Security Camera Installation Tips

Buying a surveillance system is the first step you can take to keeping your home safe, but properly installing and wiring it can be downright frustrating. Systems are available in many forms, including motion-sensing, wired or wireless, indoor or outdoor and remote viewing systems, but the individual cameras still need to be strategically placed throughout your property for maximum coverage with minimal blind spots.

A home theater and television installation technician can also assist in the installation of a security system, this is definitely an easier option than attempting to install the system yourself.

The first step to installing a security camera system comes before you actually purchase it. A diagram of your property pinpointing the main points of concern will need to be created to ensure the best security. An installation technician can help you out with their knowledge of how each camera system works. This will give you an idea of how many cameras you need to buy and what type of system would be best for you.

As a general rule, the larger the property, the more cameras you will likely need. Technicians can then set up a digital video recorder if your system does not include one. Additionally, a technician can test all the cameras beforehand to make sure that everything is working properly.

Next comes the installation. You should have your cameras installed in high places looking down for the best viewing angle. In any corner where the ceiling meets the wall is ideal for indoor settings and in a place more than 10 feet high is ideal for outdoor settings. You may want to attach the camera to a post if they will be set up outdoors.

Once the cameras are mounted, technicians will plug the camera into a power source and begin connecting them to the DVR. Wireless systems will be connected to the USB receiver. The installation disc for remote viewing will need to be setup as well.

Another important step is to make sure to jot down your camera’s IP address so you can view your cameras when you are away from home. You can type it into any web browser and view your security cameras wherever you may be, as long as you can go online.

Professional technicians will be especially helpful for the last and most important step: making sure the cameras’ cables are all in one place. Many security systems comes with wires included and can require some patience depending on what sort of system you have. If your system utilizes HDMI cables, then installation is as simple as connecting one HDMI cable to each camera and then connecting each camera to the DVR.

For cameras that use other cables, however, the process can become considerably more complex. The system manufacturer may choose to utilize Siamese cables, which keep all the necessary cables for one camera bunched together. Professional technicians have the added advantage of being able to keep outdoor cables protected from the elements and out of view for aesthetic purposes.

If this all sounds a little confusing, you don’t need to worry, TV HQ has the knowledge and experience to handle all the installation for you. All you need to do is give us a call and schedule an appointment. We look forward to making your home as secure as possible.