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Qolsys IQ Panel 4 Local Z-Wave Enrollment and Simple Automation


Hey, guys. Hayden here again from Alarm System Store. And today we're coming back to the IQ panel again. And today I'm going to be running through sound like local automation. You can do just from the panel itself. it does have a Z-Wave card built in as part of the, communicator, which does work with if you have their service in their automation. But if you just want to run a few devices and you just want to do it locally from the panel, you can do so. so what I have here today is a dometic dimmable Z-Wave light bulb. this basically just connects directly to a Z-Wave controller. You can dim it, you can turn it on and off. and that's pretty much it. It's just a light bulb. The second thing I have is a Z-Wave switch. so it actually plugs into the wall, and then you get one Z-Wave outlet and you get one, full sized or full power outlet at all times. So and once this is plugged into the wall, if you have something you need to power all the time, stick it in here.

And then you can use this for whatever you want to control with your, local automation. So to show you what to do on the system, we're first going to bring down our little menu and go into these settings. And then we need to go into the advanced settings. So you will need code the installer code or the dealer code. And the default installer code is 1111. You can turn that type that in. Then we need to go to installation devices and then Z-Wave devices there in the middle. And once we are here this is the whole Z-Wave menu. so this allows you to add delete re provision. If there's failed nodes, you can diagnose and things like that. But to add a new device you're going to click on Add Device. Here. And then you'll have to click include. And this puts the panel in learn mode. So that means right now it is searching for easy wave device. So we need to trigger one of these devices to pair with the panel. So over here I have a little light stand and I have an outlet there has a heater next to it that we're going to be plugging into this.

And now I'm just going to cancel this because it does time out. So operation Cancel. But basically what I'm going to do now is I'm going to go screw this light bulb into its socket. And then I'm going to go plug this in and get the heater plugged in and get everything ready to enroll on the panel. And then we'll run through it. All right. So I've got everything plugged in. so now we're going to start including these devices onto our IQ panel. And each Z-Wave device is a little bit different. check the manual for whatever Z-Wave device you get. It'll show you how to trigger it. It'll show you how to remove it, and it'll show you, if need be, how to factory default it if you're ever having trouble with a Z-Wave device, enrolling or getting it to work properly, always do a factory reset first. every Z-Wave device has one. Do that, reset, and then reenroll it and then try it again. And typically that fixes most issues with Z-Wave. unless it's a signal thing. And then you might need to add a repeater.

But anyway, we'll get into that in another video eventually. But today, now that I got these set up, we're just going to go include them. And for the light bulb to include it, all you have to do is turn it on. So, the light stain that I have has a little, cord switch. So I'm going to go flip it after I press include on here and then you'll see the light flash, and that will indicate that it picked up the panel. And then we'll come back to the panel and take a look and see what it says. So as I mentioned we're just going to trigger the device and there's the flash. So as you can see it picked up the device. And now it is showing us an ID number for it. which just shows the number of Z-Wave devices that have been enrolled. So normally it just goes to the next number. I've had a few devices on here and taken them off, so, it's already at six, so that's what we're going to pick up. It shows the type of Z-Wave device that it is and it's a light. which is correct. and then the last thing is the name. So you can name this whatever you want. There is a custom name option. There's some built in names if you want to use those. but basically just name it what you want and then over here on the right there is simple automation you can do using the IQ panel. so there's a night evening and front door option, the night and evening work very similarly. They both turn on at 7 p.m.. So that means if either one of those is set at 7 p.m., whatever devices you have set for that will turn on, and if you're using the night mode, they will stay on until 6 a.m.. If you're using the evening mode, they will stay on until 11 p.m.. So if you have, you know, lights that you want to to automate in that fashion, you are more than welcome to do so. The last option, the front door. What that does is if you have a front door lock that is Z-Wave connected to this panel, you can tie these lights to that front door lock.

