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Holiday Lockout: What it Is and How to Use It

We’re just a little more than halfway into the year, and by this time the majority of us are yearning for a proper holiday with a passion that borders on the desperate. The rings around our eyes are so pronounced it looks like we’ve gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson, and the knots in our backs have reached Mount Vesuvius-like proportions. The only things that have been getting us through the day lately are near-lethal doses of caffeine, and planning our December holidays.

It’s so close now you can almost taste it: the sprawling white beaches…the azure waves that lap hungrily at the shore…Heck, just the thought of sleeping in seems like a promise of paradise at this stage.

But, as everyone reading this article can probably attest, nothing ruins a holiday like constant worry; the anxiety of leaving one’s home unattended for an extended period of time can suck the joy out of a vacation like some sort of joy-vampire. This anxiety can be severely exacerbated if there are multiple access holders to your home, ones that you would rather not have entering if you’re not around – for example a garden service or casual worker of some sort. Would it make you feel better at ease knowing that, if you have a CENTSYS gate motor installed at home, you can electronically lock down the entrance to your home? If the answer is yes, we have good news for you.

The vast majority of CENTSYS gate motors offer a feature known as Holiday Lockout that, when enabled, inhibits all inputs on the controller and configures the operator to ignore triggers from all devices except the one that invoked the feature.

It is remarkably easy to make use of this useful feature as we’ll demonstrate with the brief tutorial below, and requires precious little time and resources for the kind of reward one really can’t put a price on, namely peace of mind. The most common means of controlling the feature is through an access control keypad or normally-closed key-switch, but our new generation operators also make it possible to program a remote control button to activate and deactivate Holiday Lockout.

To program one of your remote control buttons to activate the feature, simply follow the simple steps below (this applies to D-Series operators):

1. Press and hold the oblong enter button for two seconds to access the menu.
2. Use the directional arrow buttons to scroll to the Remote Controls menu, and press the oblong button again, only momentarily this time.
3. Select, using the oblong button, the very first sub-menu, called Add Remote.
4. You will now be asked by the controller to select the function you wish the button to perform. Scroll to the Holiday Lockout option, and confirm your selection using the oblong button.

If you have inadvertently activated Holiday Lockout, there are a number of ways that you can deactivate it. You can either provide an input from the device that invoked it (i.e. the pushbutton, remote, etc.), bridge the Lck terminal to one of the common terminals using a wire link, or default the controller*. If you’re unsure of how to perform the default operation, our support technicians can talk you through the process. Give us a call on 0431949633  end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or drop us an email at

*Some of the older CENTSYS controllers require a permanent wire link between Lck and Common if the feature is not being used.

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