There is a wide range of security cameras available in the market today. The choice of a security camera is dependent on such issues as;
1. The number cameras required
The number of cameras to be installed depends on such issues as; the coverage area, the size of one’s property, and the camera positioning spots. Several cameras can be placed on one’s structure and be controlled over a similar network. This makes it possible for someone to install as many cameras as he or she wishes.
2. The style of the Camera
There are varied camera body styles currently available. Primarily, there are two types of security camera models i.e. the dome and the bullet cameras. Dome camera tend to be unobtrusive and also blend in quite well with their surroundings.
Some of these camera models have smoked enclosures to make them more inconspicuous. On the contrary, the bullet cameras are more unconcealed hence easily noticed by passers- by and intruders.
3.Outdoor/ Indoor Camera
An outdoor camera records any suspicious, criminal, or unusual activity that occurs on one’s property. They help to prevent burglary entry, or the thieves from breaking into one’s car, or the trespassers from ambling on one’s property.
On the other hand, an indoor camera acts as an extra precautionary measure whenever break- in occurs and the outdoor camera fails to record the footage. There are security cameras with both outdoor and indoor functionality.
4. Night/ Day Security Camera
Most cameras available in the market today have both day and night visibility to enable vision in total darkness. The night security cameras are essential for monitoring the cars parked in the driveways to prevent car thefts that mostly occur at night.
Where to install the security cameras
The security cameras can be installed in such areas as;
Entrance and Exit points
The security cameras are usually mounted at entrance and exit points to capture those coming in and leaving one’s residential or commercial area. The cameras should be installed in such a way that they point downwards from the upper part of the door.
They can also be side-ceiled towards the individual to provide a better angle of view of those coming in and leaving the property.
High- Traffic rooms
Installing the security cameras in such rooms allows for capturing of the burglar who manages to get in one’s property.
Driveway/ Garage Doors
Installing the security cameras on the driveway, on, or near the garage ensures the outdoor are safe and remain untouched by the trespassers.
By so doing, the trailers, the valuable vehicles, boats, and the jet skis are secured.
Rooflines/ Exterior Eaves
Installing the security cameras on the roofline or underneath the eaves of the roof enables the surveillance system to perform best.
The security cameras should also be mounted on the rooflines or on the ceilings within the buildings.
Security camera installation process
Choose the point to install the camera
The spot should be at a higher point to allow for clear view of all the entries and the exits and should also allow for a broad angle of view of your camera. The spot should also be close to a power outlet.
The camera should be mounted to the wall. Adhere the cameras with sticky pads to the wall or just screw the camera to the wall. All types of cameras are installed in more or less the same way.
Then, attach the camera to the source of power. Most cameras have adaptors that plug into the wall socket. The small round end should be plugged into the power on the hind of the camera. The other end should be plugged into the outlet.
Attach the Wired camera to the DVR or computer
1. One end of the camera should be plugged into the camera’s outlet while the other end should be plugged into the DVR input ports.
The DVR has many ports to allow for the attachment of as many cameras as one desires.
2. The wireless cameras should be linked to your computer. The wireless cameras usually come with a software disc that should be installed to view the feeds.
In the case where the camera has a receiver that is attached to your computer via a USB port, ensure it is attached appropriately. Take note of the IP address of the camera. This address can be keyed into any browser to allow for remote viewing of your camera.
3. Link the DVR to the monitor via coaxial cables or the HDMI cables. Troubleshoot any issues of connection. Ensure that the monitor, the DVR, and the camera are all connected appropriately to the source of power and they are all turned on.