Why a Monitored Security System Is the Best
One of the most important things you can do to protect your family and home is investing in a monitored home security system. While installing several outdoor security cameras is the first step to better security and protection, a monitored home security system is the best way to stop home invasions whether you’re at home or away. This guide offers step-by-step instructions on how to install your own wired home security system to ensure you’re on the right path to total home protection.
While installing several outdoor security cameras is the first step to better security and protection, a monitored home security system is the best way to stop home invasions whether you’re at home or away.
Note: If you choose a Protect America security plan, we will provide you with incredibly simple DIY setup instructions for your new security system. Keep reading to find out more.
How to Install a Wired Home Security System
Step 1: Choose the best location(s) for your security cameras. Consider choosing locations that fully monitor both your front and back doors, front and back yards, living room, kitchen, bedrooms, driveway, and porch. Ensure that your chosen locations will not block the cameras, and that they offer the best viewing areas. We suggest a minimum of three security cameras.
Also, ensure that you are purchasing the correct cameras — motion-sensor outdoor cameras that can withstand varying weather conditions.
Step 2: Set up a device for recording and monitoring video. In order to review your footage, you’ll need a digital video recorder (DVR) and monitor. Hook your DVR equipment up to your monitor following the instructions that come with your system. The instructions typically use a BNC (Bayonet Neill–Concelman) connector, coaxial, or HDMI. Simply plug the proper connector into the DVR and the other into the monitor.
Step 3: Mount your wired security camera to a location with an ample viewing area, and make sure it’s next to a power outlet (and can reach). We recommend placing your camera at least ten feet above ground to get the best angle and to ensure it won’t be knocked down easily.
Follow these steps to mount it:
- Use a permanent marker to mark the spots for the screws.
- Drill the holes.
- Hammer any remaining pins in the equipment.
- Mount the camera by screwing the plate into the wall.
- Point your camera in the correct direction for the best viewing angle.
Step 4: Hook up the power. Every wired security camera comes with a power adapter that can hook into the back of the camera and into the power outlet.
Step 5: Attach the camera to the DVR using the correct connector or adaptor. The BNC connector comes packaged with most wired security systems. If your security system didn’t, you can purchase one on the Internet or at a hardware store. One end will go into the camera’s output port and the other will plug into the DVR’s input port.
Step 6: Hook up more security cameras, using a different input/port on the DVR for every one. Don’t forget to turn the monitor on to the correct camera input to view the surveillance footage for each camera. Each camera will only show up on the corresponding DVR input it is hooked up to.
And you’re done! You’ve hooked up your very own wired home security system, and you’re on your way to total home protection.
About Protect America
Protect America’s first-class home security equipment is a total home protection package. Our security system includes door and window sensors, a touchscreen control panel, wireless motion detection, and off-site arming and control right from your smartphone or tablet. We were also named one of the best monitored security companies of 2017 by PCMag. Give us a call today at 1-888-951-5136 to inquire about our professional monitored home security systems and plans.