If you have recently purchased your first dashcam, or maybe wondering how the camera will be installed in your vehicle, car or truck, you may be pleased to know that installation is rather quick and straight forward. This method is also known as the ‘plug and play’ method whereby the dashcam will use the vehicle’s interior cigarette jack to be utilised as a power source to turn the dash camera on and off. If done correctly, the plug and play approach should leave your vehicle looking professional, neat and tidy.
The first step is to check where you would like to mount the dashcam on the front windscreen. Depending on the size and shape of your camera, this may be mounted anywhere behind the front rear-view mirror or towards the centre region area of the windscreen (a general rule is to align the dash camera along the vertical axis of the vehicle’s rear-view mirror mount). Upon doing so, ensure the lens is facing forward so that the camera captures everything in its line of sight.
Installing Dashcam (Front): Running power cable from the centre cigarette jack towards the front windscreen
The next step would be to insert the dashcams supplied power cable (if applicable) directly into the camera. Depending on how far your dashcam is from the interior headliner, rule is the closer the unit is to the interior headliner, the more tidy and clean installation will appear as the cable will be nicely tucked away. After the cable has reached the far end of the headliner, the cable should continuously be tucked into the rubber pillar, then directly along underneath the floor mat and finally plugged into the cigarette power socket. Usually power cables supplied or purchased separately are at least 3 metres in length, this is generally sufficient for most standard vehicles.
Installing Dashcam (Rear): Running cable from cigarette power jack towards the rear windscreen
If you are purchasing a duo two-channel dash camera system, then the same process should be applied when installing the cables. The only exception is this may involve leading the cable from the dashcam to underneath the floor mats towards the rear windscreen. Generally cable for the rear windscreen should be slightly longer than 3 metres. Although when doing this at first, it may appear difficult, however by using the headliner and rubber pillar as a guide this usually should be relatively easy! 🙂