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Security Camera Installation Process

Our Tried & Proven Security Camera Installation Process

Learn more about the security camera installation process we follow to deliver excellent quality security camera installations for commercial and residential properties.

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How we Install Security Cameras

What it Takes to Install Security Cameras for Home & Business

Our team can help plan and execute residential and commercial security camera installation projects of any difficulty. From simple security camera kit installations to complex security camera installations for warehouses, office buildings, and condos that involve extra planning, network cable installations, and integrations with other security equipment.

Here is an example of a simple security camera installation project.

01 Site Survey

During the estimation process, our team will assess the physical environment and infrastructure to ensure the cameras can be properly installed. We will determine the optimal camera placement, angles, and mounting options. At this stage, we consider factors such as lighting, obstructions, distance coverage, as well as any special requirements for security camera installation you have.


02 Planning

Based on the Site Survey information we will recommend the best approach to security camera installation. This can include an evaluation of the areas that need surveillance and a recommendation of the number and type of cameras required, and more. We will identify the points of entry, vulnerable areas, and the field of view necessary for each camera.


03 Equipment Selection

Our team will recommend the appropriate security cameras and accessories based on the surveillance requirements. We will discuss factors such as resolution, camera type (dome, bullet, PTZ, etc.), lens types, night vision capabilities, storage options, and more.

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04 Wiring & Infrastructure

Based on the project design our team will install the necessary cabling and connectors required to connect the cameras to the recording systems and other infrastructure. Location of cameras, camera types, and other factors play a role. For example, if the gate is located far from the property special poles and additional network cabling may need to be installed to mount cameras and connect them to the system.


05 Mounting & Installation

Our team will install the cameras at the chosen locations using appropriate mounting brackets. Ensure the cameras are securely positioned and aligned according to the predetermined angles and field of view. Make proper adjustments for optimal monitoring.


06 Network Configuration

We will connect the cameras to a recording device, network video recorder (NVR), and other network equipment you may have. Our team will configure the camera settings such as resolution, frame rate, motion detection, and other relevant parameters. We will test the cameras to ensure they are functioning correctly.


07 Recording & Monitoring Setup

Connect the NVR or recording device to a monitor or computer for real-time viewing and configure the settings for video recording and storage. Set up remote access if required, so the cameras can be monitored and controlled from any location with internet connectivity.


08 Testing & Fine-Tuning

Our team will verify that all cameras are functioning correctly, providing clear images, and covering the intended areas. We will adjust camera angles or settings if necessary. Test the system's functionality, including motion detection, remote access, and recording capabilities, etc.


09 User Training

Our experts will provide training to the end-users or security staff on how to operate and access the security camera system effectively. We will share all you need to know if order to use the system - features, functionalities, maintenance requirements, etc.


10 Warranty and Maintenance

Following our warranty, we will help take care of the system.

Factors that Impact Security Camera Installation

Security camera installation projects are complex, a lot goes into planning every project. Here are a couple of examples of things that can impact the complexity of security camera installation.

  • Building Structure - the structure of the building can pose challenges during installation. Complex architectural designs, high ceilings, or unique building materials may require extra effort and specialized equipment for mounting cameras and running cables.

  • Lack of Access - difficulty in accessing certain areas can complicate installation. Limited or obstructed access to ceilings, walls, or outdoor areas may require creative solutions such as using ladders, lifts, or drilling through obstacles to install cameras.

  • Wiring Distance - longer distances between cameras and the central recording device or power source can complicate installation. Cable distance limitations may require additional equipment, such as signal boosters or Ethernet switches, to ensure proper connectivity and data transmission.

  • Power Supply - ensuring a sufficient and reliable power supply for the cameras can be challenging, especially in outdoor or remote areas. The need for additional wiring, power outlets, or the use of Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches may add complexity to the installation process.

  • Network Infrastructure - integrating security cameras with an existing network infrastructure can be complex. It may involve configuring routers, switches, and firewalls to allow proper access to the camera system, ensuring network security, and troubleshooting potential compatibility issues.

  • Surveillance Goals - meeting specific surveillance goals can complicate the installation process. For instance, if the goal is to monitor large outdoor areas or cover a vast number of cameras, it may require more advanced camera systems, higher-resolution cameras, and the use of multiple recording devices.

  • System Integration - integrating security cameras with other security systems, such as access control or alarm systems, can complicate the installation. It may involve interoperability challenges, the need for additional hardware or software, and coordination between different systems.

  • Regulatory Compliance - adhering to local laws, regulations, and privacy considerations can add complexity to security camera installation. Complying with data protection requirements, ensuring proper signage, or obtaining necessary permits or permissions may require additional steps and documentation.

  • Environmental Factors - environmental factors such as extreme weather conditions, temperature variations, or exposure to dust, moisture, or vibrations can complicate installation. Specialized weather-resistant or ruggedized cameras may be required, along with appropriate sealing and protection measures.

  • System Scalability - if the surveillance system needs to be scalable to accommodate future expansions or changes, it can add complexity to installation. Considering the system's ability to add or relocate cameras, upgrade hardware or software, and integrate new technologies may require careful planning and provisioning during the installation process.


It's crucial to consider and address these factors to ensure a successful and effective security camera installation. Consulting with experienced professionals and conducting a thorough site survey can help identify and mitigate potential complications.

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Angela Wilson


I am so happy we chose Citadel as the company of choice for our camera installation. The team was super responsive to my emails and answered all of my questions promptly. The installation and setup was nice, quick and clean once complete. We were educated afterwards about the system's components which was an additional bonus. Overall it was a pleasure to work with Citadel and I would 100% recommend the company.

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