Installing PTZ cameras isn’t as complicated as you might think. Once you’ve found the proper placement for your camera, it’s just a matter of mounting it using the right tools and hardware.
PTZ cameras can be installed indoors or outdoors. Both have similar installation processes. Let’s take a closer look at each one.
How to Mount PTZ Camera Outdoors
Installing PTZ cameras outdoors is a little more complicated than installing them indoors. Along with the viewing angle, you also have to consider whether the camera will be directly in the elements. An enclosure can help protect your camera, but it still needs to be installed under an overhang or structure to keep it sheltered.
For outdoor installation, you will need an enclosure as well as a mount or bracket.
The camera can be installed:
- On a pole. For this purpose, you will need a pole mount.
- On an overhang, eave or other sheltered area. For this you can use a wall mount or a ceiling mount.
Use the included hardware and follow directions to install either type of mount. When choosing the placement for your camera, keep in mind that you will need to connect cables.
How to Install a PTZ Camera Indoors
If you want to install a digital PTZ camera in your home or other building, the process is quick and easy.
- You can place your camera on a table, tripod or another solid surface.
- You can mount it onto a wall.
- You can mount your camera onto the ceiling.
If you don’t plan to mount the camera onto a wall or ceiling, it’s important to choose a solid surface that won’t shake. For example, if you want to live stream a concert, you can place one of your cameras on a table near the stage. However, the loud sound from the stage could cause vibrations that shake the table and affect the quality of your imagery.
What about installing a camera onto a wall or ceiling?
Installing a Camera onto a Wall or Ceiling
When mounting your PTZ camera onto a wall, make sure that you choose a solid wall. Additionally, you want to make sure that the power supply can reach the camera, whether you’re using a traditional power cord or a Power over Ethernet (PoE) cord.
The mount will need to be screwed or anchored into the wall using the included hardware. For ceiling installation, it’s typically best to attach the mount to a beam.
Of course, you’ll need a wall mount to install your camera up onto a wall. Keep in mind that you can typically install your camera right-side up or upside down using a wall mount.
How Much Time Does It Take to Install a PTZ Camera?
The amount of time it takes to install a PTZ camera will depend on a number of factors. However, for a single camera, it shouldn’t take any longer than an hour if you have already chosen your placement and have everything you need on-hand.
If you’re installing multiple cameras, the process can take anywhere from a few hours to a day or more.