A How-To Guide On Setting Up Your Home Security Camera


Our homes are the best location for placing and installing surveillance cameras, especially nowadays that many crimes happen everywhere. Like robbing, trespassing etc. Installing surveillance cameras can help a lot in identifying the suspect responsible for different crimes that can happen inside our homes.

The fact that drilling holes and running wires and cables through the walls of the house might intimidate some people, and the installation cost of a CCTV system might be costly. These reasons might discourage some people to put surveillance security system in their homes.

But don’t worry! By just following a few preliminary steps, installing your home surveillance camera system will be comfortable and stress-free.

Prepare a Diagram of Surveillance Needs

Plan and draft the placement of the cameras and make sure that the areas of most importance are covered. A rough sketch or a blueprint of the house will be a big help in this step as this can help to pinpoint easily where the cameras should be placed. Here are some areas that might need surveillance:

• Front door
• Backdoor
• Corridors
• Off-street windows
• Stairways
• Balconies

Installing the Cameras

1. Cameras should have a broad angle and high placement

Usually looking down from the corner of the ceiling is the best angle. Entries and exits should be covered by the camera, and it should be near the outlet. If in case the camera will be mounted outside, 10ft is the ideal height so that it cannot be knocked down quickly.

2. Wall-mount the camera

SSticky pads are sometimes included in the cameras to adhere to the cameras in the wall, but the safest way is to screw the camera for long-term purposes.

3. Plug-in camera to a power source

Every appliance needs a power source, so almost all cameras should come with an adapter that needs to be connected to a power outlet.

4. Wired cameras should be attached to a

Equipment used for CCTV camera system surveillance is connected using BNC connection of Bayonet Neill-Concelman connection. Cables of BNC is easy to use, both sides are identical and plug it in an appropriate port, the small nut should be turned on the end to lock it in place. One end should be plugged into the camera’s output and the other one in the input ports of DVR.

5. Cameras that are wireless should be connected on the computer

Most of these type of cameras should come with a disc which contains software that is needed to be installed on a laptop to view the cameras feeds. Just follow the on-screen installation process to have access to the cameras.

6. The monitor should be attached to the DVR

BNC cable is usually used, but sometimes HMDI and coaxial cables are used as well. Just connect one end to the DVR output port and the other end at the monitor input port.

7. Check connection issues

Is the camera, DVR and monitor working correctly after installing? Are the cables securely plugged in the right inputs and outputs? These questions should be solved after connecting the camera system so that it will work smoothly in the long run.

Additional Tips in Placing the Cameras

• Front and back doors should always be watched as most criminals use them to force themselves into your house.

• Laws about surveillance in the country should be reviewed if there is an idea of putting a surveillance camera system.

• Ensure that the cameras should only cover your territory because other people could sue you if they find that your surveillance cameras invade their right to privacy.

• Placing the cameras on a high position gives a lot of areas being covered, but the downside is the loss of detail on the objects being recorded. Investing in a much more expensive high-resolution camera or placing the camera a bit lower may solve this problem.

• Being strategic in setting the cameras can avoid them being tampered and vandalised.

• Strategically plan the wiring depending on the type of system that is used. Concealing the cable as much as possible through attics and walls, and inside shafts.

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