How To Install Security Cameras

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Placing Your Home Security Cameras

The best place to start setting up your security cameras is in your home’s entry points. Since many burglars and intruders can get inside your home either by distracting you with a scheme, posing as delivery people or mail carriers, or by using a key, the entry points to your home are the most vulnerable. Placing your security camera in your main doors will let you record whoever is entering your home and see them for who they truly are, whether they’re a friend, foe, or a burglar.

You may find that your front door isn’t the only vulnerable point, though. Your police department may be able to advise you on how and where burglars take advantage of your neighborhood.

Often, thieves who are looking to burglarize a home will sneak in through a back or side door to avoid the noise caused by breaking down a door. Once inside, they may go through another locked door to avoid attracting attention. If this is what thieves in your area are doing, you’ll definitely want to place your security camera in your side or back door.

Placing Cameras With Hubs

If you’re using a hub for your security camera, you’ll need to select a location for the hub that’s central to the location of the cameras. This hub will allow you to monitor and control your cameras from one central location.

If you’re using a self-contained system, you’ll need to take the system out of the box and allow it to finish the setup process. This setup process will include inserting the included power supply and plugging it in to an outlet.

The power supply may also need to be connected to an Ethernet connection in order to function properly. The Ethernet connection is used to connect the security cameras to the network.

Optionally, the Ethernet cable can be connected to a router which includes security camera capabilities. As a result, this connection will allow camera's video feeds to be streamed and viewed online from anywhere.

Additional components include cabling that will need to be secured to the wall where the camera is going to be placed. These security cameras include an eight foot power cable and a five foot Ethernet cable.

The included power supply will have three prongs that will need to be plugged into an outlet or surge protector. This will provide the camera with the power it needs to operate.

Placing Indoor Security Cameras

The placement of indoor security cameras is especially important, as you need to find a place that will capture all activity for the locations you have chosen to monitor.

Steps for installing a surveillance system with indoor cameras:

  • Mountments: The first step is to mount the cameras. To make the process easier, you should first attach then cameras to the mounting equipment they came with, and then attach the mounting hardware to the wall.
  • Test the camera: Once the cameras are mounted, you should test the visibility and positioning. Turning on the lights and flipping through the monitor can help you see if you need to make any adjustments.
  • Recordings: Once you find a system that works for you, you can record your activity. There are two options for recording. The first is with video recording devices such as DVR. DVRs are better if you have a large amount of footage to save, or if you want to be able to view past activity. The second is with VCRs. The drawback to VCRs is they eat up tapes faster, but they are more economical if you do not need to continually view past activity.
  • Viewing: You should try to view all of the footage when you have time. Rotating views among family members to find the best way to view the footage will help you use your equipment efficiently.

Placing Outdoor Security Cameras

Exterior security cameras are an important part of your home, business, or other structure’s security system. As such, you have to take extra care when installing them. Many people take their security systems for granted and assume that a security camera will be able to capture all of the footage needed. However, you should understand that placement of your security camera is perhaps the most important decision you can make.

Here are a few tips for proper security camera placement in outdoor areas.

Look for the Best Viewpoint

The most common complaint about exterior security cameras is that the footage they capture is not a good view. In most cases, poor viewpoints are a direct result of poor placement of the camera. If you want your security camera to act as a deterrent, it has to be seen. The best way to ensure that your security camera catches good footage is to place it in the best possible location.

Whether it’s a fundamental rule of thumb or not, you probably want your external security cameras to capture a clear view of the front door or entryway to your building. Any criminals who are interested in breaking in will probably circle the exterior areas of your building first. Therefore, you should place your security cameras at angles that let them capture these areas.

How To Install Security Cameras

Installing surveillance systems used to be something that only major businesses had. Due to their sophisticated and thorough security measures, and high costs, video surveillance systems were typically only used in places that really needed them. Recently the cost of surveillance cameras have dropped significantly which has helped the home security camera installation market grow immensely. Now smart home owners are installing security cameras, not just businesses.

As the prices have come down and prices and sales have increased, it's now much easier to find a security system that will fit your every need and fit into your budget. Today, it's not just banks and large retail businesses that are using the latest technologies and equipment, but even your family and neighbors are using them.

How to Install Security Cameras

Here's what you'll need to start installing security cameras:

  • Space in the Home for the Camera
  • Internet Connection
  • Sign up for Video Recording Service
  • Security Camera

The first step is to figure out the type of cameras you'll need. This is sometimes the most difficult part, so you may either want to have someone do this for you, or do some online research and see what you like. You can use this as your guide when choosing the camera.

Determine camera viewpoints

Installing Wireless Security Cameras

You can install wireless cameras quickly and easily with the addition of a few tools. Security cameras make it possible for you to monitor your home or business both inside and out. From any computer or mobile device, you can be alerted to disturbance or movement on your property or view live feeds from cameras.

The tools you will need include two screwdrivers: a flathead and a Phillips head driver. You will also need a drill and a driver bit for your security camera installation, as well as any needed adapters to connect to walls or surfaces where wires would otherwise be used.

Before starting your installation, you need to figure out where your wireless camera can be placed. Determine whether your camera needs to be outside or in a specific location, close to a WiFi source, or in a place where it can reach a power source. Use the drill to make holes in the wall or into wood where you have decided to place your camera. Depending on your security camera, all you need for installation is a power source and internet signal.

If you want your camera to be able to reach a power source, drill into the wall about an inch away from where your power source will be in order to place the outside power adapter or power brick for your camera on the other side of the wall.

Your camera will connect to your WiFi router and then you can view the live feed on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Installing Wired Security Cameras

Installing wired cameras is pretty straightforward. You just tap into the existing electrical system with a video power supply. · It’s a good time to pull the cover off of your electrical panel and make sure that you have enough power going to the area where you’ll install the camera.

Most security cameras for home use are DVR (Digital Video Recorder) camera setups. Here’s a brief description of the wires you’ll need to connect to a DVR camera setup. · Power: Hook the video power supply to the same breaker that your home security system uses. If you don’t have a home security system, hook it to your main electrical panel. · Video/HDMI/CAT5: The BNC video connector that goes to your DVR recorder; use a cable with gold plated connectors to reduce signal loss. On the back of the unit, plug in an HDMI or CAT5 connector depending on what output the DVR has. · Audio: The RCA connectors for an audio signal. The RCA connectors connect to the audio output of the DVR.

Recap

If you are in search of a new security camera system, then this is for you. From wireless cameras, to infrared to PTZ, the options are many, but how to tell which one is the right one?

Wired Cameras

This is a traditional way of having a security camera mounted. The wire is important as it sends the signal and power needed for the camera to function. You may ask yourself, where do you hide the wires? You can find a way if you think about it.

Walls, ceilings, plant pots, there are many ways to hide a wire. You can use a wire that is camouflaged in color scheme. You can drill a hole in the ceiling and thread the wire in it. You can attach a wire to a plant pot and bury it in the ground. It’s really not a big deal, but you will need to keep an eye open for the wire.

The advantage of wired cameras is they are mounted securely and cannot be accidentally removed as with a wireless camera. The wiring for wired cameras can also be hidden very well. Disadvantages of wired cameras are wires may be a trip hazard around the house and the wires can be easily cut.

Get the most out of wired security cameras by looking at the quality of the camera and the resolution. You want a high definition camera, to make it easier to see objects.