DIY Wired Security System

A Complete Guide

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Wired and wireless systems both are highly effective at protecting your home, and you can install both on your own. Although it’s a little extra work, wired systems can be accurately installed by a do-it-yourself approach.

Equipment Needs

Your equipment needs will differ from system to system. Before the installation process, you’ll need to have all the devices ready to set up and a plan for where you want to place each device.

Spread out your equipment on the living room floor and plug everything in together to make sure it all turns on and works.

If you’re concerned about wires showing, you can route them through your home’s attic or behind drywall.


Pick camera locations carefully. Choose and test angles that monitor the back, front, and side doors, plus garage door, driveway, and front yard. Inside the home, have cameras in common places in the home, such as the kitchen or living room.

Set up the digital video recorder and monitor as your first step. Each system comes with its own instructions, so pay careful attention when setting up cameras so you know where to access the film.

Mount the cameras where they have proper views and their power cords can reach an outlet.

Outdoor cameras should be ten feet above ground.

  • Mark the areas for screws with permanent marker.

  • Drill each hole.

  • Insert and hammer any remaining pins into the equipment.

  • Screw the camera mounting plate into the wall.

  • Mount the camera to the plate using the provided screws.

  • Angle the camera to where you want it to catch footage.

Attach the power adapter and plug into the electrical outlet.

Run the connector wire from the camera to the recording device, one end attached to the camera’s output port, the other to the recorder’s input port. Each security camera will feed into its own input port on the recorder.

If you’re interested in how you can enhance your home’s security, call us at Brinks Home™. Many of our systems can be self-installed, but we are always available to do an expert professional installation on your security system.

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