security camera is to hide it. You can go the Teddy Bear route if your camera relies on batteries and you are placing the camera in a children's room. But if your camera is going to be placed in your living room, you're going to need to consider where it's going to be plugged in. We decided to find the best spot available where we wanted our camera and checked the image prior to opening any holes on the wall. This is how we did it...
Here are the common household tools you'll need to get started.Materials and Tools:
- Wire Cutter
- Electrical Tape
- Hot Glue Gun
- Blank Plastic Double Light Switch Plate (2 in case of mistakes)
- Dremel Tool with Sanding Bit and Small Drill Bit (for status light)
- Spade Bit (For the Lens hole opening)
- Micro Saw Attachment For X-acto Knife (It takes time but is better to do this by hand)
- Crazy Glue (for the white little screws on the light switch plate, decoration only)
- Linksys WVC54GCA Wireless Camera
- iCam Software
- Computer for initial setup
- Smartphone for actual monitoring
We made the square cut using an X-acto knife and got the power from our friendly AC outlet, snaked the wires through the opening and started working with the blank light switch plate template for the lens and status light's openings.
This took a little bit of trial and error, but we finally found the perfect location.We used a regular hot glue gun to attach the camera (which we stripped from it's pedestal base to minimize footprint) to the switch plate. It's strong enough to hold tight and removable in the case we change our mind later.
We placed the camera inside the wall with only the camera's lens visible, and then fired up the setup for an image check. We're very happy with the results and love the fact that we don't have a camera sitting on a table with the AC cord dangling around now. Now we are able to check the house from wherever we are, whenever we want. Just fire up iCam from a selection of devices and that's it. The good thing about it is that the software supports up to 4 cameras at one time, so we can place them all around the house where we really need them...and we might add a few more now knowing it's not all too difficult of a project.