Garage Wars

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

If you live in a home with a remote-controlled garage-door opener, and that home is near a military base, listen up.

Between now and 2008, the military is supplying a new radio system to roughly 125 bases. The system uses the same frequency as the one relied upon by more than 90 percent of garage-openers.

The military radio signal is sometimes so strong that it overpowers the opener's signal, preventing the door from opening. Or it can also vastly reduce the opener's range.

Consumers face the prospect of having to live with the inconvenience or paying to fix the problem.

Government and garage-door industry officials differ on how widespread the effect will be. The government predicts it will be limited. The industry says it will be worse but wants more information from the military.


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