Qolsys IQ Panel Rogers - 7" Security Panel w/ Z-Wave, Rogers Cell Communicator Reviews
Submitted on 01/03/2020 Alarm Grid
The Qolsys IQ Panel Rogers is the Rogers version of the original Qolsys IQ Panel Security System. As it uses a Rogers Communicator for connecting with the Alarm.com Servers, this panel can only be used in Canada for alarm monitoring service. The original IQ Panel made some great strides for Qolsys, as it introduced a touchscreen controller, Z-Wave functionality, and end user programming. It also paved the way for future Qolsys Systems, most notably the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus and the upcoming Qolsys IQ Hub. However, the original IQ Panel is quite dated by today's standards, and we wouldn't really recommend it for those who are starting new alarm monitoring service. Additionally, users with an existing IQ Panel may want to upgrade to the newer IQ Panel 2 to take advantage of the features offered by that system. Overall, the Qolsys IQ Panel Rogers is a fine system, but better options are available. It gets 4 Stars from us.
Some positive aspects for the Qolsys IQ Panel Rogers include its touchscreen controller, its home automation functions, and its ability to be used with the Alarm.com platform. The panel is reliable as far as monitoring service is concerned, and it can still be used to this day. The Rogers version of the IQ Panel represents a good monitoring solution for those in Canada. We also like the panel's built-in camera, which can be used for disarm photos. And the panel features WIFI connectivity for maintaining an additional communication path with Alarm.com. Local Bluetooth connectivity is available as well. We also like the fact that wireless 319.5 MHz sensors can be auto-enrolled with the system.
But there are downsides to the Qolsys IQ Panel Rogers as well. It is an old system, and many users would describe it as a "brick". Compared with sleeker systems like the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 and the Honeywell Lyric Controller, the original Qolsys IQ Panel sticks out like a sore thumb. It also uses classic Z-Wave technology, as opposed to Z-Wave Plus. And the original IQ Panel can only support up to 75 Z-Wave devices, as opposed to the usual limit of 232. This makes it somewhat limited as an automation controller. Another important consideration is that the panel has been known to be somewhat glitchy, as Qolsys didn't really fix all of the bugs until the newer IQ Panel 2. Finally, the panel will not work outside of Cananda, as it needs to connect with the Rogers Cellular Network.
We wouldn't really recommend the Qolsys IQ Panel if you are buying a new security system. If you inherit an old model from someone, then it might be worth using. Otherwise, there are better options available. Still, it's a decent enough system to get a 4 Star rating.
Good: Touchscreen Controller, Home Automation, Alarm.com, Fairly Reliable, Use In Canada, Built-In Camera, WIFI, Bluetooth, Auto-Enroll 319.5 MHz Sensors
Bad: Large "Brick" Panel, Classic Z-Wave, Limit of 75 Z-Wave Devices, Glitchy, Canada Only
Bottom Line: 4 Stars