DSC PG9905: Programming to Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus
In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid shows you how to program the DSC PG9905 PowerG Temperature Sensor to the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Security System. Like most PowerG Sensors, the PG9905 is readily supported by all versions of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. This sensor is designed to alert the system whenever the detected temperature goes outside a set threshold, typically because the HVAC system inside the building has stopped working.
You can configure the PG9905 for high temperature monitoring and/or low temperature monitoring. But there is one major restriction associated with this sensor. If you have configured the wireless zone so that the system will report out to Alarm.com upon the sensor being activated, then you will only be able to use the sensor for either low temperature monitoring or high temperature monitoring. The only way you can use both high temperature monitoring and low temperature monitoring with one single PG9905 Sensor is if you configure the zone so that the system will not report out to Alarm.com and only provide local alerts at the panel.
However, most users will want to have the system report out to Alarm.com, so you will likely need to choose whether low temperature or high temperature monitoring is needed. Of course, you can always reprogram the associated zone for the PG9905 to either low temperature monitoring or high temperature monitoring depending on the time of year. This can prevent you from needing to buy a second PG9905 Sensor.
When you go to program the zone, you will also set the low and/or high temperature thresholds that will determine when the sensor should notify the system. If the zone is configured so that the system will report out, then this will also determine when you are ultimately notified by Alarm.com regarding an unusually high or low temperature. High temperature monitoring can be crucial in the summer months for ensuring that you arrive home to a comfortable house, while low temperature monitoring is important in the winter months for ensuring that the pipes inside the building do not freeze.
Hi, DIYers, this is Michael from Alarm Grid, and today I'm going to be showing you how to enroll or program a DSCPG9905 temperature sensor. That's the PowerG temperature sensor, with your Qolysis IQ Panel 2 Plus security system. All versions of the Qolysis IQ Panel 2 Plus, they support PowerG sensors, such as the PG9905 temperature sensor, so that's what were going to be enrolling today. Now the main reason you're doing this, you'll be able to get alerts on the system if it detects an unusually high or low temperature. The big thing that this sensor is associated with, is Alarm.com usage. Obviously if you're in the house at the moment, you're going to know if the temperature is off, it's extremely higher or it's extremely low. So having this work locally, it's not necessarily going to help you out too much, maybe if you have it in a wine cellar or something. You're monitoring a specific area. But the main application of the sensor is to know that your HVAC system, your air conditioning, your heater, in your inner home or your business, is not operational at the moment, and maybe you're away on vacation, or you're just away for the day, and something went wrong, and you want to fix this before it becomes a problem. In the winter months, the pipes freezing, or if it's just during the summer months, coming home to an uncomfortable home. So knowing that your home or your office is in the proper temperature gives you peace of mind. So that's what the sensor is monitoring for. But there is one big limitation that I do want to talk about with the sensor. If you have it to where it's monitoring out where your system will report to Alarm.com, so that way you can get the remote alerts, you're only going to able to do the high temperature monitoring or the low temperature monitoring. You will be able to do both with the same sensor. So it's kind of an unfortunate limitation. If you're doing it locally only, you actually can monitor for both. You're going to see that as I go into the programming. You're going to see that the setting goes away when I try to set it to an option where it's going to do both higher, and low. Like I'm only going to able to choose. So if I want to do high and low, then I would have to get a second temperature sensor. So it's just, it's a limitation. And for a lot of users, it's not necessarily going to matter as much, because, depending on the time of year it is, you're not really going to have to monitor for necessarily the low temperature and the high temperature on the same time. It's either going to be too cold, or it's going to be too hot. And you can always go back and reprogram the sensor based on the time of year, if you want to do that option. So that is an option there. But anyway, I've been talking for a bit. So let's get into the programming of the sensors and then you'll see what I mean. We're just going to program it like most any other PowerG sensor. The first thing we actually want to do though before we go and play on the system, we're going to go and open up the sensor, because we will have to press and hold an enrollment button on sensor. So the way this sensor works, we're actually going to switch our Phillips head over to a flat head first. So we have a flat head screwdriver right here. And what we have here is we have a little tab spot on the sensor here. This is the cover right here that we need to get to because there's a screw underneath. But we need to pry this off first. So we're just going to stick it in there, and you see we just take it off like that, just kind of put it into the hole, into the little slot thing, and you can take it right off. So now we have our screw that we've accessed. So what I'm going do, I'm going to switch this over to a Philips head now, and so use two screwdrivers if that's what it takes. In our case, we have this handy dandy reverse one. So we have our screwhead right here. We're just going to go and we're going to loosen it up a little bit. Here, just going to get in there. And there we go. I had to play around with it a little bit, but we did get it loosened up. And now it's off. So we're not going to close this for the rest of video, we're just going to keep it open, so you can see the inside. But this is what we have to access here. We have our enrollment button right there that's next to the little terminals. And that's CR123A battery, also known as [? CRA ?] battery. Lithium batteries is which one to use, but that's not why we're here today. But you will want to have the battery inserted when you're doing this enrollment process. So that's Enrollment button right there. And we're going to come back to that once I get to the Qolysis IQ Panel 2 Plus to the proper menu. So we're going to take this out of our screensaver here. And we're at main screen of our Qolysis IQ Panel 2 Plus. We're going to click the small gray bar at the top, and we're going to Settings. And we're going to try again. We're going to Settings. And then we're going to choose Advanced Settings. It's going to ask for our code. In our case, we can do the installer code, so we'll do 1,1,1,1, that's the default. We'll do that now. 1, I pressed 2 there. 