Installing your very own home security system sounds complicated but it doesn’t need to be. Gone are the days of having to employ someone to install systems, run wires and drill holes throughout your home. With home security systems increasing in popularity in recent years, manufacturers are making home security more user friendly for everyone, no matter how tech savvy they are. Read on to find out how to become an expert in installing your very own home security system.
Step 1: Decide which areas of your home you would like to survey.
There is no need to monitor every nook and cranny of your home. Prioritize exactly which areas you need to keep an eye on and draw up a diagram of where exactly you want to place the cameras. Eg. Front door, back door, driveways, porches and stairways.
Step 2: Research the difference between buying a package and buying individual cameras.
It is cheaper and easier to buy a security system package. The average home will be sufficiently protected with wireless cameras and wall mounting however if you are looking to monitor a larger area, you may need to invest in wired security cameras.
A basic home security system will provide you on average with 2-3 outdoor cameras and if you are looking for something to simply monitor valuables or keep an eye on children then 1-3 indoor cameras is what you can expect.
It is important to remember that there are differences between indoor and outdoor cameras. Indoor cameras that are placed outside will be damaged when exposed to rain or too much heat. However, both indoor and outdoor cameras can have motion sensors and can be viewed remotely so it is important to check carefully what features different cameras offer before purchasing.
Step 3: You will need a Digital Video Recorder to view your footage!
A digital video recorder (or a DVR) receives video feeds from your cameras broadcasts them onto a small screen. There are a variety of DVRs on the market with a variety of storage capabilities so it is best to do your research before you buy however if you have opted for a complete surveillance system mentioned in Step 2, the likelihood is that a DVR will be included.
Step 4: Chose where to place your camera for the best viewpoint
Before installing your equipment, check that everything works as it should before placing your camera for installation. Placing your camera shouldn’t be too tricky. It is best to opt for a somewhere high as the best angle for viewing is always from above. Make sure that all doorways and windows are in view and if you camera has a cable then ensure that it's placed near a power outlet. If your camera is being placed outside, ensure that it is high enough to avoid being damaged.
Step 5: Mount your camera to the wall and link it to your computer
Although some cameras come with stickers that help when attaching your camera to the wall, we would always recommend using screws for the best long-term results. All you need to do is use a pen to make small marks on your wall as to where to place your camera, make holes in the wall using the pen marks as a guide, screw the mount to the wall and position your camera at the perfect angle.
If your camera is wireless, it will then need to be linked to your computer. Wireless cameras will always come with a software disc that will give you access to viewing your camera's feed. In addition, some cameras will have a receiver that can be attached to your computer via your USB.
Step 6: Troubleshoot any connection issues to avoid issues later on.
As you carry out the troubleshooting step, you should make a note of the following potential issues. That way, if something goes wrong you’re your home security system, you will know what to check before calling a specialist.
- The camera, DVR and monitor all need to be connected to a power supply.
- Cables must be attached and the right inputs for the DVR and monitor must be selected
Whether you are using a home security system for proactive or reactive reasons, there is no denying that protecting your home is important. This simple and quick steps will help you to ensure that both your possessions and your family stay protected from crime and danger. If you are wondering what to purchase and want to read more, click here to read our review of the best home security smart cameras!