How to Hook Up a CCTV Spy Cam

Written by james clark
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How to Hook Up a CCTV Spy Cam
Spy cameras let you view an area under surveillance without being noticed yourself. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A closed circuit television (CCTV) spy cam is a video camcorder connected to a TV monitor. Closed circuit simply means the video signal is not broadcast, but is transmitted directly to a television or a recording device connected to a dedicated TV. Spy cams use either an S-video or composite video cable to connect to the TV or recorder, such as a VCR or DVR. Check the jacks on the back of your equipment to determine which cable you can use.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Video cables
  • Video recorder
  • TV

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  1. 1

    Place the spy cam in a position where you can monitor an area, but the camera itself cannot be easily detected, for example, the top shelf of a bookcase.

  2. 2

    Plug in the video cable to the jack on the back of the spy cam and connect the other end to the video input/record jack on your VCR or DVR.

  3. 3

    Connect a second video cable from the output on your recording device to an input jack on your TV or monitor.

  4. 4

    Plug in the power cords and turn on power for all equipment.

  5. 5

    Watch the spy cam image on your TV or monitor, adjusting the position of the cameras if necessary to obtain the best view.

Tips and warnings

  • Spy cams with a USB port can be connected to your computer or laptop for viewing the area under surveillance.

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