Can I install a doorbell camera myself? Yes, you Can!
We are well aware that wireless doorbell cameras are becoming more popular and reliable these days.
For this reason, we will show you how to install a wireless doorbell with a camera (5 Best Wireless Doorbell Camera with Chime) in your home.
There is an ongoing argument between lovers of hardwired doorbell cameras and battery-powered doorbell cameras about the best home security (5 Best Home Security Cameras Without WiFi 2021).
We have personally used and reviewed these two and found little different about them.
Wired or wireless, they perform their functions very well. However, we prefer wireless doorbells with cameras more than the hardwired variants.
If you are concerned and confused about how the wires in your doorbell camera (Are Doorbell Cameras Always Recording? [Answer + Solution]) are connected, we recommend you stick with the wireless doorbells.
It is much easier to install wireless doorbell cameras than wired (Can you Make a Wired Security Camera Wireless?) types.
Most wireless doorbell cameras are battery-operated, which means they may not need to be connected to a wired system to work.
Wireless doorbell cameras also come with their own apps that allow you to monitor what’s going on in your home, make important security decisions without leaving your seat, talk to someone at your door without opening your door, etc.
Alerts are sent to your smartphone when someone presses the buzzer, but also when the doorbell’s motion sensor detects movement right outside your property.
Wide-angle lenses with HD sensors make it easy to see the entire walkway, and some models are equipped with night vision to produce clear images in the dark.
Some hardwired models offer more advanced motion alarm options than batteries, such as special protection zones so you can automatically lock down areas (such as a busy street) and even record 24/7.
If you prefer a hardwired model but don’t have a wired outlet available, you can hire an electrician to install a chime and bell circuit or purchase a plug-in power adapter for your doorbell.
Most smart home brands, such as Google Nest and Ring, sell power adapters for their doorbells. In addition, power adapters are available on the aftermarket for almost every model.
However, be aware that the doorbell manufacturer does not recommend them.
That being said, battery-powered video doorbells tend to be less expensive than hardwired models, and they can be an option even if you already have wiring.
In addition, some battery-powered video doorbells have power ports so they can be plugged into your home’s wiring.
Can I install a doorbell camera myself?
Yes, you can easily install a wife doorbell camera yourself without any outside help. The only difficulty is that you may need to use an electric drill and a hammer.
You will also need to know basic drilling skills to install the mount.
However, if you can do this, you can basically install the wireless doorbell camera yourself.
How do you install a wireless doorbell?
Basically, installing a WiFi doorbell with a camera involves placing the mount where you want it, making marks on the wall with a sharp point where each screw should go, drilling a hole for each screw with an electric drill, hammering in pins of any shape, and screwing the mount into the wall and attaching the doorbell camera.
Nevertheless, let’s go step by step.
Step 1: Make sure the batteries are charged.
Always make sure that the battery of your doorbell camera is fully charged before installing it.
Most models, such as Ring and Eufy, come with a micro USB cable to charge the battery; you’ll need to take the doorbell off the wall each time it needs charging.
Some doorbells, such as the Ring Video Doorbell 2, have a removable battery that can be changed or removed without disassembling the doorbell. Depending on the model and how much the doorbell registers, battery life can range from one to six months.
Step 2: Mount your doorbell camera
Most video doorbells come with a mount that you attach to the outside of your home.
However, you may need to use special tools like screwdrivers, pliers, and drill bits if you want to mount the doorbell to brick, stone, or concrete. Once the mounting bracket is securely in place, attach the doorbell to it.
Step 3: Connect the doorbell app to your phone
Once you’ve connected the doorbell to the app, you can adjust the settings to your likings, such as motion sensitivity (play with this setting, so rustling trees or passing cars don’t trigger a recording), person detection, and video recording length.
In my experience, the default motion sensitivity is often set so high that every passing car is recorded, which is quite annoying if you live on a busy street.
Step 4: Set up the doorbell sound
Some video doorbells come with a plug-in ringtone; if not, you’ll need to purchase one.
The app on your phone sends an alert when someone is at your door, but a separate ringtone lets others in your household know when you have visitors.
Step 5: Test your doorbell camera.
Last but not least, after you’ve installed a wireless doorbell with a camera, you’ll need to test the entire setup to make sure everything is working properly.
Finally, if you consider installing a wireless doorbell with a camera, you can always buy the right doorbell that suits your needs.
Make sure to get a battery-operated doorbell video camera with some features such as passive infrared motion detection.
This is because you can have the camera automatically alert you when people approach your door through video motion detection.
However, some video motion detectors can generate false alarms. Some other features that you should consider in a wireless doorbell camera are:
- Ultra-wide viewing angle
- Must have good 720p or 1080p picture quality
- 2-way sound quality must be clear, with little or no background noise
- The app is easy to use