Programming a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Alarm System

Programming a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Alarm System


In this video, Jorge from Alarm Grid shows you how to program a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is known for being one of the most user-friendly security systems available. It is a perfect DIY panel, and it is great for new users who are not used to setting up their own alarm system.

The process for programming a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is the same whether you are using an original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, or you are using a newer Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. The only difference is the type of sensors these systems support. The original Qolsys IQ Panel 2 can only support wireless 319.5 MHz sensors, which include the Qolsys S-Line Sensors that use rolling code encryption. The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus is a bit more robust. There are three (3) different varieties of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, and each one can support a different legacy frequency. These legacy frequencies are 319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, and 433 MHz. You can only choose one (1) of these legacy frequencies, and it will depend on which version of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus you purchase.

Additionally, all versions of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus can support wireless 915 MHz PowerG Sensors. These sensors utilize military-grade 128-bit AES encryption. This makes them virtually impossible for others to hack or takeover wirelessly. These sensors are also known for their impressive wireless range. The sensors can communicate with an IQ Panel 2 Plus System from up to two (2) kilometers away. Keep in mind that this is 2 km in an open air environment. Obstacles like thick walls and large metal objects can disrupt wireless communication and prevent the sensors from communicating with the system from far away. Keep that in mind when setting up your sensors.


[SOUND EFFECT] Hi, DIYers. I'm Jorge from AlarmGrid. Today, I'm going to be going over how to program your Qolsys IQ Panel 2. Now, here today, I actually have an IQ2 Plus, but the programming is exactly the same thing. The only difference between an IQ2 and an IQ2 Plus is the IQ2 Plus has the PowerG daughter board card built in that allows it to work with PowerG sensors. So the screens are exactly the same. The system is exactly the same. The only difference is the PowerG daughter board card. So basically, what is programming in the IQ2? Whenever you program an IQ2, you basically-- typically, what you're doing is you're learning in sensors. That's normally what people do whenever they're programming a system. They're adding, and removing, and editing the existing sensors or adding new sensors. Now, that's usually your first step after you power the system on, is to program in these new sensors so that that way you can start protecting your home. Because without sensors, the system really doesn't do much. Sensors is actually what protects your house. Sensors is what you put up on your doors, windows, hallways, kitchen, garages. Whatever it is you're trying to protect, sensors are what you use to protect your home and your point of entries. So today I'm going to be showing you guys how to program in sensors very quickly. And then I'll also show you some other very important programming in the IQ2 that's very important for you guys whenever you guys are going through the programming. So the first thing is we're going to go ahead and actually get into the programming menu. Now if you have a brand new IQ2, you can use your default installer or dealer code. The default installer code for an IQ2 is 1111. And the default dealer code is 2222. So these are the codes that you're going to use to go into the actual programming of the system. So the first thing we need to do is-- there's a little gray button at the very top after you power it on. You're going to hit that gray button. And then you're going to go to Settings. After you go to Settings, I'm going to go to Advanced. Enter user code. And then I'm going to enter in my installer code or dealer code. I'm going to use my installer code, which is 1111. Now remember, these are my default codes because this system is brand new. It's brand new, out of the box. We haven't changed any codes. This is pretty much like we're starting fresh. So if you guys have an existing IQ2 and you guys already had it monitored, you or your company may have changed this. So you want to make sure you're using the correct codes. All right. You should be taken to a screen where you should see Installation. Installation should be the first option. I'm going to hit Installation. And now, what are we installing? We're installing devices. So I'm going to go to Devices. From Devices, you have a couple of different options-- Security Sensors; Wi-Fi Devices, like keypads; Z-Wave devices, which are lights, locks, thermostats, garage door controllers, plug-in modules, light bulbs. Anything that's Z-Wave or Z-Wave Plus. And then you can also add your phone as a Bluetooth because the system does have a Bluetooth disarming feature, if you guys would like to take advantage of that. So I'm going to do Security Sensors. Security Sensors. And now that we're in this field, here, you can see, you have a couple of options-- Auto Learn; you can add a sensor in manually; you can edit existing sensors; delete sensors. You can look at the sensor statuses if you're not sure which sensor group to use, which is what we commonly refer to as a device type. You can look at all the sensor groups. You can look at the panel motion settings. And you can also do remove all PowerG sensors. So today, just for the purpose of the video, I'm going to be learning in sensors. So I'm pretending like this is a brand new setup for you guys out there who are setting it up. We're going to do Auto Learn Sensor. Now there's a couple of things. One, you can learn in the sensors all by just having them in your hand on a desk and just manually programming them in. And then you'll know, OK, hey, this one is going through my front door. This one's going to my backdoor. This one is going to my sliding or window-- whatever it's going to be. But basically, you can either have them all on your desk and program them without having them installed. It doesn't matter. Or if you already have sensors installed-- you went ahead and did that