If you’ve decided to mount your own DIY home surveillance, you may be wondering where to start. Setting up your own home security camera system can take a lot of time and work, and if you’re going to go through all of that effort, you want to make sure you’ve done it right. So how can you ensure that you’ve mounted your cameras properly and where they will be most effective in your home? Here are a few tips that may help you as you go about this home project.
First off, there will be a large difference between how and where you choose to mount wireless cameras and wired cameras. Wireless cameras have a number of advantages, including the fact that you can mount them just about anywhere because you don’t have to worry about cable length or how to run cables to the monitor or viewing station. This does not mean, however, that there are no rules on where to mount them. Before you go drilling them into the side of your wall, make sure that each camera is placed at least 15 feet away from any other wireless cameras or wireless devices, including a wireless router or modem. They should also be at least 15 feet from any microwaves to prevent possible interference.
Many wireless cameras, particularly smaller ones and hidden cameras, are battery operated so that you don’t have to worry about any cables or wires at all. However, a number of them also have optional or necessary power cords in order to keep them running and save you from having to remember how often the batteries need replacing. In this case, you may need to find a way to run the power cord to an outlet. If you aren’t concerned about concealing the camera, this may not be an issue. If you want to keep it looking tidy or hidden, however, you may need to either look into some concealment tricks or thread the power cable through the wall or ceiling to the nearest power outlet.
If you’re looking to install some security cameras outdoors to keep an eye out for trespassers or to check in on when your kids get home, there are a number of things you should keep in mind. First off, make sure the cameras you want to place outdoors are weatherproof, and if you live in an area that’s particularly prone to either harsh heat or excessive snow, look for outdoor cameras that are specific to that kind of climate. As you do this, you should also keep in mind where you want your cameras placed. In order to minimize exposure to elements and maybe even save you a few bucks on a camera with a lower tolerance, look for areas outside your home that are somewhat sheltered, even if only by a small overhang, such as where the roof meets the outer wall. Spots like this are prime real estate for outdoor security cameras, as they keep them somewhat sheltered and they are usually up high enough to be out of easy reach of those who would tamper with them.
Another huge benefit to these kinds of spots is that they allow for easier wiring. If you mount a camera just beneath the roof overhang where it meets the wall, you can usually easily feed cables through into an attic or upper room without compromising the insulation of the area. If you need to, it can be fairly easy to insulate the hole through which the cable feeds, and some camera kits will even come with insulation aids.
Angling is an important thing to keep in mind wherever you’re mounting your camera. Some cameras are entirely stationary, and if this is the case for you, you will want to ensure that you get the exact angle and view you need. Stationary angles like this are perfect for keeping an eye on one specific object or portion of an area, for example, a valuables collection or an entryway. If you want your camera to be able to turn or follow motion, you won’t want to waste the camera’s capabilities by giving it a view blocked by a corner or other obstacles. In fact, if you have a Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera, you could easily place it directly at a corner of a hallway or your property, giving you full view of both sides. This might be a great option for placing at the corner of your home between your driveway and your front door, or at the corner of two walls with easily accessible windows. It also works great for an angled hallway.
Whatever cameras you choose and surveillance you need, remember to look for prime mounting areas that will take into account any wiring, power cables, outdoor elements, or obstructed views. Keeping those things in mind will help make your DIY surveillance system a greater benefit to your overall home security.