Skip to content

How to Set Up CCTV Without WiFi

This article is a collaborative effort, crafted and edited by a team of dedicated professionals.

Contributors: Muhammad Baballe Ahmad, Mehmet Cavas, Sudhir Chitnis, and Zhen-ya Liu.

✓ Verified & Tested Information

If you’re looking for a way to set up CCTV without relying on WiFi, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do just that.


Setting up CCTV without WiFi is an increasingly popular option among homeowners who want to keep an extra eye on their home’s security. The benefits of using a CCTV system without an internet connection include cost savings, as there is no need to purchase or install additional equipment such as routers, internet service providers (ISPs), and hardware. Additionally, setting up a CCTV without WiFi can be simpler than with a wired or wireless connection, as it eliminates issues like slow speeds or the need for manual configurations.

This guide will provide a step-by-step approach to setting up CCTV surveillance cameras without WiFi. We will cover topics such as understanding different types of cameras available, connecting cameras to monitors and recording devices, and configuring the system properly for optimal performance. With this guide, you will have the essential information needed to set up your home CCTV surveillance system without using the internet.

What You Need to Set Up CCTV Without WiFi

Setting up CCTV surveillance without WiFi can be a great way to maintain a secure and safe environment. You don’t need to be an expert in technological fields to accomplish this, as it is relatively easy to do and doesn’t require much hardware. In this article, we will discuss what you need to set up CCTV without WiFi and how you can do it.

CCTV Camera

When setting up CCTV cameras without WiFi, you will need some equipment to ensue your system is properly setup. Ideally, it should have the following components:

-CCTV Camera – this is the camera itself which captures the video footage. Look out for wide angle views and HD resolution offerings as these will allow you to get a clearer picture of what’s going on around your home or business.
-DVR or NVR Recorders- these are devices used to store your recorded footage. They range from budget-friendly consumer options through to more robust and secure enterprise solutions.
-Power Supplies – This enables you to power up your CCTV cameras without the need for cabling them back to a central electrical point at home or in a commercial building.
-Cables – You may also need some cables (or an adapter) in order to connect up various parts of your CCTV system architecture, such as cameras and monitors, sensors and controllers etc.

These items can all be easily sourced online or purchased in camera/electrical stores depending on what you need and where you live. Before you purchase any equipment though, it’s good practice to read reviews from other customers so that you can ensure the product is good quality and well suited for the job it is intended for.


To set up your CCTV system without wifi, you will need a monitor or a screen to view the footage. A monitor is a display device used to view images generated by video cameras. It is typically composed of an LCD display fitted into an enclosure with related electronic circuits. The type of monitor you choose depends on your needs and budget; some monitors have extra features like touch-screen capability, or are specifically made for gaming purposes such as high-resolution displays with low response time for smooth transitions during gameplay. You may also want to consider choosing one that offers additional security features, such as anti-theft locks or special access control functionality. Once you select the right monitor, you can connect it directly to your CCTV camera.

Power Supply

Ensuring that your CCTV camera’s power supply is set up properly is essential for it to be effective. Generally, you will need a reliable, battery-operated power source for the cameras and a separate transformer for the monitor. For example, if you are using a wired type of CCTV installation in your home or office, then you will need an AC adapter and 12V DC connection. You will also need a direct power source in order to power up the monitor as well as any other peripherals you may use with it.

It is important to note that the type of power source used to operate the CCTV camera has an effect on its overall performance, so take care when selecting it. Battery-powered options tend to be less reliable than those powered by mains electricity; however, they can come in handy if you are trying to keep costs down as they reduce installation time and require no external wiring. Before plugging any wires into the wall outlet, be sure that everything is conform to security code and local regulations.


Cable is an important factor in setting up your CCTV camera system. Depending on the type of camera and system you have, you may be required to run power cords and Ethernet cables from the cameras to a recording device or a monitor. Power cords are used to provide electricity to your cameras, while Ethernet cables are used to send data between the camera and its receiver/monitor.

Running these cables through walls and ceilings may require drilling or trenching, depending on the size of your installation. In some cases, you may want to hide or camouflage wires by running them through walls or ceilings. You can consult with a professional electrician for help with this task if it proves too difficult. Additionally, choose high-grade shielded coaxial cable that is built for outdoor use when positioning cable outdoors as it will withstand harsher climate conditions better than standard ones.

BNC Connectors

BNC (Bayonet Neill-Concelman) connectors are used to join different components of a Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) system. This type of connection is usually seen in older CCTV systems, as well as in analog video cameras and equipment. The connectors are a type of cylindrical fitting that works via a bayonet locking system, allowing them to be easily connected and disconnected by pushing the metal ring with half-round indentations at one end into the metal sleeve at the other end.

BNC cables are made up of coaxial wires that use electrical signals to transmit both audio and video data to source receivers such as monitors and TV screens. Due to their ability to handle high frequency signals, BNC connectors can also be used for HD CCTV systems. The male connector has two prongs inside which are pushed against two sliding metal pins within the female ports when the barrel is twisted into place. This creates an internal electrical circuit allowing high-quality video signals to be carried from a security camera or DVR device without interference from outside sources. These cables can also be connected directly from an internal network switch into other networking equipment such as an IP camera or DVR, eliminating the need for WiFi altogether.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up CCTV Without WiFi

Setting up CCTV without wifi is a great way to keep an eye on your property and can be done fairly easily. It is also more cost-effective since you don’t have to purchase extra equipment and you don’t have to worry about paying for an internet connection. In this article, we will walk you through the steps on how to set up a CCTV system without wifi.

