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How to Install a Dome Camera in a Ceiling Tile

In this guide we will be installing The Observer Pro 6.0 - a panoramic dome camera - in a ceiling tile.

Step 1: Remove the Ceiling Tile

Step 2: Center the Camera in the Tile

Step 3: Mark the Drill Holes

Step 4: Drill the Holes

Step 5: Cut a Snug Hole for the Cabling

Step 6: Push the cabling through the Hole

Step 7: Push the Screws through the Drill Holes

Step 8: Attach the Butterfly Clamps and Tighten

Step 9: Aim the Camera Lens, Snap the Outer Case Back On, and Screw in the Outer Waterproof Case

Note: The Observer's lens does not require positioning as it shoots in 360 degrees, but the Guardian and Warden will require you to position the lens, now would be an excellent time to do that. Here's a video explaining how to position the lenses for each of those cameras.

Step 10: Run the Cable, Starting from the Hardest part to Wire (usually where the wire needs to change directions at the base of the wall)

Step 11: Remove as Many Additional Ceiling Tiles as Necessary so that You Can Throw the Cable When You Need it to Go

You can make this process easier by wrapping the cable at the end to give it some weight.

Step 12: Attach the Cat5 Cable

This one cable provides power and video for your cameras.

Step 13: Put the Ceiling Tile Back in Place

Make sure that you haven't snagged the cable between the ceiling tile and the frame.

Step 14: Plug the Camera into your NVR

Step 15: Test your camera

The Observer is a speciality dome camera. It has a single 360 degree lens, but uses 5 slots in your NVR. The software on the Observer takes this one view, which looks like this:

And turns that into five views from 5 directions at the same time. They look like this:

Step 16: Congratulations, You've Successfully Installed a Dome Camera in a Ceiling Tile