Adding a Wireless Zone to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Adding a Wireless Zone to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

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In this video, Jorge from Alarm Grid explains how to add a new wireless zone to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Alarm System. A compatible wireless sensor can be auto-enrolled with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2. Auto-enrollment is advised, as it prevents the user from entering an incorrect Sensor DL ID while programming.

The original Qolsys IQ Panel 2 can only support 319.5 MHz wireless sensors. The newer Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus can support wireless PowerG Sensors, in addition to one of three (3) legacy sensor frequencies (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, or 433 MHz). Every version of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 has an auto-enrollment mode for easily learning in new sensors. Remember that the system has 128 wireless zones available. Every sensor will use at least one zone, and there are some sensors that may require multiple system zones for full operation.

In order to enroll a sensor with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, you will need to access programming. This requires knowing the Installer Code or the Dealer Code for the system. These codes are set to 1111 and 2222 by default, respectively. However, it is possible that these codes may have been changed. If you cannot determine either of these codes, and you cannot access programming, then you will not be able to enroll these sensors.

When adding a wireless zone to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2, you will also set various programming settings. These include the Sensor Type, the Sensor Group (which serves as the Response Type), the Sensor Name, Chime settings, Voice Prompt settings, and the RF source. Make sure to adjust these settings correctly. Otherwise, the sensor will not work the way that you want it to when it is activated. The Sensor Group setting is particularly important, as this setting basically tells the system how to respond when the sensor is faulted.


