compete due to its reasonable cost. This gives it a competitive advantage over wired technology in many, although not all applications. As wireless technology continues to proliferate in the market, the costs will continue to be driven even lower.
- Ease of installation: Another advantage of wireless devices is the ease of installation in existing structures. In terms of the wireless wall console, there’s no need to open up the wall or run wires across the garage in order to successfully connect the device. Since it operates through sensors that are powered by battery, no wiring or connection to the electrical system is needed.
- Ease of removal or replacement: Just as wireless devices are easy to install, they’re equally as simple to remove. There’s no hardwiring that has to be carefully disconnected. When a new and improved wireless device is available, it can simply replace the existing one with little effort on the part of a homeowner. It just needs to be mounted in the proper place and programmed correctly.
Wireless Device Cons
- Distance limitations: The sensors within the wireless device do limit its usability somewhat, in that there is a limited range of use. Since the sensors have to be able to communicate with the garage door opener’s transmitters, the device has to be installed within a certain range in order to operate.
- Need for battery replacement: Since they are not wired into an electrical system, wireless devices need an alternative source of power. They operate on battery power, and in the case of the wall console, some models require regular AAA batteries or coin cell lithium batteries. This also means that batteries will occasionally need to be replaced. Depending on the product design and the type of batteries it requires, it could be as frequently as every several months to several years. When possible, making adjustments to the device settings can help extend the life of the batteries.
Genie Wireless Wall Console vs. LiftMaster Wireless Control Panel
As a homeowner, you may be wondering how the new Genie wireless wall console differs from the LiftMaster wireless wall console. It’s important to note that the control consoles are not interchangeable. Your specific model of garage door opener will dictate the brand and model that you need to use. If you’re unsure, a garage door repair company can help you determine the right wireless console for your needs.
The LiftMaster wireless control panel can be installed just about anywhere in the garage, as long as it’s within sight of the garage door itself. One large button on the panel controls both the garage door opener and its lights.
The LiftMaster wireless control panel is compatible with Security+ 2.0 garage door openers with the yellow “Learn” button. It has a Push bar to control the garage door, a Lights button to control the garage door opener lights and a lock button to lock remote devices.
While the Genie and LiftMaster products are similar in terms of cost and functionality, there are several other differences to point out.
Genie uses a multicolor LED light function. The colors on the console have different indications, helping you to know when it’s time to change the batteries and when the system is operating normally. The Liftmaster console does not offer this feature.
The Liftmaster requires 3V CR2032 lithium coin batteries to function, whereas the Genie product runs on AAA batteries. This may be a concern to parents and homeowners who prefer to avoid the use of Lithium coin cell batteries, as they do pose a risk to children if ingested. Once installed, the lithium batteries offer about 3 years of use before needing to be replaced.
There’s no denying that the Genie Company is both advanced and innovative, but they remain behind the competition. The Chamberlain Group has proven itself once again to be the leader in the garage door industry. The conclusion of a lawsuit in 2017 demonstrated that the Chamberlain Group retains its dominance as true innovators in the garage door opener industry. The trial, held in the US District Court Northern District of Illinois, resulted in a ruling against Techtronic Industries Co. for patent infringement.
The Chamberlain Group first released their wireless remote console in 2011 and has been continuing to innovate ever since. The company currently holds over 400 patents relating to garage door openers and related products. That number is expected to continue to grow as they design and develop new and improved inventions related to the safety, security, and connectivity of garage door openers for both residential and commercial use.