Steps to Install CCTV Surveillance Cameras

Step 1: Prep the Digital Recorder (DVR)

Steps to Install CCTV Surveillance Cameras is a wiki guide that takes you directly to how to quickly install your CCTV surveillance cameras.

Before we start off; it is very important you set up the DVR and turn it on. Connect your mouse and your DVR power jack to the 12V supply output of the 12V adapter. Connect the VGA cable from the DVR to the monitor or TV using an HDMI or VGA to AV converter. Allow it to boot, and watch its progress on a monitor or TV if you are using a VGA to AV converter. Read about how to install CCTV surveillance cameras with a remote viewing here to know about the full materials needed to get started.

Step 2: Prep the Power Cable

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RG59 coaxial cable with power at point of mounting camera

Then, there is little or no need to make any change as regards to where the cameras would be positioned. Otherwise, it would be good to choose positions where the cams would be somewhat hidden and have little or no blind spot views. So, if given the option for a surface wiring, identify these positions.

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Crimped out RG59 wires with power

Use a wire crimping tool and peel off the wires as shown in the picture above. This is useful to connect the 12V power to the CCTV male power plug. This is done in a way that the positive (usually red color) +12V wire is connected to the point marked (+) whereas the negative wire (black colored) is connected to the port marked (-).

CCTV male power plug

Step 3: Prep the RG59 Coaxial cable

open the BNC connector
first move

Take the BNC connect and unscrew the female-female couple. Push the end of the cable into the F- connector so the connector tube goes between the foil and the outer housing of the cable.

the next move
next move

push the end until the white insulator is flush with the bottom of the connector. Use anything to expose 1/8 inch of the braid and foil by pinching and pulling off a piece of the out jacket. DO NOT ALLOW ANY OF THE COPPER SHIELDING TO TOUCH THE CENTER OF THE CONDUCTOR

the last move
the last move

Slide the crimp ring inside over the bottom of the connector and screw on tightly. Using a crimping tool, pinch pinch the shield to secure a strong housing. Test the cable using a Cable tester after this.

Step 4: Prep the CCTV Cameras

After you are done with the RG59 wiring; bring out the cameras from their packs.

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We used CP plus for this tutorial.

This blog post used CCTV Bullet cameras from CP plus industries. You can read more about their specifications at their product web page.

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A dome CCTV type camera
Setting the CCTV Camera
adjust the CCTV camera according to where you want

It is important to note that surveillance cameras with higher megapixel(MP) ratings tend to have better image capture and streaming than the one with lower MP ratings. For example this tutorial was made with cameras with 1.3MP and 2MP resolution qualities.

Alternatively, you have to choose cameras with Night vision attributes so that you can also watch your surveillance at night. And between HD720 and HD1080, always go for the latter.

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Remove the cameras from their packs and begin to unscrew them carefully. If you are planning to survey the outside surroundings of the place you are installing the CCTV surveillance; it is recommended to use the Bullet (or turret) type of camera for the outdoors and the dome type for indoor surveillance.

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Each of the cameras comes with two plug and set connectors(other manufacturers might add a picture mode button, like in the case of CP Plus). This is where you would connect you BNC from your RG59 coaxial and your power.

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These cameras run on 12V and about 250mA-350mA current rating. Ensure you have a stable power supply unit for this or get a 16-channel power supply used to power CCTV cams. This is what we used for this how to install CCTV surveillance cameras with a remote viewing wiki.

Step 5: Drill Holes For Wall Pegs

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dripping holes for mount pegs

Remove the mount (drill) template for any of the cameras you wish to install and mark out the positions to drill for your pegs. There is need to go to each spot and measure out the exact spot and take note of this. Using a drilling machine with a good torque. Make holes and insert the wall pegs into these holes. These would serve as fastening points for the CCTV cameras.

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put the pegs in the holes drilled

Use your hand drill machine and drill these holes into the wall. Insert the pegs and then ensure that they are firm.

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Place the base of your camera and use the screw to hold it firm.

Installing the Hard Disk (HDD) for Recording/Playback

Turn off the DVR for this process. And open the DVR by unscrewing the safety screws that held the cover.

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unscrew the screw holding the casing of the DVR
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The inside of the DVR

Install the HDD by connecting the HDD connectors to its appropriate sockets and hold the HDD in place by screwing from below.

Go back to your screen on the monitor and start the recording by right clicking on the mouse and selecting “start recording“.

You should see the channels of cams connected showing together. Select any one and display its full view. Now, we are done with our Steps to Install CCTV Surveillance Cameras.

how to install CCTV surveillance cameras with a remote viewing
how to install CCTV surveillance cameras with a remote viewing
The various cameras showing in their chambers


Getting started with CCTV cameras in this steps to install CCTV surveillance cameras guide. Let us know in the comment section if you followed this guide to achieve a successful remote surveillance for your home or office security monitoring. You can contact us on WhatsApp, Twitter, Telegram, Instagram to and send us pictures or ask questions too.

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