How To Install Security Cameras? Top Full Guide 2022

How To Install Security Cameras? Top Full Guide 2022

Installing security cameras is a great way to deter criminals and keep your home or business safe. There are a few things to consider when installing security cameras, such as where to place the cameras and how many cameras to install. Follow these steps to know how to install security cameras.

How To Install Security Cameras

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Know What Kinds of Home Security Cameras You’ll Install

The installation process differs depending on the type of video security camera and system being used.

A wireless or a wired security camera: Which is better? It is dependent on your individual security requirements. For greater flexibility and ease of installation, choose WiFi security cameras, particularly battery-powered cameras, rather than wired PoE IP cameras.

If you want to avoid untidy cabling and drilling, especially when mounting cameras outside an apartment door/window, a battery-powered security camera is an ideal option (the outside is brick). “100% wire-free” means there are no cords and no wiring from top to bottom. You may put it anyplace, indoors or out, on a shelf, or table, or mount it on the wall, without having to run wires.

Choose A Location For Your Indoor and Outdoor Security Cameras.

Gather the necessary tools and materials for a smooth CCTV installation.

Screws, anchors, cables, a power adapter or receiver, an electric drill, and other instruments are typically required for installation. Screws and other installation equipment are frequently included in the camera box if you purchase an all-in-one security camera (system).

How to Install Wired and Wireless Home Security Cameras & Systems on Your Own

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Setting up a do-it-yourself home video surveillance system isn’t as difficult as you would think. Even if you’re installing your own home surveillance system for the first time, the following 5 simple steps will make installation of both wired and WiFi home cameras a snap.

Editor’s Note: Regarding a wireless home video camera, I recommend configuring its WiFi settings before installing it inside and out, however, there are no hard and fast rules for which comes first for a PoE IP camera.

Step 1: Look For Places Where Cameras Can Have A Clear View and A Steady Power Supply

This is the first and most critical stage in self-installing home security systems. When deciding where you’d like to set the camera, keep the following details in mind:

To ensure a clearer and wider vision, raise your camera to a higher altitude. To conserve money, cover as many entries as feasible with the fewest number of cameras.

Place the security camera out of the reach of intruders, criminals, and mischievous children.

It’s best not to point your camera straight towards a light source. When pointing the camera towards the light source, the movies and photos shot will be somewhat underexposed.

Place the cameras close to a power source. A power supply is required even for a cordless video camera.

Place the camera’s appropriate mounting bracket under the eave. This aids with the protection of outdoor security cameras from inclement weather.

Installing a security camera beneath windows is not a good idea. Otherwise, IR reflection could result in overexposed photos and movies.

Install security cameras away from your neighbors’ homes, bathrooms, and other places where people have a legitimate expectation of privacy.

Step 2: Wall-mount Your Home Security Cameras

Drill holes in the wall, ceiling, and other locations you’ve chosen for the camera to be mounted. After that, place your camera in the proper location and angle. When situating your security camera, make sure it has the best motion detection possible.

All-in-one security cameras, such as Reolink PoE dome/bullet IP cameras, come with mounting brackets and screws. Make the most of the mounting hole template to make installing video security for the first time a breeze.

If you’re installing a PTZ IP camera, you’ll also need to add a vertical bracket. Learn how to install the RLC-423’s vertical mount, the most powerful high-speed dome PTZ IP camera.

Step 3: Connect The Wires and Cables For the CCTV Camera Installation

Running security camera wires and cables appears to be the most challenging aspect of CCTV installation.

Before you begin, design the security camera wire route, especially if you intend to put cameras in numerous locations, such as corridors, basements, garages, attics, under the eave, and ceiling soffit.

Drill holes for the wires to pass through, and if you’re installing in a two- or three-story house, consider the shortest route. Push all of the camera cables’ ends into the holes you’ve drilled. You can hide the cables and keep them from wearing out this way. You can also designate a room as the location for all of your cables.

Each cable wire also has two wires with their own connections. One of the lines is for a reliable power supply. The other one is for the video recorder as well. You can either construct a single power source for the wires or put each of them into a different socket for power.

The monitor will now be connected to the DVR/NVR recorder after the wiring for view recording has been attached. This is where all of the photographs acquired by the cameras are shown.

Here are some helpful hints for your consideration:

  • Waterproof materials, such as silicone and duct seal, should be used to fill the gaps.
  • Cover the holes with waterproof outdoor covers or feed-through bushings.
  • Hide the cables, connectors, and holes using junction boxes.
  • Cover the CCTV camera wires with a plastic tube.