1, 1, 1, 1, all ones. And we get to the next menu here. So we're going to use installation, then we're going to choose Devices, and we're going to choose Security Sensors, and we're going to go to Autolearn Sensor. So now we're at the menu on the Qolysis IQ2 Panel Plus where we can autolearn in the sensor. So we're going to send in the enrollment signal from the sensor to the panel. But I do want to just go over the process a little bit. The quick and dirty thing that you're going to do, you're just going to press and hold the button until it's a solid orange LED. And then you're going to let it go, and that sends the enrollment signal. Now if you're having trouble and you're finding that that's not working, then what you can do, is you can do a factory default of the sensor. So to do that, you press and hold the enrollment button again. You'll get the orange LED, but you keep holding it this time. And then you're going to get three red flashes, red LED flashes, and that's how you know you've done a factory default. And that's not a power sensor, that is another sensor that is trying to learn in, but we don't want that right now. So we're going to press, and hold the button now until we get an orange LED. There we go, the orange LED, we release. And there we have autolearn PowerG Sensor, so that way we know that it's the PowerG Sensor that's trying to learn in. So we're going to choose OK. And now we're going to go through the programming options here. So sensor DLID. We're fine with that. We just keep that as is, that we autoenrolled it, so we're good with that. Temperature, that's what we want it to be. You see that we also have the option for Freeze. So if you are doing low temperature monitoring, that's what you would want to choose. But if you're doing the high temperature monitoring, or if you're doing local monitoring only, is where you can choose both high, and low monitoring, then temperature is also what you want to choose. You're going to see what I mean a little bit when we get into sensor group, which is actually the next option. But we'll do temperature just for the example here. But for sensored group, you see that there is going to be three options, OK. Now we have temp non-reporting, that's sensor group 51. You see, there's both a high and low threshold set. Now if I choose temp reporting, you're going to see that the low threshold goes away. We can only do the high temperature reporting. So like I said, that's the limitation, if you're having a report out to Alarm.com, so that way you can get the notifications via text message or email, then you're only going to be able to choose one or the other. So if we wanted to choose low temperature, then we would choose Freeze in combination with the Freeze option there. So that you see that we get the low option only. So like I said it's a limitation, you're either going to get high monitoring or the low monitoring. So let's say we want to do the high monitoring. Let's do that. So we're going to do temperature, and then we want to choose temp reporting. If we choose that temp non-reporting, then it's not going to report out. But you see it only gives us the option of the high threshold. So in our case, it's set to 100. Let's say we want to set a little bit higher. Let's say we wanted to know when it's 110. Whenever it's 110 or higher, it detects that. It's going to send an alert out. It's going to trigger the fault on the system, fault on the zone. And so that's what you set it to. If you want to set to lower, you can choose that. But in this case, it is looking for the high threshold, detected temperature. So everything else is pretty straightforward here. We have the sensor name. If we wanted to choose a different name, then we could choose family room temperature. OK. If we wanted to choose custom description, we have the option, we can go in and enter something in. We do like, we do test, there. So you can just choose whatever you want there and press the little button to confirm. So there are different names that you can put in there. Try and type, these are different chimes that you can listen to, heaven. That's heaven, apparently. So you can choose the one that you like. And voice prompts, actually it's going to have the system speak out when there is a fault. That will be what it reads. It will read the sensor name. But you'll have it actually speak out if you set that to On. And the source is PowerG. And that is fine because this is PowerG sensor. So we're just going to choose Add New. And it looks like it took us back there. Let's get back into that menu and make sure that it did add that. Enter user code. Enter your user code. And we're going installation devices, security sensors, I'm actually going to choose added sensor. And you see it didn't add that in. I guess it didn't take my command properly. So we're going to try this again real quick. We're just going to learn in until it's the orange LED. And we have it. And we're going to choose OK. For whatever reason, didn't like us there. So we're going to try that again here. We're going to set that back to temp reporting, not freeze, temp reporting. And we're going to set it back to 110, where we had it. Let's go through the process again, I suppose, so that we can see everything. And we'll keep our temperature name, we'll change it to something else. We'll change to garage temperature. And we'll change our-- we liked heaven, so we'll go with that. We'll keep voice prompts on, PowerG. And this time we're going to choose Add New, hopefully, and this time I pressed it rather than pressing the Home button, and it actually did take us through. So that's how you know-- That's how you know that the sensor added successfully. And you will want to close your sensor so that way it doesn't give you the temp message, but we're fine with that for now. So that's how you enroll PowerG PG9905 temperature sensor, with a Qolysis IQ Panel 2 Plus security system. If you have any questions about the PG9905, the Qolysis IQ Panel 2 Plus, or about alarm monitoring services in general, send an email to email@example.com. If you found this video helpful, make sure to give it a thumbs up below if you liked the video. And remember to subscribe to our channel for updates on future videos. 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