How To Install A CCTV Camera
There are a lot of reasons why a home or business owner would want to use a CCTV camera, but the good news is that if you are planning on setting one up it is not hard to do. What we want to do is look at the way this works, so you can decide if it is what you want to do yourself or if you would prefer to get the help of a pro. Once you see how simple CCTV cameras are to set up, you may decide that you can pull it off yourself, but if it still seems complex to you then know that there are those out there who will happily assist you. These systems are super powerful today and can be expected to do an excellent job for you. The first thing you need to realize is that any CCTV camera will have a lens, a mounting bracket so you can attach it to a wall, a cable or wireless transmitter, and an AC adapter so that it can be plugged into a traditional power outlet. These cameras are built to be hidden, so part of your work will involve obscuring it from view or placing it high enough that no one can mess with it while it is in daily operation. You will also need to have a combiner that consists of a video switcher, quad splitter and multiplexer. Next, you have to have monitors so you can see the videos your CCTV cameras are recording for you. These are for observation on a moment-by-moment basis and this is where a guard will sit if you hire one to watch your system. Video recorders are also important and these can include a DVR that is a digital video recorder or a time lapse VCR that is much less common today, but still used in some places. Finally, you may want a web camera that you can watch via the internet if needed. In addition to these primary components you need to install or have installed, you may want others. Motion sensors, IR illuminators, outdoor housing and mounting brackets that can pan or tilt are common. These can really make your CCTV system powerful. In the end, you have to choose the set up that works best for you. This is how they are built and connected, so it should get you started.
Published on Aug 26, 2012
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