If you decide that your home could majorly benefit from the installation of a wireless security camera system, you have a lot of work ahead of you. One of the most important parts of installing any security camera system is determining exactly where they will be placed. A number of factors go into this process, and it’s important that you understand what you’re doing, otherwise all the time and effort that you put into it may go to waste. Still, whether you choose to have the system professionally installed or you choose to do it yourself, here are a few tips about camera placement.
Your intended use of the security camera system will play a big role in where you want the cameras placed. If you are looking to monitor the people who come and go in your place of residence, it’s best to place cameras at each point of entry. But whatever you need to keep an eye on, one of the biggest factors in your camera placement is lighting. You need to have proper lighting and from proper angles in order to capture a quality image. Different cameras come with distinct Lux ratings, and the lower the rating, the better the camera can film in dim lighting. If you know that the area you want under surveillance will be dimly lit or will be changing between dark and light (such as outdoors), look for cameras with low Lux ratings or day/night capabilities.
One important rule for lighting is never to face your camera at a source of light. Make sure that the camera’s field of vision is clear of light sources, otherwise it can make the image very washed out and difficult to see. Also, for best results, the lighting near the camera’s placement should be about equal to the lighting of the area under surveillance. If using a day/night camera, make sure to check its video quality during both the day and the night before permanently installing it.
Height and Distance
When placing your cameras, it’s important to make sure that you mount them at a height that keeps them out of reach of anyone who may want to tamper with them. Also keep in mind the distance between the camera and the object or area you are viewing. The further that distance is, the higher quality camera you will need, otherwise the visuals will be lower quality.
When it comes to your power source, the closer you put it to the cameras, the better the feed will be. It will be far less likely to experience interference and power loss with a nearer power source. Also, avoid placing wireless cameras anywhere within 15 feet of each other. For that matter, avoid placing them within that distance of any other wireless devices, such as Wi-Fi modems, phones, and even microwaves.
If you will be needing wireless security cameras placed outside, some of the best places to install them are beneath roof overhangs or a patio covering. This provides extra protection from the weather and the elements, as even the most weatherproof cameras can be damaged by direct exposure. You can tell how weatherproof your camera is by its IP rating. The lower the rating, the less it will be able to withstand. For example, an IP rating of 44 has lower durability and is best kept indoors. The higher the rating, the more hardy and durable it will be. An IP rating of 68, for example, is completely submersible.