Whether you’re adding security to your home or office building, adding a security camera to the outside of your home can be a great way to deter criminals.
That’s why some of the most common security companies on the market include camera systems as part of their security packages.
If you’re still considering the addition of security camera to your siding, here are some common methods that can be used to attach the camera.
Table of Contents
Method #1: Installing a Wire and Cable
Although some cameras are connected using Ethernet or a wire connection, many professionals opt to use a small device that’s installed directly onto the siding. The device is commonly called a Wireless/Tethered IP Camera.
The benefit of using this camera type is the fact that it is very easy to attach to the siding using the cable that’s already installed.
Some of these security camera cameras also include built-in rechargeable batteries so that the cameras will continue to work without you having to worry about purchasing a new battery when it’s time to change it.
If you don’t want to shell out the extra cash for a wired IP camera or an IP camera with built-in rechargeable batteries, you could also use a removable WiFi camera. While this will make your siding look a bit tacky, it could make your security camera more affordable to install.
The most important thing is to ensure that the port that you use to attach the security camera will work for any of the IP cameras that you’re considering using.
Method #2: Using a Remote Access App
If you don’t have an existing Ethernet port on your siding, but you want to be able to control your security camera remotely, you may be able to find a device that you can use. These devices connect to your phone or tablet and allow you to see, operate, and control your security camera.
In some cases, these devices are linked to your existing Wi-Fi network. However, you could also connect your security camera to a wired ethernet port on your home or office computer, and you could then use a remote access app for your phone or tablet to control your camera from another location.
If you use a wireless IP camera or an IP camera with built-in rechargeable batteries, you could also access your camera through a remote-control app.
With this type of security camera, you will need a wireless router and a specific app for your smartphone or tablet. However, it will be easier for you to get the camera on the ground or in place.
Method #3: Using Air Pero
If you don’t want to shell out the extra money for a wireless IP camera, you could also use a portable IP camera. With this type of security camera, you will need an air horn.
You then use the air horn to blast the IP camera onto the siding of your home or office. This method is faster than any of the other options.
There are several drawbacks to using an air horn for your security camera. First, you will have to carry an air horn, which can be a nuisance.
Second, you can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to attach the IP camera to the siding, because you’ll have to blast the air horn, wait for it to become charged, and then blast it again.
Third, it takes a very long time for the air horn to become charged, so you may have to have it ready before you attach the IP camera to the siding.
You’ll also need to make sure that you are able to find a clear place for your security camera to be mounted. You also need to ensure that your security camera is shielded from rain and sun. There’s also a risk that your IP camera could become damaged if it gets struck by the air horn.
Using your own IP camera, an air horn, and the method listed above can work well in some cases, but you’ll need to consider your availability, location, and budget.
Method #4: Using a Lighthouse
If you want to use a dedicated IP camera, you could also consider a pole-mounted IP camera, which is known as a lighted pole camera. With this type of security camera, you’ll attach the camera to a pole, which you can then mount on the siding of your home or office.
In some cases, you’ll need to have a lighted pole installed in front of the camera to ensure that it’s visible at night. Otherwise, you may not be able to see the camera.
In order to work properly, the pole camera will need to be placed at least 60 feet from your house or business. If the light from the IP camera is too strong, it could pose a hazard to drivers or pedestrians.
Finally, you’ll need to ensure that your IP camera is shielded from the elements. You may not be able to protect the camera from wind or rain, which can damage it over time.
Additionally, if the wind tears the pole off of its location, you may not be able to easily attach the IP camera to a new lighted pole.
Essential Material Required to Attach Security Camera to Siding
For a simple DIY job, attaching a security camera to the siding is a breeze. It just requires a short list of materials and tools. So, what you need:
- Patch & Screw
- 2 by 4s or wood
There are also some other materials that can be used while attaching security cameras to siding. It all depends on siding and the type of security camera.
Things to Consider When Installing a Security Camera
If you are considering installing a security camera on your siding, there are certain considerations you must take into consideration. The first being which brand of camera to buy, since they are similar in appearance and can be made to blend into the siding.
Security cameras tend to be very easy to install, however they do have limitations to where they can be installed, and where they can’t be installed. You might need to make a few adjustments to make them look the best for the siding.
Depending on the size of your windows and doors, you may want to be mindful of where you place the camera. Be careful to not block out any ventilation to your home.
If you are installing a fixed-head camera, it is likely that the camera will have to be positioned high above your windows and doors. You may want to position it to make sure that it does not impact on any solar panels installed on your home.
Dos and Don’ts
There are some dos and don’ts that you need to remember when installing a security camera.
- Do not attach a stationary camera to the siding. This will not give you the best angles for your security system.
- Don’t block any light from the camera, it could impact the quality of your video footage.
- Do not place the camera where it would obscure the view of a window or door.
DIY Camera Tips
- If you want to make your own security camera out of something cheap and convenient, simply drill holes in a piece of wood and attach a little pipe or strip cable to the wall. That’s a simple and inexpensive way to see what’s going on around your house, but only if you have space on the wall.
- If you don’t have any wall space, you can simply put the camera on a ring, or something similar. This will give you a clear view at any time. In the end, this isn’t about getting the cheapest camera. It’s about getting the one that will work for your home security needs.
- Don’t use thin tape. When it comes to super-thin, low-cost, Snap-on screws, you have to know how to use them properly to avoid damage to your camera and siding. In general, look for the larger, stronger type of screw. The thinner screws will easily unscrew with a regular screwdriver, but you have to be more careful when using them on a camera that is very close to your siding.
- Keep in mind that you will probably have to use a different kind of screw or drill bit depending on your type of fence. So, you will have to always keep the right tool on hand when replacing the screws.
Where to Mount Security Camera to Siding?
- Most security cameras are mounted between the eaves and soffits or directly in the roof of a home.
- You can also mount your security camera on the inside of a window with a fisheye lens and extend a cable to the roof or wall and mount on your own.
- You can also use a retractable plug to attach your camera directly to the wall in the most versatile way.
No matter what the way, your new security camera will work great. And your home will look good, too!