A closed circuit television (CCTV) system is a security camera that broadcasts what it sees to a single source. Normally, a CCTV system is connected directly to a single television or a recording device, but with the right equipment, you can connect a CCTV that uses a DIN wire to your computer. You will need to use a special type of adaptor to connect the DIN cable to an open USB port on your computer.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Computer with open USB port
- DIN-to-USB converter
- Female-to-female DIN connector
Run the CCTV DIN wire from the base of the camera to a spot near the computer.
Plug the camera's six-pin DIN connector into a six-pin DIN female-to-female adaptor, which you can find at an electronics store or order from the manufacturer of your CCTV.
Connect the other end of the female-to-female DIN adaptor to the male DIN end of the DIN-to-USB adaptor. This connection must also be a six-pin connection or the set-up will not work properly.
Make sure that the connections are tight and, if necessary, wrap the connector with electrical tape to prevent the connections from coming loose.
Turn on your computer and let the operating system boot up. Do not attempt to open any programs or plug anything into the USB ports until the operating system is ready.
Plug the USB end of the DIN-to-USB connector into the open USB port on your computer.
Wait for a message to pop up on your computer that reads "Found New Hardware." Click on this message and you will see a wizard that will help you identify the hardware.
Click "Next" and wait for the computer to search for the correct information.
Click "OK" when a message appears that reads "Generic USB Camera."
Click on "My Computer," and you will see the camera on the list of available devices. You can use this camera as you would a webcam to view, stream or record video from your CCTV.
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