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Garage Door Automation
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Wanted to pass this along. I was able to integrate my LiftMaster 8550 with RadioRA2 Visor Control Receiver using an interface module from Creative Access Solutions: https://www.creativeaccesssolutions.com/..._c_11.html

The interface module, in my case, acts like another wall mount opener.

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#2
Wanted to update this thread. I was curious how some automation systems show "opening" when you click open the OH door. Turns out, many "fake" this status by setting a delay.

That is, they do not know when the door is actually fully opened. I wanted to solve this for my OH door.

I added an additional magnetic contact to my OH door for when the door is fully opened.

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In Essentials, I added a two RRD-8NS switches. One to account for the OH door being closed (magnetic contact closure sensor in standard closed position) and the other to account for the OH door being fully opened (magnetic contact closure sensor in opened position from above)


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Then it was a matter of programming the Visor Controller Inputs 1 and 2. 

When Input 1 (magnetic contact closure sensor in standard closed position) is Open (OH door is open), the "OH Door Closed Status" will be turned OFF/FALSE. When Input 1 is Close (OH door is closed), the switch will be turned ON/TRUE.

When Input 2 (magnetic contact closure sensor in opened position) is Open (OH door is closed), the "OH Door Opened Status" switch will be turned OFF/FALSE. When Input 2 is Close (OH door is fully opened), the switch will be turned ON/TRUE.


In CQC, you add these "Switches" to the RadioRA2 driver.

In this screen shot, my garage OH door is fully closed (GarageOHDoorClosedStatus is True and GarageOHDoorOpenedStatus is False).

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In this screen shot, my garage OH door is fully opened (GarageOHDoorOpenedStatus is True and GarageOHDoorClosedStatus is False).

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With this setup I can code the "Opening" logic in CQC and know exactly when the door is fully opened, closed, or in a "traveling state".
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#3
That's a nice simple solution. The most interesting method I have seen implemented for monitoring garage door status used a rheostat attached to the door's shaft. They had an "animated" representation of the garage door opening / closing based on the change in voltage. This was over on the CocoonTech forums (which are down at the moment) some time ago.
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(03-24-2020, 02:33 AM)batwater Wrote: That's a nice simple solution. The most interesting method I have seen implemented for monitoring garage door status used a rheostat attached to the door's shaft. They had an "animated" representation of the garage door opening / closing based on the change in voltage. This was over on the CocoonTech forums (which are down at the moment) some time ago.

Thanks.  I figured why not use the additional input on the Visor controller.

Interesting idea with the rheostat. Very clever.
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