Outside home security cameras is a fun way to get into video surveillance. There are many out there, and you can choose between motion detection, footage collection, and even live viewing.
Motion detection cameras are the easiest to set up. You just need to buy a wireless transmitter and you are ready to go. Some models even offer lullabies or even a night light so your child can sleep soundly without you being ever present.
Foley devices offer footage collection, which is great for those who want full access to the video but not such great for privacy as it will easily be available for anyone to view. Live viewing is great since you can see what is happening in your home but cannot get back until they stop or escape is made.
Of these three, wireless tape-based motion sensors are the easiest to install.
Purchase a quality camera
Having a camera in your home or in a protected area that is connected to your phone or computer will help you locate your camera and view footage. You can also purchase security monitoring plan to know if your camera is recording during the plan.
Another tip is to purchase a camera that has night vision capability. This allows you to see what is happening outside of your home at night, and possibly discover someone sneaking around in the dark.
Buy a powerful external antenna
If your camera has a Wi-Fi capability, you must install an external Wi-Fi antenna to connect your camera to the network. Without the Wi-Fi antenna, your camera would not be able to determine an accessible network and connect to it.
Most home security cameras nowadays have a built-in Wi-fi signal indicator. If the indicator is illuminated, then the camera is connected to a network and can download images and video.
If the indicator is greyed out, then the camera is not connected to a network and needs an external antenna to connect.
For outdoor cameras, most people recommend using a low-power adjustable external antenna Nadux® Outdoor Motion Detecting Antenna. This will help prevent any unwanted motion events from happening on your cameras.
Run the cable inside your home
Now that the camera is installed, it is time to run the cable inside your home. You can run the camera cable inside either by walking through your home and pulling the cable out through an opening in the wall or by purchasing a kit.
Both of these methods require that you have a qualified professional to put together your kit. By being hands-on with this assembly, you lose some security!
To run the camera cable by walking through your home, you will need to connect the network connection at the camera to a router or internet terminal, then connect the router or terminal to your home’s modem and internet.
Connect the cable to the camera
Then, try it out in daylight and nighttime to make sure it works!
After that, set up your account and start monitoring!
After you do this, you are ready to monitor your house. Now, it is time to create your account and add your camera.
Once this is done, you can start watching what you see on your camera. You will need a computer or mobile device to check it out though.
Test the camera every few feet
After you have installed your camera, it is time to test it. Try to take a break every few cameras so you can check on your home.
If anything is wrong or missing, then you will notice it when you walk the area. You will know that something is missing because you would see motion sensors and/or lighting up in your home.
If that sounds exciting, then maybe another person might buy them and install them in another house! If that is something you are interested in, then buy some so that you have enough cameras.
Using two or more cameras is helpful for checking on an area as well because they take their turn looking for activity. If one camera does not see anything, then the others do! Check out the video below for an easy test of your camera.
Make sure to put the cameras in good lighting
Your camera needs to be visible and not in bad lighting such as dark corners or when there is little light coming from somewhere else.
There are a few ways to make your cameras visible. One way is to use a night vision camera. Nadeo makes a couple of these that are compatible with their security systems.
Another way is to use two identical cameras side by side. If one camera sees something, the second camera can record it too!
Make sure to check your cameras every day to see if anything has happened and if so, make sure they are working properly. You want them to stop recording when the button is pressed, this prevents any potential for video footage of somebody else happening but not being recorded.
Finally, make sure that you have good cell phone reception where your cameras are. Any kind of signal interference or poor coverage can cause problems for your cameras.
Position the cameras to look at entrances
The first step in installing any home security camera system is to position the cameras to look inside and outside the home. This allows you to see who is coming and going, as well as provide privacy for your family and friends who visit your home.
By Positioning the Camera’s Inside and Outside the Home, You Also Get To Save Room in Your Home! Because each camera will cost you between $20-30, spending a little more money upfront will pay off in future security system upgrades.
You can also Rotate the Camera to Look at New Things That Enter Your Home And At New Things That Use Your Home As A Site For Fun or Events. This helps preserve precious video evidence of anything breaking into your home, important information about what types of people are visiting your home and what they are doing.
Lastly, You Can Add More Cameras If You Need To! Because each one cost money, you can easily add more cameras as needed. Having at least two cameras per property is best for a basic system.
Record images that are clear
If your camera records images that are blurry or pixelated, it can be hard to tell what image was when. This is because some pixels may break apart and not record a clear image.
If you look at the image closely, you can usually tell what happened during the time the camera recorded because of the white spot in the middle of the photo. This is called a patterned event display.
This feature is more common in high-end cameras, so it may cost extra money. However, if you are uncomfortable with a less advanced camera feature, then you can buy a cheaper model with better quality recording.
Many cordless home security cameras are designed with rechargeable batteries as the main means for running them. These models may require new battery packs every few months or years to keep going. new ones should be purchased to take advantage of this feature.