PowerG Comes to IQ Remote
Never worry about your secondary panel’s connection
The range, speed and stability of Wi-Fi connections can be finnicky. Setting up devices that rely on Wi-Fi connectivity inherently becomes a guessing game as users work out the Venn diagram between where they need their devices and how far the Wi-Fi connection will reach.
PowerG revolutionizes connection with unprecedented range and stability, and it’s available now in IQ Remote.
With IQ Remote’s new PowerG functionality, up to eight secondary panels can seamlessly pair with an IQ Panel 4, IQ4 Hub or powerful commercial-grade IQ Pro at greater ranges than Wi-Fi can provide to give users ultimate control over their security systems wherever they need it.
PowerG offers over one mile of secure, encrypted range so IQ Remote users can confidently place their panels and devices wherever they need to without worrying about a loss of connection, even if the Wi-Fi goes down. Through its industry-leading reliability, IQ Remote PowerG provides a powerful solution to potential Wi-Fi connectivity issues in commercial installs or homes with multiple entry points.
IQ Remote with PowerG includes the same great features as IQ Remote, boasting a high-definition 7” touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and over the air updates, all powered by Alarm.com. Many PowerG-enabled security devices have already released, with more becoming available all the time, so IQ Remote PowerG customers can rest assured knowing their IQ Remote PowerG and future PowerG devices will be able to join their system without issue.
What is Wi-Fi 6?
The newest generation of Wi-Fi technology is more than a catchy name.
When connecting to new Wi-Fi networks on your smartphone, you may have noticed a small “6” next to your Wi-Fi signal strength and thought to yourself, “What does that even mean?” Maybe you didn’t even notice it because of how tiny it is.
Even though the symbol is small, that little number is a big deal. When it appears, congratulations! You are now connected to a Wi-Fi 6 network.
What is Wi-Fi 6?
Wi-Fi 6 is the latest generation of Wi-Fi technology, following a change in Wi-Fi Alliance’s naming conventions. Wi-Fi 6 is faster and more secure than Wi-Fi 5, with support for new WPA3 encryption and a theoretical maximum transmission of 9.6Gbps – nearly triple Wi-Fi 5’s 3.5Gbps max.
While it’s true that Wi-Fi 6 is faster than previous iterations of Wi-Fi, you’re unlikely to notice a significant change in speeds on your wireless devices. According to Ookla’s speedtest.net, the average download speed in the United States at the end of 2022 was 78.86Mbps, or .7% of Wi-Fi 6’s theoretical maximum. Even across multiple devices, you’re unlikely to ever need to hit that limit.
Where Wi-Fi 6 really shines is in the number of devices that can connect to the network and maintain fast speeds. As more Wi-Fi devices make their way into homes and homes come bundled with more Wi-Fi devices, wireless routers need to keep up with the onslaught of connections headed their way.
Wi-Fi 6 enables routers to handle the ever-increasing number of devices with ease. Through features that more efficiently manage when and where data is transmitted, more devices can connect without slowdowns than with previous generations of Wi-Fi. Improvements to wireless security standards on Wi-Fi 6 means you can connect with confidence knowing that your information is safe.
What do I need?
Wi-Fi 6 starts with the right router. While Wi-Fi 6 is an amazing improvement to wireless connectivity on its own, picking the router that addresses your needs is essential to getting the most out of your connections. Router features can help you create an easier and more unified wireless experience with Wi-Fi 6.
The IQ WiFi 6 router utilizes Wi-Fi 6 like other routers on the market but offers additional features and benefits specific to the security industry to make your home or business safer than ever before. Remote router access, Alarm.com and IQ Panel integration, and a dedicated network for security devices means your Wi-Fi 6 network can provide the best wireless connection, no matter the device.
Get Connected with IQ Pro: Traditional, Addressable Loops & PowerG Wireless
The new IQ Pro is a game-changer for connectivity.
Traditional Wiring Schemas:
Addressable Loop Schemas:
Because this method is less labor-intensive than the traditional schema, addressable loops are commonly used in large-scale installations. Installs are made simpler as the entire system uses less material overall than a traditional schema of the same size. Additionally, if a building has intrusion infrastructure already in place, an installer can utilize the existing wiring to set their devices up on a new system. However, to function correctly, addressable loops require addressable panels and devices that can cost quite a bit more than traditional wiring hardware.
