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How To Set Up a Video Surveillance System

Installing a video surveillance system may appear to be a daunting task for those who are unfamiliar with DIY technology. Although installing a video surveillance system is not hard, selecting the right surveillance camera can be difficult. There are numerous surveillance camera options, so the key is determining which surveillance camera system best meets your needs. For example, one of the most frequently overlooked aspects of surveillance cameras is video capture quality. Some companies charge a fee to upload a video to their cloud, while others only keep the most recent 24 hours of video.

How To Set Up a Video Surveillance System
Security CCTV camera in office building

Before we go any further, here are a few questions you should consider.

How Should You Position Your Surveillance Camera?
Not everyone is subjected to robberies and break-ins. Some people simply want to check on deliveries or see who has visited their home while they have been away. Others want a way to keep tabs on family members or pets.

Decide which purpose is most important to you and position your camera so that it can see what you want to keep an eye on.

Should You Set Up Indoors or Outdoors Video Surveillance System?
The ability of indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras to withstand weather is the most significant difference. Check the operating temperature and permitted applications for the camera you want to purchase. Some models, such as the SimpliSafe, and SimpliCam, can be modified to work both indoors and outdoors.

Where Should You Install an Indoor Surveillance Camera?
Finding the right location for an indoor surveillance camera, plugging it in, turning it on, and syncing it with your mobile or desktop app can be as simple as that. While some may necessitate drilling, most indoor cameras will only require a screwdriver.

A good indoor camera should have a wide field of view, which you can achieve by placing it in a higher corner or shelf. The best locations will have a clear view of the room, a place to conceal the camera from thieves, and little foot traffic (to avoid unplugging the camera or tripping on the cord).

Where Should You Install an Outdoor Surveillance Camera?
Above the garage door or looking over a front or back porch are the most popular locations for an outdoor camera. Make sure your garage camera has a wide field of view. Make sure your porch camera is pointing primarily at a driveway or walkway to capture as much action as possible with a smaller field of view.

Should You Get a Wired, Wireless, Or Wire-Free Surveillance Camera?
Although the terminology can be confusing, there are generally three power options for surveillance cameras:

  1. Wired – which means that the camera uses wires to connect to both power and the internet.
  2. Wireless – which means your camera can connect to the internet wirelessly but needs a power cord to do so. Because they require a cord, these cameras are still referred to as “wired.”
  3. Wire-free – which means the camera is powered by a battery pack and does not require any wires at all. Because they do not require power cords, these cameras are sometimes referred to as wireless.

You have fewer options for placement with wired installation, but your connection will be more reliable and secure. Consider where you’ll be running the wire and how much length you’ll require. Longer extension cables can always be purchased.

Should You Choose Local or Cloud Storage?

Most cameras now include cloud storage to prevent thieves from simply grabbing the evidence and fleeing, but some people still prefer local storage for its privacy and convenience.

Local storage options differ by the camera, but may include the following:

  • microSD memory cards
  • USB flash drives
  • DVR (Digital Video Recorder)
  • Network Video Recording Devices (NVRs)

If you opt for local storage, you’ll need to keep your surveillance cameras out of harm’s way but accessible when needed. However, if you get cloud storage, you can view footage via phone or desktop apps, and you can access footage regardless of the condition of the camera.

Depending on the surveillance system you choose; you’ll almost certainly need a ladder to install it. If you go with a wired surveillance camera, you’ll have to go through some extra steps that require some electrical work.

  • Ladder
  • Drill
  • Spade
  • Phillips’s screwdriver
  • Drilling hammer (if you plan to install a camera on brick)
  • Drill bits for masonry (if you plan to install a camera on brick)

The materials for a surveillance camera installation should be included in the installation kit, but you may require the following items:

  • Fishing tape
  • Tape
  • Additional plastic anchors


How to Install a Surveillance Camera

1. Pick a Surveillance Camera System

Tilt and zoom surveillance cameras, wide-angle lenses, HD video cameras, simple motion detection, outdoor, night vision, and indoor cameras are all available.

Wireless surveillance cameras, wired security cameras, partially wireless cameras, and simpler game cameras are also available. Before deciding on a subscription package, do some research to see what options are available. Monthly fees can quickly add up.

  1. Plan Your Surveillance Camera’s Position
    Take a good look around your house to determine the best location for a surveillance camera—a location with a clear view of a high-traffic area, such as near the front door, to deter potential porch pirates. Locate a location where a camera will be protected from rain, or purchase a weatherproof model. If you decide to use a wired security camera, plan out the path the wires will need to take through the walls.
  2. Install the Surveillance Camera Mount
    Video surveillance systems typically include an installation kit as well as a template for drilling holes in which to mount the camera. Drill some pilot holes for the mounting screws and hammer in any mounting pins. Finish by screwing the camera mount into the location you chose for installation.

If you have a wired surveillance camera system, you must drill through the walls with a spade bit and feed the cable through the walls to where it will be connected to a recording device.

  1. Install the Surveillance Camera
    Some kits necessitate the addition of batteries to the camera. In either case, you must connect the camera to a power source and ensure that it is securely attached to the mount.
  2. Complete the Technical Aspects
    Connect all of the software after everything has been installed. Software and installation instructions should be included with a wireless surveillance camera. If you have a wired surveillance camera system, you must connect it to a recording device.

Top Manufacturers of Surveillance Cameras

  1. Panasonic

Panasonic is a leading manufacturer of technology equipment. They offer around 100 different video surveillance options, including weatherproof, night/day, outdoor/indoor, and wireless.

  1. Sony

Sony is a well-known video surveillance manufacturer, their products produce sharp and high-definition video image quality. They provide hybrid solutions which allow for easy integration

  1. Dahua Technology

Duhua technology is a highly rated video surveillance manufacturer. They offer a robust security solution, including a support system.

  1. Axis Communication

Axis communication is one of the largest video surveillance manufacturers in the world, with sales of up to 1.3 billion dollars.

  1. Verkada

Verkada is a manufacturer of video surveillance and access control systems. Verkada security allows for remote control with its cloud-based command platform.

  1. Hikvision

Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd., often shortened to Hikvision, is a Chinese state-owned technology manufacturer. It is one of the biggest manufacturer of video surveillance equipment in the world. It’s security system can be used for both civilian and military purposes. It’s products are some of the most affordable and durable on the market.


Need to Hire a Professional?

You may choose to install your surveillance system yourself, but this can be difficult depending on the size of the installation and whether it requires cabling. Surveillance camera systems can fail to protect your facility if they are not properly installed.

Hiring a professional surveillance camera installer is a safe bet because it ensures that all surveillance systems are properly configured. Servo has surveillance systems experts who can ensure that cameras are positioned at the correct angles, ensuring a safe and effective surveillance camera installation for business protection every time.

We are experts in providing affordable and dependable surveillance cameras for both indoors and outdoors safety. Contact us at +234 (0)903 755 6518 or send an email to sales@servodirect.com


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