How Do I See CCTV on My PC?

Protect your home with a CCTV network.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) differs from most types of television in that it does not transmit an open signal. It can be viewed over a point-to-point (P2P) network and is generally used in the surveillance industry to monitor homes, businesses and public areas. After you purchase and set up wireless surveillance cameras, you can view the CCTV video feed from a computer in any location by entering the specific IP address that is given to you by the surveillance cameras' manufacturer.

Step 1

Position the camera in the area that you wish to monitor and attach its USB connector to the USB port on the transmitter.

Step 2

Connect the camera's power cable to a power outlet.

Step 3

Attach a network cable to the back of the transmitter or camera. (The location will depend on the manufacturer's placement of the port. Refer to the camera's instruction manual to find the port.)

Step 4

Connect the other end of the network cable to the computer. This connection is only for installation purposes.

Step 5

Insert the software CD that comes with the camera in the optical drive. Wait for the installation wizard to start. Follow the on-screen directions and fill in your personal information for product registration. Take note of the IP address that is given to you by the wizard; this is the address that you will use to access the CCTV network. Click "Finish" after the program completes.

Step 6

Disconnect the network cable and open a Web browser. Enter the IP address that was given to you by the installation wizard in the address bar. Press the "Enter" key to begin viewing the video feed.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless security camera

  • Network cable