How to Choose the Right Home Surveillance Cameras and Install Them

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When you want to take your security and surveillance up a notch, you start thinking of what to do to make things a little more professional. In this article, we’ll show you how you can beef up your security and surveillance.

You’re aware one of the first steps to this is working on your video surveillance cameras. If you don’t have those, you should install them. You may think that video surveillance cameras can easily be installed by making holes in the wall to pass power and video cables. However, the good news is that there are some kits that make installation easier for you to do it yourself in a few steps.

But first…

What is the Criteria for Choosing Your Residential Surveillance Cameras?

The usefulness of a home surveillance camera is indisputable. Far from being a fanciful need, video surveillance is the guarantee of a secure and livable home. The choice of such a device is not made by chance, given its importance. There are very specific criteria that must be taken into account.


It may seem paradoxical, but the physical presence of a surveillance camera is one of the first parameters to consider. There is no point in installing a camera that risks being vandalized at the first burglary. A good camera should be unobtrusive and therefore not too big. The performance of this type of device is not necessarily linked to its size or weight.

The performance

The device sensor must have high resolution. Images taken day or night must not suffer any degradation. A powerful camera offers resolutions ranging from 720p to 1080p. The user will be able to clearly see the people on the recording, even when zooming in. Better, the camera should have an infrared LED for night time movies. Since break-ins usually take place at night, the sensor must take high-resolution images during this time.


This criterion is valid for outdoor cameras. They are subjected to bad weather and must resist. It is advisable to buy cameras that display high Protection Ratings (IP). The instructions accompanying these devices provide details on this subject. The IP 65 and 67 for example are quite practical and resistant.


Surveillance cameras are smart machines too. This criterion is all the more crucial as it avoids recording anything superfluous. A high-performance camera selects the images to be captured using a motion detector. It will not be useful for an outdoor camera to archive the images of all passers-by. It must be able to sort the movements and, in particular, to archive those which actually fall within the immediate perimeter of the supervised area.


1. Plan before installing the camera

Use paper and pen and prioritize the places you want to watch. Use a plan of your house or draw the rooms yourself and think about where you want to place the cameras. We advise you about the most important places like:

  • Entrance doors to the street
  • Exterior windows
  • Porches
  • Stairs
  • Wide common spaces
  • Places of entry

Then buy the most suitable video surveillance kit or system as planned. You can buy separate parts or kits, although the latter is cheaper. Typically, you buy 1 to 3 cameras, a DVR (digital video recorder), wiring, connectors, and power cables. If you only want to monitor a room or a large room, you can use only wireless cameras.

Basic security package in your home: buy 2-3 outdoor cameras to monitor the entrances to your home from the street.

Surveillance of children or valuables: the most comfortable are wireless cameras that broadcast live to your mobile or computer. Various Models of Video Surveillance Cameras You can choose between different types of cameras:

Analog cameras: they are the oldest and of the lowest quality, although they are useful for basic systems. The best is the hybrid.

IP cameras: they give great image quality in addition to being able to send the video to a mobile app to see the recording in real-time.

HD-TVI cameras: the best in quality-price, they also use the same wiring as analog.

Wi-Fi cameras: good resolution and when connecting via Wi-Fi you avoid wiring.

Hidden cameras to hide in places and small size.

Simulated cameras: false cameras that seem real. 

2. Install surveillance cameras

The best place to place them is from upper corners, at the limit where the ceiling joins the walls. Before sure to have near an outlet stream near the camera.

If the installation is exterior, put them at an approximate height of 3 meters in height to avoid being manipulated.

When installing it on many occasions you will need to make some holes in the wall for the camera supports. Then connect the camera to the power supply and your DVR using a BNC connector.BNC cables have both equal ends. Connect one to the output port and another to the DVR input.

The wireless cameras must be installed with the CD that comes for the computer, or through a USB. Then connect the monitor to the DVR with BNC, HDMI or coaxial cables.

To verify that everything is working correctly check that the camera, DVR and monitor are connected to the power supply and turned on.

3. Unify your system to a central unit

If you are going to connect several cameras with cables, you need to unify everything in a DVR. A comfortable place is next to the internet router. The cable (RG59 or RG6 ) will be really useful for installing the camera. You can also use a power box to connect several cameras to a single outlet.

Connect each video cable to a different port of the DVR. With the DVR you can see several cameras at once.

If you need help with the installation, you can always ask for help from a technician.

How to Beef Up Your Security with a Modern Alarm System

You want to get the security promised on installing an alarm system. If so, you need proper installation, and that can only happen with a professional.

Installation sometimes requires programming and some wiring. You need a professional for that because of what could happen if done wrongly. If the system is not properly installed, it is faulty, and that means very little security for your space.