To recount a personal experience. I once took a cab from Philadelphia to a neighboring place, Willow Grove, in the suburbs to visit an aunt, kind of give her a surprise. It was a bit late, at around 10 PM. The minute I walked out of the cab and approached the house, lights came on covering the entire place. The cops followed suit in a couple of minutes. It was a hair raising experience. The aunt turned out had shifted from Willow Grove. But I was truly impressed with the nightvision security systems installed, one that clearly demonstrated the need and efficacy of a well thought out security system in place. The trick to installing a surveillance camera is that it should not be so evident that a trespasser can disable them. Kind of defeats the purpose. Let’s get on with how to install security cameras.
It's easy to install a wireless security camera but wired cameras call for a medium level of difficulty. The first bit is what kind of security cameras do you want to install; wired or wifi. Wired gives you more clarity, and WiFi is hassle-free. Opt for the battery-operated models for greater flexibility and ease of installation. And there’s no messy wiring. Since night vision is required, a PoE (Power over Ethernet) IP camera is what we will install. We will be doing the camera installation on our own, so here’s how.
Clockwise, 1) Balun, 2) Spade bits, 3) Ethernet cable, 4) Steel fish tape
Monitor, mouse, and keyboard
Arranging the wiring and associated cables for your CCTV camera installation is the biggest bother of the entire project. Plan beforehand as to where the monitor is going, available paths and routes how it is to be laid out. You don’t want an ugly tangle at the end. We will focus on how to install wired security cameras as it is basic and often the choice.
It is a definite requirement that all power connection is through an uninterrupted power supply (UPS). Cutting off the power supply externally is the first act of felons. If your fallback system is a generator, connect it up accordingly.
Connection Diagram for a standard PoE security camera:
Connection Diagram for a standard Wireless IP camera:
1. What are the costs involved in installing security cameras?
A high-end system can set you back by $3500, which is monitored by professional security firms. A DIY is in the region of $1500, the cost of cameras inclusive.
2. Which are the ideal locations for placing security cameras?
Ideally, all entrances should be covered including low-level window access. Remember, they may be positioned indoors and pointing out. Avoid placing it such that the guy next door doesn’t accuse you of snooping.
3. How do I go about powering my wireless security camera?
Wire-free security cameras just need batteries. If it’s a wireless security camera,you’ll need to plug it into a power source. PoE security cameras just require that the router has access to the ethernet cable.
Now that you know how to install home security cameras, go ahead and transform your house into Fort Knox. The safety of your family takes precedence at any cost. One last word of advice, the code number is sacrosanct, so don’t go sharing it around or make it easy to guess. Now you can put your mind at ease on this front.