Security Cameras

 How to install a Security Camera System?

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You want to make sure your family, friends, employees, and property are safe. Installing security camera system at your home or business will reduce the chances of theft and/or vandalism. If you’re up for the challenge of installing your own security cameras, then you’re aware of the benefits outdoor surveillance system provides when it comes to managing home and family. But, can you really do this yourself? Yes, if you are handy with some simple tools and have some basic technical knowledge. 

 

At Dicsan Technology, we can manage your entire security system installation, but you have the option to install your system yourself if you wish. The installation and setup method might vary depending on the brand and model of the security cameras you choose. However, there are some steps and tools that are normally used in any installation and can be helpful to you when installing your own security camera systemMake sure you have the proper equipment needed if you choose to install a security camera system yourself. 

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 Where should I install my security cameras?

Whether you’re planning to have your security cameras installed by a professional or a do-it-yourself installation, you’ll need to know how to choose the right cameras and the best places to install your security cameras. We have listed below some considerations you should have in mind when installing your own security camera system.

1. Keep cameras out of reach 

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Always position outdoor cameras out of reach of intruders. Locations that are out of reach are preferable so cameras can’t be tampered with. When installing a security camera outdoors, mount it at least 8 feet above the ground or higher. Be sure not to place them too high, or you’ll compromise picture quality and motion detection.

 

2. Point camera lens away from light

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When an outdoor security camera’s lens is pointing at a reflective surface, such as a window or direct sunlight, it will cause the lens to glare and it will be difficult to view the video recording from the camera. For this reason, when determining the location of security cameras, light sources must be considered to prevent glare.

3. Place all cameras in strategic locations

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Just the appearance of your security cameras can deter potential intruders. If when an intruder is approaching your home or business, notices your cctv cameras, it is most likely that he won’t proceed to not be caught. Always make sure your surveillance cameras are installed in a strategic highly visible place to deter potential criminals.

4. Keep cameras under shelter 

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Even if your security cameras are weatherproof, we recommend to place them in a sheltered area for rain-free footage. This will reduce the impact that precipitation has on the quality of the security footage. Also, it will help protect your security cameras’ lens from being obstructed by rain, snow, ice, and/or dust.

 

5. Protect the camera cables

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When thieves or vandals attack, they cut the cable, shutting off the camera. When installing a security camera, it is important that you hide cables from public view by running them through the ceiling, attic, and drywall or beneath the floor. Using a cable run (tube) will also prevent access to the cables from intruders.

 Setting up your Security Camera System

Step 1 - Identified the areas you want to monitor.

Before you begin mounting the security cameras and run the wires, it’s best that you identify your home's vulnerable spots, such as areas where people are most likely to enter or exit. To do so, it’s best to walk through your home with your security goals in mind. You must always consider places like points of entry that would be most appealing to intruders.

Step 2 -  Decide on the location of the security cameras. 

Once you have identified the areas you want to monitor, it is time to decide the exact location where you will like to place your security cameras. It might be helpful to print out the blueprints of your home or business and note where you might want to place security system.

 

Step 3 - Buy the right security camera package to suit your needs.

Before you run out and make a purchase your security cameras, think about what you will like to accomplish with the security camera system. You’ll need to research and decide which features are important for your home security system. So that you get the most out of your investment, we recommend for you to choose cameras with these features:

  •         HD Resolution - For crisp, clear images quality.
  •         Night Vision – Improve video quality of the camera at night for true 24/7 effectiveness security .
  •         Motion Sensing – Instead of recording 24/7, motion sensing triggers auto recording when something moves.
  •         Field of View – It determines where you position the cameras and how much they can see at a time.
  •        Wi-Fi Capabilities - If wireless, your camera most have Wi-Fi capability so it can connect to your Wi-Fi network and work properly.

Some considerations when choosing a security camera system:

  •       What’s the best viewing angle?
  •        Do you want wired or wireless?
  • How many cameras will you need?
  • Which security camera features are important?
  • Which system suits the needs of your home best?
  • Do I need an installer?
  • How much does it cost to hire a professional installer?

The price of a Security Camera System Package will vary, depending on the brand of the security system and the amount of security cameras being installed, and the level of complexity of the project. Most security camera companies, including Dicsan Technology, offer customers complete security camera system packages that include the equipment and installation. At Dicsan Technology we believe a quality security camera package exists for every budget. If you are not sure about the system or features you need, contact us for advise. Be sure one of our good sales representative will point out to you in the right direction. Once you determine what you want out of your security cameras system and you’ve made your purchase, choose where you want to place them.

 

Step 4 – Drilling holes

Before installing your security cameras or the mounting, cable most be run. However, running cables requires you to drill holes.  Be sure you know the layout of your walls and the location of any pipes, cables, or studs as you begin running wires.

• With a marker, identify and mark the places where you’ll be making a hole. 

• After you have identified their location, drill your holes so you can run your wire through them. Always drill the holes in the center of each stud or joist. In the event that you run into insulation on the interior walls when running your cable, try not to wire through it, but around it.

When drilling holes, business or homeowners make the biggest mistakes.  You don't want to find out your security camera has a bad viewing angle after you've already drilled holes in several walls. Always inspect as much as possible before making a hole. We guarantee that you’ll save time, frustration, and money in damages by making sure you’re drilling into an ideal spot.  

* If you are not comfortable drilling into your walls and running cables through, call a professional to take care of the cabling.

 

Step 5 – Run wires

Now you can safely run your security camera cables or wires. Fishing the wires through the walls remains the easiest way to run them. All you need to do is run the wire using a fish tape or you can use a pull wire. Twist the wire’s end and wrap it through the fish tape eye. Insert the electrical tape toward the fish tape end and pull the wires through the walls. You need at least one person to assist you by feeding the wires to you. In the event that you run into insulation on the interior walls when running your cable, try not to wire through it, but around it.

