How to DIY Install a Dash Camera


Hey everybody, this is Roy from Dashoto.com and today as our tester, and to show you how to install a dash camera. For this demo, we're going to be unboxing and installing the A129 Duo into a 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, however the process is similar with the majority of vehicles.

Let's get started,

All right, so this is the package you’ll be receiving from us and we're just going to open her up and take a look inside.

All right, so, first here, we've got our installation-- This is the hard wiring kit. Here's the CPL filter. And then here's the actual unit itself, the A129 Duo Dual Channel Wi-Fi Dash Camera.

So now, let's go over what's in the box that we're opening today.

Okay, so the A129 PRO Duo is a pretty nice camera. You've got your little extra display if you want to record and everything. All your inputs for USB, AV and here connected to the rear part. And you're little microSD, so you can have some extra memory there, so you can actually save what's going on. Camera for the unit, looking pretty solid. Okay, so right here we have the installation kit that comes with every purchase from Dashoto.com. So when you order from us you know you're going to receive all this to help you install into your vehicle. So, here we have everything that comes with-- with the A129 and we'll be ready to go and start installing this. Let's go ahead and install it.

How to Install a Dash Camera into Fusebox

Okay. So we take off the fuse panel here. You should have a pretty good legend of what's going on. (Either on the panel itself or in your vehicles user manual)

1. Finding the constant

So what we're going to want to find is our accessory power, our constant 12 volt, and our ground. So, here we're going to try and locate our constant 12V. We're going to go with a sunroof. So, in this vehicle (Acura RDX 2019) and just with any vehicle, you’ll want to test your fuse before you do it-- before you start installing anywhere. [All of our customers should have a Dashoto Installation Kit included, which will help you with this step.] Just make sure your fuse is a constant.

So, make sure your car is completely turned off, that way when you touch the fuse, if it's on — the light goes on with the circuit tester, and you're going to know that's your constant 12 volt.

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2. Locate the Accessory Fuse

And then, after that we're going to look for our accessory. So, off our panel in our fuse box, says this guy right here is going to be our accessory. So, with that held there, you want to turn the car accessories on just by-- if you have a push start, just push the button without depressing on the pedal.

And if you don't have push to start, just put it-- the key into the ignition, into the accessory position and you'll be able to do that. And then when you turn it off, the circuit light-- delay in the circuit tester should also turn off as well. So-- Perfect. So, we've located our accessory and our constant 12 volt so we should be good for that. All that's left to do is to find the ground.

3. Lastly, find a Ground Connection

So, this vehicle here, most of the ground connections for the actual vehicle are nearby. So, we're just going to choose one of them, and we'll loosen it up, take off the bolt, put our ground wire in there, place the bolt back tightly, and we should be good to go with that.

How to Mount your Dash Camera

All right, everyone, so now we're going to actually mount the dash cam itself, but before we do that, just a few things. You want to make sure that you have your microSD card inserted beforehand, I-- if you don't put it beforehand, you're going to get some errors pop up and you're going to have to start from the beginning. Also, you're going to notice that there's an input for power and one labeled for USB. So, if you're using the hard wire kit that was included, for the parking mode, you're going to want to connect it into the USB port if not, just using the power here will not let you use the parking mode.

So, then we'll start the car. Make sure everything starts up. And great. So, when we're putting it up, we want to make sure that we center it and aim for about a 60/40 split. So, by that I mean 60% ground and 40% sky. And just adjust the camera, just using this guy here. So, put it up there and probably go a little bit higher. And once we're there, make sure we're centered. Once you're happy with the mounting of it, then you can [apply it to the windshield]

Note: We'll continue to take our cables and for this car here, we can just tuck it up through the top here. And we'll just do that all along once we're happy with where it's all settled.

Setting Up the Dash Camera Hardwiring Cable

So, then with the hardwire kit, we want to make sure we put our switch setting to 12 volt with 11.8 volt, it's just going to cut off everything too late and anything higher than 12 volt is not going to give you-- it's going to kill early during the parking mode. So you're not going to get as much time on there. So, the best recommended time is-- or recommended setting is 12.0 volts (Ideally 12.4V if your hardwiring kit allows).

Setting up the WIFI

Okay, so the next thing is, this dash cam has Wi-Fi capabilities. It’s more and more common for dash cameras to come with this feature. So, I'm going to show you how to set that up. So, at this point it should be recording, you can tell by the top left hand corner, with the little red dot blinking.

  1. You want to turn that off. So that we can actually access the menu.
  2. Once in the menu, we just need to scroll down to our Wi-Fi settings. And typically, it will default at 2.4 gigahertz, so we can change that to five gigahertz and once we have all that set up, we should be good to go.
  3. You'll see the Wi-Fi signal come on and it's just setting itself up. And then you'll also be able to tell by the little Wi-Fi signal at the top and the little red button here indicating that that's turned on.

Anytime after that, whenever you want to turn the Wi-Fi on and off, you just need to hold the wifi button.

That's how you set up the Wi-Fi for:

Okay, so, now all you need to do is hook up your phone to the dash cam itself using the app. So, what you want to do if you're using an iPhone, just a quick note, is first, go into your settings, connect to your Wi-Fi and we'll just choose our 5G Viofo. Be sure your car is on to do so. If you are having trouble connecting, sometimes turning your phone on airplane mode helps as well. We’ve found that some smartphones are actively looking for the best connections, so it might overlook your Viofo’s makeshift hot spot.

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this, and if you have any comments or questions, leave them below. If you’d like to e-mail us directly, we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.