Qolsys has outdone themselves with their all-new IQ Panel 2 Plus. This robust and powerful system provides full support for the wireless PowerG Sensors, and it lets the system access the AT&T LTE Cellular Network. This truly is the ultimate wireless all-in-one (AIO) panel available today.
The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus has successfully improved upon what the original IQ Panel 2 System already offered. The most exciting new feature is the ability of the IQ Panel 2 Plus to support PowerG Sensors. PowerG Sensors operate at a wireless frequency of 915 MHz, and they represent the "Rolls Royce" of security sensors. The astounding 2,000 feet range of these sensors in open air simply blows people away. Users will have no trouble having the PowerG Sensors communicate successfully across their entire property. And since PowerG Sensors use 128-bit AES encryption, they are virtually impossible for others to hack or takeover wirelessly. These truly are the most-advanced and secure wireless security sensors available on the market today.
But the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus doesn't stop with PowerG support. Each IQ Panel 2 Plus System includes a legacy daughtercard for supporting a different set of sensors at a lower wireless frequency. For this particular version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus, the 319.5 MHz sensors are supported. This includes the encrypted Qolsys S-Line Sensors, the classic unencrypted Qolsys Sensors and the legacy Interlogix/GE Sensors. And with 128 available wireless zones, users will have absolutely no trouble setting up all their sensors with their IQ Panel 2 Plus Alarm System. Users should also be aware that there are other versions of the IQ Panel 2 Plus that will provide support for either 345 MHz sensors or 433 MHz sensors instead of the 319.5 MHz sensors. However, all versions of the IQ Panel 2 Plus support PowerG.
Video surveillance has also been taken to the next level with the IQ Panel 2 Plus. Users now have the ability to take a real-time look at the feeds for their Alarm.com Security Cameras directly from the panel. The screen of the IQ Panel 2 Plus is full-HD, as Qolsys didn't skimp out on image quality. Any camera that supports two-way audio will also a user to have a live conversation with anyone who is at the camera directly from the panel. The IQ Panel 2 Plus is also compatible with the SkyBell Video Doorbell, and users can see who is at their door by simply checking their panel.
The functionality for the IQ Panel 2 Plus carries over to Alarm.com. The system comes Alarm.com-ready, and a user will just need an alarm monitoring plan that includes access to the service. A user can access this service at any time using a web browser or remotely using the Alarm.com Mobile App on an Android or iOS device. Once a user has logged-in to their Alarm.com account, they can arm and disarm their system, check the current status of their security sensors, control Z-Wave smart home devices and view the live feed of their Alarm.com security cameras.
Inside the IQ Panel 2 Plus, there is a WIFI card and an LTE cellular communicator. If the WIFI goes down, the panel will automatically switch over to cellular service so that the panel continue to receives monitoring protection. This version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus connects with the AT&T LTE Cellular network. LTE networks provide ultra-fast speeds and great reliability making them perfect for use with alarm systems. Please note that there is also a Verizon LTE version of this same system.
And Qolsys built the same excellent features into the IQ Panel 2 Plus that were included with the original IQ Panel 2 System. This includes a 5MP camera on the front, a built-in glass break sensor and an integrated Z-Wave Plus controller. All of this makes the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus arguably the best wireless alarm system available for a home or business.
Note: The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus has a smaller antenna than the DSC PowerSeries Neo Panels. As a result, it can only support DSC PowerG 915 MHz Sensors from a maximum distance of 2,000 feet away in open air. This is considerably shorter than that maximum open air range of 2 kilometers when these sensors are used with a DSC PowerSeries Neo System. Please keep this in mind when planning a security system. If you need to extend the range, a wireless repeater can be used.
Note: Firmware update 2.3.0 or higher is required to use the PowerG Image Sensor with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. The PowerG Image Sensor will store 10 images locally on the IQ Panel 2 Plus when activated. It will also send a single image to Alarm.com for remote viewing. No additional hardware is needed to use the PowerG Image Sensor, just the firmware update. Qolsys also offers their own Alarm.com Image Sensor. Both the PowerG Image Sensor and the Qolsys Image Sensor can be purchased separately. In order to use the Qolsys Image Sensor, a user will also need the appropriate image sensor daughtercard. This image sensor daughtercard uses the same antenna slot as the PowerG daughtercard. As a result, it is not feasible to use both PowerG Sensors and Qolsys Image Sensors on an IQ Panel 2 System at the same time. Any user who wants to use PowerG Sensors should obtain a PowerG Image Sensor instead of a Qolsys Image Sensor. If a user does not want to use PowerG Sensors, they are better off getting an original IQ Panel 2. There's no reason to pay extra for PowerG compatibility if the PowerG daughtercard is just going to be removed. Keep in mind though that the original IQ Panel 2 will only be able to support 319.5 MHz sensors.
Note: The IQ Panel 2 Plus supports up to 152 total Z-Wave devices for local Z-Wave control. There is also a smaller limit for different types of Z-Wave devices. The individual limit for each Z-Wave device type must be manually increased within Installer/Dealer Level Programming. Please also note that Alarm.com has its own smaller limit of 122 total Z-Wave devices for remote operation and use with smart scenes. More information on Alarm.com Z-Wave limits can be found in this FAQ.
The breakdown for the maximum allowed of each device type for local control, is shown in the table below. If you want more information on adjusting IQ2+ Z-Wave device limits, please check this other FAQ.
|Z-Wave Device Type
|Other Z-Wave Devices
Note: Please see the following table for the complete device limits for the IQ Panel 2 Plus:
|RF Sensors (Legacy RF + PowerG)
|Bluetooth Devices (For Automatic Disarming)
|Hardwired Zone Inputs (Requires 4.7k EOLR, not included)