You don’t have to spend a small fortune to integrate your hardwired security zones. The Qolsys IQ Hardwire 8 panel makes this process cost-effective and easier than ever. Plus, you can forget about rewiring each resistor value, thanks to this unit's end-of-line resistor learning.
Features and Benefits
With the IQ Hardwire 8, you don’t have to worry about power outages interrupting your service. It includes backup battery charging so that you can stay protected. Plus, this unit features an onboard siren relay for maximum security and peace-of-mind.
End-of-line resistor learning makes this panel easier to use than most. Whereas some units require you to rewire resistor values, the IQ unit does the hard work for you.
This device also supports magnetic contacts and powered zones. You can include your motion sensors and glass break detectors. However, you should never use the IQ Hardwire with smoke sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, or other life safety devices.
When you order the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 8, you will receive:
- 1 unit cover
- 1 antenna
- Power supply
- Battery cables
- 4 screws
- 8 resistors
The backup battery keeps this device running, even when your home loses power. It outputs a maximum of 12VDC 5AH and charges automatically. This unit won’t take up too much space. Its dimensions are five and a half inches by three and a half inches.
Be sure not to expose the IQ Hardwire 8 to extreme temperatures. It operates best between 32 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit, or zero to 50 degrees Celsius. The maximum humidity is 95 percent. Install the unit in a place in your home that consistently meets these qualifications.
This unit comes with eight input zones. Please note that you must have a resistor to install a device. This unit is compatible with N/O and N/C zone types, making it perfect for many home security systems. You can also use one input for tamper detection.
Installing the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 8 is relatively straightforward. First, use the included hardware to mount the unit in your desired location. For best results, install the device vertically. Then, put the antenna that comes in the box into the terminal at the top of the unit market “ANT.” It should be free from impediments.
The next step in your installation will be to wire in all of the sensors and leads. Use the terminals marked “Zone 1-8” for this step. For efficient enrollment of each zone, follow these directions:
- Ensure that each sensor has a resistor between 1k and 10k Ohm when in either the N/O or N/C positions.
- Take positive and negative leads from powered devices and wire them in.
- If you want a tamper switch, wire it into the terminals now.
- If you choose to have a hardwired siren, is the wiring diagram to complete installation now.
At this point, you can plug in your backup battery using the leads in the box. It’s important to note that the battery is not included in this kit. Finally, you can use the included transformer to connect the power supply.
Pair Your Hardware with IQ Panel
Once you have done the hardwiring, it’s time to pair your units and the IQ panel. First, find the button labeled “EOL Learn” and hold it for two seconds or until all the Zone LEDs flash one and back off again. If you do this correctly, you should see the LED labeled “EOL Cal” turn on.
If the EOL Cal light is on, the unit is in Enroll Mode. Then, you can trip the modules by shorting the tamper terminals. You can do this with a small piece of wire. Finally, follow the instructions on the IQ panel screen. It will walk you through the remainder of the enrolling process.
Pairing Individual Zones or Sensors
Getting zones set up to meet your needs is relatively simple on the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 8. The IQ panel can help. First, trip each of your hardwired zones one at a time. The IQ panel should make a chime noise to indicate that it has found a new sensor.
Once the IQ panel chimes, simply touch the “Okay” button to proceed. On the screen, you can customize each sensor type and customize the settings for that zone. Repeat this step for each new zone.
When you trip the sensor, the corresponding Zone LED should light up and remain lit until you exit enroll mode. If it turns off before you’re done, press the EOL Learn button to enter enroll mode again.
When you’re done enrolling each of your sensors and choosing the settings, you can end enroll mode. Press the “EOL Learn” button that began the process in the first place. If the EOL Cal light and zone LEDs all turn off, you are done.
A little extra know-how can help you use your Qolsys IQ Hardwire 8 to its full potential. First, be sure to consult the wiring diagram before you begin installation. This can prevent future headaches.
Pressing and holding the EOL Learn button for two seconds takes you in and out of enroll mode. The EOL Cal light will turn on when the device is in enroll mode and turn off once the unit has resumed normal operations. If this light flashes, either the resistors are not calibrated or no zones have been enrolled.
Zone LEDs may also flash, light up, or turn off. Each Zone light will flash a few times when you push the EOL Cal button. These lights should be off when the device is in enroll mode and turn back on when that zone has been learned or tripped.
Once normal operations resume and enroll mode is off, the Zone LEDs will turn on when the corresponding zone is open and off when it is closed. The Processor LED flashes while the unit operates. Likewise, the RF XMIT light will flash anytime the unit sends a transmission.
If you need to clear the memory for any reason, you can do so easily and reset to factory presets. First, stop power to the unit. To do this, unplug the battery leads and the main power supply. Then, simultaneously re-apply power and hold down the “Memory Reset” button for three seconds.
You will know that you have been successful in resetting the memory when the Processor, RF XMIT, and EOL Cal lights flash.