How to Install Security Cameras

Today more and more people have the need to learn how to install security cameras and security camera systems in their home or business. This is because crime is on the rise and DIY security cameras and security camera systems have become higher in quality, more affordable and easy to purchase. Since you no longer have to hire a professional to install security cameras, it is possible to have your home or business under surveillance in no time at – all by yourself, and at an affordable price. Here is some help and some tips on how to install your own security cameras.

Instruction Manual, Tech Support and Warranties

The first thing you’ll need to do, before you purchase any equipment, is to make sure that the system you choose comes with an instruction manual. Not all security camera systems for home and businesses come with a full printed users manual that will walk you through how to install your system. Also it’s a good idea to only purchase a camera system that comes with free unlimited technical support in case you have questions or run into problems. Not every company offers free tech support with the purchase of their cameras and camera systems. Also, check to see if it comes with a warranty on all hardware.

There are basically three pieces of equipment you’ll be working with: the cameras, receiver/DVR and the monitor.

Security Cameras

A security camera system will includes one or more cameras. The cameras come with several features so, before you purchase a system, you’ll want to know what your needs are. Following are some questions to ask yourself, that will help guide you.

• Will you be placing the cameras inside or outside? If you’ll be placing cameras anywhere outside you’ll need cameras that are built tougher than typical indoor security cameras. Outdoor cameras will be exposed to vandalism and the elements, such as wind and extreme heat or cold. There are many outdoor cameras available that are built to withstand all these outdoor conditions.

• Do you need color or black and white cameras? If there are certain situations where it is important to record details such as color of hair, vehicles or clothing, you’ll need color cameras. Black and white cameras are best if you need higher resolution and generally are less expensive than color. They also are best if you will be using infrared in no light or low light conditions.

• Do you prefer wired or wireless cameras? Hardwired Camera Systems are more reliable than wireless will require that you drill holes into walls to mount cameras and to feed wires through the walls. Wireless Security Camera Systems use radio frequency through the air from the camera’s transmitter to a receiver. The receiver picks up the signal and transfers it to a TV or Monitor or Digital Video Recorder. So no wiring is required. Wireless cameras are much easier to install and can be mounted almost anywhere and can be moved around with more ease.

• Is there a natural light source and will you be using them in darkness? Infrared cameras are a must if you will be monitoring any areas that are in total darkness or have low light situations at different times.

• How many cameras do you need? Decide how many locations you want monitored, such as doors, windows, driveway etc. This will give you an idea of how many cameras you will want included in your security system. Most security camera systems come with one or two cameras. If you might need to add more cameras, make sure the system you choose is capable of adding more cameras later.

Mounting Your Cameras

First, plan your exact security camera viewing area. This will help you decide where you will be placing the camera or cameras. If your cameras need to be mounted on a wall or other structure hold them in the position and mark the spot prior to mounting the bracket in place. If you are using a wired system, decide which areas are best to drill holes in the wall for cables. Try to expose as little of the wiring as possible in order to prevent vandalism. If you are using wireless cameras you don’t need to worry about this.

Receiver/DVR

Next, connect the camera to the receiver or DVR according to the directions. Wireless cameras use no cables but keep in mind that they need to be placed within range of the receiver for it to receive transmission.

Monitoring

After you wire the cameras to a transmitter or recording device, you will then have to connect the recording device to a monitor for viewing. There are several monitoring options available. Some systems allow you to easily connect the camera to a typical monitor or to a TV. With others you can use your cell phone or computer as a monitor.

Alarms

Home security camera systems are not the same as home security alarm systems because they do not alert you if there is an intruder. Therefore, security camera systems are often used in conjunction with home security systems.

Features Available

Lastly, here are some features you’ll want to make sure come with your security camera system:

• Instruction manual
• Cameras
• Receiver/DVR
• Quick Start Guide
• Mounting hardware
• Software CD if necessary
• Power adapters and power solutions
• Video Out Cable
• Warning stickers for windows
• Ethernet cables for Wireless
• Remote controls (optional)

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Why You Might Want To Purchase An Outdoor Wireless Security Camera

Buying an outdoor wireless security camera is something that most home owners do not think about. Most folks figure that it is what is inside their house that needs protecting, so they put all of their focus on guarding this area. The thought process is that things that happen outside occur in the open and people wouldn’t dare do things if they think neighbors are watching.

Sadly, you’ll find that having neighbors does not absolve you from having to secure your property. To demonstrate the point, think about how often you really look out your window at your neighbors houses. If you are anything like me, you probably never even notice what your neighbors are doing. Just imagine what could happen when the sun goes down and you’ll quickly realize how beneficial an outdoor wireless security camera can be.

Do you like the car or truck you drive? If you value your vehicles, it might not be a bad idea to protect them with a camera. It is important to get car insurance for these types of issues, but even with car insurance, you’ll still have to repair your vehicle and the criminals will still be lurking out there. Also, insurance deductibles are not always cheap. I would have been much happier had I invested in an outdoor wireless security camera before my car’s windows were shattered in the middle of the day. Even though I was home at the time, I did not notice what was going on until later in the day when I went to drive my car.

Another reason you might want to buy an outdoor wireless security camera is to protect your lawn and the rest of your outdoor property. Do you have a pool,or something else expensive in your yard? When you have items outside the walls of your house, you need to keep a good eye on them. These items tend to get legs much quicker than most. You’ll want to protect if with a security camera as quickly as you can.

You’ll discover that outdoor cameras are not as cost prohibitive as you think. Most of the time, you’ll be able to connect these cameras with your indoor wireless home security cameras. Since these cameras can all connect to each other, you’ll save money on extraneous items. You could even hook it up to your camera monitoring system so that you can see who is at the front door. Front door cameras are excellent for guarding against unexpected guests.

Home Security Made Easy With Wireless Security Cameras

You may already know how huge a problem burglary and home invasion are. A home gets burgled every fifteen seconds. Part of the reason it is so popular is we as homeowners make it easy. 60% of all burglaries require no forced entry-duh!

To overcome this problem the home security industry has grown by leaps and bounds. They offer all kinds of solutions from security guards to monitored security systems. It really just depends on how much money you have and the value you place on your home and family security.

It used to be that only law enforcement and government agencies could afford wireless security cameras but thanks to advances in technology prices for all types of security cameras have dropped. It looks like prices will continue to drop and technology will get even better make a wireless security camera more attractive as an option.

A new breed of hidden spy camera has a DVR built in making it an attractive option for technologically challenged homeowners. Just plug it in and aim in the direction you want to monitor and use the remote control to start recording. This type of camera is only suitable for indoor use as a nanny cam for example.

The images are recorded on an SD card for easy replay.

Then there’s a USB DVR wireless system with four cameras for a combination of indoor or outdoor use. This gives you great flexibility to monitor front and back door and maybe both side yards as an example. This system is easy to use and install.

Another wireless option is the wireless IP camera. They go directly to your computer or DVR saving you money on hardware. It uses the internet to transmit video. The included software supports up to 16 cameras some of which may have night vision capability.

IP cameras and the USB DVR system are both networkable making the images viewable from any where in the world.

The uses for a wireless color security cameras for home or business is only limited by your imagination.