10 Security Camera Installation Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Installing security cameras at your home or business for safety is crucial. But if not done right, the cameras might not work like they should. Avoid these common mistakes when you install security cameras:
Mistake 1: Wrong Camera Spots
Choosing poor camera locations creates blind spots that cameras can’t cover. Putting cameras too high or too low impacts how much the camera can view. The best height is 8-10 ft, tilted down 15-30 degrees.
Failing to aim cameras at key areas can leave vulnerabilities that intruders might exploit. Check the whole area first to find all the ways in.
Places where cameras face windows or bright lights make it hard to see clearly. Ensure consistent lighting throughout the area.
Tip: Before installation, walk through the area and use the cameras to test different views to find the optimal spots.
Mistake 2: Not Enough Equipment
Choosing inexpensive equipment can compromise security: Low-quality cameras make blurry footage that misses details. Use at least 1080p HD cameras that can see at night.
Wireless cameras have issues if WiFi doesn’t reach well everywhere. Get PoE (Power over Ethernet) cameras on strong networks.
Recorders without large hard drives quickly overwrite old recordings. Get 2TB+ drives to keep 30 days of video.
If You Encounter This Camera Issue Do This
Blurry/distorted video consider using 1080p or 4K HD cameras
Spotty wireless video consider switching to wired PoE cameras
Can’t store a large amount of video consider upgrading to 2TB+ recorder drives.
Mistake 3: Network Issues
The network connecting security cameras is crucial for proper functionality. But network problems make cameras go down:
Using routers not designed for HD cameras can result in video interruptions. For best results, use strong AC1900 or AX3000 routers with quad-core chips, external antennas, and multiple LAN ports. These give enough bandwidth for multiple camera feeds.
Cameras in WiFi dead zones with no signal lead to frozen video. Check coverage everywhere with WiFi scanner apps, and fix weak spots.
Keeping cameras on your normal network leaves them open to hacking. Ensure that cameras and recorders are on separate networks with access rules set up on managed business switches. Assign a separate WiFi name and settings to this network.
Tip: Consult IT experts to design a robust camera network that prevents crashes and hacking. Implement failover links between the internet and switches.
Mistake 4: Bad Spot for Recorders
Poorly chosen spots for NVR/DVR make them difficult to access. Placing recorders in tight closets makes it difficult to replace hard drives. Select convenient and easily accessible locations instead. Dusty, humid, hot spots risks equipment failure. A controlled climate is necessary.
Out-of-sight recorders can be tampered with. Mount them visibly near the cameras.
Tip: Choose open, climate-controlled locations that are visible to the cameras.
Mistake 5: Forgetting Safety Steps
Neglecting login security poses a serious risk of camera hacking. Failure to document default admin logins can complicate device resets in the future. Safely note them down after changing defaults.
Leaving default passwords lets hackers use common factory ones. Change immediately using password tools.
Weak passwords like “12345” are easy to crack. Make 15+ letter passwords with numbers, and symbols.
If you skip two-factor authentication, leaked passwords can provide unauthorized access. Turn on 2FA to improve safety.
Shared logins mean more chances for leakage over time. Give each user their login.
Tip: Generate long, unique, random passwords for each user/device and store them securely offline. Restrict camera access to authorized security teams. An even better approach is to use centralized servers to manage all passwords. Auto reset passwords, require signing in to access cameras.
Mistake 6: No Testing Run
Skipping testing can lead to discovering issues only after installation.
The market for security cameras has been growing as shown in the chart below: Data Source: Markets and Markets
Selecting the right security camera with necessary features is essential for your needs. Let’s explore common mistakes when choosing a security camera:
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To ensure the smooth installation of effective security cameras that meet your needs, avoid these 10 common mistakes. Take the time to plan suitable camera locations, acquire appropriate equipment, establish a robust camera network, position recorders sensibly, secure accounts rigorously, conduct thorough testing, choose reputable providers, account for future growth, perform regular maintenance, and enhance system security against cyber risks. Making informed investments now can lead to savings in the future.

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