Telguard GDC1

Z-Wave Garage Door Controller and Switch

Telguard gdc1 z wave garage door controller and switch

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The Telguard GDC1 is a garage door controller with an included wireless tilt sensor. The GDC1 speaks Z-Wave which allows it to integrate ...
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The Telguard GDC1 is a garage door controller with an included wireless tilt sensor. The GDC1 speaks Z-Wave which allows it to integrate wireless garage door control to the Honeywell Tuxedo Touch, VISTA Automation Module (VAM) and the L5100-Zwave controller for LYNX Touch series panels (L5100, L5200 and L7000). There is a relay that requires AC power through the use of the included transformer. You can plug in the transformer to any open AC wall outlet. There is generally an open plug on the duplex that is ceiling mounted above the motor.

Although the relay wirelessly speaks to the Z-Wave controller, it also requires a short wired connection to your garage motor. Keep in mind that not all motors are compatible, especially the MyQ series. There is a black 5 foot patch wire designed to be landed on the garage motor in parallel (matched) with the existing wiring to the local wall button.

In order to know the status of the garage door being open or closed, you must install the included the wired sensor on the overhead door. There is a 16 foot gray cable that should be connected to the contact. Use the installation guide to properly mount the tilt sensor using the proper orientation. Keep in mind, that the sensor will not offer monitored protection of the garage door; nor will it integrate the status of the door into Total Connect 2.0 for remote status. The GDC1 will simply be seen as a toggle switch on Total Connect.

After the GDC1 is powered up, wired to the motor and paired to the tilt sensor you will need to include it. Follow step 4 in the setup guide to include the device into your system. Place your controller into inclusion mode and press the small black button on the board of the GDC1. When you first include the device into your Z-wave controller we recommend that you verify the open/close status matches to the on/off position of the switch on Total Connect. If it does not, simply remove the patch cable between the motor and Telguard device. Then toggle the door with the wall button and reconnect the wiring.

Brand: Telguard

Reviews
Decent Z-Wave Garage Door Controller
Submitted on 04/23/2020 Alarm Grid

The Telguard GDC1 is a Z-Wave garage door controller. It includes a tilt sensor so that the module knows whether the garage door is opened or closed. The tilt sensor doesn't actually speak with your panel or your Z-Wave controller. It is only used for relaying status to the main GDC1 unit. This main GDC1 unit must be wired to your garage door motor, and it requires its own transformer. This device works really well when paired with a compatible garage door motor. But unfortunately, not every garage door motor is compatible, including the Chamberlain MyQ Series of motors. There can also be compatibility issues with certain Z-Wave controllers. Due to these compatibility issues, the Telguard GDC1 only receives a 4 Star rating from Alarm Grid.

There are many things to like about Z-Wave garage door controllers like the Telguard GDC1. These devices allow you to integrate your garage door with the rest of your Z-Wave network so that you can control it remotely and have it activate automatically with smart scenes. For example, you might have your garage door close automatically whenever you Arm Stay and plan to go to sleep for the night. A good Z-Wave garage door controller can really make your life more convenient. Also, the Telguard GDC1 isn't too difficult to set up, as only minor wiring is required. The module has been known to pair nicely with Honeywell Security Systems that supprot Z-Wave automation.

But the downsides for the Telguard GDC1 must be considered. You need to make sure that the garage door motor you are using is compatible with this module. Many garage door motors are not. The Telguard GDC1 will need its transformer, which means finding an available wall outlet. And also be aware that some of the older Z-Wave automation hubs may have trouble interfacing with this unit. Although Z-Wave is typically universal, some older controllers may have trouble identifying a garage door controller. With these downsides in mind, we give the Telguard GDC1 a 4 Star rating.

Good: Integrate Compatible Garage Door Motor w/ Z-Wave Network, Easy to Set Up, Pairs w/ Honeywell Systems Nicely

Bad: Compatibility Issues, Needs Own Transformer & Outlet

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Thanks Julia. I figured this was a universal garage door controller and would work with every garage door except the myQ.
This is a Z-Wave Device, not a PowerG Device. Qolsys does not specifically list this device as compatible, but that doesn't mean it will not work, it just means they have not tested to confirm that it will. We also have not tested it with that panel. We are simply unable to test every product with every controller. So it would be a case of "try it and see". You need to also be sure that this type of garage door controller will work with your garage door opener. If the Garage Door Motor is a "MyQ" model, this type of garage door controller will not work with it.
Does this work with qolsys? It says all power g products will work.
Hmm, the 7845GSM/7845iGSM devices do not support Total Connect 2.0. You should have a unit connected to your system that looks like this - https://www.alarmgrid.com/products/honeywell-igsmv4g. Can you open the cover and tell us what model number is printed on the white sticker with the date?
Total Connect 2.0 which I run online, not via app installed on my PC. Blue background/header on the main screen. The radio ID info is 7845GSM / 7845iGSM / 7845iENTV2 Subscriber Radio SN 58798
Hi Bud, it was nice talking with you today. Are you sure you have a 7845 radio and not a 7847i communicator instead? Which Total Connect version do you use? Total Connect (red app icon) or Total Connect 2.0 (blue app icon)?
Thanks for your help today Sterling. To confirm please..............to add Garage Door Control to my existing Vista 20P System & Z-Wave Radio 7845 I will need a Vista Automation Module ( or Tuxedo Touch ) and a garage door control kit. I found Telguard GDC1 garage door kit listed as compatible with Vista. Is that correct ? Do I need any other 'automation' hardware ? What does the following statement on your website description for the GDC1 mean ?? " Keep in mind that the sensor will not offer monitored protection of the garage door ; nor will it integrate the status of the door into the Total Connect 2.0 " Does it mean the 'monitored protection' will require the Total Connect app to have the ' Automation Feature' installed ?
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