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DIY Security Camera System Setup for Your Home

Sunday, July 17th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Quick Tips, Security Help

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.

Swann 720p Pan & Tilt Plug & Play Wi-Fi Smart Security Day/Night Camera w/iOS, Android App Support (Black)

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

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

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

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.

~ Sarah


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4 Responses to “DIY Security Camera System Setup for Your Home”

  1. […] Yesterday, in part 1 of this tip, we helped you select the right security camera for your home. Now it’s time to get everything set up […]

  2. Ken Mauro says:

    I bought one of your uniden cameras (shown above) set up the mail response all working good except when I turn on the motion sensor, I get emails with photos almost every minute, there was 900 in my gmail. Sensativity is set below medium . Help.

  3. emily bennette says:

    Wow, I had no idea that you can get a security camera system that hooks up to your phone. My fiance travels a lot for work and he gets nervous having me be alone in our home while he is gone. Having a system where he can quickly check if I made it home from work okay on his phone would give him a lot of peace of mind.

  4. Ivy Baker says:

    It would be really nice to be able to have access to a home security system on a phone. I am always forgetting if I locked my doors when I leave. I would love to have a thing that I could turn the system on from a distance.

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