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November 3, 2022
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Sean Bredt

How to Set Up a DIY Security Camera System for Your Home

Which is better, a DIY or a pro-installed home security system?

A system installed by a professional has many benefits—but so does setting up your own. Aside from being more cost-effective, doing it yourself guarantees that the setup meets your specifications. 

But how hard is it to do? 

You might be surprised, but a DIY security camera system is easier to install than you might think. With the right system, you don’t need a lot of technical expertise. 

The steps are pretty straightforward, especially if you buy from a company that provides access to how-to videos or help from a tech representative over the phone.

Here’s a basic guide on how to set up home camera security systems.

Step 1: Mount the Control Keypad/Security Panel

There are some main security panels that you can place on a table. But if this isn’t what you have, mount it near your primary entry door using a small nail or double-sided adhesive strip

A homeowner disarms his security system using his phone

Step 2: Test the Cameras, Sensors, and Detectors

A complete home security system includes contact sensors for your door and window, motion detectors, and cameras.

Insert the battery into the sensors to power them up and test if they’re working. Sensors are hard to remove once installed, so it’s best to do this first.

Also, some systems require pairing, so inserting the batteries at this point is important. This is especially true if you’re buying add-on sensors.

If your sensor has an internal battery, pull the plastic tab from the sensor to activate the internal battery.  

Step 3: Find a Suitable Position for the Sensors and Detectors

Position the sensors strategically throughout your home. Make sure to follow the guidelines that come with your home security system so you can place the remaining sensors in ideal locations such as doors, windows, cabinets, and safes. 

  • Metal Doors with Wooden Frames

Metal can sometimes interfere with a sensor’s operations. But if you really want to install it there, place the magnet on the door and the alarm on the frame. Use your hands temporarily to see if it works.

If it does, install the sensor like you usually would. If it doesn’t work, contact your manufacturer to check if there’s a way to improvise. You could also check if the system supports vibration, hinge, or plunger sensors.

  • Doors and Windows

When mounting a door and window sensor on a flat surface, place the magnet on an adjacent surface. Make sure the two halves are within an inch of each other.

Step 4: Install the Sensors and Detectors

Always make sure to pay close attention to the sensor’s markings, so you don’t accidentally place the magnet on the wrong side of the main sensor. Otherwise, the system won’t work, or it could trigger false alarms.

When installing, ensure that the surface is clean before mounting. Then, peel the protective paper and press the sensor onto the surface. Hold it for 30 seconds to ensure a strong adhesive bond.

Repeat this process for the remaining sensors you want to install.

Step 5: Program Your Personal Passcode

To arm or disarm the alarm system, program your personal passcode into the keypad. Then, configure the security system to your home’s WiFi network so you can also operate it using a smartphone or a key fob.

Step 6: Test The System

After everything has been set, it’s time to test your system. Follow the instructions as outlined in the owner’s manual to make sure everything is working properly.

A homeowner covers a cut-out of a house with both his hands

DIY Security Camera Systems: A Smart Investment

A DIY security camera system is more affordable, portable, and perfect for those who want to custom-build their own monitoring system. 

But whether you choose a DIY route or not, there’s no doubt it’s a smart investment. 

Think Protection is your partner in securing your home with quality security systems. We make home security affordable for everyone with our 30-day money-back guarantee and budget plans.

Call us at 1-(855)76-84465 and start protecting your home today!