A security system digital video recorder (DVR) contains a hard drive for capturing audio-video signals, typically from a surveillance camera. Use a coaxial cable with RF-type connectors to hook up the camera to the DVR. This provides a secure and reliable connection since the cable is screwed on to both components. Your DVR may include programmable features that allow you to stop and start recording at specific times. You'll also need to hook up a monitor or TV to view the recorded video.
Twist the connector on one end of a coaxial cable clockwise onto the RF output in the back of the security camera. Fasten the other end to the RF input on the rear of your DVR.
Connect the remaining coaxial cable from the RF output on the DVR to the RF input on the back of your television or monitor.
Turn on the power to all equipment.
Select the camera system connected to the DVR. For example, select "CAM 1" if your DVR is equipped with inputs for more than one security camera. If you have only a single input on the DVR, tune the component to channel 3 or 4, depending on the instructions for your security camera. If you don't have the instructions, set the DVR to channel 3. If you cannot see an image on the TV or monitor, switch the DVR to channel 4.
Press the record button on the DVR to begin capturing video from the camera. The button is typically printed with a round red or black circle in the center, if it is not labeled "Record."
- Follow the programming instructions for your brand of DVR to set the unit for recording at preset times. This procedure varies with the DVR brand, but basically involves selecting a start time, such as 12:00 p.m., and a stop time and then saving the programming instructions by pressing the "Enter" or "OK" key on the DVR's remote control.
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