Qolsys IQ Doorbell

Smart Doorbell for Qolsys Security Systems

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IQ Doorbell makes your existing doorbell “smarter” when you pair the IQ Doorbell with your IQ Panel. With IQ Doorbell, you have the more control over answering the door (or not answering it) than ever before.
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Whether you live in a newer home or one that was built decades ago, there’s a good chance that there’s a doorbell already installed at the front or back door. While doorbells are a great feature to have in any home, you may be hesitant to answer the door without knowing who’s on the other side.

If you live in a large home, or if your doorbell is older, you may have a difficult time hearing the doorbell. The IQ Doorbell works with your existing doorbell and your IQ Panel, so you know when someone’s at the door, even if you’re not at home.

The Benefits of IQ Doorbell

Do you hate answering the door, worried that it might be a door-to-door salesperson? Maybe you have a hard time hearing your doorbell when you’re in the backyard or a different part of the house. Do you want to know what time you missed a delivery? Are you going on vacation and want to find out who’s at your door while you’re away?

IQ Doorbell can help you with all of these common, day to day issues and can take comfort knowing that you can keep an eye on your home even if you’re not there.

When you pair your IQ Doorbell with your existing doorbell and IQ Panel, you can customize your porch lights or other lights in the home to go on. If you have an exterior video camera, you can program it to record when the doorbell rings.

With the IQ Doorbell, the IQ panel, and other IQ devices, there are many options to make you and your home more comfortable and secure.

How Does IQ Doorbell Work?

IQ Doorbell is wired directly into your indoor chime unit (of your existing doorbell). There’s no need to switch out your existing doorbell, just use the one you already have. After you wire your IQ Doorbell sensor to the indoor unit, you pair it with your IQ Panel and customize and set automation rules as you wish.

Like other Qolsys IQ devices, you will receive an alert on your IQ Panel and either a text or email to your smartphone, so you always know what’s going on, even if you’re on vacation or at work.

Specifications of IQ Doorbell

Each IQ Doorbell sensor is 2.5”H x 1”W x .5” D and has a wireless signal range of 600 feet in open air. The transmitter frequency is 319.5 MHz, and there’s a supervisory keep-alive interval of 70 minutes.

Each sensor comes with an adhesive strip and 2-3 volt Lithium batteries. The IQ Doorbell works best between 14 and 122 °F and between 5 and 95 percent non-condensing relative humidity.

Installing Your IQ Doorbell Sensor

When you’re ready to install your IQ Doorbell, take the cover off of your indoor chime unit. While the cover is off, and before you attach the IQ Doorbell, this is a good time to give the indoor chime unit a good dusting or to gently vacuum away excess dust.

Once the area is clean, take the doorbell sensor, the instructions, and the adhesive strip out of the packaging. Don’t throw any of these items away after the installation is complete; you never know when you may need to refer to the packaging or instructions.

Next, place the adhesive strip on the back of the sensor. Taking a look at the inside of your indoor chime unit, you should see the terminal for the wires on the chime unit. You will notice two to three wires; one is for the front doorbell, one is the transformer, and there may be one for the back doorbell.

Look at the wires attached to your IQ Doorbell sensor. The red wire is for the front door, the black is for the transformer, and the white is for the back door (if there’s a back door doorbell). Loosen the screws a bit and put the correct wires in line with the existing wires; don’t remove any wires from your indoor chime unit.

After you’re done connecting the wires, remove the paper from the adhesive strip and place the doorbell sensor on the side of the chime unit. Make sure the cover can fit over the sensor, readjust if it doesn’t.

Pairing Your IQ Doorbell With Your IQ Panel

Before you proceed with pairing your IQ Doorbell with your panel, it might be a good idea to ring your doorbell(s) to make sure you didn’t disconnect any of the old wiring. If it chimes as it did before, move on to the next step.

Go to your IQ Panel and put it in “auto learn” mode. To do this, select “settings,” then “advanced settings.” Next, you will be prompted to enter a code, and you can enter the Dealer code (2222) or the Installer code (1111).

Select “installation,” “security sensors,” and then “auto learn.” Now you have 120 seconds to tamper the doorbell sensor. To do this, simply open and close the case on the sensor. After your IQ Panel detects the new security sensor, you can customize your sensor type (choose “doorbell”). You can customize your sensor to work with automated commands or just keep it simple.

Once you’ve completed all the steps on your IQ Panel, put the cover back on the indoor chime and you have successfully finished pairing your doorbell sensor with the panel. As with all devices that you pair with the panel, it’s always a good idea to test them out.

Note: Qolsys sensors operate at 319.5 MHz. They will not work with the 345 MHz and the 433 MHz versions of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. They are designed for the 319.5 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus and other 319.5 MHz systems.

Brand: Qolsys

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Submitted on 09/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Qolsys IQ Doorbell is a 319.5 MHz doorbell sensor that is used with alarm systems that support the 319.5 MHz frequency. Compatible systems include the original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, the 319.5 MHz Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, and the Interlogix Simon Alarm Panels. The Qolsys IQ Doorbell is installed in-place of a user's existing doorbell, and it is learned-in with a system once proper power has been provided. By pressing the doorbell, you will get a zone fault at the panel to serve as an alert. And if your system is monitored for use with Alarm.com, then you can also have Alarm.com send you text and/or email alerts regarding the activated doorbell. Overall, this is a fine doorbell device for a security system, and we give it a 5-Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Qolsys IQ Doorbell. For one, it's very convenient for receiving text and/or email alerts from Alarm.com when someone is at your door. It can use the existing wiring of an old doorbell, which minimizes the set up process. The IQ Doorbell can also be used as a trigger to activate other devices, such as your smart lights. We also appreciate the fact that the IQ Doorbell is suitable for use outdoors, which is where most doorbell devices are used. Lastly, the IQ Doorbell will work with the chime of the existing doorbell, which is essentially the main function of the device.

There are some downsides regarding the Qolsys IQ Doorbell. It will need to be installed, and while the process is generally quite easy, it's still a minor inconvenience. Some users may prefer to get a doorbell camera instead of the Qolsys IQ Doorbell, due to the fact that a doorbell camera will provide better opportunities for checking-in on your home. There is also the fact that the Qolsys IQ Doorbell has been discontinued, and you are unlikely to find it new. But if you come across a used model, then it should still work just as well. While the IQ Doorbell might be a bit of an old-school device, it still works well for its intended function. It gets a 5-Star score from Alarm Grid.

Good: Text and/or Email Alerts from Alarm.com, Uses Existing Doorbell Wiring, Outdoor Use, Supports Existing Doorbell Chime

Bad: Must be Installed, Not as Feature Heavy as Doorbell Camera, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

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