While setting up a smart security camera system may seem difficult, many DIY systems make it easy for customers to do on their own. In seven easy steps, we will help you choose the right camera and install it correctly so your DIY security system will be a success.
Determine Your Security Needs
You probably don’t need to monitor every square inch of your home, so prioritize what you want to guard the most. Common spots to place security cameras include entryways, shared living areas, driveways, porches, and off-street windows. Take a detailed look around your home to identify the best spots to monitor.
Choose Your Connection Type
Security camera systems have three different connection options: wired, wireless, and cellular.
Wired security camera systems use wires to connect to the security system hub. These systems are often professionally installed so the wires can be expertly hidden within walls. Wired systems are often less expensive and more reliable than others — unless the wires are cut — because they are less susceptible to signal interference.
Wireless security camera systems are usually preferred for their simple setup and ease of use. You can choose to begin with one wireless camera and add more later if you determine they are necessary. These systems use radio signals to communicate with the security system hub, which means they can be at a higher risk of unauthorized access.
Cellular security camera systems communicate wirelessly between a home security system where a cellular module is installed and a nearby cellular tower. These systems do not require an Internet connection, are not vulnerable to power outages, and offer greater security than wireless connections.
Let’s take a look at wireless security camera systems because they are the most common DIY systems on the market.
Choose Your Security Camera
There are a variety of wireless security cameras to choose from. You’ve already determined your security needs, so evaluate which recommended security cameras will best protect your home. Make sure the camera you choose will have the field of view, sound, and resolution capabilities you need.
Now that we’ve selected our cameras, it’s time to get everything installed. Tomorrow in part 2 of this tip, we’ll complete the project.