first-- then all you have to do is just open the door and close the door. If it's within range, the system will hear it, and then it'll bring up the serial number code. And then you guys can just go ahead and continue finishing the editing. So I'm going to go ahead and just pretend like I'm bench learning these in. So they're not installed yet. I'm actually going to learn them in first, and then I'll install them after. So I'm going to go ahead and put the magnet next to the sensor. Remove it. That'll simulate a fault. Oh, probably one on the right side. [CHIME] Now it brings up Sensor 174082. If you're looking at your sensor, if you have it open, there's going to be a sticker on the inside. Some sensors also have a sticker on the back. You can go ahead and match up the number on that sticker-- 174082. So the number 174082 on there as well. And you confirm that they match. So now you can hit OK, we want to continue. Now, again, I'll make this one my front door. You can change the chime. So there's a couple of different chimes you can do. If you press them, it should-- [CHIME] If you select the chime, they will actually give you the example of what it is. So I'm going to leave mine as a doorbell. [CHIME] So that's my front door. Voice prompts is if you want-- whenever the door is open, if you want it to say front door. All right. I would like to know, so I'm going to leave it as on. But you can also turn into the off. Now, this is actually a Qolsys sensor. So it transmits at a 319.5 megahertz. If you look at the source, you'll see here, 319. That's the RF frequency that this sensor is transmitting at. You again have the serial number on the top left. The sensor type, you can set it to a door, window, motion, key fob. Again, normally, these will automatically learn in as the correct sensor type. But if you need to change it for any reason, you can. I'm going to leave mine as door window. And then the sensor group. Normally, for these, you're going to use either entry/exit or you would use an instant perimeter door window. Since this is my front door, I'm going to leave it as an entry/exit. But you do have the option. For instance, something that you might want to set as a perimeter would be your windows. Your windows is not an entry/exit door. It's not a door that you would enter and exit the house from. So you would set the window to a perimeter. So whenever somebody does open the window and the system is in an armed state, the alarm goes off right away. There is no countdown. With an entry/exit, we have a delay. The system gives you about-- depending on what you program it as-- but usually, default is like 60 seconds to get into the house and disarm the system before an actual alarm goes off. So after we've confirmed everything here, we can go ahead and just hit Add New. Sensor added successfully. It'll say, sensor added successfully. Meaning, the sensor is good to go. And now I can move on to my next sensor. So this is the auto learn screen. So this means, you guys, if you have key fobs, motions, glass breaks, smokes, seals, door windows, shock sensors, flood detectors-- any sensor you guys have that is a security sensor, you will learn it in on this auto learn screen. Now I have a recess sensor. This will be my last sensor I'll demonstrate for today. Again, this is a sensor that goes installed into the frame of the house. But again, I haven't installed it. So I'm actually just bench programming in it. I guess you can see it. So I'm going to put the magnet next to the sensor. I'll go ahead and simulate a door opening. [CHIME] And this one has, again, a sticker on the bottom that I can match the-- this one would actually be the DL. So that one says 6 E Charlie 5 Alpha 2. And I confirmed that the same alphanumeric characters are on this sticker. And I'll hit OK. [CHIME] Now, if at some point you guys are learning sensors in and you guys aren't seeing matching serial numbers, I see this often when people have a motion and they have the sensors already installed in the house. They'll walk past the motion, open the door, walk back, and then the serial number on the panel won't match the door one. You're wondering why? It's because you walked past that motion and you tripped it. So that motion send out a transmission. The panel, since it's in listening mode, picked up on it, and it had that serial number pulled up before you even got to the front door. You just may not have noticed it because you were walking away from the system. So that's something to keep in mind if you guys are programming sensors that are already installed. Be careful with motions. They'll confuse you. So again, let's go ahead and start from the left to the right now. So we have the sensor DL ID, which is what I have on this sticker right here. My sensor type, I'll actually-- I'll leave it as a window again. But since this is a window now, I'm going to want to set this to a perimeter. That's instant perimeter D dash W door slash window. And I'll name this here. You can actually-- it has a few custom-- a few already, I guess, program the names. But if you want to give it a custom description, the cool thing about this system is that it actually has this hardware built into it where you can actually type anything in to the custom description and it'll read it out. So for instance, I can type in my name, Jorge or Jorge. Because, actually, that's the way it's spelled. And I'll type in Jorge window When we set off this sensor, it'll actually say Jorge window. It might even say Jorge window. We'll see if it says it right. All right. For the chime type, we can go ahead and I'll put it as a sonar. [CHIME] Cool little sound. Voice prompts, I want them on, because I want you guys to see the actual custom description. And then the source, we leave it as that. You normally don't change the source. The source is always going to stay the same. We'll hit Add New to add it successfully. Sensor added successfully. And now we'll hit the Home button. If you're done-- [CHIME] Jorge window open. Hey, hey, hey, it said it. If you're done learning the sensors in, just hit the House button. So today, I only know where to do it. But now, I'm going to go ahead and pull my magnet. And we'll see if it says Jorge window. Let me make sure my volume is up. My volume is all the way up. My brightness is up. Good. And I'll set off the sensor. [CHIME] Jorge window open. It said Jorge window open. It actually says my name in Spanish, guys. That's pretty cool. So that is just the typical way to program in sensors. But programming sensors is not just the only important