More ideas for hiding security camera cables indoors and outdoors can be found here.

Step 4: Turn on and Connect Your Home Surveillance Cameras

The next step is to connect your home CCTV system and see if it can effectively receive electricity after the wiring process is completed.

Diagram of a PoE security camera connection:

PoE security camera connection diagram

Wireless IP camera connection diagram:

Wireless IP camera connection diagram

Remember that the view recorder and monitor both require a good power supply when using a wireless IP camera. You can either make their own sockets for them or link them to the same power sources as the cameras.

You must also consider what to do in the event of a power loss. This is also when intruders try to cut off your home’s power supply. Also, make sure your home security system is linked to a backup generator. This way, it can work on a regular basis or even in emergency situations.

Step 5: Set Up Your Self-Installed Security Camera

The final step in a do-it-yourself house security camera installation is to set up the cameras. Smartphones, desktops, and tablets will all be able to access your video camera.

Some self-install home CCTV camera manufacturers include an app and PC software that allows you to view your camera from anywhere. Set up live view, motion detection, video recording, zoom in/out, and other surveillance functions on the app/client to meet your demands.

To get accurate alerts on the free Reolink App and Client, you must select motion detection sensitivity and particular motion detecting zones for Reolink PoE and wireless surveillance cameras and systems. If your home is broken into or something unexpected happens, you will receive emails and push notifications.

Last but not least, before declaring your installation complete, you should double-check the views of each camera. Check to see if the cameras are recording or moving.

Check out the comparison: Wired vs wireless security cameras

Should You Choose Local or Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage is available for most cameras, but it’s not always the best option. Some people prefer local storage because of its privacy and convenience.

Cameras have different options for local storage, but they may offer these options.

  • MicroSD cards
  • USB drives
  • Digital Video Recorders (DVRs).
  • Network Video Recorders (NVRs),

Local storage means that your cameras must be kept out of harm’s reach, but accessible when you need them. Cloud storage allows you to view your footage via your smartphone or desktop app, regardless of its condition.

Local storage means that your cameras must be kept out of harm’s reach, but accessible when you need them. Cloud storage allows you to view your footage via your smartphone or desktop app, regardless of its condition.

What Is The Cost of Installation?

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Installing your security camera yourself will save you money. You can pay a little more if you want the professionals to do it.

DIY Security Camera Installation

You can install your own camera, which is pretty much free once you have paid for the equipment.

These cameras are easy to set up and takedown. You can mount them on a wall or on a table. Not everyone is comfortable drilling into walls.

Easy to set up is wire-free, battery-powered cameras such as the EufyCam 2 and the Reolink Argus 3. Indoor security cameras are even easier to set up. Simply place the camera wherever you like it, and then plug in the power cable.

Installation by Professionals

ADT and Vivint are the best home security systems we recommend. A tech will come to your house and install everything, including your cameras. Vivint charges $49 for system installation, while ADT charges significantly more. Pro installation may cost you up to $199.

It’s easier to have professional home security camera installers install your entire network. Pros can also install video doorbells so that you don’t have any to worry about.

Vivint and ADT offer professionally installed doorbell cameras.

Installation of standalone security cameras requires professional installation

HelloTech is a third-party service that allows you to locate professional security camera installers in your area. It’s a great value for money compared to the higher prices of CCTV companies.

The price you pay will depend on the type of device and other factors, such as where you live. HelloTech has a list of starting prices for security cameras or video doorbells.

  • Price for smart security cameras: Starting at $129
  • Installation price for video doorbells: Starting at $99

HelloTech installs smart home devices from many major brands like Ring and Google Nest.

Can Wireless Cameras Work Without Internet?

Wireless cameras are not able to work without an internet connection. A wired security camera can transmit video to a network video recorder or digital camera, but the wireless camera cannot do this without an internet connection.

Modern security devices such as IP cameras and internet protocol cameras may have local storage to protect against outages. The best way to ensure that a wireless system is not affected by a loss of internet service is to wire it.

Modern security cameras can be wired using power over Ethernet (POE) to simplify installation. Your system’s wiring will protect you from signal jammers that can make wireless security cameras unusable until it is removed or disabled.

Poor signal quality can cause wireless cameras to lose functionality. Wireless security systems, whether they are for a household or a business, will use the same network that other electronic devices unless a different network is established.

Because the cameras send constant data to a recording device, or computer, streaming and gaming functions will be affected. This can be solved by using network extenders, wiring a surveillance camera, or strengthening your signal.

Read more: Do wireless security cameras need internet?

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