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April 26, 2017

How to Install the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Security System

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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 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 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.

Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Installation

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January 23, 2016

Learn how to Wire a External Hardwired Powered Siren into the Honeywell L5210 System

The Honeywell LYNX Touch L5210 wireless security system is the newest system released by Honeywell Security. From factory the Honeywell L5210 comes with an 85db internal siren. Many people seem to think that is not quite loud enough to alert their neighbors. We are providing you with this DIY home and business security video to assist you with the installation of a powered external hardwired siren kit into the Honeywell LYNX Touch L5210 wireless security system. In this particular video we use a Honeywell 702 powered outdoor siren but, that doesn’t mean you have to do the same their are other powered siren options that also include a strobe light such as the Amseco SSX-52-s. The biggest thing to keep in mind when ever deciding on which powered siren to go with is that it does not exceed 1.2 amps as this is the maximum output for the power supply we are using. Some things to keep in mind while installing a powered hardwired siren to the Honeywell L5210 is you will need to run wires from the powered hardwired siren back to the external hardwired kit. Once you have completed installing the powered external siren kit tuck all of the excess beanies back into the box for clean installation.

SIRENKIT-OD - Honeywell Outdoor Siren Kit for Honeywell LYNX-Series Control-Panels

SIRENKIT-OD – Honeywell Outdoor Siren Kit for Honeywell LYNX-Series Control-Panels

The part number for the GEOARM powered external hardwired siren kit is SIRENKIT-OD. This kit will include 1 power transformer, 1 sensitive relay, 1 IM 1240 backup battery, a can, and optional 702 siren selection and a power supply. Follow this how to video so that you too can have a very loud Honeywell L5210 wireless security system along with a powered external hardwired alarm siren.




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August 13, 2015

DIY Home Security – GEOARM Security YouTube Page Has 500 How-to-videos

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As we all know as business and home security technology equipment gets more and more advanced, it will become easier and easier for the end user’s to do their own installations/maintenance on new security system’s or existing alarm system’s for alarm monitoring. That will mean there will be less of a need for the security companies out there to have to physically send a technician to your home for any reason. This will in turn mean less overall costs associated with having a security system and more privacy by not having to let a stranger’s into your business or home.

With that being said one of the biggest reasons for this advancement is the evolution of YouTube and the growth of the howto and style genre videos section. GEOARM Security is one of the pioneers of these type of videos and we are proud to announce that the GEOARM Security YouTube page has hit 500+ DIY security videos. These videos assist all of the DIY security end users whether they are a client of ours or not. We wanted to let the world know we are dedicated to providing you with highest quality and most informative DIY security videos for older and brand new wireless, wired, and hybrid security systems.


August 4, 2015

Honeywell 3GL Cellular Communicator: How to Locate MAC And CRC Serial Number’s

DIY How to Locate MAC And CRC Serial Number’s on the Honeywell 3GL Cellular Communicator. This is the number that will be needed upon trying to activate your professional central station monitoring with GEOARM! This communicator is also one of the main reasons why the lynx touch series wireless alarm systems are able to use total connect 2.0 interactive alarm monitoring.

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July 27, 2015

July 4th Sale is Coming to a Close!

3 Days left on GEOARM's July 4th Extended Holiday Sale!

3 Days left on our special July 4 extended sales!

On July 31st our epic GEOARM July Sale will be coming to an end. This means this is your last chance to take advantage of our 5% off coupon code. So, if you have to replace your ancient 2g cellular radio, this is a good time to buy your equipment for less money from GEOARM. As we have been posting, the cellular networks (such as AT&T) have published that they plan on sun-setting the 2G cellular towers by the end of the this year. Please go here to upgrade to newer 3g/4g cellular modules so you are not left unprotected.

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