HD Security Camera Systems Factory Direct – Do-It-Yourself – Home & Business

Installation Tips & Tricks

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We are currently compiling all the professional installation techniques used by the pro's, a complete "tricks of the trade" so to speak. The following are a few.

Camera Locations

Before you start installing, walk the areas where you plan to install the cameras. If possible, stand at the location each camera is intended to be located. Pay attention to what you see, can you see everything you want to at that location? Whatever you see, the camera will see. If the answer is no or there is an obvious blind spot, look for a better location for the camera.

Indoor Cameras

Indoor cameras can be installed just about anywhere. Wall or ceiling mount is fine. Typically, cameras are installed in a corner of the room opposite the entry point. This usually provides the best coverage and requires anyone who would want to tamper with the camera to be recorded before they have access to the camera. The best height for a camera is usually around the 10ft level. This is high enough to keep people from accessing the camera unless they have a ladder. Also understand, if you aim a camera at large exterior windows or an exterior door the view may be somewhat limited during bright or sunny days. All cameras are equipped with an auto iris, and they work extremely well, but they still have their limits and will have to adjust to either the light level in inside or the light level outside. Whichever one it adjusts to, the other will be less than optimal.

Outdoor Cameras

Outdoor cameras follow the basic guidelines as indoor cameras. While they are designed to weather the elements and can operate in extreme conditions, it is still desirable to protect them if possible, they will last longer. If the choice is to mount the camera directly on the roof taking the full brunt of the sun, rain and wind, or on the side of a building where it is somewhat sheltered...choose the side of the building.

Pre-made Cables

Consider using pre-made cables. This eliminates the need to make the BNC video fitting as required when using the spooled cable. The only caution is to make sure you measure correctly and it is best to order a cable slightly longer than you may need. There is nothing more frustrating than being 5 feet short. The excess cable can be spooled up and left in the ceiling or behind the work station. If you are short, you can plug two pre-made cables together. Keep in mind, you will need one BNC barrel fitting and do not exceed 250 feet with the total length.

Also, before you start pulling the cable, pay attention to the markings on each end of the cable, they are not identical. One end is specifically for the camera and the other end is specifically for the DVR. It's a huge pain to re-pull the cables because it was installed backwards.

Remote Viewing

Before calling our support representatives for remote viewing setup, it is helpful to first connect the DVR to your router with a network cable. Each of our DVRs has a standard network connection just like your PC or Mac. The video recorder connects to the internet just like your computer, by simply plugging it into your router. All remote access is performed through this internet connection. Once this connection is made, a couple of access settings are required which our support representatives are more than willing to help with. Keep in mind, they cannot help until the DVR is connected to the router. If you have questions about making the connection, give us a call and we will help.

Please note, all DVRs and NVRs require a true broad band internet connection for remote viewing. HughesNet and other satellite internet services do not provide the support needed to configure the remote viewing features in the video recorder. This is not a limitation of the recorder but rather the satellite service provider. Confirm your internet service provides a minimum of 3 meg UPLOAD speed to ensure reliable remote viewing.

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