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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Breaking News – WiFi Hitting the Security Cameras Scene

Do you know what the latest development in wireless security cameras is?

The latest revolution in security cameras doesn’t involve the sensor or the lens, it involve the transmission signal.

Wireless security cameras are now going WiFi.

Looking at the latest technologies, it is no surprise that WiFi is welcomed in to this field. Many wireless surveillance cameras are now available to make any surveillance system highly efficient and functional.

A wireless security camera can perform many functions such as remote viewing, motion detection and recording, and the best of all is that it is battery operated.

To understand why wireless surveillance cameras have become so popular, you must first understand what WiFi stands for and its functions.

WiFi is short for wireless fidelity refers to a set of wireless networking technologies and more specifically referred to as any type of 802.11 network, 802.11b and 802.11a and dual band. The word WiFi was built by an organization named as WiFi alliance. A product that undergoes the WiFi alliance analyses is given the name WiFi certified.

WiFi is a wireless technology that handles the networking/communication between devices. WiFi is caused by Radio waves that are transmitted from an antenna and WiFi receivers pick them up. These signals are then broadcasted to the device with WiFi connection.

WiFi equipped consumer electronics range from automobiles, cameras, computers, camcorders, mobile phones, video games, GPS systems, DVD players, printers, and many more. Security cameras now have joined the growing list of WiFi devices. The reason is attributed to many homes now having WLAN (WiFi local area network). You would just have to connect the wireless security camera to the network to give coverage of wider areas.

In WiFi surveillance cameras, the video signals go over a wireless LAN and then to a video server or PC. You can install a WiFi surveillance camera much faster than a traditional wired security camera. Perhaps the biggest advantage is that the WiFi security camera can be remotely controlled by laptop or phone with Internet facility and the picture quality is uninterrupted. But the disadvantage lies in the security of the video transfer. If it is not encrypted, it can easily be tapped and create security problems.

How are WiFi surveillance cameras better than regular wireless RF security cameras?

RF wireless surveillance cameras use radio frequency wireless technology similar to some high-end cordless phones to transmit and receive wireless video signals. It has many advantages such as being mobile and can be set up anywhere. A major drawback of wireless RF security camera is that the radio signals used to transmit video can be interrupted by electric motored products such as AC, fluorescent lighting or cordless telephones which affect the picture quality.

Where should you use a WiFi surveillance camera?

A WiFi surveillance camera is made for indoor use, whether for a company or home use. It must be placed at locations with minimum RF interference.

What do resellers need to be wary of when listing WiFi surveillance cameras? As a seller of WiFi surveillance cameras, you must list the compatibility properties of these cameras with the different types of networks like 802.11b or 802.11g WiFi networks. This helps the customer make an informed decision and avoid unnecessary problems of refunds and returns. You become a trustworthy seller as opposed some sellers, who claim that the surveillance cameras are WiFi enabled but they use radio waves for wireless transmission and create network issues for the customer.

An Infrared Security Camera Offers Many Uses

If you are planning on purchasing an infrared security camera then you need all the help you can get in order to pick the right product. At the very least, it always pays to go for a product that work on infrared technology as then your camera will work under all weather conditions and will also be longer lasting. In addition, such cameras are also able to detect targets even under total darkness.

If you need an effective infrared security camera then go with the variety that offer better security in virtually every different place and which can do their job without requiring any kind of lighting.

Before shopping for you infrared operated security camera be sure that you look at how well a model functions and also how easy it is to use. You will come across a variety of types and the one that you end up with will obviously depend on your personal preferences and also on how well it can be placed on your property.

If you plan on installing the camera in the outdoors the bullet styled one is the best option as these cameras work like radar guns and can cover a wider area and can even be put to good use in a parking lot.

On the other hand, you may want to use the models that look like domes as these will be smaller in size and so are less obtrusive and are ideally suited for use in a store and shopping mall. They can easily be mounted on the shop or mall’s ceiling and in this way can provide surveillance without anyone knowing that they are under observation. Such cameras can shoot up to 360 degrees and are the best option for indoor use.

Most infrared cameras work on the principle of thermal imaging which means that the camera can work in complete darkness and will still identify objects from the heat that such objects emit. In addition, LEDs are also provided by infrared cameras ‘ when conditions are dark. In normal light the pictures obtained from these cameras are clear and colored while at night the pictures obtained will be in black and white.

Lastly, be sure to also consider shopping for a wireless infrared security camera which offers more convenience of use. However, when purchasing these cameras be sure to keep in mind that you pick the right lens as only then you can get clear and precise pictures.