It is very important that while you are running cables they remain hidden from the public eye. When breaking into a house, many intruders tend to cut the camera’s cables to shut it down and not be recorded. If your cables are well hidden, whether through the attic, wall, beneath the floor or using a cable run, intruders cannot easily detect it.

 

Step 6 - Install the camera's mounting

Security cameras can be mounted on the wall or ceiling. Most security cameras include brackets which can easily be adjusted to any scenario. Once you have decided where you want the place your camera, you will have to first place and secure the mounting hardware. Make sure to use a marker to note where you will drill holes for the screws. Different video cameras will require different screws, so use the screws and shields provided with your cameras. Tighten mounting screws, and place the security camera onto the mounting device you have just put up. Be sure the security cameras are secured tightly. You don’t want the cameras to move or shake when a stiff wind blows. 

* Important! Mount the surveillance cameras high enough from the ground (8 feet least) being out of reach so that the cameras can’t be tampered with. Be sure not to place them too high, or you’ll compromise picture quality and motion detection.

If you will be mounting an indoor security cameras, the best place to mount the cameras is in the corner of the room either on the wall or on the ceiling. Wiring directions will be the same as outdoor mounting.

 

 Step 7 - Power security cameras

Most Analog HD security cameras have two cables that need to be connected for it to work. The first cable is for power and the second cable is for video. If you are mounting a security camera and you have a power outlet near the security camera then you won’t have to worry about this. Most of the time this won’t happen: most likely you are mounting the security camera somewhere that won’t have any power outlet nearby. 

When installing security camera and you know the distance of the security camera is 100ft or less from your viewing or recording device, you can use an RCA cable for all installations of security cameras. If the security camera is further then 100ft we’ll recommend that you use Coaxial Siamese Cable (power and video bundle into one cable) to make it easier to run one cable (rather than two). In this situation what you must do is purchase a male power adapter connector (known in the industry as male “pigtail”). This will allow you to get the power source from somewhere else and not necessarily at the location of the security camera.

Next, you will connect the pigtail to the power connector on the security camera. At the end of the pigtail there will be two open wires one for positive (all black with white line dash) and one for negative (all black). Connect the correct wire to the Coaxial Siamese cable power connection: positive goes with positive and negative goes with negative. 

At the other end of the coaxial cable connect a female pigtail to the two open wires of the coaxial cable and repeat the same step, positive going with positive and negative going with negative. You have just bridged the distance needed for your security camera to give it a power source. Just plug in a 12V power adapter (make sure you get the right amp that your security camera requires because some infrared security camera requires more amps to power the infrared LED) to the female pigtail connector and you are done with power.

IP security cameras get power and transmit data via only one Ethernet cable. IP security cameras are easy to set up even for beginners because all you have to do is wire up the network, and there is no need to find an electrical outlet for power delivery. 

 

Step 8 - Connecting to output

The last thing you must do when installing a security camera is you need to connect to where the video will either be viewed or recorded. To connect the video you will need BNC connectors: one at the security camera and one at the recording or viewing end. To view a single security camera you can connect that directly to your VCR and then to your TV but you need to get a BNC to RCA adapter. For multiple security cameras we recommend that you use a standalone DVR (digital video recorder). 

With the technology of today, and standalone DVRs being so reasonably priced, you should always consider this option. The best part about using a standalone
DVR is the remote viewing. This function will allow you to remotely log into your security system from anywhere on the planet via the Internet.

Step 9 - Configuring the System

Once you have everything installed, you'll still need to spend some time configuring the system to your needs. Most systems now offer remote viewing through your smartphone, tablet, or a webpage, so you can monitor and respond even when you're away. 

For remote viewing apps, you have to set up something called a static IP address. If you’re setting up motion alerts, make sure the cctv camera is only looking at the important area – you’ll get false alarms from tree limbs waving in the breeze and cars driving by unless you use the masking feature to make it “ignore” other areas of the image.

Most other questions you have will be answered by reading the manual that comes with your camera system.

 

Did you know?                                                                                                           

A property crime occurs every 3.7 seconds, however, by simply having a security system you are 33% as likely to be broken into, compared to someone who doesn’t have one.

 

Service Areas

We proudly serve customers throughout South Florida area including:

Aventura, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Doral, El Portal, Florida City, Golden Beach, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, Indian Creek, Key Biscayne, Medley, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-Locka, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Suftside, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens, West Miami, and elsewhere in Miami-Dade County.

Warranty

Taking care of our customers is our main goal and always will be. On each camera system we sell & install we give a FULL warranty for up to three years after the installation. That includes the DVR or NVR, each camera, and the internal hard drives of the system. We think that is the right thing to do. Taking care of our customers is our main goal and always will be. 

Get a little help when you need it

If you want help with your installation, call Dicsan Technology at (786) 622-2221 to receive an estimate for your installation. Don't be afraid to lean on tech support if you need a helping hand with the security camera installation, Dicsan has got your back to support you unconditionally throughout the process!

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Do I need an installer?

DIY projects can be a fun challenge. If you have any concerns or don’t feel confident about installing your security camera system yourself, it’s best to hire an installer. At Dicsan Technology, our professional installers can save you time and guarantee that your security cameras are installed correctly. It’s true, when you install a security camera system yourself you’ll save money. When hiring a professional to do the installation may cost more money, but we guarantee your installation will be done correctly and you will be satisfied. However, whether you’re installing a security camera yourself or hiring a professional, you should be proud that you’re taking an important step in making your home more secure. We hope these tips will help you make the right choices for you and your family’s security needs. Do you have any questions or wish to learn more about Security Cameras or our Services? Please feel free to contact us.