Adjusting Z-Wave Device Limits On My Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus

Adjusting Z-Wave Device Limits On My Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus


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Description

In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid shows you how to adjust the Z-Wave device limits for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Security System. This is something that you will likely need to do if you plan on using a large number of Z-Wave devices with the system. You can find the current set Z-Wave device limits for the system and make adjustments within the Installer or Dealer Programming Settings Menu for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Pus.

Inside every Qolsys IQ Panel 2 and Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Security System is a Z-Wave Plus controller. This allows you to build an automation network around the system, including devices like smart lights, door locks, thermostats, and more. However, there are limits to the number of Z-Wave devices you can add. And each type of Z-Wave device has its own sub-limit. These limits were put into place by Qolsys to ensure that the system operates as smoothly as possible.

By going into programming on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System, you can adjust the maximum number of Z-Wave devices for various device types. If you maximize all of these limits, then you will reach the maximum number of Z-Wave devices on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 allowed for local control, which is 152 Z-Wave devices.

However, you should keep in mind that the Alarm.com remote automation platform has its own Z-Wave device limit that is somewhat smaller. Alarm.com will only support a maximum of 122 Z-Wave devices. If you add a 123rd Z-Wave device to your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System, then it will not be pushed over to Alarm.com. Instead, that device will only be available on the panel for local control. The advantage to having Z-Wave devices on Alarm.com is that they can be controlled remotely and included with Alarm.com Smart Scenes.

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Transcript

Hi, DIYers. This is Michael from Alarm Grid. And today, I'm going to show you how to adjust the Z-Wave device limits on your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 or IQ Panel 2 Plus security system. Now, if you didn't know that the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus has Z-Wave device limits, well, it does. There is actually limit to the number of Z-Wave devices that you can pair it with the network. Now, I want to make a few things clear. There's also a Z-Wave device limit for Alarm.com, which is a little bit lower. I believe that totals 122 or 128. We'll confirm in the description with one of those, but it's a little bit lower for the number that can get pushed over to Alarm.com. But the IQ Panel 2 Plus or IQ Panel 2 has its own Z-Wave device limit, which is little bit larger. I'll break down the numbers in a second, but this is basically the limit of the number of Z-Wave devices that can be added to the system for local panel control. Now, as I just said, Alarm.com has its own Z-Wave device limits, so there will be a smaller limit that will only get pushed over to Alarm.com. I think it's 122 for that. But once you reach that limit then any devices you add from there will only be available for local control. So keep that in mind because we know most of you are going to be using Alarm.com for remote automation control. But we're going to focus on local control for most of this video. So breaking down the Z-Wave device limits, it's split into different categories of Z-Wave device types. And the limits are pretty generous. You probably won't run into issues running out of device limits unless you're really in a large business or a large home. But to break down the numbers, you can have a maximum of 10 Z-Wave thermostats. You can have a maximum of 15 Z-Wave smart sockets. You can have a maximum of 20 Z-Wave door locks, a maximum of 80 Z-Wave lights, a maximum of 6 Z-Wave garage door controllers, and then a maximum of 21 other Z-Wave devices. So miscellaneous Z-Wave devices, I guess that would be things like water valves and such. And the total for Z-Wave devices, you add up all those numbers, you get 152. So if you max out the thermostat, the smart sockets the door locks, the lights, the garage doors, and the other Z-Wave devices, you will reach the maximum local limit of 152 Z-Wave devices. And after that, you won't be able to add any more Z-Wave devices. Now, what I mentioned earlier were the maximum limits within the panel. And what you actually can do is you can go into installer programming and you can increase or decrease the Z-Wave device limits. There's not really any reason not to set them to the maximum limit, so you may as well just go in and do this. I believe they're set to the maximum by default, so you don't really have to go in and change anything. But if maybe an installer went in and decreased the Z-Wave device limits and you had to go back and change them, or you just want to see what the menu looks like, that's what we're going to show you here today. So here is how you would adjust the Z-Wave device limits on your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 plus. So we're at our system here. We're going to press the small gray bar at the top, energy settings. We're going to choose advance settings. Enter user code. And we're going to enter in our installer code, which is four ones And then we're going to choose installation. We're going to choose devices. We're going to choose Z-Wave devices. And then we're going to go to Z-Wave settings. And you can see here ours just haven't been set to the maximum limit right away. They're actually on the lowest limit, I believe. Thermostats is set to three. So if we wanted to change it, we would have to go and increase it to 10. You just click on the little arrow, the side there, and make sure to set it to 10. And then you can click the set button. You just scroll to set. We'll go ahead and do this for a few of them. We won't do it for all them. The lights, they do a lot. I believe that's 80 lights you can have. So we're going to be scrolling here, just scrolling along. Here we go. And then we're at 80. Don't go to zero. You'll have a bad time if you do that. So it's set at 80 and we can just press set. And that's how you would go about doing it. You can do it for door locks, other Z-Wave devices, and garage doors. And there are other Z-Wave settings in here, but we're just focusing on these here. So we'll leave the rest of those alone. You get the idea of how to adjust them. And once you set it, it's good to go. The changes have been saved. So you can return to the main menu by pressing the home button. And any changes you made to the Z-Wave device limits have been set, they've been saved, updated, and you'll be able to add the corresponding limit based on what you said in that setting field. So that's how you adjust the Z-Wave device limits on the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 plus security system. If you found this video helpful, make sure to give it a thumbs up below to like the video. We always appreciate that. And remember to subscribe to our channel to get updates on future videos. And if you have any questions about Z-Wave devices or the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus or you're interested in monitoring service, send us an email at support@alarmgrid.com and we'll be happy to help you out. Thanks. Have a great day.


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