Outdoor security camera act as a protector of your house. It is just like the eyes of your house. But there are some problems that homeowners have to face related to the outdoor security camera.
In the following blog, we are going to talk about 8 important pro tips to keep your outdoor security camera safe:
1-Protection Against Being Stolen, Vandalized and Blinded
There is no doubt that CCTV and IP video cameras can be vandalized or can be taken away by the thieves. To avoid this situation, we have a solution for you:
To protect your security camera, place it out of the arms reach. Place high up on the wall, soffit, or overhang it on the roof or under the eave. Furthermore, you can even mount it into the wall using screw mount or security mount. You can also place the NVR/DVR within the bookshelf, cupboard, or any other hidden position for avoiding the theft.
Furthermore, homeowners can try out using camouflage cover for outdoor security. Other than this, place the CCTV camera behind the birdhouse.
2-Keeping Bugs, Spider, and Insect Away
When the security CCTV cameras are installed outside. After the passage of time, they get covered with insect, bug, or spider web.
- To get rid of this, you should spray the bug sprays and insecticides.
- Apply the petroleum jelly around the surface of a camera for preventing spider to make a spider web.
- Regular cleaning using a soft-bristled brush will also help you to keep your surveillance camera clean.
3-Protection Against Weather Conditions
There are some areas where weather conditions are extreme. In those areas, you need to check the IP (Ingress Protection) rating that will tell about the ability of a product to withstand the elements.
- For protection against the weather condition, you should get the rain cover or housing or enclosure to protect the security camera from snow, dust, heat, and rainwater.
- To protect your camera from rain, then you should use junction boxes to hide the cables and connectors from sight.
4-Dealing with IR Glare and Light Reflection
When the outdoor camera is pointed toward the reflective surfaces like glass panels, pond, or car window, then this cause lens glare and make it difficult to view things.
- Place the camera outside your house for achieving a better view.
- To prevent reflection of light, it is best to adjust your camera viewing angle so that there is no reflection of light.
- Homeowners can also use an anti-glare film window utilizing the IR illuminator and place it on a window sill.
5-Preventing Clouding, Fogging, or Condensation
Most of the security cameras are sealed and airtight that prevent the entrance of moisture inside the lens. But in some cameras, fogging and moisture problems are common at night.
- The fogging problem occurs in the early morning but it will go away by itself so there is no need to clear the surface. If the issue lasts longer, the solution is the internal condensation by placing a packet of silica gel inside your housing case.
- Condensation problems can occur as well if the outdoor camera is not properly sealed.
- To wipe out the lens cover, you should use the micro-fiber cloth.
6-Protection Against Lightning and Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms and lightning have no fixed time. To protect your camera, you should keep the following things in mind:
- Don’t place your camera on the metal pole because, in case of a power spike, your camera will stop working.
- It is best to use a camera weather shield for the protection.
- Ensure that your wired outdoor security system is grounded well for minimizing the damage by redirecting the lightning current into the earth.
- Connect your camera with UPS so that if there is a power outage it should stays operational.
7-Avoiding Hacking of IP Security Camera
Hacking is one of the major concerns regarding security cameras. This can be done by the ill-intended people by jamming your outdoor security cameras.
- To avoid the problem, you should use the network with WPA2 (Wi-fi Protected Access II) for the security protocol.
- Change your password frequently and make it complicated.
- Update your firmware frequently.
8-Handling Camera Image Problems
If you face problems like video or image loss, rolling lines, or image flickering, and others, then you need to take care of it in following ways:
- Check your camera and ensure that it is not damaged or frayed.
- You should troubleshoot your camera or reboot your camera.
- Never mount your outdoor security camera on the metal surface because this will generate the electrical interface and it will ultimately impact your camera images and videos.
Hopefully, now, you are aware of the eight tips to fix the outdoor security camera like a pro! To get the IP Camera installation, always hire the experts for the installation.