Installing your own security system is a monumental task to take on. It may be difficult to figure out where to start, or to know what you need to make sure your surveillance system is put together. These days, more security systems come with everything that you need to set it up. Your job will be know what areas of your home that you want your cameras to cover, and to do the installation. Even if you’ve never had any experience with installing things in your home, this step by step guide will help you on how to get started, and to make sure you get your security system installed correctly.
How To Install Your Own Home Security Surveillance System
You won’t be able to monitor every inch and corner of your home. That would be far too expensive, and you won’t be able to keep an eye on everything. The best thing to do is to be proactive and to carefully plan the parts of your home that you want to monitor. For example, you’ll want to keep an eye on heavy traffic areas of your home such as living areas and stairways, as well as the entrance areas of your home like the front and back doors, driveway and any windows that can’t be seen from the street. Drawing up a diagram of your house can help you plot where you want your surveillance system to be, and will make installing your cameras quicker and easier once you know exactly where they’ll be going.
It’s cheaper to purchase your security system in a bundled package, rather than purchasing individual cameras. You should make sure the package that you’re working with fits the needs for your home. For example, you’ll want to a package that comes with several cameras, wiring, cords and a digital recorder device. You’ll also want to keep in mind any specific needs that you’ll need covered by your cameras, such as night vision or motion sensors. You’ll also want to keep in mind, specifically, whether you want to go wireless with your cameras, or if you want to have the ability to stream your surveillance footage remotely from a laptop. Knowing exactly what you need will save you time and money.
Once you’ve planned everything out and have all of you equipment, the next step is to set up your digital recorder device (or, your DVR). The DVR is what will translate the video feed to the monitor of your choice, which can be a desktop computer screen or a small television. If you’ve purchased your security equipment in a bundled package, your DVR should come with the rest of your equipment. Be aware of how much memory your DVR can store, and make sure it matches the needs of your home security system. If you’re looking to be able to record hundreds of hours of footage, you may need to upgrade your DVR. On the other hand, if you only need one day’s worth of memory at a time, the DVR that came with your bundle should work fine.
Now that you have your DVR ready to go and the rooms and areas of your house chosen, you’ll want to give all your equipment a test run. Hook up your cameras to your DVR if you opted for a wire camera, or test the WiFi connection if you went wireless. Make sure that everything is running smoothly before you commit to installation.
Once everything is working, your next step is to actually mount your camera to the wall. If you’re placing your camera in a certain room, you’ll be want to get the widest angle possible of any given space. For this, the high corners of ceilings work best. For long term use and safety precautions, it’s time to mount your camera to the wall with screws.
- Place the mount in the desired location. You can use the mount to then use sharpie or marker to mark where the screws are going to go.
- Using an electric drill, drill a hole into the wall where you’ve marked for the screws with sharpie.
- Use a hammer to place any molding pins if necessary.
- Screw the mount into the wall using the holes you’ve drilled.
- Attach the camera to the mount and position for the desired angle.
Now that your camera is installed, you’re going to want to make sure to cross your T’s and dot your I’s. That is to say, you want to make sure all of your wires (if any) are attracted to where they need to be.
- Plug in your camera. Each camera comes with a power adapter that plugs into the wall, which you can then plug your camera into.
- For Wires Cameras: Connect your camera to your DVR using BNC connection. To set this up is easy: simply plug one end of the BNC connection into your camera’s “Output”, and the other end into your DVR’s “Input”. This will connect your camera to the DVR, ensuring you can see the video surveillance footage.
- For Wireless Cameras: Install the software disk that came with your wireless camera so that you can view your video feeds. If there is a USB that came with it, make sure this is properly connected.
Finally, the last step is to make sure your monitor of choice is fully connected to your DVR. Make sure you check whether you’ll need a BNC connection or an HDMI cable. As with connecting your camera to the DVR, one end of your connection cable will need to be connected to the DVR’s “Output” while the other is connected to the monitor’s “Input”.
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