Choosing The Right DIY
Home Outdoor Security Cameras
(Part 1)

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DIY (do-it-yourself) outdoor home security cameras are your home’s first line of defense against thieves and criminals. They help you establish your first layer of residential security. You should choose the right DIY home security surveillance camera for your specific needs.

To do that, you will need to plan your surveillance system and then decide how much security is right for you. Basically, the first thing you need to know is what it is that you want. You need to know what your security goals. The following steps (of Part 1 and Part 2) will help you figure that out.

Ok, let’s get started.

Step #1 - Plan The Exterior Setup - Take a look at the exterior of your home and decide how you’re going to survey your property. Decide how many outdoor home security cameras are required to setup adequate surveillance.

When it comes time to buying your DIY home security system, make sure that it supports the number of cameras you need. Also make sure that it allows for the addition of more cameras. You might change your mind and decide to expand your system in the future. You may also want to consider the installation of fake security cameras. When used effectively, they make great additions to exterior home security systems.

Step #2 - Location Of The Cameras - The physical location of the cameras is extremely important. What you decide upon now can affect many system details down the line.

Cameras should be placed in locations where nothing can obstruct their field of view. Usually at a high elevation, looking down. Make sure nothing (like a tree or a shrub) can grow into their field of view. Your outdoor security cameras should also be protected from vandals and extreme weather conditions. Encasing them in security boxes and weatherproof housings can solve both these problems. Make sure that the cameras are not located in areas where there is high electrical interference. This can degrade signal and picture quality.

Step #3 - Hardwired or Wireless - Hardwired outdoor DIY camera systems deliver a more reliable signal because the wires usually encounter much less interference. There are also no batteries to change. Power is wired from the source. Because of the wiring, hardwired cameras are usually more expensive and more difficult to install. Hardwired DIY kits require that you have the right kind of tools and that you know how to work with your hands.

Wireless outdoor DIY camera systems can also deliver a reliable signal if installed in low interference locations. But you will need to change the batteries regularly. Wireless cameras are generally cheaper in price and a snap to install. Wireless DIY kits come with product instructions, an installation DVD, and help/support phone numbers. A very low skill level (if any) is required.

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