Home security camera systems are an excellent and easy-to-install DIY option to ensure that your home and loved ones are protected. Read on to discover the best home security camera options and tips for installing a DIY security camera.
Security cameras often work as a deterrent when installed in a visible location, criminals typically don’t like being watched, so security cameras make your property far less likely to be burglarized. If a burglary does occur, security cameras can help to gather evidence. If you’re looking for a relatively low-cost way to monitor your home, installing at least one security camera is a great option.
In addition to monitoring your property, security cameras can be used to check in on your kiddos and pets while you’re away, giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your kids are safe and your dog hasn’t knocked over another houseplant.
If you’re in the market for a security camera or are wondering if you’re crazy for wanting to install one yourself, use this guide to learn the basics of buying and setting up your home security camera system.
Step 1: Create an installation plan
Sketch out your home and mark your priority areas and proposed camera spot(s)/angles. These are typically entry doors, off-street windows, porches, stairways, driveways and/or living rooms. Make sure there’s no visual obstructions by walking through your plan. When installing security cameras outside, it’s important to have them about 12 ft. high so that they can’t be easily reached and dismantled.
Step 2: Purchase the home security cameras
The most convenient option are typically wireless security cameras. These require minimal drilling, but the downside is that the further these cameras are faced from a receiver, the shabbier the image quality may be.
If you opt for wired security cameras, the installation process will be a bit more daunting. However, these are often considered a good option for larger properties.
If you want to check out your home while you’re away, you’ll want a security camera with a remote viewing option so that you can see your home from your smartphone or laptop.
Later in the article, we’ll talk about the best home security cameras to help you narrow down your choice.
Step 3: Install your home security cameras
Now for the fun part… installing your home security cameras! If you’re going wireless, the kits will usually come with a drill template and easy instructions. We recommend using wireless security cameras in most DIY situations.
Wired systems will also come with mounting templates. Drill pilot holes at the indicator for the mounting screws. Then, using a space bit, drill a larger hole at the center where the cables will exit. Follow the map and run the cables behind the wall and in tight spots.
If your WIFI cameras need batteries, put those in first. Secure each camera onto the mounts and adjust them to their desired angle. Check your WIFI speed before installing anything, if the connection is spotty, you’ll have lag times. Your wireless security cameras can only be as good as your WIFI connection allows them to be.
Then, you’ll need to make the connections. If you chose to go the wired route, connect the input cable to the DVR box and make sure that all parts are connected to a power source and all cables are connected. If your system is wireless, you’ll only need to install the software that came with your security cameras.
Best Security Cameras to Install at Home
Best overall security camera: Arlo Pro 3
This wireless, rechargeable indoor-outdoor security camera system has tons of features and is easy to set up. It has night vision, two-way audio, motion detection and push notification alerts. The system also has a lot of extra security features, such as a built-in siren and arm/disarm modes. It also offers advanced alerts including person, animal, vehicle and package detection.
All of these features don’t come cheap. At $500, a two-pack of these isn’t inexpensive, but the system works well and is very user friendly.
Best budget security camera (indoor): Wyze Cam
This $25 indoor security camera features HD live streaming, motion alerts and night vision. It also works with Alexa. You can hook up multiple cameras in the app, making it a fantastic and affordable wireless security camera option.
Best doorbell cam: Arlo Video Doorbell
To see a person from head to toe or a package left at your doorstep, this is the perfect camera. With HD and HDR, you’ll see a clear picture in low light or bright light. You can hear visitors at your door and respond to them with two-way audio. It’s built to be an outdoor camera, so no need to worry about it bracing the elements. For $120, it’s priced right for a truly smart doorbell camera.
Best Siri-Compatible Camera: Indoor-outdoor Logitech Circle 2
In addition to working with Siri, it works with Alexa and Google Assistant. It’s super easy to install, wireless, and WIFI connected. With 180-degree wide angle vision, you can see just about everything. It costs $127.
Best Plug in Cam: Ring Stick Up Cam
This wired camera can be set up inside or outside. The camera features motion detection, night vision, two-way audio and up to 1080p full HD video with a 130-degree field of view complete the feature package. At $85, it’s a steal. You can check on your home at any time through the Ring app. You can also set up privacy features, enabling you to focus only on what’s important to you.
At Colonial Van Lines, we understand that keeping your home and loved ones safe is a top priority, and that’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide on home security cameras and DIY installation.
If you’re moving, rest assured that the team at CVL knows just how to pack up your home security cameras, ensuring that they arrive at your new home safe and sound. Contact us today for a free rate quote. We keep it stress-free, straightforward and affordable.