Security camera installation is critical towards successfully securing your home, office or property. Investing in a good security system is the first great steps towards better living. Congratulations! This will save you time and cost in the long term.
The first part is done and dusted.
The second phase of the process involves the installation of security cameras. You can do it yourself if you are confident enough or better still, you can involve a technician who is competent in security camera installation.
Consider the following key factors in the security camera installation.
1. Working out the Plan
If you decide to do the security camera installation yourself, it is important that you do it right. You need to have a carefully laid out plan, all laid out and precisely worked out.
Choose the right spots for the 4 cameras and DVR. Essentially, this would enable you to maximise the camera coverage and minimise the length of the camera cable. Longer cable use reduces the quality of videos recorded.
The 4 channel full kit should include:
- 2 dome cameras (Indoor use)
- 2 bullet cameras (Outdoor) depending on your preference
- Standard 100m cable
- 500GB Surveillance Hard Disk
- Power Supply (5-10A)
- 8 BNC and 4 DC
Indoor Security Camera Installation
For indoor camera installation, choose a strategic corner where most entry points are visible.
It is important to consider the proximity of the cameras to a power source. Cameras rely on a constant power supply, hence the need for power socket proximity.
Survey the several spots you intend to instal the camera(s). Among the many things you need to consider, choose a spot that maximally covers the doors, windows approaches and other key entry points.
The spots should be at least 10 feet (3 metres) above ground to avoid the cameras being knocked down, obstructed or interfered with.
2. Camera Mounting
Follow the guidelines provided on the camera units regarding their installation. Make guide marks on each camera for drilling. Drill the holes and hammer the screws into the screw mouldings.
Go ahead and screw the camera firmly in place and the identified spots. Also, insert the power cables of the camera in the socket.
3. Installing the DVR
Position and fix the 500GB Hard Disk in the DVR. Considering the important role the DVR plays as part of the whole CCTV security system, a lot should be taken into consideration.
All video recording and evidence are stored in the DVR. Hence, it should be well-secured and protected at all times. At all times, the DVR should be locked safely in a compartment box, with limited, authorised access.
All the wiring from the cameras to the DVR should be lined and moulded along the identified path. Use wire mouldings to secure the cables and keep the wires safe.
Connecting the wires.
Both the power and signal cables should be well connected to enable the proper functioning of the security system.
Connecting the Video Cable
- Remove 1.5 cm of the outer covering of the video camera to expose the braids
- Slide in the crimping barrel to the cable. The wider diameter should face towards the end of the cable.
- Remove the white insulator covering the innermost cable.
- Insert the exposed cable into the BNC Port
- Screw the crimpling to make a secure connection.
- Connect the DVR Output port to the monitor to watch the video feeds as captured.
4. Power Supply
Cameras and the whole camera security system are power reliant. To avoid power surges and interference, the power supply unit is vital.
5. Power on the Security Camera System
Power on the cameras, followed by the display and then the cameras. Using the user manual, go ahead and set up the DVR. For each of the 4 cameras installed, go through each of their respective feeds to ensure each camera is fully functional and adjusted to the best possible viewing angle.