How to Use a Satellite DVR With Security Camera
By James Clark
A satellite digital video recorder, or DVR, captures a satellite TV signal for storage on the internal hard drive and playback to a connected television. The signal passes through a coaxial cable connection to the DVR. Hooking up a security camera enables you to record an area under surveillance to the DVR, or simply monitor an area on a TV connected to the DVR without recording. Use a pair of coaxial cables with threaded RF couplers on the ends.
Switch off the security camera, DVR and TV or monitor.
Push on the connector at one end of a cable onto the camera's output port, which is usually on the back edge. Twist the metal ring on the cable clockwise to hold it on the camera.
Attach the other end to the input on the rear panel of your DVR.
Connect the second cable from the DVR's output to the RF input on the television set or monitor.
Turn on the power for the three components and tune the DVR to channel three or four, depending on the camera model.
Watch the monitor or TV to view the area under surveillance from the camera, or record video by pressing the DVR's record button.
- Many DVRs feature programming features that let you record at specific times. Follow the procedures for your DVR brand to start and stop recording from the video camera at different times each day.
James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.