The IQ Panel 4, now available from Qolsys includes a Verizon LTE communicator, and a dual-band WIFI card. For security sensors, it supports PowerG 915 MHz and Interlogix/GE and Qolsys Legacy 319.5 MHz devices. It has a 7" capacitive multi-touch touchscreen and supports 128 zones, and 242 users.
A 7" touchscreen has become the norm for wireless All-in-One (AiO) systems. Currently, the User Interface (UI) for the Qolsys IQ Panel 4 is the same as the IQ Panel 2 and 2 Plus, but Qolsys is introducing an updated UI later in the year. Users can try out the new look and those who prefer the original layout can switch back to it, while those who prefer the updated look can choose to keep it. The new layout will more closely resemble what a user sees in the Alarm.com app. This ties the two interfaces more closely together to improve the user experience.
The centerpiece of the Qolsys IQ Panel 4 is a Qualcomm MSM8953 chipset with an 8-core Qualcomm SnapDragon Processor. It has 16 GB of NAND Flash memory. The base operating system is Android 9. As a comparison, the IQ Panel 2 and 2 Plus were based on Android 5.1 with a quad-core processor. These updates in hardware and software for the Qolsys IQ Panel 4 means that it has a lot of room for expansion, with the hardware and software to support it. Much like with cell phones, updated hardware supports updated software and new features. So expect plenty of updates to this system, based around customer feedback.
Qolsys systems come with the cellular communicator permanently installed to the main board. This means that the cellular module is not replaceable. If the cellular unit fails, or if the cellular carrier selected doesn't have good quality signal in the area where the panel will be used, then the entire panel must be replaced. For this reason, be sure to choose the panel with a communicator from the cellular carrier that has the best signal in your area, regardless of which carrier your personal cell phone may use. This unit comes with a Verizon LTE Communicator. The cellular communicator's IMEI number is used to register the system with Alarm.com. For this reason, when registering a Qolsys panel with Alarm Grid's monitoring service, you must choose a plan that supports cellular communication. For Alarm grid, that's our Gold and Platinum level plans (Self or Full). You can order the version panel with the AT&T LTE Communicator if that carrier has better service in your area.
Alarm.com handles signal transport as well as interactive services for the Qolsys IQ Panel 4. The Cellular unit inside the panel is registered with Alarm.com. This information is tied to the account with the monitoring station being used (where applicable). When the panel needs to transmit a signal, it sends this to Alarm.com's server. The server then determines where that signal should be sent. It can go to the interactive service and then be sent on to the customer as an email, text, or push notification. It can be forwarded to a monitoring station for processing and possible dispatch, or both. The service you receive depends on the monitoring plan you choose. Regardless of which plan you choose, signal processing happens within seconds.
All of the components and their placement inside the system have been optimized to increase the range of each wireless technology that comes built into the system. Where PowerG sensors could achieve approximately a 2,000 foot open air transmitting range with the IQ Panel 2 Plus, the IQ Panel 4 can support a range of up to 4,000 feet. With this transmitting range, issues will be unlikely when PowerG is used, but if you find yourself experiencing range issues, a PowerG repeater can be used to increase the transmitting range by up to two (2) times the original range. There are also gains in range for the Legacy SRF receivers, and the LTE and WIFI communicators.
The front-facing camera has been updated from 5MP to 8MP. In addition to higher quality images, the camera also has a wider 120°viewing angle. The tilt angle of the camera can be adjusted using a small screw on top of the system so that users can dial-in the perfect view for disarm photos, peek-ins, and alarm videos. You can always be sure who is controlling your system and that your loved ones, your pets, and your things, are safe and sound. The Micro SD card slot has been removed from the IQ Panel 4. Images and updates, if necessary will be sent to the panel using the built-in access point (AP). Of course as long as the panel is connected to WIFI, Over-the-Air (OTA) updates can be send to the panel using Alarm.com or by requesting the update from the panel.
