You might be thinking of purchasing a security camera but don’t know where to start. You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the options available.

This blog will show you an easy way to choose and install a security camera. With the growth of DIY security, farms, mines, construction sites, can now easily add a security system. Often their remote locations make running cables nearly impossible or too expensive to even consider.

Smart Solar Wi-Fi is also desirable for homeowners, renters, and small businesses where an affordable security solution is needed. So, where do we start?


Preparation is all about making the installation easy. Does the security camera fit your needs? A common mistake is purchasing a security system first and then planning where and how to install it.

A Smart Solar Camera should be suitable for installation in any sunny position. It should not require a power supply or network to operate. It should work well with either, Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Tuya Applications.

Operating with a Solar Panel it should have a built-in battery power supply. It should also have low power consumption and long working life.

Some other things to consider as well;-

  • Is it solar and wireless?
  • Does it have full-colour night vision?
  • Does it have PIR Detection? Pyroelectric - Passive Infrared  
  • Will you receive instant alerts?
  • Does it have two-way Audio?
  • Is it IP67 waterproof?
  • It is High Definition?
  • Can you have Multi-User Remote Viewing?
  • Does it have card and cloud storage?

Outdoor Placement.

For optimal security, camera placement depends on the working environment you are presented with. If you install it in the wrong location it may be rendered useless. So placement is critical.

When placing your security camera outdoors, the main suggestion is to focus on specific areas of interest. This could be the path leading up to your front or back door, the main office of a school, entry to a mine, or protection of tools on your construction site.

In some cases, you may need multiple cameras to cover all the areas you wish to survey. Dome cameras can be mounted in less visible areas due to the wide-angle that they can capture. Our horizontal angle is 320 degrees and the vertical angle is 90 degrees. This can all be controlled remotely from your mobile as well. Giving you complete control.

At a bare minimum, you will want at least one camera covering the area you are the most concerned about. You may need more if you wish to cover all of the access points. This way you will be notified as soon as someone attempts to enter the property.

Why use Solar-powered Security Cameras?

The use of a solar panel eliminates the need to get power or electric source or cabling to make it operational. By using Solar power you simply use the natural resources of the sun available to you to charge and run the camera, no further charges or fees! Being a “green” solution makes it a very popular choice.

One of the real benefits is that you can install the camera wherever you want. Even on cloudy days, solar cameras can still generate electricity since visible light can also get through rain and clouds.

For construction sites, they are ideal as you can simply take the cameras to your new site once construction has been completed.

To see or not to see - should you be able to see the camera?

They say that the tip is to ensure that it is “visible” on the property. This will/should/can act as a visible deterrent. You can also have hidden cameras as well to double up on your security and protection.

Does it have a light for nighttime viewing?

Full-colour nighttime vision is the latest trend for outdoor cameras. They provide a much better picture than the infrared night vision at night and the picture is displayed in colour as well. Another advantage is that the light will act as a visible deterrent to intruders as they will not wish to be seen.

Will you have remote access?

Being able to view your security camera's images remotely is an important feature! Real-time check-in from your mobile phone from anywhere at any time is a real plus. All you need to do is download the free software application onto your iPhone or Android smartphone and you have 24/7 protection guaranteed. The most important thing to note is that a strong and reliable WiFi connection will be required.

Can you use it as a voice intercom?

Having a built-in speaker allows you to talk to your family or visitor at any time. (Depending on the installed location of course)So even if you are not at home you can still speak and listen to whoever is at your front door or workplace without them knowing you are not there.

How do we store the data?

Options available here are a TF Card or cloud storage. Using a memory card can be useful as the images will be saved on the card in the camera for easy access. The other option is Cloud storage.  No “Wi-Fi” no problem this will mean the memory card is the only way to record motion detection events.

Outdoor Camera Installation Considerations.

Outdoor cameras require a few extra considerations:

  • Sun reflection or other reflections can cause lens flare.
  • Be aware of privacy regulations e.g. ensure security cameras do not point into neighboring properties.
  • Make sure to face the security camera away from direct sunlight, street lamps or security lights.
  • Mount the security camera out of reach so it cannot be vandalized.
  • Check Wi-Fi connection strength to make sure there is a strong enough signal.

How to get your home secure for your “Peace of Mind”.

Adding a home security system doesn’t have to be a daunting process after all. Planning, realistically assessing your areas of risk, considering all your options and your budget, will guide you in making the right decision.