Whether you’ve just purchased a set of outdoor security cameras, or you’re considering making a purchase soon, you may be wondering how to power these cameras. This depends on the camera, as some are battery powered and others require mains electricity, connected by wires.

Your choice of wireless vs. wired cameras is entirely up to you. However, we recommend considering the design of your property, and whether or not you have access to mains electricity where you intend to set the outdoor security cameras up. Also, it is worth noting that typically, wired cameras are more reliable. 

So, with this being said, the remainder of this blog post will discuss how to set up and power outdoor security cameras that require mains electricity, not batteries.

Determine the route of the wires

To begin with, you need to determine the route of the wires when setting up the outdoor security cameras. This can be rather complicated, especially if the area in which you are attempting to set up the cameras is out of the way. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should connect these in the safest way possible, e.g. not along the floor or in midair, instead, connected to the property across walls and safely tied back.

Cable tie the wires for outdoor security cameras

Most cameras come with extra-long cables, which are great for when you need them. However, if you’re connecting a camera that is only a short distance away, then you’re going to end up with a lot of excess wire.

In this instance, cable ties are your best friend. Tie up the wires either outside or inside to keep this neat and tidy, not only reducing the eyesore but making it a much more safe environment (and less likely to be sabotaged by intruders).

Always plan before beginning the installation of outdoor security cameras

Finally, you should always plan before installing outdoor security cameras. For example, ensure the wires are long enough, set up the positioning of the cameras beforehand, and make sure the location is safe with no wires creating potential trip hazards.

Planning beforehand can save you a massive headache, so it’s well worth doing.

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