The Qolsys IQ Panel 4 has support for up to 128 zones using PowerG and Honeywell or 2GIG 345 MHz Security RF sensors. This makes it the perfect replacement for an older Honeywell or 2GIG system that still has working RF sensors. With the 700-Series Z-Wave Plus V2 controller built in, up to 137 Z-Wave, Z-Wave Plus, and Z-Wave Plus V2 devices can be integrated with the system, including Lights, Locks, Thermostats, Water Valves, and Relays. When installing new Z-Wave devices, always choose devices with the latest version of Z-Wave that is supported by the controller whenever possible. Doing so will provide the most satisfactory user experience. Older and newer Z-Wave devices can be installed on the same network, as long as the user is aware of the limitations inherent in such a configuration. Up to 242 users are supported with one (1) Dealer Code, one (1) Installer Code, and 240 users with the role of Master, User, Guest, or Duress applied to each.
Qolsys has plans to release a new remote WIFI touchscreen keypad for this system. Currently, the IQ Panel 4 can support up to four (4) wired keypads using the Corbus connection of the DSC PG9WLSHW8 Power G Wired to Wireless Converter. In addition, it can support up to five (5) PowerG WS9LCDWF9 Wireless Keypads, and up to three of the current Qolsys IQ Remote WIFI keypads. With all these available options, you're sure to find the perfect configuration for your system and any remote arming stations or touchscreen keypads you may need.
Another upgrade for the Qolsys IQ Panel 4 is the speaker system. There are four (4) speakers built into the bottom of the panel beneath the touchscreen. Where the IQ Panel 2 Plus had two (2) 1-Watt speakers, the IQ Panel 4 has four (4) 4-Watt speakers. This allows you to use the panel as a Bluetooth speaker. Add to that the Qolsys IQ Base, which is a combination desk stand and subwoofer, and the IQ Panel 4 can provide a surprising and impressive depth of sound. The IQ Base, which is sold separately has three (3) bass speakers built into a compact and attractive base. You can even color coordinate. The IQ Base comes in light gray for the IQ Panel 4 in white, and a charcoal IQ Base for those who choose the panel in black.
The Qolsys IQ Panel 4 is available in either black or white, allowing users to choose the color that best blends into their decor. With the new larger speaker system, the height of the panel has changed slightly, but the depth and width remain consistent with the previous panel's size. The IQ Panel 4 comes with a smart mount system. Power and battery can be connected without ever separating the front from the back of the system. And, since there are no hardwired zones available inside the panel, the installer, whether professional or DIYer, will never have to see the inside of the system. The power wires connect to the mounting plate, and once the panel is mounted to the mounting plate and the transformer is plugged in, the unit powers up. This is similar to the way thermostats have been wired for the past several years.
- Product Type: Wireless All-In-One Alarm Panel
- Power: Input 100 - 240VAC 50/60Hz./Output: 7VDC 1000mA CC,
- Backup Battery: Type 18650 Li-Ion 3000mAh. Ningbo Veken Battery Co Model VT27 or Icon Energy System Model IAN034NA
- Battery Standby Time: At Least 24 Hours
- Battery Lifespan: ~5 Years
- Display: 7" LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
- Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
- Screen Brightness: 300 cd/m2
- RGB Color: 24bit, 16.9 million colors
- Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 8 Core SOM (System On a Module)
- Memory: 16GB of NAND Flash
- User Codes: 242
- Wireless Zones: 128
- Wireless Sensor Compatibility: Interlogix/GE & Qolsys 319.5 MHz Sensors - including S-Line , PowerG 915 MHz Sensors
- Max Keypads: Four (4) Wired via Corbus using DSC PG9WLSHW8, Five (5) PowerG, Three (3) IQ Remote
- IP Communication: Dual-Band Built-In WIFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac /w Built-in Router Capability
- Cellular Communication: Verizon LTE (Non-Replaceable Module)
- Interactive Platform: Alarm.com
- Automation: Z-Wave Plus V2 700-Series w/ S2 Protocol
- Partitions: Four (4)
- Speakers: Four (4) Speakers @ 4 Watts Each
- Microphone: Three (3) Microphones (2 Front-Facing, 1 Rear-Facing) - MEMS (micro electro mechanical systems) with Echo Cancellation
- Dimensions: 6.1"H x 7.5"W x 1"D (155mm x 191mm x 26mm)
- Operating Temperature: 32℉ - 120℉ (0℃ - +49℃)
- Operating Humidity: Up to 93% Non-Condensing (Indoor Use Only)