Is the IQ Panel 2 Compatible with Honeywell Wireless Sensors?
No, the IQ Panel 2 is not compatible with Honeywell Wireless Sensors, unless you use a compatible wireless translator. This is assuming you are referring to the standard IQ Panel 2 System. But the 345 MHz version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus can readily support Honeywell Sensors with no add-ons.
When someone mentions Honeywell Wireless Sensors, they are usually referring to the Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors. These sensors operate at a frequency of 345 MHz. The standard IQ Panel 2 System has a built-in wireless receiver that accepts 319.5 MHz signals. As a result, the Honeywell 5800 Sensors are not normally compatible with an IQ Panel 2 System.
However, you can use a wireless translator to convert the 345 MHz signals from the sensors into a 319.5 MHz frequency that is accepted by the IQ Panel 2. By doing this, the IQ Panel 2 will recognize the wireless signal, and the sensors can be auto-enrolled like normal. A good wireless translator to use for this purpose is the Resolution Products RE524X.
Keep in mind though that using a wireless translator just adds another variable to the alarm system. That is why most users with a standard IQ Panel 2 System will just use sensors that already operate at 319.5 MHz. This includes Qolsys Sensors and Interlogix/GE Sensors. These sensors can be readily enrolled with the standard IQ Panel 2, with no add-ons being required. The Qolsys Sensor lineup also includes the encrypted S-Line Sensors, which offer protection against hacking and takeover attempts.
But if you have a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus with Legacy Honeywell & 2GIG Daughtercard, then it is a completely different story. Instead of a 319.5 MHz receiver, this version of the IQ Panel 2 has a 345 MHz receiver. As a result, it can readily support both Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors and 2GIG 345 MHz Sensors. However, it cannot support the 319.5 MHz sensors, unless you use a wireless translator. Qolsys also offers a 433 MHz version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus for supporting legacy DSC Sensors. Again, a wireless translator is needed if you want to use other sensors.
All versions of the IQ Panel 2 Plus also include a built-in PowerG daughtercard. This allows these systems to support the 915 MHz PowerG Sensors. The PowerG Sensors are known for their impressive range and their 128-bit AES encryption. The ability to use PowerG Sensors is a main reason why a person might elect to purchase an IQ Panel 2 Plus System instead of a standard IQ Panel 2 System.
Also consider that not all Honeywell Sensors operate at 345 MHz. Most notably, there are the Honeywell SiX Series Sensors that operate at 2.4 GHz. The SiX Sensors are designed exclusively for the Honeywell Lyric Alarm System, and they cannot be used with any other security system. There is no way to use the Honeywell SiX Series Sensors with any version of the IQ Panel 2, and there is no wireless translator to make communication possible.
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