IQ Pro: Commercial hybrid intrusion just got upgraded.
Put the Rivalry to Rest
Rivalries are important to competition. Through fierce competition, two challengers push the boundaries of what is possible so they can come out on top. To win, they must innovate.
If you’ve been in this business for a while, you will know there has been a long-standing rivalry between hardwired and wireless systems. Like any good rivalry, each system has their pros and cons.
Hardwire systems (such as the DSC Neo) are time-tested and allow for zone expansions, more users, hardwire keypads, and everything else that makes up a reliable system. However, hardwired systems were designed more than 30 years ago and tend to show their age in such a rapidly growing industry.
Wireless systems like the IQ Panel 4, on the other hand, provide users with many more features at lower costs with easier programming and installation processes. But wireless systems are generally only used in residential installs and lack advanced features to work in more complex installations.
With IQ Pro, we’re putting an end to this rivalry.
DSC PowerSeries NEO & Qolsys IQ Panel 4 Combined
The IQ Pro is the first truly modern hybrid panel built for today’s consumer and dealer expectations. IQ Pro is built on the groundwork laid by hardwire favorite DSC NEO and our award-winning IQ Panels to give you the best of hardwired and wireless systems.
Merging IQ Panel with DSC Neo means you can take full advantage of the benefits of hardwire and wireless systems together in one package. The DSC Neo integration allows for residential hardwire and large commercial jobs, zone expansion, additional power supplies, PGMs, partitions, and more with the 21st-century IQ Platform.
IQ Pro is the only place where you can enjoy best-in-class encrypted wireless via PowerG technology, built-in Z-Wave 700, simultaneous dual-path, legacy support for wireless sensors, and so much more, no matter if you’re setting up for wireless and hardwired installs.
Of course, IQ Pro brings the same deep integration with Alarm.com from IQ Panel 4, Qolsys cloud software updates, third-party integrations, and most importantly, the easiest programming UI you have ever seen. If you can program an IQ Panel 4, you can program the IQ Pro, no installation manual needed.
This is only the beginning for IQ Pro. With a long roadmap of software updates and features in the pipeline, IQ Pro is ready to set the hardwire/wireless rivalry aside and revolutionize the industry again.
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IQ WiFi 6 Removes Your Holiday Internet Headaches
Make your network the best for guests with IQ WiFi 6
A tech gift is only as strong as its weakest Wi-Fi connection. No matter how sweet of a deal you got on your parents’ new digital photo frame, if it can’t easily establish a solid connection to their router, the only thing you will have gotten them this holiday is frustrated.
IQ WiFi 6 provides a powerful solution to holiday internet connectivity problems. This time of year can be particularly draining on your network as new devices connect to your network and visitors come and go. With IQ WiFi 6, you and your guests will be able to enjoy stable gigabit speeds on tons of devices across huge mesh coverage without sacrificing connectivity to your smart home devices.
One of the biggest pains of having holiday visitors is getting them connected to the internet. By utilizing the guest network feature on IQ WiFi 6, your visitors can quickly and easily connect to their own dedicated network without the need to shout passwords across the already bustling house. The guest network is automatically created when you first set up IQ WiFi 6, so it will be ready for your visitors the moment they arrive.
Best of all, connection to the guest network is fast and easy. By simply scanning the code on your IQ Panel or through the Alarm.com app, guests can eschew entering a password in favor of instant connection to the internet.
These days, staying connected to family and friends means staying connected to the internet. With IQ WiFi 6, you can ensure that your video calls to distant family members are clear and stable no matter how many people are streaming dramatic holiday movies in your home. This year, let IQ WiFi 6 help you take control of your network.
IQ4 Hub: Your Warrior in Winter
Winter weather approacheth, and with it, the risk of flooding from frozen and burst pipes. Taking steps to prevent this disaster from happening may seem daunting and expensive, but thanks to IQ4 Hub, customers can keep their homes safe for a fraction of the cost.
