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Here you will learn how to install the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 wireless security system. The first step to installing the IQ Panel 2 is to open the box and remove the contents such as the installation manual, IQ Panel 2, S-Line Motion sensor, power supply, table stand and 3 S-Line mini door/window sensors. Now that you have removed all of the products out of the manufactures box you want to make sure that you organize all of your parts together so you don’t misplace any of them.
The second part of the IQ Panel 2 installation is to locate the touchscreen and remove the back plate where you will now see the insides of the panel. Inside the panel, you will want to locate the female end where the power supply cable will plug right in. After you have completed plugging in the power transformer you can replace the back panel plate and install the Qolsys IQ panel 2 table stand which simply slides into place. Now that you have completed all of the above steps its time to plug in the power transformer so the IQ panel to can power up. The thirds step after powering up the Qolsys IQ panel 2 is to run a cellular test.
The thirds step after powering up the Qolsys IQ panel 2 is to run a cellular test. To run a cellular test on the IQ panel 2 simply slide your finger down hit settings > Advanced Settings > enter default Qolsys installer codes “1111” > system tests > Cellular tests > Start. The cellular test is one of the most important aspects of your IQ panel 2 installations because without good cellular signal strength you run the risk of your system giving you communication failures. During the cellular signal strength test, your technician will work with you remotely to make sure that you install the IQ panel 2 in a location that will allow for good communications. After you have found a good location for either table or wall mounting its time to move onto the next step of installation.
The fourth step in the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 installation process is to connect your panel to Wi-Fi network. To connect the panel to the Wi-Fi network from the IQ panel 2 touchscreen scroll down > select settings > Advanced Settings > enter you installer code “1111” > Wi-Fi > check the box in the top right of screen > Select your Wi-Fi network. Connecting to Wi-Fi is not always necessary because the Qolsys IQ panel 2 can function on cellular only but, it does offer some key advantages such as, dual-path communications which gives end users a much more reliable means to communicate alarm signals to the central station. In addition, Wi-Fi offers end-users a much easier means of connecting the secondary keypad called the IQ remote because the remote is connected primarily via Wi-Fi network. When using Wi-Fi a wifi connection end users will use less data whenever they remotely arm/disarm with alarm.com application and or attempt to update the IQ panel to firmware updates. Even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection you can still connect the IQ remote to the IQ panel 2 unlike the IQ Panel ( 1st generation) because the IQ panel 2 has a built-in router. If you have both Wi-FI and cellular connection activated the system by default will use Wi-Fi as the primary mode of communication and the cellular as the backup to conserve data. In the past Wi-Fi connections have been a bit quicker but now with the IQ panel 2 adding 4G LTE communications that is not so much the case anymore.
The fifth step in the installation process will be to check for remote firmware updates to make sure your panel is running on the latest firmware. To check for firmware updates from the home screen slide down > Select Settings > Advanced Settings > enter installer code “1111” > upgrade software > upgrade using network. Just like any kind of technology making sure your IQ panel has the latest firmware update is a necessity and with the snapdragon Android 5+ platform, it has never been easier.
The sixth step in the IQ Panel 2 installation process is to install you encrypted security sensors and z-wave home automation devices. Qolsys has made the programming of these sensors easier than ever and has a very detailed diagram that will be included in this document. In the future, we will be creating how-to videos to show you exactly how this process is done. The IQ panel 2 allows for up to 128 S-Line encrypted sensors and or older non-encrypted sensors which are perfect for upgrades. The same goes for Z-wave home automation devices the IQ Panel 2 can handle up to 128 z-wave plus devices & sensors.
In conclusion, the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is an extremely innovative wireless security system that has opened the door for easy DIY installation applications. This can be seen with their true all-in-one design. All of the necessary communicators and modules have been built into the panel so in reality, the only thing that a DIYer needs to do is plug in the DC Power supply giving power to the main IQ Panel 2. After the end-user supplies power to the panel, everything else can be supported remotely with instructions from an offsite technician. Since Qolsys teamed up with Alarm.com interactive monitoring services this opens up a huge advantage to the DIY market. Once the panel has power technicians can remotely access the IQ Panel 2 programming menu to assist in programming security sensors and changing the way the end user wants them to react in the event of a triggered alarm, assist in changing user codes, resetting the panel and much more.
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