How do I connect my security camera to my TV

by Michael

BNC to RCA Adapter

BNC to RCA Adapter


Can you give me a step by step process on how to hook this up to my T.V? i have a 1/3 sony CCD security camera with BNC and power output. What kind of adapters do i need? How do I hook it up? Any direction will be helpful.


Hi Michael,

This should not be too difficult.

Most security cameras like you are talking about use a video connection that is called BNC. This type of connector goes back a few years. The main thing it does (you can see the image) is provide a way to secure the connection with just a twist.

The problem with this type of connector is that they only thing you can really connect it do is to a DVR made for video security cameras.

The other option is to get a small adapter. Also pictured. It is a BNC to RCA Adapter. The RCA connection will then allow you to use an RCA cable to connect directly to your TV. An RCA cable is like you use to connect your DVD player to your TV. (Not the new HDMI type of connection.)

The adapter cost about $2.00 online. Here is a link to a few places where you can get one.

Places to buy BNC to RCA Adapter

You don't necessarily need the cable but if you need a longer distance you could use it.

I would use an RF Modulator as well to plug the camera into and then connect to the TV. That will give you the ability to select the channel (3 or 4) that you want to view the camera on. RF Modulators are also used to connect video devices to TVs. They are available at most of your retail outlets.

That should be all it takes to get it hooked up.

Good luck!

Peter Brissette
Security Camera Expert

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Jun 15, 2011
cctv to house television system
by: nir


I'm looking to purchase a home surveillance system but would like to have it do several things;
- record 365 days a year,
- access to view feed remotely,
- ability to view feed on any TV in our home

Could someone provide some advice on how I would be able to accomplish this? I'm pretty handy and would like to do this myself.

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