IQ4 Hub is the most affordable all-in-one option for customers looking to up their home or business’ security and comfort. IQ4 Hub provides similar functionality to the IQ Panel 4 at a lower cost and offers a compelling choice for those wanting to secure their home or business for less.
Powered by an 8-core processor and sporting lightning-fast LTE and Wi-Fi Dual Path, IQ4 Hub unifies smart home devices on one beautiful 7” touchscreen to give customers ultimate control over their building’s wellbeing. IQ4 Hub can pair with devices such as the PowerG Temperature Detector, PowerG Flood Detector and IQ Water Valve to defend against flooding by monitoring freezing temperatures near piping, detecting leaks, and automatically shutting off a building’s main water before a puddle becomes a pool.
As part of the IQ family, IQ4 Hub also comes with many of the amazing features present in our other panels, like Bluetooth disarming and music streaming. Set-up is a breeze with the included SmartMount system, and the Install Wizard and on-screen diagnostics quickly guides installs with easy-to-understand instructions and in-panel fixes.
Customers looking to automate their homes can utilize the IQ4 Hub’s powerful Z-Wave 800 functionality to program their lights, locks, thermostats, or garage doors together in one panel. Those with security cameras or video doorbells will be able to watch those video streams in real time and communicate through the panel with Live View, Live Answer.
Of course, IQ4 Hub comes in tons of different versions so you can pick the panel that suits your needs: PowerG, 319.5 MHz, 433 MHz, and 345 MHz.
IQ4 Hub presents a lower-cost alternative to other home security panels while offering a robust suite of features customers can use to defend their home against threats. With IQ4 Hub, your customers can buy peace of mind at a discounted price.
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Black IQ Panel 4: So Much More Than Color
When creating IQ Panel 4, our designers wanted to make something that not only automated and protected your home but looked great in it as well. IQ Panel 4 is the first panel we’ve made that comes in two colors: white and black.
Black is a timeless color. It’s unique in that, compared to other color options, it doesn’t move in and out of trendiness in the same way. Insider.com predicted in early 2022 that black accents were going to soar in popularity. In fact, Google searches for black accents reached their highest peak in January 2022.
In 2020, Jessica Pierce, lead design consultant with David Weekley Homes wrote about this trend as well, stating, “We’re seeing a trend toward light, bright spaces with black accents to create contrast that’s very popular. Black plumbing fixtures, door and cabinet hardware, lighting and even tile, is helping to create this unique look.”
Of course, a room can easily be overwhelmed with black and become devoid of character and life, but light touches of black in contrast with brighter colors can pull a room together and make it feel “finished”. Neptune.com, an interior design company, explained why this trend works, saying, “Rather like a painting which is transformed once mounted in a slim black frame, every room can benefit from the stabilizing effect of a delicate touch of black.”
Your customers will be looking at their IQ Panel 4 every single day. They will have to consider the design implications of the panel as well as its technical specifications. For customers looking to tie a room together and follow trends, a black IQ Panel 4 will be a strong choice.
The Power of Choice
In 2000, psychologist and “expert on choice” Sheena Iyengar, along with her collaborator Mark Lepper, published an interesting study on the influence of choice on consumers. In it, Iyengar and Lepper set up a jam-tasting booth in front of a grocery store and rotated between a selection of six and 24 jams to discover how variations in the number of choices affected consumers’ final decisions.
The pair found in general, although customers appreciate large numbers of options, fewer choices make consumers more likely to make a purchase – almost six times as likely in their jam study. Additionally, customer confidence went up when they received a recommendation on which choice they should make.
It might seem like the choice between a black or white IQ Panel 4 is a simple choice, but it is a choice your customers will have to make, nevertheless. You can help them make that choice with confidence with recommendations tailored to their concerns.
Blog: IQ Base Sound You Can Feel
When designing IQ Panel 4, we were intent on incorporating critical feedback into the panel. Many users and installers told us that the panel needed better, more powerful speakers. We responded to this feedback with the new QuadSound speaker system incorporated into the panel. But we wondered if we could take it further.
So we did.
