One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at GeoArm security right now would have to be what is the difference between the Qolsys IQ panel 2 and the IQ Panel 2 Plus wireless encrypted security systems?
We are going to try to better explain to you what the real difference is between these two security systems.
1) The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is able to use alarm.com image sensors and the IQ Panel 2 plus is not compatible with these. The reason is the IQ Panel 2 plus comes with a power g wireless transceiver built into the same slot as to where the Alarm.com image sensor ZigBee daughtercard would be located making it impossible to co-exist.
2) The IQ panel 2 plus is able to utilize the WS9LCDWF9 a power g wireless programming keypad. The benefit of going with this keypad is money. These keypads are on average about $100 less expensive than the QW9104-840. Yes, you will get much more functionality out of the touchscreen but, if all you need is an arming station/panic features than you are in luck.
3) 3) The IQ Panel 2 plus comes in 6 different variations. 3 IQ panel 2 plus systems that work with AT&T and 3 that work on the Verizon network. So, in all reality, there are 3 different variations as far as backward compatibility. If you have older existing Interlogix wireless sensors than you will want to choose the version of IQ Panel 2 plus that is Interlogix backward compatible. The same goes for if you have older 2gig/Honeywell wireless sensors 345 MHz than you would want to use the 2gig/Honeywell version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus. Lastly, Qolsys has made a version that supports older DSC wireless sensors 433mhz. The last thing you need to know in this regard is select ATT or Verizon based on what will get you better cellular coverage where you will actually be installing the system.
4) Iq Panel 2 plus uses power g encrypted sensors line. This means that if you are looking to add fire protection this might be the better option than the IQ panel 2 system. The reason is once you install your smoke sensors if one goes off, they all go off. This one-go-all-go feature is not standard on most systems.
Both of these systems use the Alarm.com app and can provide you with either DIY alarm monitoring services or Professional alarm monitoring services.