Install CCTV Camera

Installing CCTV Cameras Simple

You’ve finally purchased a security camera system and now it’s time for installation. If you’re a bit overwhelmed, we’ve got you covered. This simple how to install CCTV Camera or a security camera guide is going to simplify the process. In the past, the complexity of home security systems often required professional installation and setup.

With the growth of DIY home security, homeowners, renters, and small business owners can easily add a security system. Installation requirements vary by system complexity, from stand-alone plug and play wire-free security cameras, to complex multi-camera security systems.

HighMark Security team of security experts will help you learn how to install CCTV Security cameras, including where to place the cameras, as well as overall installation tips.

Planning is Key

Before we dive into the technicalities of how to install a security system, we need to first discuss preparation. Planning isn’t just about making the installation easier, but to ensure that your security system fits your property’s security needs.

Many people make the mistake of beginning their planning after they have already purchased a security system. Instead, start with a security checklist and an assessment of your current security status. The purpose of this process is to determine your security vulnerabilities and identify key access points. Use this information to determine what size and type of security system will address your needs.
Another essential factor to consider during the planning to install cctv camera phase is to take some time to think about what type of security camera you need. From indoor and outdoor cameras, to wired and wireless, there are many choices to choose from.

Planning – Wiring Considerations

Most wired security camera systems include the necessary cabling. However, the length of cabling needed can impact what type of security system you install. For standard DVR systems, you’ll need coaxial cables which can result in degraded image quality after about 300ft/90m.

NVR systems require Ethernet cables such as cat5e and cat6. Ethernet cables have more flexibility as network switches can be used to extend the cable length without impacting image quality. Make sure you use high-quality cables, as it can affect the distance at which you can install a CCTV camera and still have seamless functionality with no signal loss.
Keep in mind that DVR systems usually require more installation time than NVR systems due to the larger cable required. Not sure on why and how DVRs and NVRs differ? Use this blog to understand the difference between DVRs and NVRs during the planning stage.

What You’ll Need

The first step in connecting your CCTV is the obtainment of all the necessary equipment and the right CCTV system. HighMark Security can offer our clients a large array of choices when selecting a CCTV security system, and if you need assistance one of security technology product specialist can help identify the right system for your location’s specific needs. The materials you will require to install CCTV Camera will include:

CCTV Cameras (however many you need)
Bullet Cameras
Indoor Dome Cameras
Vandal Dome Cameras
Pan Tilt Cameras
License Plate Cameras
Hidden Cameras

Appropriate CCTV Cables – To connect Cameras to DVR (the most common being the Siamese Cable has RG59 type coaxial cable bonded with 2 strands of 18 gauge wire)
DVR/CCTV Recorder
Monitor Cables (such as VGA)
LAN Cable (if connecting directly to the internet)
Appropriate Power Supply Cables and Source
Mouse (if connecting directly to DVR. otherwise you will need a computer to control and configure your system) As you go through the installation process, you might decide to use other tools to make things a bit easier depending on your specific situation, but the things listed above are the basics that you’ll need.