Install a home security camera system at your front door

Want to know when a package is dropped off or when visitors stop at your front door by, even if you’re not at home?

While a doorbell helps when you’re home, a home security camera system can notify you when you’re away.

Read on to learn what’s involved in installing a home security camera at your front door.


First, you need to select which cameras to install.

While buying a set with a number of cameras might seem like the obvious, and most economical choice, there’s usually a catch. In our research, we found buying a set would result in sacrificing quality so we opted to build our home security camera system one camera at a time.

You also have to choose between wired and wireless. Even though wireless is easier to install, we went with wired because of its guaranteed video delivery.

For our front door, we got the HIKVISION DS-2CD2032-I 3MP 4mm Outdoor HD DWDR IR Bullet Network IP Camera POE because it’s cost-effective ($112.88 at without sacrificing performance.

The specs:

  • 1/3” progressive scan CMOS
  • 3.0MP (2048 x 1536) high resolution
  • H.264 & MJPEG dual-stream encoding
  • HD real-time video
  • Low illumination
  • 3D DNR & DWDR & BLC
  • IP66 Waterproof
  • IR range: up to 30m
  • True day / night
  • Lens: 4mm @ F2.0, angle of view: 79°
  • PoE

Since it’s wired, the least conspicuous route was to drill a hole out from the laundry room since a wire is already fed through for cable.


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Wiring this way also gave us an excuse to go out onto the roof above the sitting room so it could be fed down to the front porch.

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The porch install involved identifying the placement of the camera; we marked the spot with the drill template that came with the camera to help guide the drill holes.

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The final steps were adding a junction box to connect the end of the camera to the wire, then mounting the home security camera itself.

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The full install took about one hour and gives us peace of mind that we now have a more secure front entryway.

Stay tuned for our IP camera recording software choice and review to follow.

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