How to Install an Outside Security Camera System

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The type of security camera can affect how you install in both inside and outside of your home. Some cameras send images to a television, so that you can monitor your home or office easily from a safe location. Others send the data straight to a tape or a computer, allowing it to record in case it is necessary for later use. Other cameras are able to do both, providing you with both a real-time image as well as a recording for later viewing. These different types of receivers may require their own unique form of installation, so it is important that you follow any specific instructions that come with the camera and system.

Installing an Outdoor Camera

Outdoor security cameras tend to be the most difficult to install. Even if the camera has protection, it should be in a location that will reduce damage from the elements while still capturing the images that you want it to capture.

·        Choose a Camera That Fits Your Location

Most likely when you are installing an outdoor camera you will want it to work well at night. Most likely you will use a bullet camera equipped for outdoor use, however you will need to decide between an infrared camera and a day/night camera depending on the amount of light there is at night. If you have a street light, the moonlight is bright, or anything else that allows for nighttime lighting – even low level – you may want to opt for the day/night camera which tends to receive better image quality. If it is pitch black outside at night, an infrared camera may be more beneficial.

·        Screw the Mount to an Awning or Side of the Building

Choose someplace sturdy and use the mounts that come with bullet cameras to install it either underneath an awning or on the wall of your house. You want to make sure that wherever you decide to hook it up, the backing will not break off over time. Though many cameras are able to be moved a full 360 degrees, for safety it is best to make sure that the camera is at least vaguely pointing its ultimate direction when you screw it in.

·        Connect the Receiver

Some cameras are wireless. When this is the case you will simply need to plug in the device (there is no such thing as a 100% wireless camera) and hook the receiver up to the computer or television that you plan to use to monitor the images. If your camera is not wireless, connect the cable and tape it along the side of your house towards the indoors so that it will be unlikely to trip anyone, until you reach the receiver you need to connect it to.

·        Check the Feed

Your next step is to make sure that you are not only receiving the feed, but that the camera is fixed on the area that you would like to record. Take your time to make sure that the camera is pointing the right way, and that you are getting the maximum amount of viewability/information from the security camera.

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