Can I Use a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 w/o Monitoring?

Yes, you can use a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 without monitoring. But by doing this, the panel will be nothing more than a local sounder. It will have no way of reporting out to a central station. The system will also be unable to alert any off-site users to any alarm events that may occur.

Qolsys iq panel 2 at and t wireless security system with at and Monitoring service is essentially what makes an alarm system useful. Most users obtain an alarm system so that their home or business remains protected when they are not actively on the properly. The only way for an alarm system to alert an end user or to request automatic emergency dispatch is with active monitoring service. So by using an alarm system without monitoring, the main purpose of the security system is essentially being defeated.

Additionally, monitoring service is needed for the panel to work with a remote interactive services platform. In the case of the IQ Panel 2, this is the Alarm.com service. A user can access Alarm.com at any time to arm and disarm their system, check the status of sensors, control Z-Wave home automation devices view the live feed of security cameras and more. And by using the Alarm.com Mobile App, these actions can be performed from virtually anywhere.

Without monitoring, there is very little that an IQ Panel 2 System can do. It can serve as a local sounder to alert on-site users when a sensor activates. Of course, off-site users will not receive any notifications about alarm events. The system can also still operate as a central hub for any programmed Z-Wave devices. These devices can still be controlled from the actual panel even without active monitoring service. But remember, without some type of monitoring there will be no way to control these devices from an off-site location.

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As we don't require contracts, I'm assuming you bought your Qolsys panel from another company. It's possible they are telling you the system can't be used without monitoring service because they are hoping you'll continue the service with them. Unfortunately, some alarm companies will provide mis-information in an attempt to keep a monitored client. What were you hoping to get from the "self monitoring"? Also, when you say the 3G radio is no longer supported, I'm curious which cell communicator you really have as only the CDMA units have started to be discontinued and depending on when yours was made and activated/cancelled, it may still be able to re-activate with that unit. We suggest you reach out via support@alarmgrid.com or give us a call at 888-818-7728 M-F 9-8 EST to be sure you have the right information to be able to use your system in the way you'd like.
Sink Chicken, If at some point someone told you that you would be able to get service (something) for no monthly payment (nothing), then you were misled. Specifically, what this FAQ is saying is that if you choose to use your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 with no monthly monitoring service, you CAN do that, but all you will get is a panel that you can arm and disarm, which will go into alarm if activated, but can only produce a local alarm sound. Only those on site with the panel will know that the alarm is going off. There is nothing misleading about that.
When I bought my Qollsys panel with 1 year of monitoring I was told that I could have ANYONE monitor after the 1st year contract was fulfilled. After the 1st year I chose MYSELF to monitor the panel and was told it was not possible. It had to be a monitoring company.I WAS MISLEAD. Now the 3G radio is no longer supported so I am out around $300-400. I have a system that I can't use without buying a new panel for $400-500 and paying a monitoring company. Buyer beware !!

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