You may have heard that wired security systems provide a greater level of security. It’s true. A thief can easily disable a wireless system using a device bought online that jams the radio signals to system sensors. You might want to install the system yourself though. You still can. Although it’s a little extra work, wired systems can be accurately installed by a do-it-yourselfer.


Equipment Needs

Your equipment needs will differ from your aunt in Waukegan. Your number of cameras depends on your home and yard. You’ll need indoor and outdoor cameras, a DVR to record camera feed, cables and connectors. Check the camera type, too. For the outer entries and yard, you need weather resistant motion-sensor outdoor cameras that can withstand varying weather conditions.


Testing, testing

Spread out your equipment on the living room floor and pretend you’re your dad putting things together for Christmas morning. Plug everything in together to make sure it all turns on and works.

Your wires don’t have to show. You can run them through the home’s attic to make a neat, pretty installation.


Pick camera locations carefully. Choose and test angles that monitor the back, front, and side doors, plus garage door, driveway and the full yard, plus porch or balcony. Inside the home, have cameras in the bedrooms, kitchen and living room at a minimum.

Set up the digital video recorder (DVR) and monitor first. Each system comes with its own instructions, but essentially, you’ll connect the DVR to the monitor using a Bayonet Neill–Concelman (BNC) connector, coaxial, or HDMI.

Mount the cameras where they have proper views and their power cords can reach an outlet. Outdoors, place the cameras at ten feet above ground.

  • Mark the areas for screws with permanent marker.
  • Drill each hole.
  • Insert and hammer any remaining pins into the equipment.
  • Screw the camera mounting plate into the wall.
  • Mount the camera to the plate using the provided screws.
  • Angle the camera.

Attach the power adapter and plug into the electrical outlet.

Run the connector wire from the camera to the DVR. One end attached to the camera’s output port, the other to the DVR’s input port. Each security camera will feed into its own input port on the DVR.

Your wires don’t have to show. You can run them through the home’s attic to make a neat, pretty installation.


How Protect America Helps

Protect America, a monitored home security company, offers zero installation fees, locked-in rates and a price-match guarantee. Although it does provide equipment, the company also monitors devices by other manufacturers. Consumers can get started for only $30 per month with a 36-month contract. That provides 24-hour, 7 days a week, professionally monitored home security. Consumers Digest named Protect America a “Best Buy” nine times for its equipment and service.

Established in 1992, Protect America offers nationwide service. It’s the 14th largest residential home security company in the US. Protect America makes a continuing firm commitment to protecting homes and families through monitored home security. It provides a direct-to-consumer service, sending individuals, businesses and families their home security systems and guiding them through the do-it-yourself installation procedure. The consumer receives up to $1,400 in free equipment. The company offers a Price Match Guarantee. If the consumer can find a better deal, Protect America matches it.

Interested in monitored home security? Get a free quote from Protect America by phone or online. Protect America can help monitor standalone devices already installed, too. Monitoring provides an important aspect since it ensures someone always looks at the feed. If someone does approach the home, even with a jamming device, they’re seen and reported. That keeps you and your family safer.