Ryobi GD200 – Garage Door Opener Module System Review
We’ve been hearing the buzz around here about the Ryobi GD200 Garage Door Opener Module System since the beginning of April when most thought this was an April fool’s joke. After seeing it firsthand at Ryobi headquarters, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on one of these.
At first, the thought of Ryobi making a garage door opener (GDO) seemed to be out of place. It seemed out of line with their product offerings; however, when you think about the market, it begins to make good sense. Ryobi is known to be the consumer DIY brand, which crosses over, more than ever before, into the professional’s toolbox. As the consumer brand, why not make a product that makes sense for most households? Add in that the Ryobi GDO has set its focus to make an opener better than any other. A garage door opener like we’ve never seen before.
One major difference to this garage door opener is actually multiplied many times over. The Ryobi GD200 has five (5) different modules available to enhance your garage experience. The five available modules are:
- Bluetooth Speaker – includes microphone for hands-free phone calls
- Park Assist – dual lasers for two cars and it auto-activates when you enter the garage
- Fan – dual pivot point and adjustable speed (3 speeds from keypad and full-variable-speed from app)
- Cord Reel – 30ft auto-retracting cord, 3 outlets, and green LED live wire indicator
- CO Sensor – monitor carbon monoxide, temperature, and humidity from your phone
We chose to try just four of these modules for our openers: the Bluetooth Speaker, Park Assist, Fan, and Cord Reel.
I will have to add that there is a 6th module that comes standard with the Garage door opener module system. That is the Ryobi One+ Battery Backup. There is a charging port where you can charge any One+ battery. This not only charges your battery, but it will also operate your garage door opener module system when the power is out. We’re not talking about just a few times either. With a 5 amp/hour 18V battery, it will lift the door over 100 times.
We cut the power and watched the battery-power open and close the door several times. This is not an uncommon issue with our normal Central Florida afternoon thunderstorms. Losing power to your home happens all the time. To know you have a garage door opener and light that will work, even when the power is out, is a comforting feeling.
Ryobi GD200 Installation
Installing the Garage door opener module system, specifically the GD200, is a pretty simple process. Installation can be accomplished with common household tools. In our case, we were replacing existing garage door openers with the Ryobi GD200. The shop is a metal building, not your typical lumber-built home garage. I won’t go into detail of all the installation instructions, those are available with the kit, on the Ryobi GDO site, and through the app. I will mention some specifics when retrofitting the openers like we were doing.
Hanging the Ryobi GD200 is like any other garage door in the past 20+ years. The motor unit suspends from a couple nuts and bolts on the body frame, which is typically attached to slotted angle or something similar. The other end of the rail is attached to the wall by the header bracket, just above the top of the garage door. First the header bracket is attached, then the rail is attached with a clevis pin. Remember the door itself is supported by the rails where the garage door rides, so the track is only needed for pulling and pushing the garage door.
Ryobi recommends installing the included safety sensors, so we spliced the new sensors in place where the existing sensors were. We also replaced the wired controller by splicing in the new Ryobi controller in place of the existing. Now it was time to plug in the power cord to our ceiling-mounted 110V receptacle and start configuring the controls.
Oversized Garage Doors
Our shop has 2 doors, one is 10’ x 10’ (WxH) and the other is 14’ x 12’ (WxH). These aren’t typical thin-panel garage doors, either. They are Clopay 3720 polyurethane insulated steel doors. Our 14×12 door weighs almost 700 pounds. The Ryobi GD200 comes complete with the track and belt ready to install for your typical 8’ tall garage doors, so installation is much simpler when you have the typical garage.
We let Ryobi know about our oversized doors, and they sent along extra rails and the pre-cut belt for each door, labeled and ready to install. Replacing the belts and adding the rails is pretty self-explanatory, with or without instructions. The rails snap into place by hand, and the belt is retained by a few screws in a plastic slide. By the way, don’t think you’re going to grab a pair of side-cutters or a razor knife to cut this belt. While it flexes with ease and feels very pliable, behind the soft skin is 5 rows of stainless stranded wire.
