Checklists For Getting Outdoor Security Camera System Up and Running

Outdoor Security Camera Setup

With an outdoor security camera system, you can monitor your house from anywhere. Images from the camera can be transferred to your email address and you can also check them on your mobile phone. If you are a professional on the go and want continuous surveillance when you are not there, your best bet would be to buy one of these systems. They are also known as wireless security cameras and are ideal if your home is ready.

Outdoor Security Camera System

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Usually, outdoor security camera system is possible with two types of cameras. There is the CCTV or the closed circuit TV and the digital variety. If you get digital images, they can be fine tuned and improved while devices are required for a CCTV. But you have some great advantages of the CCTV as you can get images video streamed to your email address or your mobile phone if it supports video images.

As soon as there is an intrusion or unusual activity in your property; alerts would be sent and you can always monitor your property if you are away.

How to Mount your Outdoor Security Cameras

Mount it at a place for maximum view

And installation of the outdoor security camera system is very easy and simple.  After you have identified the area that requires monitoring. As it is outdoors, your best bet would be to select a place that is not easily visible to outsiders.  It should also have proper lighting or else the images would not come out clearly.

You would have to plug the camera to a 12 VDC after mounting properly so that it can take in the maximum view. With multiple cameras in place for your outdoor security camera system, you would have to use switches.

Check out the reviews posted by customers. You can use them to help dial in your resolution, signal as well as lighting. You should also look for essential features that are vital for a security system.  Features like motion detectors; monitoring systems and automatic dialing. These can be useful for those who travel a lot.

You can benefit in loads from automatic dialing as the authorities are alerted immediately in the event of a potential threat or a break in.

9 thoughts on “Checklists For Getting Outdoor Security Camera System Up and Running

  1. MarkT

    It’s pretty amazing how security cam technology had improved over the years. Back then, the cams can only be viewed through tapes. Now, you can get a livestream through smartphone and email. It’s really a step up. Although it’s easy to install these cameras, I’d rather let the pros do it just to make sure they work perfectly; especially for cams that link to other features like automatic dialing.

  2. Joy Klein

    Majority of security system providers offer setup by experienced tech personnels. I personally prefer them to doing it myself. As a single lady who lives alone with little or no technical know-how, i feel its better to have the techies do their job. It wouldn’t be a nice sight if I fall from a height or break something. Nevertheless, nice checklist, should anyone decide to DIY.

  3. Joe

    The first few times I tried setting up an outdoor cam I kept getting the worst angles. I had a friend come over and help who has his own around his home. He was able to get the best areas. I guess you want it up high enough to scope out everything. Not leaving any blind spots.

  4. Marge

    I had my neighbor help me install a few cameras. We decided to have one pointing at his house as well so his back yard can be better monitored. He was able to get it in a great position to see almost everything but the door on the back of the house is covered. I think I will need another camera just for that area. Are their some cheaper options for just door cams?

  5. Lu Jen

    I live in an area that gets a lot of different kinds of weather. Everything from hot days to wind storms and hail, to blizzards. I want to get some cameras for my home but I am worried the weather will ruin them. Specially being in the extreme heat or cold. Are these cameras actually weather proof or do I need specific ones?

  6. Lee


    You should look in to doorknob/lock cams. I have one on my backdoor. I wish I had done this for my front as well. They aren’t too pricey and make it easy to see who comes near the door or who is behind it without even answering it. Most people don’t even know how to spot them either which is an added bonus!

  7. The outdoor ones are generally weather proof. Still tuck away in corners or put it under gutters that will take the bulk hits of the weather. Make sure they are angled so snow doesn’t build up on the lens either.

  8. Trish

    I was told to never put the cameras near the gutters on a house. I thought that they would add protection but they told me that the overflow can go directly onto the camera if you are not careful and can damage them. Is this true? I am trying to find the best place on my house to position mine.

  9. Joey Roberts

    I noticed all angles around my house gets a supranational amount water draining off in the spring and summer and in the winter, it is not much different. I am worried that if I put it anywhere up high, the camera will get damaged. I have 3 total and the one is at the back door covered under an awning, the one by the front door has the porch to protect it but the side door is completely unprotected.

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