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How to Install CCTV Cameras – A Guide

How to Install CCTV Cameras – A Guide

You may be interested in installing a CCTV camera around your business or your home, but you have no idea where to begin. Let us walk you through it, so the entire process of CCTV installation is streamlined and straightforward.

If you’re interested in reading a guide on  what is CCTV, you might want to check out our article first. But if you’re already clued up, let’s take a look at how to install CCTV cameras for added security.

Choose Where to Place the Cameras

This is the first and one of the most important steps to installing a CCTV camera yourself at home or at your place of work.

Let’s take a look at a few things to consider when thinking about where you want to install your CCTV cameras:
Keep them High: Mounting your cameras up high is imperative to making sure you cover all the ground you need. The lower your CCTV camera is, the less you’re going to be able to see with it. Additionally, if one of your cameras is covering a wider area, you won’t need to install as many.

Out of Reach: Another reason why you want to put your cameras up high is to keep them out of reach of people who shouldn’t have access to them. This could include people looking to break into your home, as well as children looking for something to play with.

Keep Away from the Light: ensure that your camera isn’t pointed directly at a light or a light source. This is so that the footage and images the camera records aren’t underexposed.

Power Source is Important: While you may have purchased a wireless camera, you still need to make sure it has access to power. This is why you need to map out your cameras so that they are based around the main power source.

Keep them Sheltered: try to choose spots that are sheltered from severe weather, like the eaves of your roof.

Prepare Installation

Once you’ve figured out where you want your cameras to go, you’ve got to drill the holes in your walls so that they can be screwed in and put in place. You’ll want to also make sure that the end result is your camera pointed where you want it to film – there’s no point screwing holes in walls until you know you camera is going to point in the right direction. If you’ve got a motion detection camera, positioning is even more important.

Most CCTV cameras will come with the screws and the mounting brackets, which is going to make the entire process a lot easier. Refer to the individual instructions that come with your camera, including the mounting hole template to make the entire process a lot more straightforward.

Wiring the Cameras

Running the right cables and wires from your CCTV camera is going to ensure that you don’t need to replace them for a long time, and they aren’t going to get in the way of anything. As we mentioned before, try mapping out your camera system before you install anything, so you can be organized with the wire routes as well.

Drill holes where you will run the wires through, and try charting the most straightforward route – especially if the installation is going to run through a multi-level house.

Push through all of the ends of the cables into the holes that you have drilled – this way, you can keep the wires hidden and protect them from outside elements. It’s also advised that you choose one particular room in the house to place all of your cables.

Each wire that comes with your cameras will also come with another wire and its connector. One of the cables is meant for the power supply, while the other connects to the video recorder. When it comes to the supply power, you can either choose to create one power source for all of them or separate ones for each.

Once the wires have been connected to the recorder, they can then be connected to the display monitor. This is where you will be able to see all the images that your cameras record for you.

Camera Installation

Once you have set up the wiring system, the next step is to connect your CCTV camera to your home monitoring system and ensure that it is successfully receiving the power supply. We talked earlier about power supply and how important this is even with wireless cameras.

When it comes to setting up power supplies for your camera and monitor, we recommend having a power supply for each. This is going to make them more reliable and increase their chances of still working even if there’s a power outage or someone trying to get into your home attempts to cut the wires. You’ll need to use a generator as your Plan B as well so that your cameras can still film if something goes wrong.

Setting Up the Interface

Setting up the interface of your CCTV camera is the last step in the process of setting up your CCTV camera monitoring system. You’ll want to be able to see your camera through your tablet, computer or smartphone, and most CCTV cameras for home installation offer apps that are compatible with devices like this. With a connection like this, you can gain access to features like zooming in and out, as well as motion detection.

With your wireless camera system, you’re going to need to think about setting up sensitivity and motion detection. This can all be set up so you get notifications through your smartphone if your camera picks up any unusual activity.

Before you finish the installation process, we recommend that you recheck the positioning and viewpoints of your cameras.

It’s important to check that your cameras are moving correctly and that they are recording throughout the day. We also recommend checking how big of an area your cameras are capable of covering, so that you can keep your home or business safe and secure.

