How to Install a Security Camera Like a Pro: A Simplified Guide

by Nick Uzochukwu Igbokwe
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Is there a dark space in your house that you think is just the perfect hiding spot for criminals? It could be a back door that leads to the swimming pool your active toddler is entranced with. Whichever case, setting up a security camera can go a long way in making you feel safe in your home. 

However, when installing a security camera, ensure you place it in strategic locations. Ideal places for security camera installation include front, side, and back entrances, backyard, garages, windows not facing the streets, second floor, etc. Many security camera systems these days are designed to be quickly installed. 

Most of them don’t require the need for professional services. Home security camera installation can become a DIY project. All you need to do is sketch your home quickly and plan where you feel the CCTV (closed-circuit television) needs to be installed. 

If you know the ideal installation places, you are ready to go. In this article, we will be discussing the steps to install a security camera or CCTV.

Steps to Install a Security Camera

Security camera installation is relatively easy, depending on the type and location of the cameras. But before you begin, you must do some safety checks and gather the necessary tools such as drills, screwdrivers, pliers, and ladders.

Installing a wired security camera can be overwhelming and above your pay grade as you must crawl through ceilings and avoid crucial wirings. Thus, it is advisable to leave wired security cameras to the professionals. In general, wireless cameras are the easiest to install.

Below are 6 simple steps to install a surveillance camera successfully:

  1. Choose the right brand

There are many security camera systems out there. So you must choose the one that best fits your needs. Consider the type of surveillance camera you want. If you want an indoor or outdoor camera, check its resolution, range, and other features.

  1. Install the receiver

Wireless security camera systems require receivers for their signals. Depending on your choice, these signals could be dedicated to a device or router. Ensure that you position the receiver in an area with good reception from your cameras and that there are no obstructions between them.

  1. Mount your cameras

Most security cameras include a range of mounting equipment in their box. Ensure that each camera is placed at an optimal location to capture as much footage as possible. 

Also, ensure they are secure and out of reach of potential intruders to avoid any security compromise. The mounting surface must be sturdy and solid. The video feed will be smooth and valuable if the surface is steady.

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  1. Connect to a power source

After installing a security camera, you must connect it to a power source. Most security cameras require either AC power or batteries to function. Make sure each camera is connected before moving on to the next step. Ensure that electrical connections are sealed and protected from the weather for exterior installations.

  1. Connect to the receiver

It would help if you use the included software to connect the cameras to the receiver you installed. That is dependent on the type of system you have. 

The exact instructions for this setup will vary based on the brand but are also typically straightforward. If you are invited to select a password to secure your connection, you will want to ensure it is vital.

  1. Monitor and check

Once everything is done and running, it is time for you to check each camera to ensure that it is working correctly. Check for blind spots or any interference issues and resolve them. Then, open your chosen monitoring platform—your computer or smartphone app (depending on the brand) to monitor everything happening on your property.

Tips to Ensure That a Security Camera Records Quality Videos

When you install a wireless security camera, you can monitor your business or home from anywhere. All you need is an internet connection. A wireless camera system is cheaper, more discreet, and easy to install. 

Here are some tips to ensure your cameras record quality videos throughout the day:

  1. Install CCTV from eight to ten feet off from the ground

This height is low enough to serve you excellent quality videos. It is soft enough to show fine details but also high enough to be out of reach of thieves and vandals. It will be difficult for people to block or steal it.

  1. Consider the sun

When mounting your cameras, it is essential to note the sun’s direction. Don’t point your camera at the sun directly to avoid glare in your footage. Study the sun’s movement throughout the day and position your cameras accordingly for indirect light.

  1. Protect cameras from the elements at all times

Try to invest in water and weather-proof outdoor cameras. Choose brands that are designed to accommodate your climate. You can also protect your cameras by placing them inside wire cages.

  1. Mind the windows

Avoid pointing security cameras outside the windows. When cameras are pointed outside windows, reflection issues can occur, degrading the quality of the video. Numerous cameras have infrared (IR) light technology that reflects off the glass. So, if your footage looks pale, then it’s likely that you have reflection issues.

  1. Augment cameras with lighting

Although IR light technology gives cameras low-light capabilities, more is needed to capture finer details. You should augment your cameras with lighting, especially if you want to grab a vast space.

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In a Nutshell 

Investing a little extra in a security camera is a good deal. Security cameras help discourage burglars from targeting your home and make it easier to report any incidents to the police. With the way they are designed these days, security camera installation is an easy process without the help of professionals.

However, if you want to avoid going through the trouble of doing everything on your own, you can hire professionals. They will handle the entire process, from choosing a camera brand and planning placements to installing the system.

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