So, you have just taken your home security seriously and decided to install a CCTV camera surveillance system. The best part is that many security systems now come with a complete package making the installation easier for DIYs. If you are a homeowner planning to install your CCTV cameras all by yourself and have the technical knowledge, here is a step-by-step guide for the setup. If you are not a technical person, make sure you take professional assistance from a nearby residential locksmith in Austin, TX, for perfect installation.
Start With Planning
Before diving into all the technicalities, start planning to make the process easier. First of all, check your security requirements. Do you need a complete security system including alarms and motion sensors or just the CCTV system? What areas are vulnerable to possible intrusion? Know about the type of cables and tools you need and the type of security system you are dealing it. Your CCTV system can be wired, wireless, stand-alone cameras, DVR system, or NVR system.
Local Or Cloud Storage?
The next thing you need to do is decide what type of storage you’ll need to record and secure your footage. CCTV camera footages are the primary source of evidence when an unexpected incident takes place. Micro SD cars, USB drives, Network video recorders, and Digital video recorders are the commonly used local storage solutions. If you choose cloud storage, you can access the data through its smartphone or computer app.
Setup The Recording Device
If you have a DVR CCTV system, you’ll have to connect them to your computer screen to view and store the footage. The DVR system usually comes along with the surveillance system. To set it up
- Connect the network port of the DVR to the computer port
- Go to the network settings and assign an IP address to the DVR
- Open the control panel and double click on the ‘local area connection’ option
- Enter the same series of IP address you assigned the DVR
- The DVR is now connected
Mounting The Camera
While positioning the CCTV camera, make sure you choose a place that is hard to reach because intruders can easily break it before breaking into your house. Check the camera before mounting to make sure it is working fine. Mount the camera with the help of a mounting bracket to make it less visible. Make clear marks to identify where every screw will be drilled. Now drill the holes with an electric drill and screw the mount with the molding pins. Now, place the camera with your desired position on the mounting bracket.
Connect The Power Source And DVR/NVR
Now that the CCTV camera is mounted, it’s time to connect the power cables of the camera to the power adapter that comes with the camera. Attach the small power input end to the back of the camera and plug the other end in the nearest electrical outlet to start monitoring. Check thoroughly if the cameras are recording and moving to cover the area around your property
The last step to complete the home security camera system is to access the footage on your smartphone, desktop, or tablet. Most CCTV manufacturers have mobile and desktop applications from where you can easily monitor your home remotely.