There are many possible unforeseen dangers that can threaten an unprotected home. Home security cameras are an effective way to keep your home secure and safe from outside threats. There are many options for installing a home security system. The ever-increasing consumer technology at your disposal allows for a do-it-yourself approach that saves you money. This article will offer advice on how to prepare for and install a security camera system that will provide you the comfort of a safe and protected home environment.


The cost of a home security system can be greatly reduced by installing it yourself. Most financial advisor companies would agree this is a wise investment. Despite the long-term cost-benefit analysis being positive, purchasing and maintaining the system can be very pricey upfront. The costs of home security cameras may range from as little as $300 to a couple of thousand dollars. The price difference has to do with how advanced the technology of the camera and the number of cameras needed to secure your premises. Professional installation may cost more over time as you may have to pay for monthly monitoring charges.

Preparation and Technological Concerns

There are aspects of your home security system that you do not want to cut corners on to save yourself from bigger troubles down the line. You must ensure that you have the proper number of cameras and length of cable. If you’re wondering where to start, check out a few of the best home security systems online. Another detail is to make sure that you have a great number of megabytes or terabytes for digital storage. A cloud-based storage system will provide you ample space to store your hours of recording.

Another precaution you must plan for is the camera’s power source. Analog powered connections, USB or ethernet cables can be installed any place where you do not mind running wires. Even battery-powered cameras need a power source. Some battery powered security cameras do not have to be placed near wall sockets, while others will have to be plugged into an outlet. Also, with battery-powered cameras, you must be aware of how close they are to the router. A weak connection will overexert the camera’s battery causing it to drain faster.

Camera Placement

Since the ground floor of your home is the most natural entry point, you will need a camera to cover each entranceway including the garage and basement doors. You may want to have more than one camera at central entry points to gather more detail about the possible intruder. When it comes to front doors, backdoors and garages it is wise to place cameras inside and outside of the home to track entry from multiple angles. If budget allows, several night vision cameras are also a great idea when considering home security. You want to ensure that you are covered at all times of the day or night.

When installing your own camera security system, you may have to drill a few holes to ensure they can all be installed in the essential places. You must inspect the area around where you want to drill as thoroughly as possible. Avoid areas that have water pipes and electrical wires. Additionally, try not to run wires through insulation but around it. Shut off electrical power and water in the area of installation in case you unintentionally puncture electrical wire or a water pipe.

After Installation

Most security systems allow for remote viewing through your computer, tablet or smartphone so spend ample time tweaking the system to fit your needs. If help is needed, contact technical support to ensure everything is set up properly. Taking these precautions will ensure a home that is efficiently surveilled and well protected.

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