UniFi Protect Cameras Installation Guide

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Installing UniFi Protect cameras is a streamlined process, thanks to the user-friendly design and robust software ecosystem provided by Ubiquiti. This guide will walk you through the steps required to install and set up your UniFi Protect cameras.

1. Pre-Installation Preparation

A. Gather Required Tools and Equipment:
- UniFi Protect camera(s)
- UniFi Protect Network Video Recorder (NVR) or UniFi Dream Machine Pro (UDM-Pro)
- Ethernet cables (Cat5e or higher)
- PoE switch or PoE injector (if required)
- Drill and mounting screws (if mounting on walls or ceilings)
- Screwdriver
- Ladder (if installing cameras at height)
- Smartphone or computer for configuration

B. Plan Camera Placement:
- Determine the areas you want to monitor.
- Ensure cameras are within reach of power sources (PoE) and network connections.
- Consider lighting conditions and potential obstructions.

2. Physical Installation of Cameras

A. Mounting the Camera:
1. Choose a Mounting Location:
- Select a location that provides a clear view of the area you want to monitor.
- Ensure the mounting surface is sturdy and can support the camera.

2. Mark Drill Holes:
- Use the camera’s mounting template (usually provided in the box) to mark the positions of the drill holes.

3. Drill Holes and Insert Anchors:
- Drill holes at the marked locations and insert wall anchors if mounting on drywall or other non-solid surfaces.

4. Attach Mounting Bracket:
- Secure the mounting bracket to the surface using screws.

5. Mount the Camera:
- Attach the camera to the mounting bracket and adjust its angle as needed.

B. Connecting the Camera:
1. Run Ethernet Cable:
- Run an Ethernet cable from the camera to your PoE switch or injector.
- Ensure the cable is weatherproof if running outdoors.

2. Connect the Camera:
- Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the camera and the other end into the PoE switch or injector.

3. Software Configuration

A. Setting Up UniFi Protect:
1. Power On the NVR/UDM-Pro:
- Ensure your UniFi NVR or UDM-Pro is powered on and connected to your network.

2. Access UniFi Protect:
- Open a web browser and navigate to the IP address of your NVR/UDM-Pro.
- Alternatively, use the UniFi Protect mobile app (available for iOS and Android).

3. Login:
- Log in with your UniFi account credentials.

B. Adding Cameras to UniFi Protect:
1. Discover Cameras:
- In the UniFi Protect interface, go to the “Devices” section.
- Click on “Add Devices” or “Discover Devices” to scan for connected cameras.

2. Adopt Cameras:
- Once the cameras are discovered, click on each camera to adopt it into your system.
- Assign a name and location for each camera for easier management.

3. Firmware Update:
- Check for any firmware updates for your cameras and apply them if available.

C. Configuring Camera Settings:
1. Camera Settings:
- Click on each camera to access its settings.
- Configure video settings such as resolution, frame rate, and recording schedule.
- Set up motion detection zones if needed.

2. Notifications:
- Configure notification settings to receive alerts for motion detection or other events.

3. Recording Options:
- Choose between continuous recording, motion-based recording, or a custom schedule.

4. Final Adjustments and Testing

A. Adjust Camera Angles:
- Physically adjust the camera angles to ensure optimal coverage of the desired area.

B. Test the System:
- Verify that each camera is correctly streaming video to the UniFi Protect interface.
- Test motion detection and notifications to ensure they are working as expected.

C. Secure Cables:
- Secure any loose cables to prevent them from being a tripping hazard or getting damaged.

5. Maintenance and Monitoring

A. Regular Checks:
- Periodically check camera feeds to ensure they are functioning correctly.
- Inspect physical installations for signs of wear or damage.

B. Software Updates:
- Keep the UniFi Protect software and camera firmware up to date for the latest features and security improvements.

C. Backup and Storage Management:
- Regularly check storage usage and manage recordings to ensure you have enough space for new footage.
- Consider setting up automatic backups if supported.


Installing UniFi Protect cameras is a straightforward process.


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