Tips On How To Install Home Security Cameras

Published: Apr 30, 2016 at 08:00 UTC

There is no better way to protect your family from burglars than with an exterior security system. It is never an easy task to find a security camera that is suitable for your needs but one thing is for sure, and that is the installation process can be quite tedious. Below you will find several tips on how to install home security cameras, so they will be effective in securitizing your entire home.

Best Location for Surveillance

You may need to pull out the blueprints of your home, so that you can determine the best location for the security cameras. There are many areas in and around your home that will need to be prioritized over others since these will be the easiest location for the burglar to gain entrance into your home. If you live alongside a dark alleyway, you will definitely want to place a camera that will provide full surveillance for that vicinity. Entrance-ways and basement or lower-tier windows, where intruders can hide away and break into your home, should take prevalence over lighted areas.

Wired or Wireless

While there are many different types of security cameras on today’s market, you will need to select from the wired or wireless design. The wired design will definitely require a more extensive installation process, but many of these security systems are more reliable. The wiring procedure will be the most difficult step to master, since it is the most crucial part of the system.

You should select the side-by-side electrical and video cables, which are enclosed in a one thick jacket. This wire will be so much easier to handle than trying to deal with two separate wires. Take the time to do a quick check to make sure that the cables are functional, because you definitely do not want to get the cameras installed, only to find out that the power cable is damaged.

High Position

The cameras should be installed according to the direction that you want the camera to point. Of course, many of the newer security systems come with cameras that are equipped with zoom and tilt features. Place the camera mount on ceilings, high walls, and underneath the eaves of your home. Some homeowners will create a platform that is suitable for holding the camera in place, just to achieve a better surveillance of a specific area.

Cable Wiring

Cut the cable to the desired length and then follow the directions that came with the security system. Turn the power source off, by flipping the breaker switch that provides electricity to the area of your home that you are working in. Be sure to connect the wires into the terminal block and camera appropriately to eliminate misconnections later on down the road.

Once you complete the power and camera wiring, you should do a quick test again, just to make sure that the security system has electrical power running to it.


Wired security systems are much more difficult to install, which is why many individuals select the wireless design.

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