How to turn a TV into CCTV security

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If you would like to save money by not having to buy a dedicated CCTV monitor you can turn any TV into a monitor for your CCTV security system. If you have a TV with RCA type video input, the process is relatively easy. The output from a CCTV camera is one volt peak-to-peak; this is the same voltage a TV RCA video input requires.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • BNC male to RCA male adaptor
  • RF signal modulator
  • Male to male RG-6 coaxial cable

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Instructions

    TVs With RCA Video Input

  1. 1

    Plug the BNC to RCA adaptor into your camera or video recorder output.

  2. 2

    Plug the other end into your TV video input.

  3. 3

    Turn on your TV and use the remote control to set the video input mode to "Aux 1" or "Aux 2." You will see the signal from your recorder or camera.

    TVs Without RCA Inputs

  1. 1

    Plug the BNC to RCA adaptor into your camera or video recorder output.

  2. 2

    Plug the other end of the adaptor into the RF modulator input.

  3. 3

    Plug the RG-6 coaxial cable into the RF modulator output and the other end into your TV cable or antenna input.

  4. 4

    Switch the RF modulator to channel three or four and power on the RF modulator.

  5. 5

    Turn on your TV and change the channel to the channel you set on the RF modulator unit. You will see the signal from your recorder or camera.

Tips and warnings

  • If you prefer not to buy a BNC to RCA adaptor you can make your own by splicing an RCA male cable to a BNC male RG-59 cable. Just connect centre conductor to centre conductor and shield to shield. The purpose of the RF modulator is to modulate the signal into a frequency the TV tuner can receive; if you have an RCA input on your TV this is not necessary because the RCA input is a simple one-volt signal with no modulation.

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