You need to know how to install a door peephole camera correctly if you want to get an uninterrupted and high-quality view of what’s waiting on the other side of your door.
You’ll learn the 10 simple steps that you can follow and do DIY at home. You won’t need many (if any) tools and we’ll help you to avoid all the common installation mistakes. We’ll guide you through the whole process; from removing your current peephole lens to setting up connected devices.
You’ll learn everything you need to about installing a peephole camera in one place. By the end, you’ll be confident and ready to get to work.
Let’s get into the guide!
How to Install a Door Peephole Camera
Here we’ll break down and go into more detail on each of the 10 steps you’ll need to follow. We’ve kept it as easy and simple to follow along and left out all the technical jargon.
Here is what you’ll need before getting started:
- Peephole key (it a flat and shaped metal key for removing and installing your peephole camera) that should come with most smart wireless peephole door camera
- Small piece of fine sandpaper (optional)
- Your new door peephole camera (both indoor and outdoor assembly)
- Cloth for wiping away built-up dirt
Once you’ve got all the items together, move on to the 10 steps in the next section. We’ll be learning how to install a camera for existing peepholes.
Ring Peephole Camera Installation in 10 Quick Steps
Here are the 10 steps you’ll need to follow to install a Ring Door Peephole Camera. If you have a different brand then there might be some minor differences. These steps will still outline the process you need to follow with all wireless smart peephole cameras.
Let’s get into the steps!
Step 1: Charge the Battery
Start by giving the battery for the peephole camera unit a full 100% charge. This is especially important if it’s the first time using the battery.
This shouldn’t take too long and needs to be done. Most batteries shipped will arrive at a 50-60% charge.
You should get the battery charger with the peephole camera. Take it out, connect the battery, and plug it into an outlet.
Step 2: Prepare the Old Peephole Unit for Removal
You’ll need to use the peephole key for this step. Use the prongs to get around the edges of the peephole unit (inside and outside) to get the dirt and paint out the way.
Paint is the most common thing that gets old peephole cameras stuck.
Once you’ve worked around the edges of both sides of the peephole, it should be ready to be unscrewed.
Step 3: Unscrewing and Removing the Peephole Camera
Use the flat side of the peephole key to unscrew the peephole. Turn it counterclockwise until it’s loose enough to unscrew by hand.
Once it’s ready to come out, slide the lens and pipe out of the hold and out the door.
Repeat this on the other side of the door (not always necessary) to remove the entire peephole unit.
Screw the two parts of the peephole together to keep them safe for future use.
Step 4: Smooth Out the Hole in the Door
You can use the flat edge of the peephole key, or some fine sandpaper, to smooth out any jagged edges in and around the hole in the door.
You want this to be as smooth as possible to avoid damaging or obstructing the path of your new peephole camera.
It doesn’t need to be super-smooth. It’s fine as long as there aren’t any sharp pieces of wood or old paint sticking out.
P.S. If you’re installing a peephole camera for apartment doors, be extra careful not to split the wood or damage the door – you’ll have to pay for it.
Step 5: Inserting the Outer Assembly
Start on the outside of the door. Insert the outdoor half of the assembly into the hole until the flat part of the camera is sitting flush with the door.
Part of the shaft should be sticking out the other (inside) side of the door. Peel away the protective yellow tape or remove the orange cap.
Depending on the size of the hole, you might need to use the provided cylindrical adaptor to fill up the extra space. If the tube fits well, there’s no need to use the adapter.
Step 6: Installing the Indoor Assembly
Start by removing the cover from the indoor half of the peephole camera unit. Put it to the side as we’ll use it in the end.
Slot the assembly onto the tube that’s sticking out of the door from Step 5.
You’ll see a black connector cable in the tube. Gently pull this out of the tube until there’s no slack.
Step 7: Connecting the Two Pieces
With the door open, hold the outdoor piece in place with one hand. With your other hand, screw the tightening nut onto the shaft to secure the indoor piece to the door.
Use the peephole key to tighten the nut until it’s fastened securely.
Step 8: Secure the Connector Cable
Press the connector into the port that sits just below where the connector exits the tube.
Reel in the excess slack and clamp it down under the port. Make sure it’s connected and that the cable isn’t twisted or bent sharply.
Step 9: Insert the Battery
You’ll find the battery slot at the bottom of the indoor assembly. Take your fully charged battery and insert it (using the arrows for guidance) correctly.
You’ll hear a small click when the battery is in place.
Step 10: Setup Connected Devices
Now that you’ve set up your Ring Door View Cam, you can connect any devices that you want to view from.
Use the compatible Ring app (or the app for whichever brand you go with) on your phone/tablet/PC to connect to the peephole camera.
If you’ve done the Ring Door View installation correctly, you should see the list of options on the app. Click the top option (or the one that lets you set up a door view) to set up viewing from your device.
That’s it for the 10 steps to setting up a Ring Door Peephole Camera. If you’re using the Nest peephole camera, these steps will work too.
Well done for taking the time to make sure you set up your peephole camera the right way. You can be confident that your camera is going to work just like you want it to.
You won’t need to worry about any nasty surprises because of a fault peephole camera.
You’re well-equipped and ready to get to work installing your camera. Remember that these steps also outline the general process you need to follow for different brands.
Take what you’ve learned on how to install a door peephole camera and put it into practice – you’ll have a sleek and secure front door camera set up in no time!