Installation of FunLux HD Video Surveillance System
Obviously, the installation locations will vary from home to home and business to business. Your needs for surveillance may also differ from person to person as well. For my home in a 4 camera surveillance system, I’m looking to monitor all of entry doors to my home which includes the garage door, the side door to the garage, my front door and my back door which leads to my porch. Any time that you install a camera to the corner of your home or the far edge of your roof line, there is always a little more difficulty which we’ll see but we’ll also show you how to overcome these difficulties as well.
So let’s first start off with the most difficult camera mounting location, the corner of my home. This installation will actually house two of the camera’s, one pointing towards my drive way and garage door and the other pointing down the side of my house which covers a double gate that goes into my backyard but also covers the side door to the garage. The easiest way to perform the install is to utilize a large drill bit to drill exactly where you want the hole to be for the wiring. Do this from the ground using a ladder, instead of drilling down from the attic which is not only more difficult to gauge where the hole will be but also in tight spaces, makes it very difficult and near impossible to perform on the corner of a home.
With the hole drilled from the ground level, begin feeding the provided Ethernet wiring into the hole. I would feed at least 20 feet into the hole. What this does is allows the Ethernet cable to begin “bunching” or tangling up in the attic which is actually a good thing in our case. Now is also a good time to tie off the end of the Ethernet cable by making a large loop knot, this will prevent you from pulling the end of the wiring on thru the hole. When you get in the attic near the hole, grab something that you can use to “hook” the wiring with. This could be a clothing hangar or I used a curtain rod (seen below). We can use this to “hook” the wiring from the far corner of the house, where we could not easily reach with our arms.
Here is a closer look at the hole we are dealing with. You cannot even see it in the photo, but its in the far corner where the light is coming from. I would say from this camera’s perspective its a good three feet. As I said earlier, hook the bunched up wiring with something to pull it towards you. Once you have hold of it, begin by pulling the wiring towards you. When you feel like you have most of the wiring in the attic, begin slowing down so that you do not damage the end Ethernet plug or pull it on thru the hole.
Now, since I’m installing two cameras on this same corner, I did the same with another set of Ethernet cable using the same hole and the same method described above. You’ll next need to run the wiring through your attic to where you wish to drop the line in your home. This will be the location of where the FunLux NVR will sit and all of the Ethernet cables will plug-in. Again, this will vary from home to home and business to business. In my case, I already have a “media location” where I house my Internet modem, Smartthings hub, Wifi/router, and will also be housing my FunLux NVR. This location is in my kitchen, which is centrally located and also up and out of the way above my cabinets.
Luckily, there was already an existing hole on the wall that my cabinets are installed on which I utilized to feed the Ethernet wires down. The existing blue colored wire is the main wire for my Internet connection and then I fed the other wires down the same hole.
Once I began feeding down the wires, all I had to do is cut out in the sheet rock where I thought the blue wire and hole was and bingo, all of the Ethernet wires were there and I was able to grab them out. I will eventually install an Ethernet wall plate here, to make it a bit more professional looking.
For the curious, here’s what the top of my cabinet now looks like with the FunLux in place.
All I had to do next was plug in all four cameras, run the Ethernet wire from the FunLux to my WiFi Router and plug in the AC power adapter to the NVR. Turning the switch on the rear of the NVR to ON powered up the FunLux NVR.
Here’s where I installed the rear porch camera. This will monitor the entire back porch, along with the backdoor, stairs leading up to the porch and also has a great shot of the backyard area. I’m really happy with the coverage that this camera provides in this location.
Here’s a closer look at the camera installed. As I said earlier in the review, you can install these on the ceiling, on top a surface or on the side of a surface.. with the mounting hardware provided, its very flexible in installation methods. The mounting hardware is much better than some even higher priced video security systems.
The front door camera was just as easy as the back porch camera to install. Drilled up and was done in 10 minutes total. I mounted this one so that it could monitor the front porch, which provides great coverage in this small area thanks to the wide viewing area.
Here’s a closer look at the camera, which blends in well with the white. It was mounted in the same manner as the back porch camera.
Lastly, we have the corner installation which covers the driveway and the side yard. I mounted these in similar manner as the other cameras. These will be more in the “elements” as they are not as protected from weather so it’s HIGHLY recommended to either ensure your wiring plug (where the Ethernet plugs into the camera) is protected and waterproof. This can be done by increasing the hole size, so the Ethernet connector can go into the attic area or you can do what I did, cover the connector end with waterproof silicone. Again, the white camera’s blended in nicely with my home and the flexibility to mount the hardware on top or underneath the camera housing makes the installation customized to your needs.
In all, it took around 45 minutes to install all four camera’s and I had never done a camera installation before. Having just the one wire for power and data I imagine help save a lot of time and a lot of tangled up wiring! Read on to the next page and we’ll look at the software options for this FunLux PoE NVR!