The easiest way to make an ordinary device compatible with Z-Wave is to add the Qolsys IQ Smart Outlet plug-in module. This device plugs into any ordinary outlet and converts a compatible device using that outlet into a Z-Wave device. Simply include the Qolsys IQ Smart Plug with any Z-Wave controller and you're ready to start automating.
The beauty of Z-Wave is that although this IQ Smart Outlet is made by Qolsys, it will work with virtually any Z-Wave Controller. Interoperability is one of the hallmarks of the Z-Wave protocol. Most new alarm panels either come with a Z-Wave controller built in or have some way of adding support for Z-Wave devices. This Qolsys IQ Smart Outlet is made using the Z-Wave Plus 700-Series chip. This is also known as Z-Wave Plus V2. As Z-Wave devices change and become more efficient, transmitting range and battery life improve. Although all Z-Wave controllers will work with all Z-Wave devices, at least in theory, a Z-Wave Plus V2 controller can't make a standard Z-Wave device as efficient as a Z-Wave Plus device and a standard Z-Wave controller won't support all the improved features of a Z-Wave Plus or Z-Wave Plus V2 module. For that reason, be careful when mixing different versions of Z-Wave devices on the same mesh network.
It is recommended to exclude new Z-Wave devices prior to including them into your network. Often, devices may have been tested at the factory during quality control and may not have been set back to factory default settings afterward. The process for excluding the Qolsys IQ Outlet is the same as the process for including it.
To enroll the Smart Outlet, plug it in, put your Z-Wave controller into exclusion mode, and then press and release the enrollment button on top of the Smart Outlet once. The controller should indicate that a new device has been excluded. Next, put your controller into inclusion mode and follow the same procedure to include the IQ Outlet. Once you have the Qolsys IQ Outlet connected and included in your Z-Wave network, you're ready to begin automating. If you're using a Qolsys panel as your controller, you can use Alarm.com to help you automate your device.
For manual control, you can use the panel touchscreen or the Alarm.com app or website from your smartphone. In Alarm.com, create rules and scenes to automate when your device turns on and off. You can control the IQ Outlet based on an event, such as triggering a particular motion detector. You can also automate based on a schedule, at specific times, or at sunset or sunrise. Lamps, heaters, networking equipment, small appliances, and more can be used with the IQ Smart Outlet.
There are certain devices that should not be used with the Qolsys IQ Outlet. Devices with incandescent bulbs should not exceed 900W. CFL/LED bulbs should not exceed 200W. Devices with motors up to 1/2 HP and up to 15A, 1800W resistive loads are supported at 120VAC, 60Hz. The IQ Outlet supports S2 security and SmartStart. The QR code for enrollment can be found on the box as well as on the device itself. The Qolsys IQ Smart Outlet has an LED that indicates On/Off status. It is wise to bring the device near the Z-Wave controller for the purpose of enrollment. Once enrolled, move the device to its intended outlet.
- Lighting Supported: Incandescent and most Fluorescent (CFL) or LED Lights.
- Appliance Control: AC Operated Appliances (up to 1/2 HP Motor and 15A, 1800W resistive load at 120VAC, 60Hz)
- Z-Wave Protocol: Z-Wave Plus 700 Series with S2 Security and SmartStart
- Indicators: LED to indicate On/Off Status
- Electrical Limits: Light Fixtures Up To 900W (Incandescent) and 200W (CFL/LED)
- Electrical Configuration: Grounded 3-Pin Plug with Safety Tab to secure IQ Dimmer to the Outlet
- Form Factor: Smaller than previous models, will not block the second outlet
- Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Use Only
- Operating Ambient Temperature: 32°F - 104°F (0°C - 40°C)