The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Verizon LTE with PowerG & Legacy Honeywell and 2GIG is arguably the top option for anyone looking to get started with home or business security. This powerful and versatile system supports 915 MHz PowerG Sensors and 345 MHz Honeywell 5800 Series and 2GIG Sensors.
One thing that makes the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus so great is its built-in cellular communication module. This version of the system connects with the Verizon LTE Network to obtain a reliable and fast connection with Alarm.com. This will ensure quicker response times from a central monitoring station, and it will help smart home automation devices function more effectively. Please note that there is also an AT&T LTE version. Additionally, the panel also has an integrated WIFI card for "simultaneous dual-path" communications. It will support both 2.4GHz and 5GHZ WIFI networks and signals are transmitted on both internet and cellular paths. The first signal that reaches the Alarm.com server will be processed and the slower path will simply be ignored. This is unique to Alarm.com and is preferred over a primary/secondary setup where the primary has to completely fail before rolling over to the secondary path.
The Alarm.com service also provides excellent functionality for the user in general. A user can access Alarm.com using a web browser or the Alarm.com Mobile App at any time. Once they have logged-in to their Alarm.com account, they can arm and disarm their system, control Z-Wave devices, check the current status of sensors, view the live feed of security cameras and more. This makes the Alarm.com interactive service an outstanding feature for all types of users.
From a security standpoint, the IQ Panel 2 Plus is one of the most robust systems we have ever seen. Like all models of the IQ Panel 2 Plus, this version supports PowerG Sensors. PowerG technology is truly incredible, as it allows wireless sensors to operate from up to 2,000 feet away from the panel when used in open air. This makes these sensors perfect for use on large properties and business complexes. PowerG Sensors are also protected from wireless attacks using 128-bit AES encryption. This makes them some of the most secure sensors in the industry.
This version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus also supports 345 MHz sensors. This includes sensors from the Honeywell 5800 Series and 2GIG. But it DOES NOT include Honeywell SiX Series Sensors. Being able to support 345 MHz wireless sensors makes this version great for Honeywell system takeovers with existing Honeywell or 2GIG wireless sensors. The 5800 Series lineup is particularly diverse, giving users a whole new selection of versatile and powerful sensor options. And since the IQ Panel 2 Plus supports 128 different zones, a user will have no trouble expanding their system and adding new sensors. Other version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus support 319 MHz sensors and 433 MHz sensors. But all versions support PowerG.
Another new feature for the IQ Panel 2 Plus is the ability to view the live feed for compatible Alarm.com Security Cameras directly from the panel itself. Most of the newer ADC Cameras will support this functionality. The panel's HD touchscreen display will showcase clear footage of the cameras whenever the user takes a look. And if two-way voice functionality is supported by the camera, the user will be able to have a real-time conversation with the person in-front of the camera right from their panel. The system can even integrate with the SkyBell DoorBell for similar functionality.
The IQ Panel 2 Plus also includes a built-in 5MP camera, a built-in glass break detector and a Z-Wave Plus controller for supporting up to 232 different smart home devices. All of these exciting features make the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus one of the finest alarm systems on the market today, and it will bring excellent functionality to virtually any 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.