How To Install Your Home Security Camera

How to Install Security Cam

After some research, you've decided to opt for a DIY home security camera system. Going the DIY route provides you with more customization and could save you plenty of money, though the setup can seem a bit daunting. Here, we'll help you scout out the best camera placement and provide tips for a smooth installation.

Where to Place Your Camera

It's important to scout out where you want to and where you can place security cameras. Here are several considerations to help you plan your indoor and outdoor camera placement.

  1. Identify your home's vulnerable spots.
    • First, focus on doors and ground floor windows.
    • Make sure you concentrate on areas where people are most likely to enter or exit.
  2. Keep your security camera's features in mind.
    • If you're thinking of monitoring a dark location, consider a camera with night-vision.
    • If you're mounting a camera with motion detection, make sure it is at least seven feet above the ground, pointing down.
  3. Considerations for indoor surveillance camera placement.
    • Try to keep your camera out of direct sunlight.
    • Steer clear of exposing your camera to any heat sources.
    • Avoid hiding your camera in small containers or any spot that will prohibit airflow.
  4. Considerations for outdoor surveillance camera placement.
    • Even if your cameras are weatherproof, place them in a sheltered area for rain-free footage.
    • Place your cameras at least ten feet high to avoid vandalism and provide wider coverage.
    • Position your camera away from direct light to avoid glare.
    • Make sure your camera is highly visible to deter potential criminals.

Wi-Fi Security Camera Installation

What You'll Need
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  • Your Wi-Fi Password

If you opt for a Wi-Fi security camera that stores footage on the cloud, then you will have fewer cords and more freedom in your setup. Here, we'll take you through steps to help you install your Wi-Fi security camera.

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  1. Download the manufacturer's app to check for installation tips or steps.
  2. If your camera is wire-free, then insert batteries for power. If your Wi-Fi security camera requires an outside power source, plug it into an outlet near your planned location so you can see how far the cord extends.
  3. Sync your camera to your home Wi-Fi through the manufacturer's app or website.
    • If your system features a hub, you may have to hardwire an Ethernet cord to your router for online capabilities.
  4. Test the video quality from the camera or system's mobile app. If the video is blurry or buffers, first try moving the camera closer to your router. If the connection is still slow, it may be time to upgrade your router or Wi-Fi network. Check out our 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Home Network article.
  5. Install the camera mounts.
    • The mounting process varies by product and may require a screwdriver or drill.
  6. Attach the cameras to the camera mounts and position based on our previous recommendations.

Wired Security Camera Installation

If you opt for a security camera system with a DVR, then you will have a few more considerations to keep in mind when setting up your cameras. Here, we'll take you through steps to install cameras for your security camera system.

  1. Before you mount anything, lay out all the included cables to make sure they reach your designated camera areas. Make sure to take into account where all wires will need to be routed and if they will need to go above/below/around anything. If the cables are too short, you may need to rethink your camera layout or purchase cable extenders.
  2. Hook up the cables to your cameras and DVR.
  3. Install the camera mounts.
    • The mounting process varies by product and may require a screwdriver or drill.
  4. Attach the cameras to the camera mounts and position based on our previous recommendations.
  5. Hook the DVR up to your router with an Ethernet cable for internet access. Some DVRs will work wirelessly as well.
  6. If you want to watch your cameras, plug the DVR into a TV or monitor with an HDMI cable or check if your product features remote viewing options by downloading your product's mobile app.
If you don't want to go through the hassle of installing yourself, Geek Squad can install for you in select regions. Call 1-800-GEEK SQUAD (1-800-433-5778) to see whether your state is eligible for installation services.

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