DIY Wireless Security Systems Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5 a Secondary Z-Wave Controller?
The Simon XTi and XTi-5 cannot operate as a secondary Z-Wave controller. However, when a cellular communicator has been added to an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5, the system will support Z-Wave home automation devices. Learn more about using Z-Wave with an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5.
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Is the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Compatible w/ Total Connect?
The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 cannot work with the Total Connect service. Total Connect is designed exclusively for use with Honeywell Alarm Systems. But the IQ Panel can be used with Alarm.com, a service that offers similar functionality and features. Learn more about the Qolsys IQ Panel 2.
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Will 2GIG Sensors Work On a Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
The standard wireless receiver for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is designed to work with 319.5 MHz sensors. Since the 2GIG Sensors operate at 345 MHz, they will not normally work with the IQ Panel 2. There are a few possible workarounds for this. Learn which sensors can be used with an IQ Panel 2.
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Will a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Work w/ a Phone Line?
There is no possible way to provide phone line monitoring for a Qolsys IQ Panel 2. The system does not have an input for a phone jack, and it does not have an integrated dialer. The system can only receive monitoring service through cellular connectivity. Learn more about the IQ Panel 2.
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Will Interlogix/GE Sensors Work on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is designed to work with wireless security sensors that operate at a frequency of 319.5 MHz. Since Interlogix and GE Sensors operate at this frequency, they can interface with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2. Learn more about which security sensors can be used with this alarm system.
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Can I Connect to the Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5 w/ an iPad?
An Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5 System can be controlled by an iPad through the Alarm.com Mobile App. This app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. The system will need active cellular service to sync with Alarm.com. Learn how to use an iPad with a Simon XTi or XTi-5.
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How Long Does a Siren Sound on an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5?
The siren on a Simon XTi or XTi-5 System will continue to sound until the siren timeout period expires. This can be set from anywhere between 2 minutes and 254 minutes. It can also be turned off to have the siren sound indefinitely. Learn how to adjust the Simon XTi and XTi-5 siren timeout.
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Will Interlogix/GE Sensors Work on an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5?
Interlogix/GE Sensors send wireless signals at a frequency of 319.5 MHz. They will work with the Interlogix Simon XTi and XTi-5 Systems since they accept incoming wireless signals at this frequency. Learn more about which wireless sensors can be used with the Simon XTi and XTi-5 Systems.
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Do Motion Detectors Work w/ an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5?
If a motion detector operates at a wireless frequency of 319.5 MHz, then it can be used with the Interlogix Simon XTi and XTi-5 Alarm Systems. Most motion sensors are assigned a group type of either 17 or 20. Learn more about using motion sensors with an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5.
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What Kind of Wire Do I Need to Use to Install a Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 comes with a 5-foot wire that ends with a barrel connector. This barrel connector makes it very easy to connect to the panel. The other end connects to the transformer. A longer 18-gauge 2-conductor wire can also be used if desired. Learn more about powering an IQ Panel 2.
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