Can I Use Motions with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
Yes, you can use motions with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2. A wireless motion sensor can be used if it operates at a wireless frequency that is compatible with the daughterboard installed in the system. Hardwired motion sensors will require a compatible wired to wireless converter for the system.
Most users of the IQ Panel 2 use wireless motions with their system. This is because wireless sensors can readily interface with the system, and they are easier to install. When choosing a wireless motion sensor for the IQ Panel 2, make sure that it is compatible with the system.
Sensor compatibility is determined by the daughterboard used with the IQ Panel 2 System. Each daughterboard has an integrated wireless receiver that is designed to accept signals at a particular wireless frequency. The standard daughter board will make the system compatible with 319.5 MHz wireless motion sensors. This includes any motion sensor from Qolsys or Interlogix/GE. For a more complete list of compatible sensors, we recommend reviewing this list.
However, 319.5 MHz sensors can only be used if the IQ Panel 2 is using its standard daughterboard. Qolsys also makes daughterboards for 345 MHz Sensors (legacy Honeywell 5800 Series and 2GIG Sensors), 433 MHz Sensors (legacy DSC Sensors) and 915 MHz (DSC PowerG Sensors). As long as the motion communicates at the compatible wireless frequency for the daughterboard, it will work.
Please note that swapping out the daughterboard will make the system incompatible with the wireless sensors that are currently compatible. Only one daughterboard can be installed inside a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 at any given time. Also note that at the time of this writing (May 2018), the new IQ Panel 2 daughterboards have not yet been released. Qolsys says that they should be released sometime in late 2018.
As for hardwired motion sensors, they can be used with the IQ Panel 2 if a compatible wired to wireless converter is used. The hardwired motion will physically connect with the converter. The converter will then send a wireless signal to the panel on behalf of the hardwired sensor. Again, the converter will need to operate at a frequency that is compatible with the IQ Panel 2 daughterboard. For the standard 319.5 MHz daughterboard, a compatible wired to wireless converter is the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-S. For the 345 MHz daughterboard, the Honeywell 5800C2W is a great option.
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