Can a CCTV DVR System be Connected Directly to a TV to Watch Cameras?

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    Mike Haldas

    Can a CCTV DVR system be connected directly to a TV to watch live security cameras without an internet connection?

    A customer contacted CCTV Camera Pros with the following questions.

    Hello Mike, I just saw your article at

    I am planning to buy a DVR CCTV system for outdoor use for my house located in a place where there is no internet connection.
    My question are:

    1. Is it possible to view live surveillance on a TV or PC, by just connecting the camera to the DVR then TV/PC without internet?
    2. If yes, can I also record the video on DVR without the system being connected to the internet.
    3. Any suggestions for a good DVR CCTV system?

    Here is CCTV Camera Pros response.

    Yes, typically CCTV DVRs have an HDMI, VGA, and or a composite video output. You can connect these video outputs to connect to a TV. This does not require any Internet connection.

    You can also watch your security cameras on a PC without an Internet connection by connecting the DVR to a network switch and connecting your PC to the same switch. The switch DOES NOT need to be connected to an Internet connection source. You can use client DVR software for Mac or PC to access and control the DVR. This includes watching your cameras live from Mac or Windows, and also playing back recorded video footage. You can see a demonstration in this video.

    Yes, recording to the DVR does not have dependency on an Internet connection. CCTV cameras and HD CCTV cameras are hard wired, using coaxial cable, from the video output of the camera to the video input of the DVR.

    As far as suggestions for a great DVR CCTV system, please take a look at our new HD security camera systems (HD CCTV) on this page. You can use both analog CCTV cameras and HD security cameras with them.

    Those surveillance systems are easy to use and have an HDMI, VGA, and composite video output.

    The DVR used in those systems can be found here:

    HD CCTV DVR System

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