How to Set Up a Remote Security Camera

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How to Set Up a Remote Security Camera
Wireless cameras still require wires for power. (cctv image by Aleksander from

Remote security cameras can be set up in wired or wireless configuration. Wireless cameras use 802.11 Wi-Fi signals to send the images in real-time to a monitoring software suite on a computer. They still require wires for power. Wired cameras are hard-wired and can use a coaxial cable, an Ethernet cable or a power line network, where the signal is sent over the household power circuit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Identify the best location for the security camera. If you are setting up just one remote security camera, you should use it to protect the entrance and exit of the area you want to protect. That way, there's a good chance you will capture a likeness of someone who is up to no good. If you have more cameras, use them in additional spots.

  2. 2

    Mount the camera. Avoid pointing the camera into direct sunlight. Try to mount the camera in a shady spot rather than in full sun. You will need access to it to clean the lens from time to time, so don't mount it too far out of reach. Remember that you will need access to power even if the camera is wireless. Use outdoor cameras outside only, although you can use an indoor camera pointing out of a window.

  3. 3

    Run any wires and install any control software and video cards on the computer. For a wireless application or a network power line application, simply run the power cable from the camera to a household outlet. For a hard-wired application, run the coaxial cable from the camera to the video card on the computer. For a classic network solution, run Ethernet cable to the router from the camera.

  4. 4

    Focus the camera. Enlist the help of a buddy. One person can adjust the focus ring on the lens, while the other checks the quality on the computer monitor.

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