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How to Install a Security Camera Network in Your Home

Posted: August 20, 2014

Keeping track of what’s going on in your home is important. You may want to see what your pets do when you’re gone, watch out for intruders, or keep track of young children. A security system means there are several cameras placed throughout your home. These cameras can be installed indoors or out.

Styles of Surveillance Cameras

The last thing you want is an obvious and ugly security camera in all of your rooms. To avoid this, take the time to find a camera that’s either easy to hide or attractive looking.  
  • Dome style security cameras are a common choice for many people. They aren't quite as large as other cameras, and their sleek design allows for some aesthetic appeal. Another great quality is that they aren’t so inconspicuous that they won’t be seen. If someone breaks in and sees the camera, they may just leave before taking anything.
  • Covert or hidden cameras are another common choice. These cameras are the types that other people won't even notice. They’re either hidden or disguised as something else. These are great for people who don’t want noticeable cameras in their home.

Facts and Features

Most modern cameras have a wireless connection to your home’s Internet router. This enables you to see what’s going on in your home via your smartphone. All you have to do is download the accompanying app, and then you’ll be able to see what your camera network sees. These cameras will also save all of the video in the cloud, so that you never have to use any of the storage space on your computer or use any other kind of storage device.

Where to Put Them

When picking out the kinds of cameras you want to use, you probably have an idea where you’ll put them. However, it may be tough to find exactly the right place, or to know where the pros think you should have some video surveillance. While the best locations for security cameras will vary on your home, there are a few spots you need to make sure are covered.
  • Front Door, Back Door, and Side Doors

When it comes to the front doors, back doors, and any side doors to your home, you want to think about having a camera near both the outside and inside of the doorway. That way you can see people come in and go out.
  • Backyard

Although you need to have a camera near the back door, you may also want to have one in the backyard. That way you can see what’s going on out there. Whether it’s your kids playing in the backyard or a burglar trying to break into your shed or detached garage, you need to know what’s going on.
  • First-Floor Windows

Windows on the lower levels of your home are just as vulnerable to break-ins as the doors. You need to make sure that you place your cameras in a way that all of the lower-level windows are going to be monitored.
  • Basement

The basement may be one of the last places you think needs to be under surveillance, but on most houses there is a way to enter the house through the basement. It can be a window or a different kind of access, but you need to have cameras down there. At the very least, have a camera on the basement stairs so that you can see when someone comes up the stairs. Want to learn more about how you can keep tabs on everything when you're away from home? Fill out our contact form here and one of our trained specialists will be able to help you!