Simple Way to Add Outdoor Security Camera

By: Frank Engelman.  Updated: October 21, 2022.

 

Problem description

I already have cameras inside my house, but I really want to add an outside security camera.

 

Obvious Solutions Had Issues

While outdoor security cameras give a great view of what’s going on outside your home, there are many installations issues.

First, you need to find a place to mount them and secondly find a way to power them.

While battery-powered cameras are available, you will need to take the battery out when it needs to be charged or rig up a solar panel.

While powered cameras remove the battery charging need, you will still need to find a way to get them power, typically from an outdoor power outlet that may not be near where you want to mount the camera.

Outdoor wired cameras that receive power over the video cable are even harder to install, as you must make a hole in the house for the cable and connect them back to an indoor device that also needs power.

Wait a minute… can’t I just place an indoor camera inside my house on a windowsill?

While it sounds easy, you would have to disable night vision which turns on IR lights that can cause windowpane reflections as well as insure a very tight fit to the windowpane.

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Indoor Camera That Looks Outside

Here is my solution… an indoor camera with a matching windowpane mount.


 

 

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