How much does a home CCTV security camera (system) installation cost? How much would it cost to install security cameras in my home?

Well, security camera installation cost and price is different depending on the number, the type and the placement of your security cameras. You will have an overall impression on CCTV surveillance camera installation cost in this post.

#1. The Cost for Security Cameras Installation Can Be FREE (with Videos)
#2. The Average Home CCTV Security Camera & System Installation Cost
#3. Security Camera Installation Fees in US, Australia, UK, Canada, India, etc.

Security Camera Installation Cost Price

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#1. CCTV Home Security Camera Installation Costs Are Free — For DIY Security Cameras & Systems

The cost of DIY security camera installation is ZERO since you can install this type of CCTV IP security cameras by yourself.

DIY security cameras like Reolink Argus 2 feature in their simple and easy setup. You don't have to be tech-savvy when installing DIY security cameras. Plug in and go, and all is done. You don't need to pay extra CCTV installation cost, which saves your great budget.

There are 3 main types of DIY security cameras & systems offering the easiest installation: battery-powered security cameras, WiFi security cameras and PoE wired security cameras.

Battery-powered security cameras: You can install a battery-operated security camera simply by inserting the batteries into the camera and place it almost everywhere you like.

DIY Security Cameras

Take a look at the below video to see how simple it is to install a wire-free security camera.

Wireless security cameras: You can install the camera by powering it with the power cable. Make sure the camera is within the WiFi range so that it can function perfectly.

PoE security cameras: You can only use a Cat 5 or 6 PoE cable to connect the camera to your router to realize both data and power transmission.

WiFi & PoE IP camera connection diagram:

Compared to surveillance cameras that need professional installers, DIY security cameras cost you nothing but only several minutes.

This plug-in-and-go security camera type is becoming the most popular home security IP camera type, since almost everyone can install the cameras within several minutes.

Even your grandmother can install DIY security cameras without any difficulty. Another benefit of DIY security camera type is that you can remove and reinstall them easily.

Bonus: Click here to learn how to install home security camera systems on your own in a breeze.

When it comes to DIY security cameras, Reolink leads the way. VueVille, a top-tier media, rated Reolink security camera system as the "Best DIY Home Security Camera System".

Reolink Argus 2, one of the easiest DIY security cameras in Reolink, gets featured in over 35+ top-tier media, including Yahoo Finance, CNET, Market Watch, TechRadar, Tech Advisor, PC World, etc. In CES 2018, Argus 2 was rewarded as the "Innovative Product 2018" by Indiegogo.

Reolink Argus 2

100% Wire-Free Starlight Camera

Rechargeable Battery & Solar Powered; Outdoor/Indoor Protection; 1080 Full HD; Starlight Night Vision; 2-Way Audio; Live View Anytime Anywhere.

This DIY wire-free security camera comes with a rechargeable battery, so you don't need to buy replacement batteries on a daily basis. You can also connect this camera to the solar panel to get a continuous power supply.

The starlight night vision used in Reolink Argus 2 makes it invincible on the battery-powered security camera market. You'll get extremely clear night vision images compared with the infrared night vision IP cameras.

Color Night Vision Example

If you want to hire professional security camera installation companies to fit your security cameras, check the average home security camera and system installation cost below.

#2. Average Cost for CCTV IP Security Camera Installation

If you skip DIY security camera types, it is best to look into local security camera installation company services to perform the installation process and how much CCTV camera installation price they may charge you.

As already mentioned above, the home video surveillance security camera installation cost depends on the number of cameras, the quality of central monitoring and processing, preparation and special requirements, the labor rate, etc.

Get an overall impression of the professional typical security camera installation cost in the chart below.

Security Camera System Installation Cost Chart

From the above chart, you can see that the average cost to install residential and business security surveillance cameras is $1,511.

In order to help you get more information on the CCTV IP camera installation or fitting cost, here are some details about surveillance security camera and system installation prices.

• Typically, the 3-4 CCTV outdoor security camera system full setup and installation costs around $1,000, including security camera installation labor cost, while 8 security camera system installation fees may cost $3000-$4000.

• The price to install 2 outdoor and indoor security cameras with an LCD monitor is about $450.

• The average security camera NVR or DVR installation cost is $168.

• The installation fees, or security camera system installation service of 4 hours with licensed electricians are between $260 and $340.

