How to Install a Bunker Hill Security Color Security Camera

By Tony Breedlove

Bunker Hill security camera systems come with four cameras, cables, power supplies and a digital video recorder, or DVR. Because they come with simple plug-and-play cables, you won't have to worry about installing complicated BNC connectors that come with other camera systems. The cables that come with Bunker Hill security cameras are relatively short -- usually 50 to 60 feet -- so you will want to measure the distance from the camera to the DVR and purchase additional cables if needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • 3/4-inch drill bit
  • 6- to 10-foot piece of fish tape
  • Helper
  • Electrical tape

Step 1

Choose the location for your DVR. If you will be routing the cables through the wall, keep in mind exterior walls are difficult to route cables through because most such walls have fire breaks installed inside them about midway up the wall. Cables cannot easily be run through fire breaks so it is better to select an interior wall for the location of the DVR. Also, you should choose a wall that gives you access through the attic or access through the basement.

Step 2

Choose the location for your video cameras. Because you will have to route a cable for each security camera, choose a location that allows you attic access, basement access or routing for conduit to your DVR. Before selecting camera locations, plug your cameras in and look at the field of view; this will help you select locations and plan camera angles and heights. Also you should ensure everything is working before continuing with the installation.

Step 3

Drill holes at the camera and DVR locations and in the top or bottom of the wall where you will be routing the cables. Have your helper run the fish tape up from the hole in the basement or down from the hole in the attic to the hole you drilled at the camera location.

Step 4

Pull the fish tape out of the hole and tape the cable to the fish tape. Have your helper pull the cable through the wall and through the basement or attic to the location of your DVR. Have your helper run the other end of the fish tape with the cable connected to it through the hole in the wall to the hole you drilled at the DVR. Pull the fish tape and cable out of the wall and remove the cable from the fish tape.

Step 5

Adjust the camera to the required angle before mounting it to the wall. Loosen the bolt located in the center of the camera base using a screwdriver. Adjust the camera angle and then tighten the bolt. Plug the cable into the camera and mount the camera with the provided screws. Repeat this step for each camera.

Step 6

Mount the camera base to the surface. There are two ways to do this. If the surface is smooth, you can simply peel the protective paper from the pressure sensitive adhesive foam pad located on the back of the Base and then press the base onto the surface. Alternatively, use three quarter-inch wood screws to screw the base to the surface.

Step 7

Plug the camera cables into the DVR and their accompanying power supplies. Connect the yellow plug into the video-in port. Connect the white plug into the audio port. Connect the black plug into the power plug.

Tips & Warnings

  • Careful consideration of the camera and DVR locations will make your installation easier and faster.
  • When you are drilling holes in walls, make sure you do not drill into wires, plumbing or gas pipes. Do not route cables parallel to electrical lines because this may induce interference into the camera signal.
  • Don't expose the AC/DC adapter to rain or wet conditions. If water gets into the adapter, you risk electrical shock.