programming feature of this panel. You have user codes. You have the chimes, the voice-enabled, the reporting, the Wi-Fi connection. I'm going to show you all that right now as well. So again, we went back to the home screen, but we have to go back into programming. So I'm going to hit the little tab on the top again. I'm going to go to Settings. I'm going to go back into Advanced Settings, and I'm going to enter in my default installer code or dealer code, whichever one. But mine is the installer code 1111. Now I'm going to go to User Management. So this is for you guys out there who have not gotten the system activated yet. Because when you do have the system active with, you can actually add and delete user codes through the app. The app is something that you get through your monitoring company, through your alarm company. So you've got to make sure you're signing up for the correct service. You can actually enable and delete, add new users, through the application. If you're haven't got it monitored yet and you want to add it through the panel though, this is how you would do it. You would go to User Management. Here, I have my admin, which is my master code. That is always defaulted at 1 2 3 4. My duress code is a code that you want to use in case of an emergency. Let's say there's a burglar breaking in, he's telling you to disarm the system, you disarm it with the duress code. The system gets disarmed, but the panel sends an emergency signal to the central station and the cops will be there shortly. The other code is the installer code. That's the code that we use to program the sensor. One important thing. The duress code, remember, if you're not being monitored, no signal is being sent to anyone. You have to be monitored in order for the duress code to actually do anything. That's a tongue twister. So the master code is usually the main code that you want to make sure you change. So if this is your system, you're the owner of the system, you want to make sure you change this master code away from 1 2 3 4. The reason why is if anybody knows the default master code for a Qolsys IQ2 and you've never changed your master code, they can just go in and disarm your system. | you will need to change this. The one thing you can leave the same is the installer code and the dealer codes. The installer code and dealer codes are just codes that are used to program the system. So again, change the master code. You use the little pencil icon. You can add a user code. You can enter in the name of the person. Let me bring this back down. You can enter in the user code. You can enter in the last name of a person. You do need to confirm the code. You can even set an expiration date. So if you have some guests coming and you know that they're only going to be in town for a week and you give them a code. Or even if you have this setup, let's say, in an Airbnb, and you want to give the guests the code and you know they're only going to be staying throughout a certain amount of time, you can even go ahead and set an expiration date for that. The type of user. You can give it a guest master. You don't want to set it as master because then they'll pretty much have access to disarm the whole system. The other cool thing about this system is it does partitions. Partitions, specifically, is good if you're looking to independently arm a specific part of the house from the rest of the house. So let's say I have an office in my main house and I want my office armed but I want my house disarmed, I can set the office as a separate partition. And I can even give it a separate user code. There's different things you could do with the system. It's crazy customizable. And I'm just touching, just kind of going over the first layer here with just the normal programming of the IQ2. So let me hit the back arrow key. So that's the user management. You can connect your system to the Wi-Fi. You see mine's already connected. You can add a Wi-Fi network. You can connect it using WPS. Well, let's see what else we can go into. We can go into the installation. Let's go into there. We can go into sirens and alarms. We can silence the alarms. We can play around with the siren time out. Police panic, we can enable, disable them. Those you usually want to keep enabled if you're being monitored. Because if you press one of them, you want to make sure they're actually being sent out. This is the siren annunciation, panel sirens. You can open up that dropdown. You can turn all sirens off, all sirens on. We have videos on that as well. Let's see what else we have here. Devices, you can add in the Z-Wave devices, like I was telling you before. Wi-Fi devices would be the key pads. Let's go into the Setup Wizard. No, sorry. You can upgrade the software on the IQ2. So the other cool thing about the IQ2 is it does not need to be monitored to pool the updates from the Qolsys servers. If you hit Upgrade Software, it will just say it requires a Wi-Fi connection. So you guys will need Wi-Fi to do any upgrade, any software upgrades. But you can manually request the updates from the panel itself. This will allow you to keep up-to-date. They are constantly releasing new updates for the IQ2. They just released a brand new one. They usually release one, I would say, every quarter of the year. So pretty much every three months. Let's hit the back arrow key one time here. We can go into the Temperature. We can turn it from Celsius to degrees Fahrenheit. We can go into the Automation and play around with the lights. Play around with the display. You can change the font sizes, if you want small, normal, large. You can switch the time, if you want 24-hour format instead of the normal time that we use here in the US. You can play around with the brightness level. You can even very easily switch this to Spanish by going into Espanol. If you click Espanol, the system, all of the writing, will be in Spanish. Right now there is only English and Spanish. They don't have any other languages right now. But it's pretty neat to know that they've actually included that in for those Spanish speakers out there. All right. Again, this is just kind of brushing over the top layer of the programming of the IQ2. There's so much more that you can do with it. If you guys have any questions regarding this video or what the panel can do, please send us an email to If you found the video helpful, make sure you hit Like underneath. Subscribe to the YouTube channel. And hit the little bill icon. So whenever we upload new content, you guys get notified. I'm Jorge, and I'll see you guys next time.