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Easy to follow preparation and instructions

You decided to upgrade your home with security cameras to keep your family safe. Great! But what now? Are you going to pay money to have someone else do it, or will you figure it out yourself? Not to worry. 

In this How – To Guide you will learn how to prepare for your security camera installation, and we will walk you step by step on how to install your wired or wireless security camera system


Preparation: CCTV Cameras & System Installations Preparations

Installation:  Installation Steps for Wired and Wireless Cameras 

Key takeaways and Conclusion

Preparation: CCTV Cameras & System Installations Preparations

Before starting on your new security camera installation, whether it’s a wireless or wired (otherwise known as PoE IP) camera, there are a few things you should know first. 

  1. Know What Types of Home CCTV You’re Installing

 There are many different cameras to choose from when deciding how to best protect your home. Will you choose wired or wireless? There are pros and cons to both. For example, choose wireless for easy installation or choose wired for a more secure connection. You must ask what you are most looking to get out of your home security system

The battery-powered security camera is great for easy installation as it is wireless and you’re free to place it inside or outside of your house. You can place anywhere you would like without having to worry about cables or drilling holes anywhere. 

If you’re still confused on which option is best for you, check out this article for more information on the different cameras you can choose. 

  1. Find a Place to Install the Security Camera 

When installing your security cameras, you want the best angle possible so that you can get clear footage. Research the best places to install your security cameras. Windows and street view for example are great places to install a security camera. 

  1. Find Tools and Materials Needed for Installation

Do your homework. A wired camera will not require the same tools as a wireless camera will. If you already have your tools ready during installation, you won’t have to make any last-minute trips to Home Depot or Lowe’s. 

Some security cameras come all in one, meaning they have every tool you need in the box. 

Installation: Installation Steps for Wired and Wireless Cameras

Choosing a security camera was complicated enough. Now you have to install the security system? Don’t worry! Follow these next 5 steps and you’ll be a pro at security camera installation. 

Step 1: Find the best spot for getting the optimal camera view and power source

A lot of factors go into picking the right spot to mount your camera. Be sure to follow these guidelines when finding the perfect spot. 

  • Place cameras up high to capture a wider view of the area
  • Place cameras in hard to reach areas away from thieves or children 
  • Place cameras away from light sources as it can cause underexposed images
  • Place cameras near a power source (even wireless cameras) 
  • Place outside security cameras under an eave so as to protect from severe weather
  • Don’t place security cameras under the window. This can cause overexposed images
  • Don’t point your camera at private places such as at your neighbor’s house or bathrooms

Step 2: It’s time to mount your camera

You will need to drill holes before mounting your security cameras. Use the tools provided or gather the tools needed to finish the job. Remember to angle the camera where you want and give space for any motion detection. Here is a step by step video showing how to mount your security camera. 

Some cameras, like the PTZ IP camera, require a vertical bracket. 

Step 3: Arrange Cables and Wires 

Before beginning the installation, you should plan the route of your security camera cables. Drilling holes in the wall allows you to hide where the wires are by simply pushing them through. This is important if you plan to have cameras in multiple rooms. It can look cluttered quickly. 

Each cable contains two wires. One wire is for the power supply while the other wire is for the video recorder.  You can plug the power supply wire into different sockets or into a single power source. Next plug the video recorder wire into the DVR/NVR which will connect it to the monitor. The monitor is where you view the captured images. 

Extra Notes: 

  • If the camera has a DC power adapter, you’ll need a power outlet either extended or close by. For an outside camera, simply use a power outlet from inside and use an extension cord. 
  • Be sure to cover any cables and their holes 
    • Use products like silicone to fill the hole 
    • Junction boxes are great at hiding cables and their wires 
    • Plastic tubing is another option to hide cables 

Step 4: Connect your Security Camera Installation and Power them On 

Here’s the big test. Finish connecting your security camera to the power supply and see if everything is working. 

PoE camera system: 

Wireless IP Camera system: 

Remember both the recorder and the monitor require a reliable power supply. A good tip is to connect them in the same power source. 

Step 5: Turn On Your New Security System 

This is the last yet vital step of the security camera installation process. After setting up the system you’ll be able to access your video feed by smartphone, computers or tablets. You’ll have to check the camera system before you buy it to see if it offers an app to easily manage the surveillance footage. It depends on the security camera if they offer features such as motion detection, zoom and so forth. 

Key Takeaways and Conclusion

A big part of the security camera installation process is research. Learn the differences between wired and wireless cameras. Making a plan for all those wires and cables. Set up good camera angles without imposing on the privacy of others. Lastly, don’t be afraid to look for easy DIY cameras with apps to give you the best security camera experience.  

P.S. Still Don’t Know if You Should Install it Yourself? 

If you’re still on the fence about dealing with wires and set up yourself, maybe hiring a professional is right for you. It all depends on your own cost and benefits. 

Did you find these steps helpful? Have you ever done a DIY project before? Let us know in the comments! 

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