Hi, DIYers. I'm George from Alarm Grid. Today, I'm going to be showing you guys how to add in a wireless zone to your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 or your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. So for today's video, the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 can learn in 128 different wireless zones. Doors, motions, glass breaks, flood detectors, CO detectors, smoke detectors, heat detectors, any kind of security sensor that you think you may have for the IQ 2 Plus, as long as it is a wireless sensor, it will be added. And the system can hold up to 128 of them, all right? Now, right today, I'm actually using a normal IQ 2, which means that it has only the 319.5 megahertz receiver. For those of you out there that have an IQ 2 Plus, that means you might be using PowerG Sensors. And then depending on the flavor that you got, you might have the 319.5 Legacy Daughterboard Card. You might have the Honeywell/2GIG Daughterboard Card, which is the 345 megahertz, or you might have the DSC Legacy Daughterboard Card, which is 433 megahertz. Now, all of the IQ 2 Pluses have PowerG, so it's PowerG plus one of the ones I just mentioned. So depending on what sensors you're learning in, you want to make sure you have the correct sensor and the correct panel. Now, today, I'm actually learning in this S-Line door/window sensor. And this transmits at 319.5 megahertz, which is actually compatible with my system, all right? So to start off, you are going to need your installer code or your dealer code for the security system. The installer code and dealer code, if you buy the system brand new, the default installer code is 1111 and the default dealer code is 2222. So if your panels defaulted in brand new, you can use any of these codes to get into the installer menu so you can actually program in these sensors. I'm going to show you guys with the two menus look like right now. And I'm going to show you guys what the master menu looks like. A lot of people think they have their installer or dealer code, but it's really just a code that they arm and disarm with, which is completely different. Yeah, so there's a big difference between a master code, an installer code, and a dealer code. So the first thing we need to do is on your IQ 2 Plus, if you're first time setting it up, you're going to hit the little bar up at the very top. It's going to open up your menu. You're going to go to Settings. Now, when we go to Advanced Settings, this is where you're going to need to enter in your installer code or your dealer code. My installer code menu is going to look like this. After I enter in 1111, you're going to see these menu options right here. Now, when I enter into my dealer code, I'm just going to hit the back arrow key, Advanced Settings. Enter user code. Enter my dealer code. I should get this-- I should still get the same settings, but with a little more such as there's a dealer branding. There's a couple of other different options that you have under the dealer one. But the main one that we need to look at is Installation. Now, what happens if you don't enter in the correct code? Let's say you enter in your master code, which for mine, again, my panel's defaulted, so it's 1234. You're not going to see Installation. Installation is actually what we need to install these sensors. So if you enter in a code and you get this screen right here where it says Master Settings, you have not entered in the correct code. So we need to hit the back arrow key, go to Advanced Settings. Enter user code. And again, installer code or dealer code. I'm going to do installer code-- 1111. I'm going to go to Installation. I'm going to go to Devices. And we're installing security sensors, so I'm going to hit Security Sensors. Now, the easiest way to do this is by auto-learning the sensor in. It's very easy to do. Once you hit Auto-Learn Sensor, the system is going to go into a listening mode. What the system does is now it's going to start listening for any wireless frequencies that are tripped. And most of these batteries come with a little plastic tab that you pull out to finally make the the battery come into contact with the actual power source to power the sensor on. So most of these is just a simple battery type pull. But I already have an existing sensor, so I'm actually going to trip it. So I'm going to put the magnet next to the read switch and I'm going to set it off. Once I do that, this will send a wireless transmission. And this panel will receive the transmission and it will read the serial number that's on the back of the system. That's the serial number that's attached to this sensor. And you can actually match them up. I'll show you that in one second. So I'm going to go to Auto-Learn Sensor. Now, from here, I'm going to put the magnet next to my sensor. If you guys are powering it on, you guys just simply pull the battery tab. Or if the battery type pull doesn't work, if it still doesn't learn in, just put the magnet next to the sensor. Open it up. The signal is sent. The transmission is sent from the sensor, and then it's been learned in or it's been picked up by the alarm system. Now, if you look at the system here, the sensor that it picked up was Charlie 679 Alpha 8. If you look at the back of my sensor which we're actually going to get a close up, the serial number-- or I'm sorry, not the serial number, the DL number is the one that we're going to want to look at, should also match what you see on the Qolsys screen. So if you look at the Qolsys screen, it says Charlie 679 Alpha 8, the DL number on the back of my sensor also says Charlie 679 Alpha 8. After you confirm that they're matching, you can hit OK. Now, before we get into this menu, the reason why we want to confirm is, let's say you have sensors that are already set up in the field. Some of you guys walk around the house. You put the panel into a listening mode, you walk around, and you go to open up a door. But what if you walk past a motion when you open up that door? The motion picks up on your signal, it sends out a wireless transmission. You think that that sensor number is actually the front door sensor, but it's actually the motion that you tripped on your way to the front door. So you want to make sure that you guys are always paying attention to the serial numbers and you're matching them accordingly to the sensor you want to learn in, all right? So just make sure you're playing close attention to that. So again, here top left starting from the left going to the right we will have the DL ID number, which, again, that matches what's on the back of our sensor-- Charlie 679 Alpha 8. The sensor type is going to be door/window. Yeah, you pretty much always going to leave it the same. When you learn in a motion, it'll come in as a motion. If you learn in a glass break, it'll come in as a glass break. A couple of different options, they pretty much automatically go to their own sensor type. The one thing that you probably will need to change is going to be the sensor group. Now when you're looking at the sensor group, you're going to want to make sure you're looking at all of the options here. And if you look at the installation guide or the programming guide for the IQ 2 Plus, on one of the pages you actually have all your sensor groups and what they actually do. Our FAQ actually has a direct link to the actual guide and it tells you what page to go to. So you want to make sure that you're looking at that page so that you choose the correct one. Right now, since I'm technically going to be using this for my front door, I'm going to leave it as an entry/exit normal delay. Now, if I'm putting this on a window, I don't want there to be a delay. I might set it as a instant perimeter door/window. Instant perimeter means that as soon as the door/window is open no matter whether the system is armed stay or away, or in the middle of arming, if that door/window is open, there is no delay. It automatically sets the alarm off right away, which is normally what you want for windows. You don't want there to be a delay for the windows. So I'm just going to go ahead. Since this is going to be my front door sensor, I'll leave it as entry/exit. Now, the sensor name, this is where you're going to actually type in the description of your sensor, where it's going to be located. This on his front door. It gives you a couple of options if you scroll through it. However, if you want to make a custom description like, let's say, you want to put-- I'll put video sensor, you could actually make a custom description. And the chip that's in this IQ 2 Plus, it can actually read out all of your custom descriptions. So it's not like most alarm systems out there. Like I know some of the Honeywell ones, they have predefined vocabulary or dictionaries, where if you don't use a word that's in a dictionary, it won't actually enunciate or vocal enunciate the sensor. This one actually does with whatever you type in. So I'll type in video sensor. The time, you can add a different time on here, whatever you want. I got a Tinker Bell, right? Voice prompts, this is if you want the sensor to actually voice enunciate. So I'm going to set it to on. It was already set to on and that way I can actually hear video sensor. And then the source, this is something that you also do not have to touch. Remember, I said this was an S-Line sensor so it actually learned it in as an S-Line. And since this is a normal IQ 2, you also see the security 319. It's 319.5, but it just does 319 for short. Now, if you guys are using different sensors, Honeywell 345, DSC 433, or PowerG, that's going to show up in your source as well. You don't have to change it. If you automatically enroll in, the source will automatically be set. After you've configured everything for your sensor, you have to hit Add New in order for the sensor to be saved. Sensor added successfully. It'll say, "Sensor added successfully." And then once you're done learning your door/window sensor, you can go ahead and back out. Press the Home button. So once you press the Home button, it backs you out to the main screen. Now, this is just for a door/window sensor. Every sensor has its own unique way of being enrolled in. Some motion sensors upon powering up, they go into a test mode. So obviously, we have the auto-learn. If you have your system in auto-learn, since it's in walk test mode, if you trip, it'll send this transmission. Smoke detectors have an enrollment button. So glass break detectors-- Video sensor open. As you can see, I just tripped the sensor and it actually says, "Video sensor open." Video sensor open. I'll let you guys hear it one more time. And it also shows you-- we're going to go to All, but it shows you what sensors are there. Right now it says, the video sensor is closed, but if I open it-- Video sensor open. It'll say video sensor open and it'll show an open circuit or an open link. Yeah, and then when I close it, it closes the sensor. So I'm going to leave that here. So like I said, every sensor is going to have its different way of enrollment. You want to make sure that, one, you're either looking at the guide for the sensor, at the installation guide for the sensor. Two, if you have any questions about installing them and if you're monitored with Alarm Grid or monitored with another company, ask your company, hey, this sensor isn't learning in. Sometimes a sensor may need to be reset. Sometimes a sensor may just need a simple power on, power off, so removing the battery and putting the battery back on. Sometimes the enrollment is completely different. Sometimes you have to hold the button down for three seconds, wait till the light blinks. Every sensor is completely different, so you want to make sure that you're looking at the manuals and that you're asking your company questions if you have any. If you guys want to get your IQ 2 or your IQ 2 Plus monitored with Alarm Grid, please, feel free to send us an email to We'd love to bring you on into the Alarm Grid family. If you found this video helpful, make sure you hit like underneath. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and hit the little bell icon. So whenever we upload new content, you guys get notified I'm George and I'll see you guys next time.