Qolsys IQ Glass Break - Wireless Glass Break Compatible w/ Qolsys IQ & IQ Panel 2 Reviews
Submitted on 09/04/2019 Alarm Grid
The Qolsys IQ Glass Break is a fine glass break sensor for 319.5 MHz systems. The sensor will reliably respond to the sound of glass breaking and alert the system in such situations. But this sensor has been discontinued and replaced by the Qolsys IQ Glass Break-S. That is the sensor you should get if you are in the market for a new glass break detector. But the Qolsys IQ Glass Break will continue to work fine if you already have one. We give the Qolsys IQ Glass Break a 4 Star Rating.
Glass break sensors like the Qolsys IQ Glass Break are designed to detect broken glass windows and protective glass casings. A great feature of theses sensors is that they can detect breaking glass from a good distance away. The IQ Glass Break can monitor any window or protective glass casing within a 25-foot line of sight. Remember that this is direct line of sight. Walls will reduce the detection range, and the sensor should not be covered up in any fashion. If you have multiple windows in the area, they may all be capable of being monitored using the same glass break sensor
In terms of compatibility, the Qolsys IQ Glass Break is extremely versatile. It will work with nearly any 319.5 MHz system. Compatible systems include the original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, the 319.5 MHz version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus, and the Interlogix Simon Series Panels. However, the Qolsys IQ Glass Break does not utilize any type of encryption in its wireless communications. The newer Qolsys IQ Glass Break-S offers rolling code encryption when paired with an IQ Panel 2 or any compatible IQ Panel 2 Plus. The Qolsys IQ Glass Break-S is also backwards compatible with the Interlogix Simon Panels, but it will not use encryption when paired with those systems.
Any IQ Panel 2 Plus user might also consider going with DSC PowerG Glass Break Detectors. The PowerG devices use military-grade 128-bit AES encryption, which is even more secure than the rolling code encryption used by the IQ Glass Break-S. A PowerG Glass Break will also offer a further wireless signal range. You can use a PowerG Glass Break with any Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, not just the 319.5 MHz version.
With the release of the Qolsys IQ Glass Break-S and the DSC PowerG Glass Break Sensors, there is very little reason to purchase a new Qolsys IQ Glass Break Sensor. The Qolsys IQ Glass Break is simply outclassed by these other devices. However, an IQ Glass Break Sensor will continue to work well if you already have one. We have given it a rating of 4 Stars because it continues to work fine to this day.