How to Connect Your CCTV System to TV- All You Need to Know

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In today’s world, you can never be too careful, which is exactly why so many home and business owners are investing in not just security cameras. But entire CCTV security systems to protect their property. Of course, many people feel that a CCTV system alone still isn’t quite enough, and are looking for more ways to beef up their security a bit more. If you’re one of those people, you may be interested in adding a TV for security cameras to your security arsenal. Let’s take a look at why you should consider it, what you need to get started, and how to get everything up and running.

Why to Connect Your CCTV System to a TV

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Though CCTV cameras are capable of recording footage right out of the box, they generally need some sort of external monitor to display it in real time. This isn’t as big of an issue for home security systems, as they’re mostly just around to keep track of any incidents that occur. But under other circumstances, being able to watch the cameras as they record is of the utmost importance. 

Say, for example, that you’re a business owner, and operate in a relatively large building. If the building is too large for you to see everything that’s happening from the counter. A bad actor could, in theory, just stay out of your line of sight and get away with whatever they wanted. If you have a TV security camera setup, though, you can simply glance at the TV every once and a while to ensure that everything’s still in place and operating as it should be. If anyone or anyone looks suspicious, you can quickly figure out exactly what they’re doing and where in the store they’re doing it. It gives you the information you need to safely resolve the issue.

What You Need

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Once you’ve picked out your TV and cameras, you’re ready to start setting them up. To do this, you’ll either need a DVR or an NVR. Though either will work just fine. The NVR is the much more advanced option, so if you can afford to do so, we strongly recommend choosing it. While these devices are, in theory, optional, the process to hook everything up becomes much more complicated without them. So we’d rather just spare the hassle. In addition to being convenient, they also enable you to record and save captured footage, even if your cameras don’t have SD cards.

Next, purchase a power supply box and install it in a place close to where you plan to put the NVR/DVR. Once you get to plugging everything in, it’ll make cable management far simpler and save you a good deal of time and headaches. Finally, pick up a media cable corresponding to the input/output type of your camera and TV, as well as several CCTV cables.

Before purchasing a TV, security camera, or DVR/NVR, though, be sure to check item listings for the type of input/output. There are several types of video input and output, with some of the most common being VGA, HDMI, and DVI. When picking out your NVR/DVR and monitor, be sure they have matching input/output types. If these types don’t match, you won’t be able to connect them via the media cable, rendering them incompatible.

Setting it All Up

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The setup process is simple enough. First off, you’ll want to plug each of your security cameras into the NVR/DVR system and power supply using the CCTV cables, ensuring that you’ve connected the right end of the cable to both. (Some manufacturers add tags to help you figure out which end is which.) Each cable typically splits into two distinct cables, with one having a red end and the other having a yellow end. The wires with a red end supply the camera with power, so plug one end into the camera and the other into the power supply box we mentioned earlier.

The wires with a yellow end allow the cameras to communicate with the NVR/DVR to record and save video, so plug one of the CCTV cables into each. Next, connect your NVR/DVR to the power supply, or just plug it directly into the wall using the cable provided. Then, just connect your TV and NVR/DVR using the media cable, boot everything up, and you’ve got yourself a working security system!

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