Once the Ryobi GDO was installed, we added and configured the controls to operate the doors. You have your typical indoor keypad for each door that is hard-wired into each opener. There is another wireless keypad that can be installed outside, so users with a PIN code can open and close the doors without a remote. Configuring the wireless keypad did give us a little trouble when initially syncing to the Ryobi GDO, but once it connected, we didn’t have any trouble.
Two remotes are supplied with each opener, and they can be programmed as desired. The remotes don’t seem to have the same effective working distance of other remotes, but it’s not a big issue when you have the Ryobi GDO app. The most advanced feature of this opener is the Ryobi GDO app that’s available in Google Play for Android or the App Store for iOS devices. Once installed and configured, the app will allow you to control your garage door, lights, and the modules right from your phone. It works anywhere you have an Internet connection.
Garage Door Opener Module System
The belt-driven 2HP garage door openers opened and closed the doors with ease, even our 670 lb. beast of a door. In addition to having power, it’s also very quiet. You could hear very little whine from the motor, and the rest of the noise was coming from the doors and hardware rolling in the channel. It definitely lives up to being the quietest garage door opener.
Installing the different modules was very easy. You literally take them out of the box and clip into the port of your choice. Each Ryobi garage door opener module system comes with 6 ports for installing the different modules, and each port is easily identifiable by the corresponding number embossed in the steel body.
First, we installed the cord reel into one side of the GDO. With the cord reel, it actually takes up 2 module spaces, so it needs to be installed on a side that doesn’t have another module. After the few seconds it took to clip it into place, the retractable cord was ready to use. The receptacle end includes 3 outlets, and there is a green LED to confirm that you have power. The cord reel is also protected with a built-in GFCI and can be reset from the control panel in the GDO.
For the next module, we installed the Bluetooth speaker. Again, the same easy way to clip the module into the body of the GDO, then sync to the speaker from your phone, in the typical manner you would with any other Bluetooth device. Playing music and making calls with the Bluetooth module was as easy as it should be, and it just worked! I’ll just make this easy and say that installing the modules are a piece of cake and there’s not much more to say about that. Installing the fan and parking module went as mentioned. To install all four modules in one of the Ryobi GD200 units took maybe a minute.
The Fan module can be throttled by the wired controller or the app. On the wired controller, pressing the number on the keypad corresponding to the port the fan is connected to will turn the fan on at the “Low” position, press the number again for “Med”, again for “High”, and then “Off”. With the app on your Android or Apple phone, and you can have full variable speed control.
The Park Assist is pretty simple and requires no setup other than aiming the two lasers at your corresponding targets. Typically, you’ll want these lasers to point at a spot on your car’s dash or hood to let you (or the other person) know that you have pulled in far enough. The Park Assist will automatically turn on when the door is opened, and you enter the garage.
Ryobi GD200 App
From opening and closing the doors from anywhere to controlling fans and lights, and even monitoring the charge status of the backup battery, the Ryobi GD200 app gives a whole new spectrum to your new garage module system. The app can be installed on multiple devices, so you can provide access to others. For wireless connectivity you must provide the password for your wireless network. For additional security a PIN is required to access the app.
Currently, the Ryobi GDO app only allows a single user/login per installation. We’re hoping a future update will involve some security features to allow for multiple users and even assignable permissions.
Multiple doors can be configured on the app, and you can give the doors friendly names. We named ours “Small Door” and “Big Door” for simplicity. We really liked the flexibility of the app and modules. You can move a module to a different port or move it to another GDO altogether. The module that was moved will show up on the app on the other GDO and just work. It does not require additional configuration when things are relocated.
Even though this is a first generation product, it doesn’t feel like it in a lot of respects. Sure there’s room to grow, but it’s amazing how quickly Ryobi has successfully launched into the GDO market. They’ve most certainly disrupted the industry and changed expectations for what a garage door opener should be capable of doing. In fact, the Ryobi GD200 adds a whole new experience to the garage door opener. With only a small hiccup configuring the wireless keypad, everything installed, configured, and operated flawlessly. We hope to see exciting new modules and software updates introduced soon. Get your new Ryobi GD200 and modules here or at your local Home Depot.