• The security camera installation cost in schools: the cost of a standard resolution security camera for school application ranges from $500 to $1000. Most schools would require multiple security cameras for adequate security. A full security system with multiple cameras would cost $20,000 to $30,000.

• Some installation companies may also charge you one-time activation fees after installing CCTV cameras at your home. Generally speaking, the average activation fees range from $25 to around $100. It is best to ask the companies whether there are activation fees in advanced.

Also note that if you are installing a burglar alarm system with Analog cameras, PIR sensors, door & window sensors, the burglar alarm system installation cost would be much higher than IP camera models.

The camera types will affect the final CCTV camera installation prices and costs. You can check the below table to check the cost of security camera fitting and installation.

Security Camera Type Main Features Installation Cost
Fake Security Cameras The cameras record nothing but just give the appearance of video surveillance. $10 — $15
Box Security Cameras A standalone security camera type with a box shape, typically used outside the house $20 — $100
Dome Security Cameras For ceiling mounting $80 — $100
Bullet Security Cameras Small-size footprint cameras $100
Hidden Security Cameras Typically very small and hard to be detected $100-$150

The security camera installation cost also varies among countries due to the different labor costs. You can check the below CCTV IP camera fitting prices based on the country you live.

#3. Security Camera Installation Cost in US, Australia, UK, Canada, India, etc.

How much will it cost to install and maintain security cameras in schools, at home (or for business) in India, Australia, Canada, UK, US, etc.?

Check how much the security camera installation cost is in your country.

• The average security camera installation cost in Auckland, Los Angeles and the rest of the US is about $775 (4 camera video surveillance system). You can view estimated security camera installation prices in your city in the US on Howmuch.

• In Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth Australia, installing a 2 camera system or pack with NVR would cost about $550 (installed by licensed installers). If you want to add more cameras in the future, the security camera installation cost may cost $200-$300, depending on the number of cameras you would like to add.

• The security camera installation cost in the UK ranges from about $150-$1200 (it depends on the number of cameras and whether you would like to add NVR or DVR). 8 camera installation fees tend to be about $500.

• 4 channel professional surveillance system installation fees would cost about $1500 in Toronto Canada. If you want to add 4 more cameras, the price would double.

• The security camera installation cost in Bangalore Indian: Installing 2 dome cameras with the wiring in your 100-200 square feet property with standalone DVR or NVR would cost Rs. 10,000.

Security camera & system installation charge is totally uncertain. The labor rate is always volatile. And the security camera installation fees are influenced by your specific needs and the structure of your property, the complexity of running or installing your security camera wires.

A professional and high-quality DIY security camera system price typically ranges from $400 to $1,000. And standalone or all-in-one DIY surveillance cameras sometimes only cost about $100. In some cases, the CCTV camera installation cost may be higher than the security camera prices.

(If you are interested in security camera price, you can read this post to get more details.)

So why not just go for the DIY security camera type? You can install security cameras by yourself, and most importantly, totally FREE of charge!

If you have any questions on security camera installation cost, please leave them in the comment below!

  • Elvia

    The cost of running cables will vary in different countries. So may I know which country you live in so that we can provide the details you want about the cost of running cables?

  • Glassweaver

    This looks awesome! One question though – will this camera be RTSP compatible and will there be any option for wireless?

    This is very practical for remote locations, such as at the end of a long driveway, but I would need it to be able to integrated over a long range 2.4Ghz signal. Putting 5 of these up would cost *at least* $100 a month in wireless fees unless I can integrate it over wifi. Moreover, most of my customers would not accept being limited to an Android app and would like to use IFTTT integration with my current recording system for light automation like I do with my hardwired cameras.

    If RTSP and Wifi are not currently planned, please consider it for a future revision! =)
    Even if it needed to be a more expensive model with a bigger solar pannel – who cares? Right now I pay $500 per camera for RTSP wifi capable cameras that are *not* as good as the other Reolink POE equipment I've used. =)

    • Elvia

      Hello there, Reolink Argus 2 supports 2.4 GHz WiFi. Please note that currently this camera doesn't have the integration with RTSP and IFTTT.

      And thank you for your suggestions. I will forward your suggestions to our R&D team. If you have other questions, please leave them in the comment.

  • Jerry

    I got a quote of $4124.68 to install 8 Hikvision DD Dome V and cameras. price includes Hikvision Bracket Wall Long, 140MM Dome Cap, Tri DVR 8ch 3TB and Altronix 24 VAC 8 out CCTV P.S. Price includes materials, Labor, Programming and Sales Tax. Good fare price?

