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Security Camera Installation: DIY vs. Professional

May 25, 2023|

So, you’ve decided to invest in a security camera system. That’s a great start, but there’s more to the process than just picking out equipment. One of the main things you will need to consider is installation: Should you take on the challenge of installation yourself, or is it better to leave it to the experts?

In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of both options to help you make an informed decision.

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DIY vs. professional installation

When it comes to installing a security camera system, you have two options: professional installation or DIY. Let’s take a closer look at both routes, so you can choose the best installation method for your security needs and budget.

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There is something satisfying about rolling up your sleeves, grabbing your toolbox, and tackling a project on your own. Plus, skipping the professional installer may also save you some money in the short term. But installing a security camera system yourself may be easier said than done.

Security camera installation requires more than just plugging a few cameras into your router and hitting the power button. There are a lot of technical aspects to consider, such as wiring, networking, and integrating the system with your WiFi network and other devices.

All these can be daunting for the average homeowner (even if you’re a pro at DIY projects), but if that’s still not enough to say no to the DIY route, there’s another factor to consider: time.

Learning the ins and outs of setting up your own security system is time consuming, especially if you run into any technical difficulties along the way. And let’s not forget about the potential for mistakes. Even the most skilled DIYers can make mistakes during installation, which can lead to a malfunctioning system, wasted time, and costly repairs.


Does the thought of spending an entire weekend running wires, connecting power sources, and trying to understand Power-over-Ethernet (POE) technology sound overwhelming? If it does, professional installation is the way to go.

Getting expert help means not having to figure out technical details such as wiring and networking. Plus, a professional installer can ensure your security system works seamlessly with other smart devices, including outdoor security cameras, indoor security cameras, video doorbells, and voice assistants like Amazon Alexa.

That said, a professionally installed system also allows you to customize your home around your needs. Based on your preferences, our Smart Home Pros will recommend the best devices and placements to maximize the security and convenience of your home.

Of course, professional installation often comes with a cost. But for many homeowners, the investment is well worth it, considering the potential risks that come with doing it yourself.

Vivint Smart Home Pro installing a doorbell camera.

Factors to consider when choosing between DIY and professional installation

So, you’re at a crossroads: DIY or professional installation? Keep reading to learn more about the factors you need to consider before making the choice.


One of the primary reasons homeowners choose DIY installation is budget. But while installing a security camera yourself can save you money upfront, it could end up costing you more if something goes wrong. Plus, cutting corners on security could mean compromising the safety of your home and valuables.

That’s why professional system installation is a smarter investment in the long run. Our Smart Home Pros will ensure that your security system is set up correctly and working at its full potential. And the best part? Professional installation is included with the purchase of Vivint security cameras.

Plus, with ongoing support, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home security system is always up-to-date and operating at its best.

Technical knowledge and skills

Each DIY project comes with its own set of challenges, and that’s also the case with security systems. Installing a surveillance system requires technical skills such as hard wiring, which may be challenging even for die-hard DIYers. Not to mention that without the necessary technical knowledge, it’s easy to make mistakes that can cause issues down the road.

But when you purchase a system from a reputable company like Vivint, you know your smart home installation will be done correctly from day one. Our licensed professionals will handle all the advanced features, from video surveillance and night vision to access control and mobile app integration, so you can relax and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with top-notch security.

Time availability

They say time is money, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to installing a security camera system. Although DIY installation may seem like a good idea at first, it can take significant time to research the right equipment, figure out the technical details of installation, and troubleshoot any issues that arise.

But spending hours or even days setting up your security system can take away other important aspects of your life, such as family or work time. Meanwhile, professional installers will get your system up and running in a matter of hours, leaving you more time to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a fully functional wireless security camera.

Need for ongoing maintenance and support

The best thing about professional installation is that it comes with ongoing support and maintenance. This means that if any issues arise with your security system, you can simply reach out to your security company and let the experts handle it.

At Vivint, we offer exceptional customer support to ensure that your system is always up and running smoothly. Plus, our trained professionals will show you how to make the most of your system, take advantage of automation, and answer any questions you have.

But don’t take our word for it. See what our customers have to say about us:

“Excellent monitoring support and knowledgeable installers. Our installer, Roxanne, was exceptionally knowledgeable about the system and all sensors. Completely tested the entire system after install and ensured we knew how to operate the upgraded system.” Gene

“Our install tech was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. He made great recommendations and helped us set up our smart home with capabilities we didn’t know were an option. We’re very happy with the experience.” Sarah

The bottom line: Think twice before grabbing your screwdriver and tackling your camera installation on your own.

Vivint Smart Home Pro installing an Outdoor Camera Pro.

Security camera installation FAQs

If you want to know more about security camera installation, take a look at these most commonly asked questions.

What is the average cost to install security cameras?

A wireless or wired security camera could be just what you need to keep your home and family safe. If you’ve thought about this, then you probably also wondered how much it would cost to install a security system.

The cost of security camera installation can vary greatly depending on the number of surveillance cameras, the type of home security needed, and the complexity of the installation process. If you’re ready to invest in a high-quality home security system, our Smart Home Pros can give you a customized quote.

How do I choose the right security camera for my home?

With so many options on the market, choosing the right home security system for your home can feel overwhelming. Not all home security cameras are the same, and choosing the right type of camera for your home is crucial for keeping your family and property safe.

Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Our licensed professionals can help you assess your specific needs and recommend the best cameras for your home. Discover the best security cameras, and contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Professional camera installation with Vivint

At Vivint, we believe that your home security should be hassle-free and easy to use. That’s why our certified Smart Home Pros are always ready to help you set up your home security system in a day and guide you through the process of using and managing your devices.

Moreover, understanding that your home is unique, our team will customize your security system around your needs and preferences to offer you and your family a seamless smart home experience.

Whether you’re interested in investing in a home security system or have questions about our smart home security solutions, we’re here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us today at 855.822.1220 for a free quote.

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