Connect the Camera to the Monitor

Connecting the camera to a monitor is the first step in setting up CCTV without WiFi. Depending on your system, you may need to use either an RCA or a BNC connection. If you are using a BNC connection, make sure to connect the cable from the back of the camera to one end of the BNC splitter. The other end should be connected to your monitor.

If you have an RCA connection, simply connect one end of an RCA cable from the back of the camera into an available port on your monitor. Depending on what type and brand of device you have at hand, you may need additional equipment such as a voltage regulator and video amplifiers for optimal performance. To ensure that everything works properly, also check if all connections are tightened securely before moving on with setup.

Connect the Camera to the Power Supply

Before connecting the camera to a power supply, you will need to attach the camera to its mounting bracket and carefully follow the instructions included in your CCTV system’s user manual. If not provided with a mounting bracket, secure the camera to a wall or other suitable surface using suitable fasteners.

To ensure that your cameras are adequately powered, ensure that the power adapter is plugged into an appropriate electrical outlet and connected to the correct input socket on the camera. The input socket should be clearly labeled ’12v’ on the back of your CCTV device; this is where you will plug in your power adapter for it to draw electricity from.

Once done, turn on power at nearby circuit-breaker switch before trying out your newly installed security cameras. This will make sure that no shock hazard arises from damage insulation of wire when turned off at main switchboard mistakenly. Additionally, it is also essential for providing constant voltage fluctuation required for uninterrupted video streaming from the cameras without causing hardware damage when powered up.

Connect the Monitor to the Power Supply

The monitor itself is usually powered by a 12V DC power supply, the same kind that is commonly found in many homes from general electronics items. Before you put it together, check with your tech if the CCTV requires its own independent power supply or if it can be safely connected to existing mean of powering house electronics (e.g. electrical mains).

To connect the monitor to its power source, use the adapter provided in your kit or set along with a 3-core cable (sometimes referred to as microphone cable) that connects between the power supply and your CCTV unit. Make sure every connection is secure and that all wires are tucked away neatly- this will ensure safe and reliable operation in the long term.

Once you’ve done this, switch on the power source at an available outlet near where you will place your CCTV monitor (such as near your desktop computer). It’s important to have plenty of space around these outlets since they get hot while they’re being used.

If you encounter any issues during this step, refer to your user manual for recommendations or contact customer service for help.

Connect the Camera to the Monitor with the BNC Connectors

Connecting the CCTV Camera to the Monitor plays an important role in setting up CCTV without WiFi. Both the camera and monitor must be linked by BNC connectors. This connection must be direct and secure, as cables play an instrumental part in transmitting video signals. Connecting the monitors to the camera via a BNC connector is a simple task that can be completed without professional help. To do this, you will require a BNC Cable, RG59 Coaxial Cable, Extension Cables, Splitters or DVRs or NVRs for managing multiple cameras.

1. Begin by connecting one end of your BNC cable to the video output port of your security system’s monitor/DVR or NVR for managing multiple cameras
2. Connect the other end of the BNC cable to the video input port of your security system’s camera
3. Connect one end of your coaxial cable L-com RG59U to another BNC connector
4. Attach the coaxial cable’s other end to the back of your TV/monitor
5. Lastly if you are using more than one camera in your security system then use splitters, extension cables and additional BNC connectors to link more cameras with multiple monitors accordingly
6. If it is an IP based system then use an ethernet switch followed by Cat-6/7 cables
7 Now power on all devices and if all connections are right then you will see live feed on all monitors that are connected with CCTV Cameras

Adjust the Camera Settings

Before you start the installation process, it’s important to adjust the camera settings and make sure they are configured correctly. Depending on your system, you will need to adjust the resolution, frame rate, exposure settings, backlight compensation and more. Make sure your CCTV cameras are recording video in high-definition quality so that you can capture clear images.

You also want to make sure that any motion detecting settings are properly adjusted so that all movement is accurately detected by the cameras. Additionally, if your CCTV system has infrared lights for night vision capabilities, these need to be adjusted for optimal performance in low-light conditions. Lastly, ensure that all other setting are properly configured according to your preferences and needs. Once this is complete it is time to move on to the next step which involves setting up your monitor or display device.


In conclusion, with CCTV systems available on the market that offer a wired or wireless option, it can be confusing to know which one to choose. If you are looking to set up CCTV without needing a WiFi connection, then it is best to opt for a wired security system. While wired CCTV systems require more initial set up and can be challenging to install depending on the location of your cameras, they provide better video quality than their wireless counterparts. Plus, by understanding each of the components that make up a successful CCTV system – such as IP rating, recording times and lens type – you are more likely to find a suitable solution for your home or business needs.

How to Set Up CCTV Without WiFiCheckout this video:

Share this Article