Nowadays, CCTV is not restricted to large organizations or the homes of the wealthy. Many ordinary United States households have a CCTV security system. If you're thinking of hiring a professional to install closed-circuit cameras in your home, it's essential to know what you're signing up for. Here are some of the steps involved in CCTV security system installations.

Choosing a Camera Location

The first thing a professional will do is determine the ideal field of view. The expert will ensure the cameras aren't pointed directly to light sources like lights, windows or bright doorways. Too much light will result in poor image quality. The professional will also ensure that they maximize the coverage of your cameras by minimizing cable length.

The expert will pick a corner in the room for indoor cameras because entry points into all places are visible from this position. For outdoor cameras, the expert will choose a high spot that covers the windows and doors. The professional will also choose camera positions based on the proximity of power sockets.

Setting Up the DVR

After identifying the ideal field of view, the professionals will mount the cameras. The expert will set up the DVR to ensure that you can view the cameras after the wiring is complete. The DVR is placed in a secure location where it's hidden from plain sight. For example, it may be hidden in the closet or in a mounted lockbox.

Placing your DVR in a discreet location prevents intruders from hacking into the camera system. However, the experts will ensure it's located somewhere you can run your wireless router's internet cables to. Setting up the DVR also involves setting up timers and other features on the DVR.

Running the Wires

The next step involves running the cables between the camera and the DVR. Experts typically prefer running the wires through the walls so they don't interfere with your home's appearance and for security purposes. It's usually harder to mess with cables when they're inside the walls.

However, you may prefer wires that run outside the wall. In such cases, your expert will use a cable cover that they can paint over. The cables will be hidden along the baseboard or ceiling.

Connecting Everything

The last phase of the installation process involves connecting all devices. The professionals will connect the cameras to the DVR while testing each one. At this point, the professionals may adjust the position of your cameras.

Next, the monitor will be connected to the DVR so you can view the footage displayed by the cameras. The next step is to name each camera and assign a time and date stamp on the footage. This will help you if you ever want to use the footage as evidence in a court case.

To learn more, contact a security system installation professional.