Beefing up home security by installing CCTV cameras in key points of the house helps deter criminals and protects your loved ones from any untoward incident. Security cameras could also record any criminal activity happening in or around the home. The recording could be instrumental in identifying the offenders.
A surveillance camera system is a type of closed circuit television network where live broadcast is only viewable in a private network. Installing cameras in various parts of the premises is one laborious task but it’s not overly complex. Usually, installing CCTV cameras in a home is best left to the professionals. However, it’s quite possible to do the entire camera mounting on your own. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to install security cameras in your home:
Step 1: Prepare the Tools
You want to gather all the components and tools you will need to install the cameras. This will include the surveillance cameras, a digital recorder, a power supply cable, and a monitor. The cameras will give the live feed of the scenes and they will be shown on the monitor. The power cables will supply power to your system and is usually connected to the digital video recorder.
Assuming you’ve already chosen the kind of surveillance camera to get (we recommend getting waterproof surveillance cameras), you can now choose the spots to mount them. Ideally, you want to put the cameras in an outer wall near the roof. The roof will protect the camera from the weather while also giving you an expanded view of the outside. You want the camera to be covered partially so outsiders do not see it but the camera’s view should not be blocked.
Step 2: Completing the Wiring
Installing surveillance cameras are best done by folks who are handy with tools because there is complex wiring involved. Start by drilling holes and running the wire between the walls, the ceilings and the floor. One room in the house should be dedicated for monitoring. This is the place where the digital recorder, the monitor, and the power supply will be installed. You will need to drill a hole in this room so that the wires of the digital recorder and the surveillance cameras can be set up.
Step 3: Mounting the Surveillance Cameras
After you’re done setting up the wiring, it’s time to mount the cameras. Surveillance cameras come in all shapes, sizes, and features. Dome cameras will require drilling of a perfect circle from the ceiling where the camera is mounted. On the other hand, bullet cameras don’t require much drilling. Just mount it with screws.
Step 4: Connecting All Components Together
The digital recorder, the monitor, and the power supply should connect to the camera to get a live feed. This requires plugging the right cables to its proper ports. Connect the surveillance camera to the digital recorder. The digital recorder should be plugged to a power source and the power cable should be connected directly to a power supply or power distribution box. Then, the digital recorder should be connected to the monitor. After all the cables are inserted in the right ports, you should be able to record and view the scenes outside your home.
Step 5: Configuring the Surveillance System
Through the computer, you have to configure the surveillance system. This is a very straightforward process. You just need to buy software and install it in the computer. You’ll be given a systematic instruction on how to configure the system and tweak the settings according to your preference.