Qolsys is a leading security and smart home manufacturer based in the U.S. that designs state-of-the-art security and home automation solutions for dealers in North America, including Dynamark Security of Richmond.
One of their main products is the IQ Panel 2, an all-in-one control panel for smart homes and home security systems, which we are reviewing here on our blog.
What is the IQ Panel 2?
Though Qolsys released its flagship product, the IQ Panel 2 Home Security System control panel, in 2018, it’s still turning heads and wowing experts in the residential and commercial security industry. It pushes the boundaries of what was previously thought possible to include in a security and smart home platform.
Qolsys calls the IQ Panel 2 “the Swiss army knife of alarm panels,” and we tend to agree. It is packed with useful features that we’ve come to expect from a residential or commercial alarm panel, plus some additional features that are unique to Qolsys. The IQ Panel 2 has a sleek design and is easy for customers to learn to use.
Although the IQ Panel 2 can either be connected to an alarm monitoring service or set to be self-monitored, we highly recommend connecting it to an alarm monitoring service. If you chose the self-monitoring option, it simply sends the user a text or email alert when the security system is triggered instead of contacting emergency services–which doesn’t do much good if there is, in fact a burglar trying to break into your house.
- Sleek, user-friendly design
- Well-integrated support from Alarm.com
- Connect the panel to an alarm monitoring company or choose the self-monitoring setting
- Suitable for residential or small business use
Key Features of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2
The first thing may people notice about the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is how intuitive it is. Users swipe through screens to find the action they want. No passcode is needed to arm or disarm the system, making it more user-friendly.
Installation and set-up of the IQ Panel 2 is easy and includes a wide range of options. It includes connections for two supervised alarm loops, a DC power supply, and an option to connect a hardware siren. All other connections are wireless.
Customers report that it’s easy to connect a wide range of devices, from magnetic contacts, motion sensors, and cameras to water, smoke and CO2 detectors. You can even integrate wireless keypads, smart doorbells, smart thermostats, and other Bluetooth devices.
Because of the Bluetooth capabilities, you can connect to five smartphones for remote arming and disarming. The mobile app gives you control of the system, even when you’re on the go.
The panel has a 5MP camera that takes photos of each arm/disarm and alarm event, so you can review each activity, whether a valid password is used or not. The photos are generally sharp enough to clearly capture the background as well.
It includes bi-directional integration, so if you set the alarm to “away,” it will lock one door immediately and lock another door after you have time to leave. One clever feature of the IQ Panel 2 is that if you arm the panel as “away” and don’t leave in the set amount of time, the panel notices that you didn’t open a door and reverts back to “stay” mode.
Users can set up a schedule, so the system automatically arms itself at your set time. You won’t need to remember to arm the alarm before heading to bed or when you leave your business in the evening.
Key Features Overview:
- 6 wireless paths, including LTE cellular, dual-band Wi-Fi, encrypted security RF, Z-Wave Plus, Image Sensor, and Bluetooth LE.
- Mount the control panel wherever it’s most convenient. Includes a wall or table mount
- Built-in motion-activated 5MP camera, capable of pairing with up to 5 devices
- Bluetooth touchless disarming for up to 5 smartphones
- Uses both Wi-Fi and cellular connection for reliable network connectivity
- Supports up to 119 Z-Wave Plus devices
- Connects to as many as 6 garage doors and up to 110 outputs of your choice
- 2 hardwired zones
- 8GB of flash memory built in, plus a microSD slot for additional memory options
- 2x 1W speakers and stereo microphones
- 3200aH Lithium polymer battery
- Built-in glass-break detector with algorithms to distinguish between a breaking window and a dropped dish.
- Designed to connect with Alarm.com interactive services
- Compatible with both iPhone and Android devices via the Alarm.com app
Important benefits of the IQ Panel 2
Perhaps the most significant benefit, especially for residential users, is that the IQ Panel 2 is designed to be an all-in-one control panel for all your security and smart home devices. Thanks to the Alarm.com app, you’ll get all the benefits of a sophisticated home automation network without having to manage two separate systems! Plus, you can add a host of other features, sensors, and devices to the control panel.
Unlike many similar products, the IQ Panel 2 relies simultaneously on Wi-Fi and cellular networks, making it nearly impossible to go offline. You’ll enjoy peace of mind that, even if the power goes out or cell towers go down, your alarm system is still fully operational.
Thanks to the advanced customization, this control panel will arm and disarm your security system on a schedule. Or you can use your cell phone to control the system remotely. These features are especially beneficial for business owners. You can also have the system perform other functions on a schedule or when your connected smartphone enters the home.
In recent years, systems from competitors have been hacked, allowing intruders to steal your signals and either gain access to houses or turn smart home devices (like security cameras) against you. The IQ Panel 2 is encrypted, making it extremely difficult to hack your home security network.
- All-in-one control panel for home security and smart home devices via the Alarm.com app
- Uses both Wi-Fi and cellular network for the most reliable network connectivity
- Customizable schedules that arm and disarm the alarm at appointed times (and perform other functions on schedule)
- Encrypted system reduces hacking risks
What consumers are saying
Overall, customers rave about how easy and intuitive the IQ Panel 2 is. The user-friendly design makes it easy for almost anyone to learn to use quickly.
Both residential and commercial customers appreciate that they can install it just about anywhere and it isn’t an eyesore.
Customers and security companies appreciate how easy the panel is to install, set up, and maintain. Most customers recommend connecting the IQ Panel 2 to an alarm monitoring service for the best results.
While the panel is relatively easy to install and set up, some customers shared that they wished they had purchased it through their home security company for the added customer service.
- User-friendly and easy to learn
- Versatile installation options
- Looks nice in both home and residential settings
- Customers recommend connecting it to an alarm monitoring service for best results
Most security system companies offer their own version of an all-in-one wireless system. All have their own pros and cons, but the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is one of the most robust wireless security panels on the market.
The most comparable product to the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is the Honeywell L5210. Both panels are all-in-one wireless systems, but the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is a more robust system with more features. With the right after-market add-ons (like a Wi-Fi module, cellular module, and Z-Wave controller), the Honeywell L5210 can do almost everything the IQ Panel 2 can.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 cost?
Because Alarm.com relies on approved local dealers to sell and install their security products, prices may vary by region and local provider.
Do I need an alarm monitoring service with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
Although there is a self-monitoring option with the IQ Panel 2 that sends an alert to your smartphone if any alarms are triggered, we do not recommend this approach. We highly recommend connecting the system to an alarm monitoring service (we’re a little bit biased towards Dynamark’s 5-diamond certified alarm monitoring service). That way, emergency services will be notified when an alarm is triggered.
Can I add sensors and smart home devices to the IQ Panel 2 on my own?
Yes, you can add sensors and devices to your IQ Panel 2. All you need is the Installer Code for your system that gives you access to the zone programming.
Is the IQ Panel 2 wireless?
Yes, the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is wireless, incorporating both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity for the most reliable network connection. It also has Bluetooth capabilities so you can link smartphones and other smart home devices to the system.
Can I connect my Ring doorbell and other smart home devices?
Yes, the IQ Panel 2 is very versatile. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability so you can add your Ring doorbell, smart thermostat, and other smart home devices to your home security network. You won’t need to have one network for your smart devices (like Alexa) and one for your home security network. The IQ Panel 2 can handle it all.