The new IQ Base adds increased levels of depth to the IQ Panel 4’s powerful QuadSound speaker array. With its large, low-frequency speaker, IQ Base rounds out your panel’s sound with impressive bass to give your panel the richness of sound it deserves. No matter what you’re playing, you can be sure that you’re hearing it the way it should be heard.
In 2022, NPR reported on a 5-year survey about smart home devices and revealed that more than 1/3 of Americans own a smart speaker. In that same survey, they found that between 2017 and 2022, the number one reason users bought a new smart speaker was to listen to music.
Luckily, with IQ Base, your home security panel is that speaker. Thanks to IQ Panel 4’s Bluetooth connectivity, you can take advantage of IQ Base’s room-filling sound to stream audio from any app on your Bluetooth-enabled device. Jam out to your favorite songs while you’re cooking or wind down for the evening with a cozy audiobook. If you can stream it, IQ Base will make it sound pristine.
In addition to sounding great, the IQ Base makes your IQ Panel 4 look great as well. The sleek design expands your choices for your panel location, meaning you can keep your panel wherever you want without needing to reinstall the system on a wall. Install your IQ Panel 4 on a desk, side table, counter, or anywhere you want convenient access to your home security system and music.
But the IQ Base is more than just music. Every sound that comes out of your panel will have improved strength and dimension. That includes IQ Panel 4’s built-in features, like Live View, Live Answer for your video doorbells and cameras. Every voice and alarm – regardless of how high or low – will come through loud and clear.
IQ Base is an essential add-on to every IQ Panel 4 installation. Enjoy every sound’s mid, low, and high wherever you want in your home.
Blog: Keeping Water Where Water Belongs
It’s the nightmare scenario: your home’s pipes have burst, and the water is rising quickly. An unexpected freeze may have blown in, or some aging pipes finally gave way, or perhaps an errant, thirsty tree root found the ultimate watering hole. In any case, you’re stuck with the repair costs of flood damage.
The threat of flooding exists everywhere. According to floodsmart.gov, 30% of all flood insurance claims are filed in low- to moderate-risk areas, and just one inch of flood water can cause more than $25,000 in damages. Standard homeowner insurance policies don’t include flood damage in their terms, meaning those costs will be coming out of your pocket – unless you have a plan.
The IQ Water Valve can help you stop flooding as soon as it starts. The retrofit servo can operate 1/4 turn ball valves with pipes from 1/2” to 1 1/4”. When a flood is detected in your home, the valve will automatically turn your main water off to prevent any more water from escaping your plumbing.
As part of the Qolsys IQ platform, the IQ Water Valve utilizes powerful Z-Wave 700 to ensure reliability and maximum range to your IQ Panels. Like other IQ products, setting up is as easy as putting your panel in pairing mode and adding the device.
Most amazingly, the IQ Water Valve can be completely installed without the need for a plumber. Similar, more expensive products on the market today require an appointment with a plumber to install, and that visit alone can cost you an average of $330 (according to homeadvisor.com). The IQ Water Valve is designed to keep your install simple, removing burdensome and expensive appointments to save you time and money.
In fact, the IQ Water Valve is so easy to install, our technical account manager’s 5-year-old son completed an install in less than one minute during a product workshop in 2021. In just a few turns of the screws, you (or your kids) can protect your home from future flooding catastrophes.
Protect your home, keep it dry, and give yourself peace of mind with IQ Water Valve.
Press Release: Johnson Controls Honored in Inaugural SecurityInfoWatch Readers’ Choice Awards
Leading security industry online portal announces top products after more than 1,650 security pros participate in online voting
Nov. 2, 2022 — Johnson Controls is pleased to announce that its IQ Panel 4 has been named a winner in the inaugural SecurityInfoWatch.com Readers’ Choice Product Awards in the Residential Security & Smart Home category.
The SecurityInfoWatch Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the most impactful products introduced in the physical security industry over the past year (June 2021 through June 2022) in 13 different categories. The program is judged and decided by the very people who use and install these products every day. Voting was open to any SecurityInfoWatch reader (one vote per IP address) during September. In all, more than 1,650 security professionals participated in the voting.