In this day and age, especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic in escalation, we need to keep an eye on things, we need to be keeping clear of strangers and be wary of strangers coming to our home, whatever their intentions; delivering parcels and/or potential pathogens, unknowingly (if showing no symptoms).
It can be a bit of a virtual minefield when purchasing a CCTV (Closed Circuit TeleVision)system, they are more commonly referred to as DVR systems now and are packaged as modular systems meaning they are quick and easy to install once you have fully planned on where to put the system and its components.
The connectors are nearly almost all universal when buying a system these days, if the DVR system comes with just two cameras included and you would like to utilise the other two ports, it is easy enough to buy two more cameras from Amazon. Be sure to check they have the same connectors and are the same pixel/screen resolution. (If you get a different adapter there are kits available, even to change the gender and plug with phone and BNC types).
~The systems are really plug and record nowadays, with kits normally comprising of the actual DVR recorder box, some cameras, normally two or four with a set of cables, they seem to normally be around 20 meters ()in length but can vary – if you need longer cables; be sure to order them at the transaction point so when the kit comes you will be and ready in little time.
Planning out the CCTV system (lights)
First and foremost you will need to want to work out where to put the actual recording box, it should be concealed away in a well ventilated and dry area, it is an electrical device after all and could suffer if kept in a less than ideal environment, even a dusty one.
The DVR recorder boxes are small now so can easily be hidden away in a cupboard or similar stow-away, just make sure there is some airflow, to allow the heat (from the transformer inside) to dissipate away from the space it is kept in, it could get hot and a fire risk so really do have a good think of where to put it, run it for a while in the location and just check the ambient temperature – I don’t want to scaremonger you but we must always be careful with this sort of thing.
Now you have found the most ideally suited location that is hidden away and cannot be fiddled with by tiny fingers or if the whole DVR box is taken away to get rid of the crime evidence, like that of a break-in which hopefully will never happen.*
*DVRs have remote viewing so you can always log in on your phone or flat panel smart device and check what is going on when not at your home or space that is protected by the cameras.
The next step is to decide where to place the cameras, what spaces need to be covered, are they just exterior cameras for the perimeter and entry door/window or do you need some for the interior as is a shop or place of trading? There are exterior and interior high definition CCD (Charge-coupled device) cameras available as standard now in different styles for different settings.
The cameras are easy to fix up and usually only require a little drilling with a masonry drill bit and the use of four wallplugs/screws.
It is time to put it all in place, when installing the system run the wired from the cameras to the DVR box, if you need extensions the connection is modular with push or click fit interconnectors that can be easily hidden with the wires too (some drilling through walls may be required so make sure to use an electrical wire and stud detector so you do not zap yourself with an electric shock!
The cable that runs from the DVR to the camera usually consists of a 12-volt power source as well as the video feed, familiarize yourself before installing the wires and actually connecting them up to each other, it is an easy mistake to get the wires the wrong way around if they have gender-specific (male and female) interconnectors – only one end will fit in the DVR box so get a visual before rolling out the reels.
Secure the wires together with little zip ties so they are nice and neat as well as safe, up out the way or hidden behind walls.
After the cameras have been installed and wiring installed you can now check on a smart device the live feeds to optimise any viewing angles from the DVR vox control panel (scanning an QR code for a unique link).
Once you have downloaded the app you can then login to the feeds and adjust the angle accordingly to check it is covering the area adequately.
All done with the physical work! Now you can play with the frontend digital display on your TV or computer screen. Most systems run on LINUX operating systems with a front end GUI (Graphical user interface) and you can navigate about the pages with a mouse and sometimes keyboard.
After you have set it all up and saved the settings there is no need to mess about with it any further as a little battery in the box saves all the information and settings in case the system is powered down, or in the event of a powercut and no backup power source is available.
That’s it, you’re all done, there may be some twiddling with the settings required but pretty much you are ready to go! (change the default password so no one can access or utilize the systems resources!!).
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Thanks for reading, if you get stuck installing or have any questions, please feel free to message in the comments below.