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What is CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) – A Guide

What is CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) – A Guide

CCTV, otherwise known as closed-circuit television, is a monitoring system that lets you keep track of what’s going on in and around your home and your business. Monitors and cameras allow you to view everything that is happening live, and recorders on the cameras let you save footage that you can look over later.

This isn’t your regular TV, because it can’t receive broadcasts from signals elsewhere in the region – it only shows footage that is recorded by security cameras within the vicinity.

Surveillance through CCTV has been around for a while now, and as technology advances so do the CCTV cameras that people use to catch criminals. This guide on CCTV cameras includes everything you need to know about CCTV cameras.

What is CCTV

The reason for CCTV is to capture, and record footage, particularly in places know for high crimes rates. There are a few popular options to choose from when it comes to a CCTV camera:

Wired:

A wired camera is used to send the footage back to the security system. One downside to this is that the signal can be weak at times, especially if the camera is more than 300 meters away from the source. If you use the right signal boosters, switches, and network cables, this issue can be solved. In fact, you can connect several different cameras to one monitor.

Analog:

An analog CCTV camera is one of the oldest models and is still one of the most popular CCTV camera installations today. They come with all essential functions and can store recordings internally.

IP (Internet protocol):

This type of CCTV camera comes with all the features of an analog camera; however, it has many more things it can achieve as well. They have higher resolution images and are much more flexible, meaning they can move around and zoom in on a moving object. They also allow you to look at the footage from the internet. This means you can get notifications from the camera on your computer if anything happens that’s suspicious – and you can view what’s happening from your desktop or even your smartphone. One of the biggest downsides to IP CCTV cameras is that they’re a lot more expensive than Analog ones.

Different Components of CCTV

DVR is short for digital video recorder. This is the most current model when it comes to analog recorders that pair with videotapes to keep all the footage they film.

DVR digitalises footage from analog cameras, which keeps the quality of the resolution and the frames per second up to par. When the hard disk attached to your camera is full of footage, the camera will begin to tape over it, beginning with the oldest footage first.

NVR, otherwise known as network video recorders, work in a similar way to DVR, except that they’re compatible with IP CCTV. NVR and the camera connect through a router or a network switch. This allows you to quickly look at your recorded footage through your smartphone or on a desktop.

If you want to view any recorded or even live footage, it’s important to connect your NVR or DVR to a monitor or TV. The display screen can be anything – it’s up to you how big or small you want it.

As well as the different types of CCTV cameras that we’ve highlighted above, there are a few others out there that you may want to consider. They include:

  • Thermal heat detection camera
  • HD camera
  • Wireless camera
  • Infrared camera
  • Dome camera
  • Bullet camera

A coaxial cable is the one you want if you’re considering which cables you need for a CCTV camera attached to wires. If you’re using an IP camera system, you’re looking at a Cat5 or 6 cable.

Your best bet for your HD camera is a RG59 coaxial cable, which can come as long as 600 feet, which should be more than enough for your wiring needs. However, if you do require a longer cable, there are others available out there that measure more.

How Does CCTV Work?

When a CCTV camera picks up something interesting, it records it so you can go back and view it at a later time. You can set up your CCTV camera to log everything it views; however, this method does require a lot of storage space.

With this in mind, you may want to think about setting up your camera to only record at certain times during the day, or when movement is detected. There are a couple of video recording options available, so let’s take a look at what these are.

All cameras used for CCTV surveillance need certain cables at specified lengths, even if you’ve picked up a wireless model. As you can expect, cables are used to connect different parts of the system together, which includes monitors, modems and recorders.

Your CCTV camera will pick up a series of images which are then sent through to the recording device and kept until the next day when old footage is recorded over. The front of the camera includes an aperture, which is open and receiving of light that streams through the lens.

This is captured by an internal digital chip that is then translated into a series of images. The transmitting of these images can either be done through a wire or wirelessly.

To find out how to install CCTV cameras, read our article here.

  • Local Channels: regional channels that are relevant to a specific location usually don’t send their information directly to the satellite. They typically use a broadcast centre first before the first satellite, so the process is switched up a little bit. 
  • Turnaround Channels: these types of channels usually aren’t confined to a region or specific location and have their own broadcast centre that can send the information to the satellite directly, without having to send it somewhere else first. 

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