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How to install security cameras?

Installing security cameras is easy with iCare. A world leader in Do-It-Yourself security systems, our intuitive products are designed with customers in mind. They feature simplified installation processes that save both time and money. With that said, there are still a few important questions that need to be answered before installation can begin.


What do I need to install security cameras?

A security system from iCare includes everything you need to get your system up and running right out of the box. Each iCare package includes the necessary parts to connect and mount your cameras. Each package typically includes:

  • The NVR or DVR you choose
  • The number of Cameras you choose
  • At least two cables (either BNC or Cat5e - depend on the number of cameras)

Common household tools, such as drills and screwdrivers are also typically required for installation of security cameras, or for making final adjustments and positioning.


Where should I install my security cameras?

Outdoor security cameras from iCare are weatherproof, meaning you can install them where you need them most. Once you have determined the areas that need the most coverage, optimize installation locations with the following tips:

Place cameras up high


Keep under shelter

    This will protect cameras from vandalism and provide a wider coverage area     This will protect cameras from vandalism and provide a wider coverage area  

Point away from light



    Mount the camera so the lens is pointed away from sources of light     Don't make obstructions the point of focus to maximize the field of view  

Protect camera cables


Obvious placement

    Install on the side of buildings, soffits or ceilings to conceal the cables     The mere appearance of security cameras can deter potential intruders  
All iCare security cameras come with Quick Start Guides that document how to install them, along with tips and other guidelines. 

How do I connect security cameras?


No security installation is ever going to be the same. The connections each system uses, on the other hand, follow general patterns to make the installation process easier. iCare typically offers three types of security camera systems, which each have somewhat different installation requirements: 

MPX analog security system wiring

A single RG59 siamese BNC cable to connects camera, power and DVR. This all-in-one cable provides power and video transmission. The video head of the siamese BNC cable plugs directly into the DVR, while the power head connects to an included power adapter.



PoE security system wiring

NVR systems utilizing power-over-ethernet (POE) technology only require a single Ethernet cable to connect camera and recorder. The Ethernet cable clicks into the back of the NVR and IP camera. This cable provides both power and video transmission.


Wireless security system connections

There is no need to run video cables through buildings or underground. This also allows you to easily change the cameras location. Connect camera to a power outlet. Then a small wired transmitter attached to the back of the DVR connects wirelessly to the camera. 


Security camera extensions

The distance between a security camera and the recorder can typically be increased. Each type of security camera does this in a different way. Analog MPX cameras can be up to 800ft away from the DVR using a single run of BNC cable. PoE (or HD IP) security cameras can be extended with the help of a PoE switch.



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Technical Support

Our website also includes several support resources concerning installation, and our technical support department is available 9:00am-10:00pm (Monday-Saturday) at 1-888-261-5110.