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With the advent of wearable cameras, people are getting ready to install their own devices in their homes, whether for safety or for entertainment.
It’s no secret that home security systems have been in high demand over the past couple of years.
In fact, the number of cameras sold in the United States rose nearly 60% between 2014 and 2016, according to a report from Consumer Reports.
But how do you install an outside-home security camera system?
The key to success is knowing where to look.
Here are 10 tips for installing an outside security camera at home.
Get a secure internet connection.
A secure internet link can help ensure the system isn’t hacked, says Michael Duschek, vice president of product management at SecurityAlert.com, which has installed security cameras in New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia.
A network with strong encryption and a strong data security policy can also help keep your data secure, Duschetk adds.
You also can use an external internet connection, such as a WiFi hotspot, if you have a wireless router and have a VPN.
“If you have to have a laptop, go to a public wi-fi,” he says.
If you don’t, it may be a good idea to get a laptop.
“Most people will get a wifi router for their home, but you could also use your laptop for the cameras, and use a USB or a wireless card reader,” Duscht says.
Connect your camera to a mobile phone.
The next step is connecting your camera directly to a smartphone.
“I like to have an external camera on the outside of my house because it’s a good vantage point,” Dusschek says.
“You can see all the other people around, or if the person is in a different part of the house, you can get a closer view of them.”
Set up a password-protected login.
You can set up a special password to access your security camera, Dusschetk says, so that only you and your guests have access to the system.
“There are a lot of good password managers,” he adds.
“Like the password reset service Password.com.”
Check for malware on the camera.
You want to make sure that your security system isn�t compromised, Dauschek advises.
“We�ve seen a lot more malware lately,” he explains.
“Some of the malware that we’ve seen in the last couple of months is actually a virus.”
He says that it can also spread to your camera if you forget to change your password.
Check your network connection.
If the outside network doesn�t have a strong password, you should connect your camera via a wired connection, he says, adding that this way, you’ll be able to access the camera at any time.
“Even if you don�t want to use a wireless connection, it�s a good thing to have some kind of router with an IP address and a port on it,” he advises.
Check the video feed.
If your camera is a webcam, you�ll want to check the video stream that shows your system.
For example, you might want to turn off your home computer so that the outside camera can’t view any live feeds.
If a video is showing that your cameras is working, Dusa says, you may want to disable it by entering the system password in the “View” tab on the video viewer.
Choose the right size for your camera.
The size of your camera depends on what kind of camera you have.
“The smaller the camera, the better the quality is, because it will be able be captured at a much higher resolution,” Dausch says.
You may also want to adjust the focal length of the camera in the camera settings, he adds, and make sure the camera is connected to a WiFi connection.
If all else fails, change the settings.
If there’s a problem with the video streams, you could try changing the video settings.
“In most cases, if your system is set to only show live feeds, then your security cameras should be working normally,” Dusa notes.
“But if it doesn�s working, you probably need to go back to the video setting.”
If the camera isn�s video is not working, “the only way to fix it is to reset the camera and try again,” Dusek says with a laugh.
Check to see if your security is functioning properly.
If everything seems OK, Duseck says, your camera should be showing live video.
“When it comes to security cameras, we see this as an industry where a lot is happening,” he notes.
If things don� t seem right, you are more likely to encounter a hardware problem, he advises, such a bad battery, an overheating system or an over-provisioned memory card.
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