Just like any other home, mobile homes face a lot of security challenges. As such, it may be necessary to install security cameras. But installing them can be a daunting task if you choose to do it yourself. What’s more, modern ones are sophisticated. So, they require some skills to set and make them functional. In this article, we delve into how you can easily install a security camera in a mobile home or let SafeNow do it for you.
Step 1: A sketch of your needs
Firstly, you need to come up with a sketch of your surveillance needs. It will show the areas you want to prioritize. Ensure the identified areas are clear of erections that may block the cameras. Besides, consider having them located at the back door, the front, and the driveway.
Step 2: Buy cameras
Decide how many cameras you should buy. Also, look at the type and the features they come with. It ensures that they are capable of offering surveillance services. Consider a mix of wireless and wired cameras. It is easier to set the wireless ones since they do not need much drilling or running. Besides, they can be installed at any point. However, cameras that will be exposed to water should be waterproof. A few of them should be motion sensing to ensure that they capture footage when someone gets into their space.
Step 3: Set up the devices
Ensure that you have all the devices including the DVR in place. The DVR will receive all the feeds before broadcasting them onto a monitor. The devices should be tested before you start installing the units.
Step 4: Installing the camera
The cameras should be installed at a broad angle. They should be installed in corners where the wall and ceiling meet. But the position chosen should ensure that the cameras see all the entry and exit points. Any camera mounted outside should be placed at a height that is more than 10 ft. It reduces instances of knocking the camera down.
Ensure all the cameras are mounted to the wall. They should all be screwed and mounted at the safest place to guarantee long term service.
Step 5: Procedure
For mobile homes, drill holes using electrical drills. Once it is done, hammer the molding pins in place. Screw the mounts and position the cameras at the desired angle. Connect the camera to the power source. If they come with an adapter, plug them into the socket and power them.
The wired camera should then be connected to the DVR using the BNC cables. One side of the cable should be plugged into the camera and the other side should be plugged into the DVR.
In the case of wireless cameras, you must link them to the computer. Besides, ensure that you install the necessary software to help in monitoring what’s going on. After this, it will prompt you to follow instructions to access them. Ensure you type the cameras IP address to allow you to view the camera remotely.
Hook all the cameras to the DVR. It allows it to record everything that happens within the area covered by each camera.
Step 6: Troubleshooting the cameras
Troubleshooting will help you identify issues arising out of the connections. It will help you identify issues with the monitor, DVR as well as the power supply. If the cables are not securely attached it will show. Also, if you have not selected the right input, you will be able to see all this.
Step 7: Consolidating the surveillance hub
You must have one place where all the feeds can be directed to the DVR. But it should be placed where it can easily be accessed by everyone.
Step 8: Running the wires
The system must always look professional. So ensure that your mobile house looks neat by hiding the cables through the wall. Understand the layout of the walls and cables before you run the cables through the walls. If the task is too complicated for you, the services of a handyman will be necessary. Also, ensure all the wires are secured into the walls. Alternatively, you can use a staple gun to secure them onto the baseboard or the wall. If some of the cables will be running on the floor, hide them to avoid tripping accidents.
If you do not have the know-how of doing this job on your own, consider calling a specialist. Of course, they will charge a fee for installing the security cameras into your mobile home. How much they will charge you will be dependent on many factors. But the number and the type of cameras and the size of the home are the most important factors.
Quick guidelines to buy the right and high-quality camera
There are countless numbers of cameras available in the market, but what makes a camera best for surveillance, let’s have a glance of features that your camera should possess:
Motion Detection: It helps to detect the motion automatically, and further, it can alert the users with the reason behind the motion.
Resolution: Resolution is a major game-changer in the camera, a higher resolution camera helps in delivering quality footage. One should also keep in mind that a higher resolution camera requires large storage sizes in case you want to record the footage.
Night Vision: The camera should have a quality night vision. Some cameras are able to automatically switch to the night mode in case of low or no light.
Sound: Some cameras record sound while recording the pictures, but this feature makes them expensive.
Field of view: By field of view, we mean the angle that the camera will cover, the wider the field of view will be, the better it will be.
Mobility: Not every camera can zoom/pan/tilt in the same way. Each camera has its zoom-in/out feature. For a less mobility camera, you need to be careful in positioning the camera. To cover the large area, you need to place more cameras.