Buying one’s own camera system has today become a growing necessity, more than a mere choice. Most people, usually homeowners and other property managers in addition to camera installation professionals are keen on installing the latest security camera system at their premises.

Nevertheless, buying a camera system is followed by the very obvious -grave confusion about running the security camera wires or cables! This can be quite a tedious, mind-boggling and process.

Especially when you have endless tips and tricks available online to follow. But, you never really have the consciousness to take a chance with an expensive camera system you have just bought!

Your search for the perfect tried and tested steps ends just here! So get set to run your security cameras just the way they are meant to be - like a pro!


Where to run security camera wires? 

You have too many options for that! Yes, that’s right. You can set up the camera wires around your house, in lesser-seen areas such as the attic, garage or basement, etc.

In case you do not want to get into the mess of arranging and hiding wires around your house, you also have the option of purchasing those battery-operated cameras. These are suitable for exterior portions such as the barns and stables. 

What needs to be done to run security camera wires?

Following the right steps in the right manner is essential to correctly install the security camera wires. Certain tools, equipment can be required to complete the setup process. Make sure you connect with the right solution providers for your camera needs:

So if you are also looking to set up and run your own security camera system, this informative article is a must-read for you!

But before we move on to the steps that you can swear by, first you must collect and arrange all the necessary tools and equipment.


Here’s a small yet useful list of certain items or tools you will require to appropriately run your security camera wires:

For PoE security cameras:

  1. Cat 5/6 security camera wires
  2. Drill
  3. PoE injectors
  4. Fish tape

For wireless security cameras (without battery):

  1. Electrical wires
  2. Fish tape
  3. Drill
  4. Security camera wire extension

For Analog security cameras:

  1. RG-59 BNC connectors
  2. RG-59 crimping tool
  3. RG-59 stripping tool
  4. Wirecutter
  5. Standard wire crimp tool
  6. Electrical tape
  7. RG-59/syv-75-5 coaxial wires
  8. BNC barrel

How to run your security camera wires?

Whether you are a homeowner looking to protect your family and property, or a camera installer looking to further polish your professional skills - you need a trusted source of the must-follow steps that save you time, resources and against avoidable damages.

Next, let’s have a detailed look at the most essential steps you need to follow to run your security camera system effectively:

  1. Plan and place your DVR appropriately:

    Keeping the camera wires out of sight, arranged safely, and well placed is a must. You must decide on a particular area which is easy to access, yet not very visible at the very first sight around your house. Wires are not so good to look at for your guests after all!

    Tip: Try out areas such as the bedroom closet!

  2. Switch ON your device only when you are ready!

    Remember the golden rule to any wiring - you must not switch it on until you have secured it following all steps properly. All power cables must be handled with extreme care and attention.

    Why is that so? This will surely avoid any major and unwanted damage otherwise possible to your security camera system, device, or wires.

    3. Make use of the support tools and equipment correctly 

Tools such as fish tape and stud sensor prove quite handy when securing the camera wires onto a wall. This not only tightly secures the camera wires but also protects your wall from too many holes and drills.

  1. Cut the hole correctly

    Ensure that you cut out the hole for running the camera cables just perfectly. A tighter hole for the wires can ruin their quality over time, so make sure you make a big hole as per the width of the camera wires.

    Also, in some placements, you may require to pass more than one camera wire through a hole. In that case, it is best to make markings on the cable to label them. This will help you in keeping track of each of the cables. 
  1. Drill right

Once your area is decided, drill a hole to place your camera system. Through these holes, you can run your camera wires and connect them to the other holes drilled.

  1. Make use of more tools

    You can use a tape or zip tie for passing the camera wires using fish tape. If you missed out on arranging a fish tape, use something else to tape the camera wires.

    Tip: Ensure the item you use in place of the tape or zip tie has sufficient weight to push the wires down the wall. 
  1. Time to connect the camera wires!
    Done with running your camera wires through the DVR? Now is the time to connect, test, and clean them up.

So what are you waiting for? Follow these tried and tested 7 steps to the perfect way of running your own security camera wires. Trust the experts - This step-by-step guide is all you need!

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