How to Install Surveillance Cameras Outside of the Home

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How to Install Surveillance Cameras Outside of the Home
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Security surveillance camera systems have become a popular option not only for offices and public places, but for private homes as well. If you want to increase the level of security of your home, installing a surveillance system is a good way of achieving it. You don't need a professional home security installer to perform this task. The installation process relatively simple, especially because you, as the homeowner, know the areas you want to monitor.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Power drill
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Sheet metal
  • Screws
  • Nails

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  1. 1

    Choose which type of a surveillance system to buy. For home use, decide whether you want the cameras to have motion detection, to be waterproof and to be able to record at night.

  2. 2

    Make a plan for your security camera system. Observe a blueprint of your house and yard. Use the instructions for the particular system you bought to find out the exact camera angles and include them in your plan. The idea is to cover the whole area with cameras.

  3. 3

    Find a place for the security camera/s that is protected from the weather. If you didn't choose a weatherproof camera system, make sure to protect the cameras with a shield made from plastic or metal and run the wires underneath it. If not waterproof, buy a piece of sheet metal for each camera and cut it using clippers so it extends 3 inches past the camera. Make a crease 1 inch from the border on the side that will be flush against the wall. Use screws or nails to attach the metal to the wall.

  4. 4

    Mount the camera on your exterior wall using a power drill to make holes. Attach the brackets from the camera set to the wall with the provided screws. Tighten the screws with a flathead screwdriver as firmly as you can and then place the camera on the bracket.

  5. 5

    Connect the wires by following the instructions from your surveillance camera set. If you chose a wireless system, place the receiver somewhere in the house that's close to the monitor. If it isn't wireless, follow the manufacturer's instructions for how to secure the wiring.

  6. 6

    Set up the monitor for your security system by using your computer or television set. Check if the signal and the quality of the picture are clear. Your camera dealer should give you software for this purpose. The cables will run from the camera directly to your computer or recorder. Alternatively, some cameras are wireless and will transmit a signal to a dongle attached to your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure that nothing obstructs the view of the camera.
  • Be careful when using a power drill, especially if you are mounting cameras in high places. Stand on a steady surface.

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