Comparison of Other Security Systems To a Qolsys IQ Panel
In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid explains that the original Qolsys IQ Panel Security System is outdated and that there are better alarm systems available. The original Qolsys IQ Panel was the first security system released from Qolsys. It has since been replaced by the newer Qolsys IQ Panel 2.
There are many drawbacks involving the original Qolsys IQ Panel System. It is a fairly bulky panel, and it isn't a sleek as most of the newer "tablet-like" panels. The original Qolsys IQ Panel has a built-in 3G communicator, and 3G communicators can no longer be activated for montiroing service. The newer Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus has a built-in LTE communicator, which can be activated for monitoring service. It's also worth nothing that LTE networks are expected to remain in-service for many years to come. LTE communication is faster and more reliable than 3G communication, which is a major plus when communicating with Alarm.com. The Qolsys IQ Panel also does not support Bluetooth disarming, while the IQ Panel 2 does support this feature.
The original Qolsys IQ Panel only has a standard Z-Wave controller, while the IQ Panel 2 Plus has a Z-Wave Plus controller. Therefore, you will get better smart home automation performance by using a Qolsys IQ Panel 2. The original Qolsys IQ Panel can only support 319.5 MHz sensors, and it does not offer any encryption support. The newer Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus can support one of three legacy sensor frequencies (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, or 433 MHz), and it can also support PowerG Sensors, which utilize military-grade 128-bit AES encryption. You cannot use PowerG Sensors on the original Qolsys IQ Panel. It is also impossible to live-stream compatible Alarm.com Security Cameras on the original Qolsys IQ Panel. However, the newer Qolsys IQ Panel 2 does support live-streaming for compatible Alarm.com Security Cameras. Lastly, the original Qolsys IQ Panel does not support partitioning, while the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus supports up to four (4) partitions.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, DIYers. This is Michael, from Alarm Grid. And today, I'm going to answer the question of whether or not there are better security systems than the original Qolsys IQ panel. And the answer to that question is, yes, there are better systems than the original Qolsys IQ panel. Now, I have the original Qolsys IQ panel right here. This was the first system released from Qolsys, and it's a pretty outdated system. It's not very commonly used today, and there are many panels that we would recommend over this one. I have it up here for you to see. It's a pretty fat panel. It's pretty big. It's pretty bulky. It's got some weight to it. It's not as aesthetically pleasing as some of the newer, thinner, more tablet-like panels that we have available. So, this isn't something we would recommend. And it doesn't offer all the features that newer panels would offer, so this isn't one that we would normally go with. It has actually been replaced by the IQ Panel 2 Plus, which I have right here. As you can see, it's a lot slimmer, it's a lot thinner, it's got a sleeker design. It's got a tamper right now. But as you can see, it's got a slimmer design, and it's more user-friendly. Just looks better on your wall. So this is one we would definitely recommend. As far as this one goes, it lacks the features of the newer IQ Panel 2 Plus system. The IQ Panel 2 Plus has PowerG support. PowerG sensors have a range of about 2,000 feet away from the IQ Panel 2 Plus in an open air environment. That's an incredible range. You can use that in a larger home, or a business without issue. And there's even a PowerG repeater, if you really need to extend the range. They're also encrypted sensors. They use a military grade, 128-bit AES encryption with the PowerG sensors. So that's a big reason to get the IQ 2 Plus. The original IQ panel, which I have here, it only supports 319.5 megahertz sensors. And it cannot support any encrypted sensors, so you won't be able to use encryption on the original IQ panel system. Now, Qolsys did release these S-line 319.5 megahertz sensors for the IQ 2 Plus system. Those will use S-line encryption. And they are backwards compatible with the original IQ panel, but they won't utilize S-line encryption. If you use those 319.5 megahertz sensors, you won't get any encryption, if you're using this fat, original IQ panel system. So that's something to keep in mind. Also, if you're looking to get a system that uses HomeKit, this will not do it. The IQ Panel 2 Plus won't do it either. We're hoping it may be added at some point. But right now, the only system we have that can do HomeKit is the Honeywell Lyric Controller, right here. Also, the DSC Iotega can do it, but it doesn't offer end-user programming. So, if you're looking to get a HomeKit alarm system, the system to use with HomeKit devices, we would strongly recommend the Honeywell Lyric controller, right over here. Another thing to keep in mind-- the original Qolsys IQ panel, it has built-in Z-wave, but it's just standard Z-wave. You're only going to get the standard Z-wave hops. You're not going be able to take advantage of Z-wave Plus devices. You can use Z-wave Plus devices with the original IQ panel, but they're only going to operate as standard Z-wave devices. Now, if you have the IQ Panel 2 Plus, you'll be able to use the Z-wave Plus devices, and you'll get the full benefit of Z-wave Plus. So, that's another reason to get the IQ 2, if you want to take full advantage of Z-wave Plus for smart home automation. Another important thing-- the original IQ panel system, it is 3G cellular communication-- 3G. And the 3G sunset is approaching, alarm.com will no longer allow activations for 3G communicators. So, if you were to get this somewhere, you would not be able to activate this system for monitoring service, which is a pretty big deal because you want your security system to be monitored. Now, the IQ Panel 2 Plus, all of those systems have built-in LTE communicators. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. It's going to be around for decades from now. It's a great way to future-proof your system, and it's built right in. You don't need to add a communicator to the system. And since it's LTE, you'll be able to activate it for monitoring service and activate it for use with alarm.com. So you can control the system remotely. But since the original IQ panel system only has a 3G communicator, you can no longer activate it for monitoring service, so that's something very important. Another thing to keep in mind-- if you have alarm.com security cameras, a lot of them allow for live streaming on the newer IQ Panel 2 Plus system. You can livestream your cameras and actually view the footage right from the panel itself. The original Qolsys IQ panel system-- it doesn't support that. You won't be able to livestream your cameras from this system. So if you get the IQ Panel 2 Plus, and you have a compatible alarm.com security camera, you'll be able to stream it right from the panel itself. In fact, if I go over here onto the menus here on the system we have pulled up, you can actually see there is a camera section right here. We can play cameras. Our cameras aren't set up at the moment, but that's where you would go. You would be able to livestream right from the panel, right there. And one last thing, or a couple of other things I do want to mention. The original Qolsys IQ panel, it does not support partitioning. This is a single partition system. You can't do partitions. The IQ Panel 2 Plus, it supports up to four partitions. So you can section off your system and have some sensors armed and able to trigger alarms on the system, while others will remain bypassed or inactive-- whatever you want to call it. But you don't get partitioning support on the original Qolsys IQ panel. You do get it on the IQ Panel 2 Plus. And one last thing. The original Qolsys IQ panel does not support Bluetooth disarming. If you're going to set up Bluetooth disarming for your phone when you get within range of your system, you can have your system automatically disarm if you have the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. You can't do that on the original Qolsys IQ panel. This does not support Bluetooth disarming. So, those are several reasons why there are better systems than the original Qolsys IQ panel. We recommend the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. Or if you're looking for a HomeKit system, we'd recommend the Honeywell Lyric controller. 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