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Four security cameras on top of a countertop.

Overview

Did you know you can install a home security system all by yourself? Most security systems are ready to go and designed to be as user-friendly as possible, allowing you to save money through D.I.Y. installation.

If you’re ready to take your home safety and security to the next level, follow our easy step-by-step guide.

Tip: Each security system may be a little different, so make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves, ear muffs and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.

Tools and materials

Steps

1Connect to Wi-Fi and choose the settings

To connect your security system to Wi-Fi, start by switching on the homebase. Next, plug the provided ethernet cable into the homebase and plug the other end into your home router. The LED indicator will turn blue, signifying that your system is ready to be set up.
A person directing his finger to a security camera homebase.

2Set up with the app

Once your system is connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to connect to your wireless cameras using the system’s app. This is where you will operate and view live camera footage.

Download the app on your electronic device and follow the setup instructions to connect each camera.

A person viewing security camera app in his mobile.

3Find good mounting spots

A general rule of thumb is to install a camera above each entry and exit point, where you can monitor who comes in and out of your home. Also, consider where you’d like to place your cameras for the best field of view. This might depend on what you’d like to use your system for, whether it’s checking on pets, monitoring deliveries or added security.

It’s recommended to keep your cameras out of direct sunlight, two or three metres above the ground. This is so the image won’t be obstructed by sunlight and to ensure the camera can capture a broad view of its surroundings. The higher the camera, the more you’ll be able to see.

Visible security cameras are a proven deterrent to crime. However, you may also wish to consider areas that your cameras can be hidden from plain view, as well.

A person directing his hand to a ceiling.

4Check the signal strength

To check the signal strength, place your wireless camera close to where you wish to mount it. Open the security app on your phone and use the mounting guide function. If the signal is weak, you’ll need to reconsider your mounting location and move the camera to a place that’s closer to the homebase.
Installing a security camera to a ceiling tile.

5Mount the camera

Mark the area where you’d like to mount the camera with a pencil and pre-drill the holes. Dismantle the mounting brackets by turning the bracket clockwise from the base.

Attach the base to the area by screwing it in where you pre-drilled the holes. Re-attach the mounting brackets. Now you're ready to attach the camera to the mounting bracket.

Repeat this step for as many cameras as you like around your home.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: Using galvanised screws will help prevent rust and deterioration.
A person drilling the ceiling with a drilling machine.

6Adjust the viewing angle

Once you’ve installed all your cameras, open the app. You’ll be able to view a live stream feed of all your cameras. From here, go back to each camera and adjust the viewing angle to ensure you’re getting a clear view of each area.
A person checking security cameras using his phone.

7Charge the cameras twice a year

If you’ve chosen a trusty CCTV system (like the one used in our example), you’ll only need to charge your cameras twice a year.

To do this, simply unscrew each camera with a screwdriver and plug them into the charger. Allow them to charge before screwing them back into place.

Connecting a wire to the security camera.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.