How to hook up a security camera without a dvr

Updated February 21, 2017

Security cameras typically connect to a recording device for capturing video of the area under surveillance. Digital video recorders are a popular option for this connection due to their long recording times on an internal hard drive and ease of use. If you don't want to hook up your security camera to a DVR, you can bypass the component and connect directly to a TV or monitor for viewing the signal from the camera.

Turn off the TV and disconnect the security camera's power cord from the electrical socket.

Connect the video cable from the output jack on the back edge or side of the security camera to the matching input jack on the TV or monitor.

Plug in the DC power adaptor cable supplied with the security camera into the port on the back or side of the camera. Connect the other end to an electrical socket.

Switch on the power for the TV or monitor. Press the video input button on the front panel to activate the connection to the security camera. You can now monitor any area under camera surveillance without recording.

Things You'll Need

  • Video cable
  • TV or monitor
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.