    • Elvia

      Hi Jerry, the installation fees seem costly. With the same money, you can buy several professional plug-and-play DIY security camera systems 🙂

      • Susan

        Gee what are these plug-and play DIY security cameras? sound like what I need.. my mobil camera isn't picking up the sound what person is saying.

  • Hi Max, the rough CCTV system installation cost would be around Rs. 40,000, which would need about 8 cameras, 1 or 2 DVR for video recordings.

    The cost would vary depending on the practical installation environment and the labor cost.

  • Susan

    Do home cameras that are installed to look outside do they pick up noises what the people are saying?? I live Australia I don't where to begin & who to call to install cameras looking at neighbour property..

    • Elvia

      Hello Suan, you can buy a DIY security camera to install on your front door to watch out for your property. Thus, you can install the camera by yourself without hiring a installation company 🙂

      Some security cameras that support two-way audio or audio recording will pick up the voice when people are talking, but you can turn of the audio recording function easily with your smartphone 🙂

      For the easy DIY security camera, you can take a look at the Reolink Argus 2 here:

  • Smec Gys

    I have a regular Reolink Argus wire-free camera. I wanted to know if it is possible to add a solar panel to it with rechargeable batteries. Thank you.

    • Elvia

      Hello there, the Reolink Argus cannot work with the Reolink solar panel and rechargeable battery 🙂

      You can buy a new Reolink Argus 2 and the Solar Panel with the best price now. You can check our Spring Sales here:


    I'm at kerala and one service provider charged me 78000/- INR for Wired system having 2mp clarity .The system is of Hikvision (Inc 1000mtr cabling and all the required connectors , 8 cams, monitor and dvr)

    For Wireless you may need to check with reolink

    For wireless cameras , the providers may charge than the actual wired cameras with the same clarity but the Cabling and other electrical works are not need in the case of wireless cameras and its easy when the office or your location changes this can be taken without help of contractors

    Please check with provider for wireless range


    I got it installed from Kazhakkuttam , Trivandrum

  • Vdo Intel

    Thanks for this detailed information shared by you. Live Video Monitoring

  • Humberto Godoy Rodriguez

    Hey Elvia I have 8 cctv outdoor cameras I need to install. With me providing all the material, how much I'm I looking to spend on just labor itself ( installing cameras and running the wires to a central location ) I live in san Jose california.

    • Elvia

      Hello there, for the wired system, the cost would be $150-$200 per camera 🙂 Thus the total cost might be $1,200-$1,600 🙂

  • Elvia

    Hi Natasha, we are sorry for what you have experienced. Here is a step-by-step installation guide for your reference, If you find it difficult to set up the security system on your own, you may consult the support team of the security system brand for further assistance. Hope this helps. 🙂

  • Abh

    Hi do you know the average labor cost in Melbourne to have the reolink RLK8-410B4 installed with 5 5MP POE cameras?

    • Elvia

      Hello there, Reolink RLK8-410B4 is a security system featuring plug & play easy configuration and it is quite easy to set up even for beginners. Here is a detailed guide on how to install Reolink security system for your reference,
      If you don't prefer running the cables on your own, you may contact the installers with good reviews and ask them to help. Hope this helps.

  • laksh

    Reviews of your cameras are horrible throughout the internet, including Amazon. What do you have to say about that?

    • Elvia

      Hi there, thank you for sending us the feedback and we are sorry that our products may not satisfy all and meet everyone's security needs. If our customers have any questions or encounter any issues, we will offer them responsive support via email and phone call. You may click here to learn more about our support services,
      Also, we are all ears as our customers share their ideas and suggestion on our products and services. We will take those ideas into consideration and try our best to deliver good quality security cameras and systems.

  • Putnam Reporting

    Laksh you are an ignorant asshole. The author of this blog/article obviously took a great deal of time and research to provide consumers with needed information so they can make an informed decision regarding the cost of security. I am just guessing but I assuming you were looking for similar information when you ran across this. If it wasnt what you were looking for you prolly should have moved on without being an asshole! I will never understand why someone enjoys opening their eyes each morning only to seek to insult someone. I'm going to guess again, I am thinking you are a lonely, miserable, uneducated, loser that has nothing better to do with your time. My advice to you: change your ignorance and try and find some joy to pass on to others. God bless



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