What cable, connector, or adapter is needed to connect a CCTV camera to a TV?

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    Mike Haldas

    How can I connect my CCTV camera directly to my TV so I can watch my camera live?

    This is a question that I received today from a customer. Below are the details.

    We have a CCTV system that’s fairly old and I’m having trouble finding the right cable or adapter to order and wondered if you can help. We basically have an outdoor camera that used to go to a CRT monitor. The connection from the wall to the CRT looks like a coax cable and then the end that used to plug into the TV was composite.

    The CRT died and we replaced it with a small LCD TV and we need a new cable to go from coax to the LCD. We tried just coax to coax, since the TV has a tuner, but that yielded no signal. We have an adapter that goes from coax to composite which gives us a signal but it’s distorted (the colors are all wrong and it’s fuzzy).

    I ordered what seemed like the right thing, a coax to composite cable but it has a BNC connector and the female coax end of our connector is the standard cable-sized screw-in so the BNC connector won’t work. I’m unable to find a coax to composite cable that doesn’t have that end. Is there anything you suggest that we can use to make this work?

    Here is the information that I provided.

    Unfortunately, you can not connect your CCTV camera to the cable TV video input on your TV (the one with the screw on f-connector). Check to see if your TV has a RCA composite video input. It is typically yellow and paired with a red and white stereo audio inputs (which you will not use). You can use RG59 or RG6 coax cable with a BNC connector on the camera end and a RCA male connector on the TV end.

    You can also use Siamese coax cable if you want to run the power to your camera from the TV location as well.

    This is what the hook-up looks like.

    CCTV to TV Connection

    Please take a look at this article which explains how to connect a CCTV camera directly to a TV in detail.

    Please let us know if we can help further.

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