How to make an ADT Pulse Z-wave Garage Door Opener using an Appliance Module

relay opened in box assembled

How to make an ADT Pulse Z-wave Garage Door Opener using an Appliance Module

I have read and heard from others that you can make an ADT Pulse Z-wave garage door opener by using the Appliance On/OFF Lamp Module.  Finally, I decided to give it a try and it worked!

I was pretty surprised how inexpensive and easy it was. I spent around $15 for the plastic case and the relay. Then I spent around 30 min setting it up.

I first saw this on this site and then read about it here also.

Just like their posts, I will share the disclaimer. Zions Security Alarms assumes no responsibility for any property damage or injury in making this device. This is only for those that are crazy like me or those that have experience in electronics (also me).

Materials Needed

  • Relay from Radio Shack – model # 275-217
  • Plastic Box Enclosure – model # 270-1801
  • Power Cord – I took an old computer cable and cut off the end and used the two wires. You may need to buy a cord.
  • 2 conductor wire – the length you want from the enclosure to the back of your garage door opener.
  • Solder gun and Solder (I actually did not solder mine yet and the wires are just wrapped around the leads)
  • Appliance Module 

How to do it

It is recommended that you have a door sensor on your garage door also so that you can tell if you opened it or if you closed it from the home view screen.

ADT Pulse Z-wave


I just drilled a hole on the top for the two wires and then connected them to the relay. Then I connected the two AC power wires that go to the appliance module. The other side of the 2 conductor wire is attached behind my garage door opener.

It works a little funny because you have to turn it off to open the door and then turn it on again and then off again to close the door again.

Considering there’s no ADT Pulse Z-Wave garage door opener on the market, I was happy to make it work. I should probably solder my connections now. Then maybe I should mount it more permanently and neatly. (Don’t judge my garage or my code encryptor wiring.)

garage opener

Good luck if you try this! Let me know on the comments how it goes if you do.

  • Thomas
    Posted at 11:51h, 19 June Reply

    Just wanted to add you can get around the issue of having to manually turn off your garage door opener by making a “automation” to “turn off” your garage door opener when the garage door is “opened” or “closed” You MUST have the garage door sensor to do this. Your home made garage door opener needs just a split second of activation to open the door. The automation to turn off the garage door opener then takes over and automatically switches off the home made module. Make sense? I have it set up like this and it works like a charm. This prevents you from leaving your module on.

  • Anthony Celestino
    Posted at 20:31h, 15 March Reply

    Great post, thank you!

  • Mark Brown
    Posted at 03:42h, 22 April Reply

    Amazing informative article. It’s really helped me a lot. Many many thanks for sharing with us this great article. Looking forward to getting more resource about the garage. Thanks.

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