Sydney is becoming safer with the installation of more CCTVs to monitor accident-prone areas, traffic and different establishments. With the security system, authorities are now faster in responding to emergencies and crime-related incidents.  

However, these surveillance cameras are mostly present only in public places. On that, why not also install CCTV for real-time monitoring of your home and offices? Having a surveillance camera in your properties can deter any potential criminal activities.

Moreover, security cameras can help you monitor the safety of your family wherever you go. In commercial space, it helps you monitor worker’s productivity. In whatever occasion, CCTV provides safety and security that are both very important to your loved ones, employees and properties.

That said, this article will guide you for your CCTV installation needs.

Components of CCTV Systems

CCTV systems have different components that directly generate, send, display and store video data. Before installing a CCTV, familiarise yourself first on the basic components of CCTV.

  • Camera- It captures images and transmits it through the cables or wireless network.
  • Lenses – Gathers light reflected from a subject and focuses the light on the image sensor.
  • Housing and mounts – For protection and support of security cameras
  • Monitors – Receives data from cameras and displays it on them on the screen.
  • Switchers and multiplexers – Used to route the video signal to multiple output devices.
  • Video recorders – It stores or processes the data from the camera.
  • Cables – It’s available in different specifications to connect various components of the CCTV.

Choosing Your Security Camera

The type of security camera you will choose has tremendous impacts on establishing an effective monitoring system. Consider these surveillance cameras before installing CCTV:

Wireless Security Camera

The wireless security system uses an IP camera for monitoring. The fact that it requires less wiring is leverage for creating a surveillance network. It works over Wi-Fi connection and other networks.

Wired Security Cameras

Bullet Camera

Given their tubular design, it has better range and zoom capabilities. They have infrared features which means they have night-vision.

Dome Camera

It has dome-like protective housing to avoid damage with a 360-degree range. It’s also a more durable security camera out in the market.

Turret Camera

These cameras have ball-and-socket joints. It’s then easy to turn their bodies for another view without the need to remount it. Also, they are low maintenance.

Fisheye Camera

The lens of this camera gives you a concentrated look at a wider field of view. It’s suitable to use in areas where finer details aren’t as important as the overall image such as street views, parking lots and garage.

Multiple Sensor Camera

Cameras with multiple sensors have higher resolution over fisheye cameras. These sensors can capture a 360-degree field of view and process the images into a continuous video feed.

Where to Install Security Cameras

It’s essential to plan on where you should install security cameras. Poor planning on the installation can make the CCTV relatively useless. Here are some of the checklists to consider where to install it:

  • Focus on specific areas ( such as your entry and exit points)
  • Place it where it can have a downward angle
  • Use multiple CCTV to cover blind spots
  • Check if the lighting on the site can affect image quality
  • Place the security camera where they are hard to reach

People usually install CCTV to monitor and protect valuable properties like banks, offices and stores. But having it in your home can protect the priceless valuables you can have–your family. So make sure you can expertly install security cameras with no existing obstruction in the location you want.

Setting Up Your Video Recorder

Before setting up, get to know the two types of video recorder that you can use in your CCTV system:

Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

A DVR receives and processes the data from the camera. It’s also the recorder used for a wired system. The system uses RG59 Siamese Coaxial cable to transmit high-definition videos over 457 metres.

Network Video Recorder (NVR)

NVR uses a wireless connection that records the data from the camera automatically. It uses cat5e cables that can support up data speeds up to 1000 Mbps.

Mounting Your Security Camera

Security cameras need physical structures such as walls and ceilings for an effective monitoring system. Familiarise the different mountings to install your security camera.

Indoor Camera Mount

Security comes in different shapes and sizes; thus, it’s necessary to know the mounting methods to monitor an area effectively. Here are the different mountings you can use indoors:

Wall mount

Uses a bracket that is similar to a shelf’s bracket. It can help you improve and adjust the camera’s view or aim.

Pendant mount

You can use it to suspend the camera and wiring in the ceiling.

Corner mount

They are used in attaching the camera where two walls meet at a right angle to provide the best field of view.

Dome Indoor Camera Mount

They are used in a very high visible area to provide an overall view of an area.

Outdoor Camera Mount

The mounts or brackets for outdoor security cameras should accommodate the weight of the camera and housing. There are two mounting options for your outdoor security camera:

Pole mounts

These typically have stainless steel clamps to fasten cameras on poles. You need a stable, galvanised pole to install security cameras. Placing the cameras in a pole prevents tampering, while positioned to have an unobstructed field of view.

Corner mounts

These are the mounting you can use if you won’t install cameras in poles. It supports security cameras positioned in corners of your home exterior.

Connect to Monitors for Real-time Imaging

Selecting monitors is vital to make sure high-quality images in your footage. There are many various sizes and features in video monitors you can choose from in liquid crystal display (LCD) and LED displays. 

After connecting all the components needed, start setting up your CCTV display depending on what video recorder you have. Typically, the wired connection displays the real-time images in LCD or LED monitors. For a wireless connection, you can monitor your property using your smartphones.


More people are investing in CCTV’s to monitor their home and properties real-time. Having a surveillance system can help you respond faster in emergencies and deter possible criminal activities. As installing security cameras involves some technicalities, seeking electrical assistance is the best option for an effective surveillance system.

Gordon Powers is the best team to call for your CCTV installation needs. For enquiries or to book a job, please call us at (02) 9199 7480.