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How to Set Up an IP Based Camera Surveillance System

Setting up an IP-based camera surveillance system allows you to monitor your home or business on a 24/7 basis. Systems are more sophisticated than ever, with constant improvements being made in camera resolution and ease of set-up for remote accessibility. Systems run from the basic for the homeowner who wishes to watch a part of the house when the babysitter is present to more sophisticated systems for a business owner needing to monitor many locations in his or her business. Prices range from the low hundreds to the thousands.

Step 1: Make sure you have the necessary equipment before purchasing an IP-based camera surveillance system. You will need a mobile broadband or WiFi service from a service provider. Beyond that, you will simply need a laptop or desktop computer unless you are purchasing a monitor from a security supply company.

Step 2: Consider what might make your home or business vulnerable to break-ins to determine the complexity of the surveillance system that is right for you.

  • If your only concern is the behavior of a housekeeper or babysitter, a simple system will suffice. In this case, you might wish to purchase IP cameras that are easily hidden inside other objects.
  • A building housing valuable equipment or personal property might need a more sophisticated surveillance system.

Step 3: Determine how many cameras you need to install. A small property with 1 building with few entrances will not need as many cameras as a large property with many buildings. Many camera surveillance packages come in 4-camera or 8-camera units.

Step 4: Choose the location for mounting your cameras.

  • Mount cameras near doors to record anyone entering or exiting.
  • Install cameras directly over valuables so they can be monitored at all times.
  • Place cameras around the perimeter and on the separate buildings around the property if your property is large and has outbuildings.
  • Mount cameras so that they can be seen by anyone on the property in order to deter anyone with bad intentions.

Step 5: Install the camera hardware. You will likely need a power drill, screw, bolts and mounting brackets. Most cameras will come with the required hardware. See the instruction manual for specific instructions pertaining to your model. IP cameras do not require cables, stripping tools or staple guns like other cameras.

Step 6: Load the software that came with the surveillance package. This will allow your computer to network with the transmitter/receiver that is getting signals from the cameras. If your cell phone is 3G capable, you will be able to view your camera videos from your cell phone. Some software will allow you to record and store video over the Internet. Motion detectors can also be installed so that video is recorded only when motion is detected.

  • The web browser interface will allow you to view your premises in real time either from the computer on the premises or from a remote computer.