We wouldn’t hold it against you if the prospect of installing a security camera induces a sigh and an eye roll.
It’s hardly anyone’s idea of a fun Saturday afternoon. But wireless security cameras are actually quite simple to set up and don’t require as much time or effort as you might imagine.
Although different models will require slightly different setups, installation is actually quite similar between the majority of wireless security cameras.
Read on to find out how to install your wireless security camera in just 8 easy steps.
Step 1: Install the app and create an account
Before anything else, you’ll need to install the camera’s corresponding app on a compatible device. If you aren’t mounting the camera to a wall (e.g. in a desktop position), setting up the app will be the longest part of the process.
For most devices, you’ll be able to download the camera’s app via the App Store (iPhones, iPads) or Google Play Store (Android smartphones, tablets).
You’ll usually be required to create an account, which can be done with an existing email address or other user account (usually through Google or Facebook).
You will then be prompted to agree to terms and conditions and given the choice to opt in and out of data sharing.
Step 2: Plug in your camera
Wireless security cameras most commonly use USB C cables for power. Plug the camera into an appropriate slot and wait for the status LED to appear. Don’t worry about plugging it into its long-term position for now.
Step 3: Sync your camera to the app
In the main menu of the app, you’ll find an obvious prompt to add a new camera—it may be a plus sign in the corner or something along the lines of ‘Add Camera’ or ‘Add New Device’.
With the camera powered on, begin the process of syncing the camera to your account on the app.
There’s a couple of ways this can happen. One of the fastest (which AlfredCam and other leading brands use) is a QR code being shown on the viewing device, which you are prompted to hold in front of the security camera.
The camera scans it, and the devices are paired. Other devices may require you to select the camera from the Wi-Fi settings in your viewing device and connect to it as if it were a wireless hub.
Make sure that the devices being paired are no more than a couple meters from one another, and that the Wi-Fi signal is adequate.
Step 4: Pick location
Once you’ve found a place that maximizes visibility (aim for above 7 foot high) and avoids direct sunlight, you’ll need to give the camera a test run before committing to the space (especially if you intend to mount it with a drill). Adjust as necessary.
If the camera is positioned too far from the Wi-Fi router, you may experience too many signal dropouts on the livestream, in which case you’ll need to move it closer to the hub.
Step 5: Mark Holes for Mounting
Reputable wireless security cameras come with mounting templates. These are stickers that have the drill placements illustrated clearly, so you know exactly how far apart to space them.
We strongly advise using these to aid with mounting so that you can avoid unnecessary mistakes when drilling into walls or ceilings.
Step 6: Install the mount and attach the camera
Once you’re confident that the area is appropriate, start drilling the marked holes to the length of the plastic wall plugs.
These will usually be provided with the camera, but if they aren’t, we’d recommend buying them to protect the integrity of the wall.
Insert the plugs by tapping them lightly with a hammer. Then hold the camera in place and insert the screws; do it lightly at first.
Step 7: Adjust for a perfect view
Head to the camera’s app and open up the livestream to check the viewing angle.
Play around with different angles by moving the head of the camera slightly until you find what works best. You may also want to shift the camera body itself to ensure it is straight.
If the camera has a motorized head, move it via the app rather than with your hand, as this could damage the device.
Step 8: Tighten it
When you’re happy with the angle and position, tighten the screws.
Head back into the app, where you can begin to make automations and other adjustments in the settings so that the camera is best suited for your needs.
If the wireless camera supports Alexa, Google Voice Assistant, or other voice assistants, you’ll usually be able to enable this here.
It won’t be immediately obvious what settings you require until you’ve used the camera for some time, so be open to changing settings as you get to grips with the device over time.
Settings that will likely need to be adjusted include motion detection sensitivity and image quality.
The former will be determined by the extent of traffic the camera observes, while the latter will depend on the strength of your internet connection.
Is it easy to install wireless security cameras?
Installing wireless security cameras is a simple process that involves pairing the device to an app, picking a location, and using mounting aids to find a failsafe space for the camera to be positioned in. Some cameras have magnetic plates in the base, so won’t require drilling if there’s a metal surface for it to cling to.
How do you install outdoor wireless security cameras at home?
How do you power a wireless security camera?
How do I connect my wireless camera to Wi-Fi?
During initial setup, the camera’s app will prompt you to connect the camera to a Wi-Fi hub.
Installing a wireless security camera doesn’t have to be a nightmarish pursuit. In fact, they’re pretty easy to install, and reputable brands will have clear and concise instructions on the camera’s app.
Taking some time to choose the optimum space for mounting is important, because if mounting involves damaging walls, it’s really something you want to get right first try.
If you can, use tools like wall scanners and spirit levels to make the mounting as seamless as possible. While it won’t be feasible for everyone, proceed with caution—and don’t blame us if a pipe bursts in your face!