So if you activate the front door lock, it will turn on the light for 15 minutes. So it can be handy for like an entry light or even a porch light, something like that. But basically as soon as you trigger that front door lock, it is going to activate that light for 15 minutes as well, and then it'll turn back off, so unfortunately, I can't really show you those automation, setups. I don't have a lock and I'm not here until 7 p.m. every night, so, I would just change the system time. But since I have it connected to already, it's going to auto update and it's not going to let me make a custom time, basically. So unfortunately I can't show these, but they're pretty simple and what they do, like I said evening and night. Trigger at 7 p.m. night turns off at 6 a.m., evening turns off at 11 p.m. and front door activates when a front door lock is triggered and will stay active for 15 minutes. So I'm just going to leave it as none for now, because I'm just kind of showing light and getting to networks and this part works. So it tells you that it was out successfully and now we can include our second device. So on the switch, there's a button on the top of it that you press and that'll trigger the enrollment. So you get a press include when I go over to the device and as you can see triggering it also turned on the heater there by the panel. Picked it up, and now we are on ID seven.

So it does think that this switch is a light. And typically I mean for the most part you are going to use Z-Wave switches for lights. some are rated for appliances. So the rated for heavier power consumption. but for the most part, almost every switch is designed to work with, light automation. So that's what it calls it, even though technically it is a switch, same thing applies. you can custom name it. If you want to choose one of those premade names, then you have the same automation actions for those. So once you're done oh we already have a light. So we need to change the name. Have to two lights. I'm actually going to custom name this switch real quick. That way we can tell the difference which is added to network successfully. And once they are added now we can play around with the home screen and see with the equals. This allows you to do so real quick. If you guys do need to edit devices or clear devices, whatever the case may be, you can come back to the Z-Wave devices page and right here is added device and it just brings up this.

You can change the name, you can change all that. And then if you go to clear device, it works very similarly to learning in a device. But basically you trigger the device to be unlearned from the panel. So we're not going to do that. So cancel. It would be done. And if a device fails for whatever reason there is a delete failed device set up, and there's a remove all devices. so you know, if you're having trouble, like I said, remove the device if possible. and then factory reset if it's not possible to unenrolled. you may have to do, the factory reset and then wait for the device to show up. It's failed. And then you can come in here and delete failed device and then reenroll it, so anyway, we're going to go back to the home screen now. And now on the home screen, we have an additional front page card. And this one is just for Z-Wave devices. Technically, this one is just for lights, since it added that switch as a light. so if you can see there, if I select the light and I click off. That actually clicks. There we go. It turns the light off, and then if we click it again we can turn it on. You can also set the dimmer level with this slider bar as well. So you can turn it down turn it back put it right where you want it. And then on the switch same thing applies. Turn the switch off and then turn the switch back on.

This set up I mean let's say you had, you know, like a little workshop in your garage. If you wanted, you could set up. If you had a door lock on it, you could use that front door automation. and basically anytime you went out there, trigger light for you, you could even do the heater thing if you wanted to, you know, let's say you want to go out there at 8:00, you can set up your night or evening automation and it will turn on your devices. And like in this instance, if you had a heater on that Z-Wave switch, you could start preheating the room for you before you got there. So it's not super in-depth what you can do Z-Wave wise with the alarm system, but, there are a few features here that can make life a little simpler. And the more variety of devices you have, the more options it's going to give you as well. So real quick I'm going to go back into the advanced settings code. And I don't have a way to show this to you, but there is a way to associate different devices with others. So right now, it has this lifeline group name and that is for like wellness stuff, and we don't actually have any of that, tech here. So I don't have a way to show how you would associate this with, you know, Z-Wave devices, but basically in association is just tying two devices together. So once you get a variety of Z-Wave devices added to your panel, you can come in here and associate them with each other so that they trigger each other or act off of one another, things like that.

I don't have extensive knowledge on this stuff. I work much more heavily in the security side of alarm systems, but I thought it's kind of cool that even if you don't have service with the IQ panel, you can do a little bit of automation. You can set up simple devices like we did there, and it'll allow you to just activate them from the panel and if you guys understand the association stuff and you have a decent variety of Z-Wave devices, you could probably set up a decent amount of automation just from the IQ panel itself. now, a few things I do wish they would add is like maybe arming and disarming automation commands so that whenever you arm or disarm, it triggers certain devices but that being said, I mean, you can, if you do, like I said, if you do have, you can have this feature where you can control it from the IQ panel here. even with, like I said, I have tied to this already. And I'm using this local automation. And if I want to do my app since they're enrolled here, I can set up additional triggers through to work with each other or work off of each other and things like that, so, this is a bit of a shorter video. I'm not going in too deep on this stuff. I will show you the user code. Z-Wave menu options real quick. And just so that, you know, what all is there, but most of it is actually limitations on Z-Wave devices. So you can limit the number of each type of device, you know, so all these numbers are at the default max for that type.

