Home security is becoming more and more important, especially with 52% of all residential burglaries taking place during the day when nobody is at home. Incidentally, research shows that burglars are deterred when they see a security camera in someone’s home.
With the arrival of wireless (WiFi) CCTV cameras, installing one in your home has become even easier. Plus a lot of new wireless CCTV cameras are easy on the budget too.
in fact, if you learn how to install the wireless CCTV camera at home, it is a better choice than a wired camera system. This is because the quality of a wireless camera is adequate for the relatively small areas to be covered in a home. And the easy installation process of a wireless CCTV camera (without drilling or running cables through the house) makes it a clear choice for most homeowners.
Preparing to install wireless CCTV camera
Figure out how many security cameras you need
This would depend on the size of your home and the area you need the cameras to cover. You also need to decide whether you need indoor or outdoor cameras depending on the location of the cameras.
Determine the viewing angle
Depending on whether you need to view a wider area or a narrower one, you will have to decide on the kind of cameras (wide view or narrow view) to buy.
Decide which CCTV features you need
There is a host of camera features nowadays – from night vision to cloud storage, remote viewing, and activity alerts. You will need to decide which features you need for securing your home in an optimal way.
Bundled system or individual pieces of equipment
You can either buy each piece of the security system individually or bundled together. A bundled security system is usually cheaper and easier to buy. The system should have 1-3 cameras, a DVR (digital video recorder), and power cords.
Steps to install wireless CCTV camera
Set up a recording device and monitor
You need to first set up your Digital Video Recorder (DVR) which will allow you to view the footage from the camera. This device records all the video feed coming from the camera and can broadcast it on to a monitor. You can record anything from a few hours to hundreds of hours of footage depending on the DVR.
Test equipment before installing
All the cameras, cables, DVR, and monitors need to be checked individually to make sure they work before the installation
Deciding the camera setup
You need to ensure that:
- The camera is located close to a power source.
- It is set up such that it covers the widest possible area; a good rule of thumb is to place it in the corner of the room where the ceiling meets the wall
- If the camera is set up outdoors, then it should be mounted at least 10 feet above the ground.
Mounting your camera to the wall
You can use either sticky pads or screw the camera to the wall. If you screw the camera to the wall, here’s how you need to go about it:
- Place the mount in its desired location
- Make marks on the wall where each screw should go using a sharpie.
- Use an electric drill to a hole for each screw
- Hammer in any molding pins
- Screw in the mount into the wall
- Position the camera to your desired angle
Connect your camera to a power source
Use the power adapter that comes with the camera. Plug the small, round end into the back of the camera and the other end into the power source.
Link the wireless camera(s) to your computer
- Wireless cameras often come with a CD that you need to install so that you can view your feed on the monitor. You need to follow the instructions on the screen to install the camera.
- If your camera has a receiver that attaches to your computer through a USB port, make sure it’s properly attached.
- Save the IP address on your camera as this will allow you to view your camera feed remotely.
- If you’re installing the camera using IP, plug the camera into your router using an ethernet cable. Run the software for the camera, set a password and view the IP. Type the IP address on your web browser and go to your camera settings and get it running on your WiFi. You can now unplug the camera and move it wherever you want to place it.
Attach the monitor to the DVR
You need either a BNC or an HDMI cable to connect your monitor to the DVR. Attach one end of the cable to the DVR’s output port and the other to your monitor’s (computer or television screen) input port.
You can connect as many cameras your DVR has inputs; so if you’re buying your system parts separately make sure your DVR can support all your cameras. Also, the camera feed will correspond to the DVR input to which it’s connected.
Troubleshoot if something’s not working
- Check the camera, DVR and monitor to ensure they’re all plugged in and turned on.
- Check that the right inputs are selected for the DVR and monitor. Some monitors display every camera at the same time while others allow you to switch between cameras.
You can always call a professional to install your wireless CCTV camera system as well. In some cases, if you purchase your equipment from a well-established company, the installation service may be free.
However, using the above instructions as a guide, you should be able to install the wireless camera system without much of an issue. And be able to breathe more freely with a home that’s much more secure.