21 Pros & Cons of Using Keypads and Remotes for Your Gate

So you’re thinking of installing an automatic driveway gate…

That’s a fun and exciting time!

Besides the gate itself, you have to consider whether you’ll use a keypad, remote, or both to control it.

Here are some of the pros and cons of using either:


  1. Keypad Pro: You can’t lose it.
  2. Keypad Pro: Secure – only you know the access code.
  3. Keypad Pro: It’s easy to use – just enter the code.
  4. Keypad Pro: Works as a great backup if you lose your remote.
  5. Keypad Pro: Low maintenance – just replace the battery.
  6. Keypad Pro: Great security – only you know the access code.
  7. Keypad Pro: It saves you a call to your security gate contractor if you can’t find your remote at the moment.
  8. Keypad Pro: It can be programmed to have a feature that allows you to make a distress call to police.
  9. Remote Pro: You can carry it with you anywhere.
  10. Remote Pro: It’s easy to use too – simply press the button.
  11. Remote Pro: Also low maintenance – again just replace the battery.
  12. Remote Pro: They’re generally very inexpensive to configure.


  1. Keypad Con: You can forget the access code.
  2. Keypad Con: While they are secure, burglars still learn how to crack their codes and gain access to your property.
  3. Keypad Con: They cost more than remotes to install.
  4. Keypad Con: Someone could spy on you from across the street to steal your access code.
  5. Keypad Con: Inexpensive keypads lack many security features you need to protect your home (anti-hacking protection, for example)
  6. Remote Con: You can lose it.
  7. Remote Con: The batteries may need replacing eventually.
  8. Remote Con: Not as secure as keypads – anyone can use them if they have them.
  9. Remote Con: Kids like to play with – and lose – them.

Well, that’s quite a list of pros and cons for keypads and remotes. It’s up to you to decide which works best for your home.