So you can have 40 thermostats, 80 lights, 20 door locks at 21 other devices, and six garage doors. And if you wanted to limit that, limit that for some reason, you can come in here and do so anywhere from the max down to zero. and if you scroll down, there are a couple of options that change the way you can get to the Z-Wave menu so allow master code Z-Wave settings that allows you to come to this menu without having to enter the installer or the dealer code, and then the allow master of Z-Wave management. It allows you to manage devices using your master code, rather than needing the installer or dealer code, as well. And then automation actions, or access to automation basically that allows whether or not devices can be activated from the panel. So if you turn that off, that car will go away and you won't be able to do anything with it. But, I wouldn't do that. Just leave it on unless you want it off for some reason. the next option either turns on or off the Z-Wave card completely. So if you turn that, it just powers the Z-Wave card. So there's no Z-Wave access to the system whatsoever. and then the last one is advanced Z-Wave settings. So I have this turned on. It's off by default, but what it does is it actually adds a couple additional menus. So like this replace failed node as well as the, there was another one before we added devices, where you can add and remove additional controllers.

So like if you, wanted to tie this system to another Z-Wave controller, you can do that. and vice versa. But basically that's what that option turns on, is there's a couple extra menu items. but that's pretty much it. There's not a whole lot, to it. Like I said, you just enroll devices and whatever you enroll, you can access from these front pages, and you could do that simple automation with them. And then that's the IQ Z-Wave in a nutshell. Now, don't let this stop you from like, exploring the with automation option. allows much, much, much more in-depth automation triggers, events, rules, things like that. So if you're really getting into the Z-Wave side of it, hook this up to, get their automation package and it will give you everything you need when it comes to Z-Wave devices, with, you can even make triggers for the alarm system, activate things in Z-Wave or vice versa. so like, for example, if you had a door lock, you can set the door lock up so that when you enter the door lock code, it actually disarms the system as well. So I mean some neat things you can do with it. it does depend on, like I said, the variety of Z-Wave devices that you have on the system. The more you have, the more you're going to be able to do. And as you saw, the number of devices you can have just on the IQ panel alone is exponential.

I don't know who needs 40 thermostats, but if you do this panel energy coven, but that's where I'm going to cut it off for today. I hope you guys enjoyed this. If there's anything more in-depth about Z-Wave you want to want to see, let me know. otherwise, I'm going to be moving on to, some other devices that you can use along with the IQ panel, including the IQ, Wi-Fi six this is a bit of a newer device. we did some beta testing with it not too long ago, but basically it is a router that has a security network specifically for like alarm. Com cameras or IQ panels or anything security related that needs to be connected to Wi-Fi. So it's a really cool feature, and I'll be explaining that much more in depth when I get to that video. I'm still playing around with it and testing it though, so it might be a bit before I make that one. but we do have plenty of other devices that go along with this IQ panel that I can show, and I'm going to be showing how to set up a hardwired translator with it. I'm also going to see if I can get a couple, calls as Z-Wave devices, because they have some interesting ones, like, for example, a Z-Wave siren.

So it doesn't actually, connect to your system using the security stuff. It actually uses Z-Wave to connect to the siren and basically just acts as a sound booster for, the panel. So some interesting stuff they have there. And if there's anything in particular you guys have heard of or you want to see, let us know and I will try to cover it but yeah, I hope you guys enjoyed this one. please like and subscribe. It helps a lot. We try to get these videos out at least once a week, but it does get heavy here sometimes. So every bit of support you guys can give us on this channel helps exponentially. So I really appreciate, the comments you guys do leave and all of you out there to do watch our videos so like I said, if you could like and subscribe leaves comment if you want to and I will catch you guys on the next one.