You can pay for your backup camera installation and that’s okay. A lot of people get their backup cameras professionally installed and probably for the average vehicle owner, that’s the best for them. On the other hand, if you’re handy at all with simple car wiring and installation, a DIY backup camera installation might be the way to go.
There are basically two general types of DIY installation; wired and wireless. If you bought a wireless backup camera system and are expecting that there will be no wires to install, you will be in for a surprise. They do have wires and you will have to connect the camera to your electrical system. The good news is that a wireless backup camera system requires minimal wiring that is perfect for a DIY backup camera installation.
The way you display the camera’s view can be drastically different from system to system. You will find that there are standalone monitors which can range in size from a small less than 3 inches to 7 inches or larger. There are also replacement mirrors with built-in rear view mirror camera monitors, there are built-in installations that allows you to mimic factory installations, and there are clip-on mirrors with built-in monitors. You will have to decide what works for you and how custom you want to get.
Backup Camera Installation
The only real difference between a wired system and a wireless rearview camera system is that the wired system uses video cables that run from the camera to the video monitor inside your vehicle. A wireless car backup camera system replaces the cables with a wireless video transmitter on the camera and a wireless video receiver either built-in to the monitor or in a separate box.
There is a difference in performance between the two types of car cameras. We don’t generally recommend a wireless backup camera system because of problems with outside interference in the signal transmitted from the transmitter to the receiver. The interference can be significant and particularly for long distances between the transmitter and receiver. Large SUVs, trucks, and RVs may all experience more interference than smaller vehicles with less distance for the signal to travel.
The way around that is to use a wired automotive backup camera system which doesn’t have the same problems with interference and should produce about the same strong video signal using the same cables no matter how great the distance between the camera and monitor.
The biggest problem with wired reverse cameras is routing the video cables through the vehicle. That can be an easy task or a very difficult task depending on the vehicle and how important it is for you to hide the cables from view.
Both wired and wireless rear camera systems require you to provide power to the backup camera, so in each case, you will need to create a connection between the camera and your vehicle’s electrical system usually near the location of the camera.
Wired Backup Camera Installation
We will start off with wired systems because they require the most “wiring” and the camera wiring is basically the same for both types of systems.
We have included two videos below that both show how to install a couple of the most popular wired backup camera systems. You can use these videos as a step-by-step tutorial to install most wired camera systems.
Wireless Backup Camera Installation
Many vehicle owners buy wireless backup camera systems for DIY installations thinking that it will be less expensive and much easier than a wired system, and in general, they’re right. Unfortunately, they don’t bargain on having to wire the camera into their backup light system so that it operates properly. Many owners end up going to a local auto electrics store to have it installed or worse, shelve the project and the camera.
The problem lies in the fact that you have to run the electrical wires on the camera into your vehicle so that they can connect with the backup light wires. That is so that the camera comes on automatically when you shift into reverse and the camera doesn’t stay on all the time. A reverse camera that stays on all the time can be a real distraction and safety hazard.
Since many backup cameras install over the license plate bracket you may be able to simply use the same wire path that the license plate lights use to avoid drilling any holes. Once the wires are inside the vehicle, it is usually a simple matter to connect them to the backup lights.
We have included three videos below that both show how to install a few of the most popular wireless backup camera systems. You can use these videos as a step-by-step tutorial to install most wireless backup camera systems.
Backup Camera Installation
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