Will a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Work w/ Apple HomeKit?
No, a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 will not work with Apple HomeKit. Apple has not provided HomeKit support for the Alarm.com service or the IQ Panel 2 System itself. Until Apple provides this support, the system will not work with HomeKit. But it can be used with Google Home or Amazon Alexa instead.
Apple HomeKit refers to the Home App that is available exclusively for iOS devices. One feature of this app is the ability to control an alarm system. The app can be conveniently accessed at any time so that a user can instantly control their alarm system. It even allows the system to be controlled through voice commands that are sent using Apple's Siri voice assistant.
However, there is no HomeKit support for Alarm.com Systems at this time. Since the IQ Panel 2 uses Alarm.com as its interactive service, the system will not work with Apple HomeKit. But if Apple decides to ever provide support for Alarm.com, then the system will work. Additionally, Apple could decide to provide panel-specific support for the IQ Panel 2 System.
For users who are insistent upon using Apple HomeKit, they will need to use a different alarm system. The best option is to choose a Honeywell Lyric Controller. This is an excellent all-in-one wireless system that is fully compatible with the HomeKit service. Honeywell has a particularly strong relationship with Apple, so users can feel confident in the level of support and service they will receive. Please note though, that HomeKit will only work with the Honeywell Lyric Controller, and not the other Honeywell Panels.
But for users who are committed to using an IQ Panel 2, there are alternative options. The most notable of these options are Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Unlike Apple HomeKit, both Google Home and Amazon Alexa will readily support any Alarm.com system, including the IQ Panel 2. A user can also send voice commands to their system using any Google Home or Amazon Alexa device.
The IQ Panel 2 will need to be set up with Alarm.com in order to be used with Google Home or Amazon Alexa. This will require an alarm monitoring plan with cellular service. For Alarm Grid, these are the Gold and Platinum level plans. Please review our alarm monitoring page for more information about our monitoring plans.
Note: You may also want to look into using Siri Shortcuts for use with Alarm.com. More information can be found here.
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