If you are considering installing a wireless video surveillance system to go with your home security system, you should know that it is a process you can do yourself even if you only have a few basic skills. Of course, you can always hire a professional home security system company to install the component for you, but if you would rather attempt it yourself, it is not all that difficult to do. The first step toward installing a wireless video surveillance system is to determine where you want to place your cameras. If you are using dome cameras, you should place one at your front door and one at your back door. You should also consider placing one on each side of your house and above an outside stairway. This represents your basic four-camera system; however, you can upgrade to as many cameras as you need. Next, you should position each camera so it is viewing the area you want to keep an eye on. Mount the camera to the ceiling or wall. Most cameras will have mounting screws included with them, but you can also use molly bolts or drywall screws if you need something stronger. Different kinds of cameras mount in different ways, but all of them will need to be fastened with screws of some kind. If you plan to use your cameras at night, you will have to purchase a system that includes night vision cameras or cameras that work in low light. The night vision cameras use infrared sensors to detect objects in the dark. If you do not need to see in the dark, do not purchase infrared cameras since they will be much more expensive. For cameras that are hidden inside other objects, you will need to position them in the room so that they capture the area you want to monitor. Nanny cams can be placed in toys or stuffed animals and placed on a shelf with other toys, while workplace cameras can be placed in a pencil sharpener or a shredder for maximum cover. After you install the cameras, you will need to decide where you are going to store the monitoring and recording equipment. It will need to be in an area that is secure and can communicate with the cameras. Some systems allow you to hook all the cameras to a single receiver, but others will require you to have a separate receiver for each camera. If you hook them all up to one receiver, you will have to switch between cameras to see each image. If you have separate receivers, you will be able to view each camera at one time. Once you get the cameras to communicate with the receivers, you can return to the cameras and adjust their positions and focus them, if that option is available. Test them by recording for five or ten minutes and playing back what you record. If you have any problems with the installation process, contact your local home security system company for help. They can often provide you with valuable tips to make the installation process easier.