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Problem with routing my video survaillance

By magnus28 ยท 5 replies
Nov 16, 2008
  1. Just bought and installed 4 video cameras for home security.
    set up was easy, cameras work great! problem is getting my video card hooked up to my big screen t.v in my master bedroom.

    My goal is I want to monitor my 4 cameras from my bedroom, my computer that hooks up to the 4 cameras is in the basement, my master bedroom is directly 2 floors above.

    I already have holes drilled in the floors/ceiling, I just can't figure out how to connect the 2 devices.

    I already have a solution with dvi-hdmi connector, and hdmi cable, but i'd need about 50-60 feet of hdmi and that would run me $300 or more, so this is NOT an option.

    My t.v. is brand new, it has hdmi and s-video in ports.

    I bought 75 feet of s-video cable, except it is a 7 pin connector
    . .
    . 0 .
    . .
    looks like that

    the s-video on my tv is a 4 pin female connector.

    so the cable I bought does not fit the t-v.

    here's a link for my video card


    the video card had 2 x DVI connectors
    and 1 HDTV connector which doesn't look like it would fit any type of s-video.

    my t.v is less than 6 months old and is a samsung 42" 1080 I.

    all I want to do is run a cable from my video card to the t.v so I can set it up to be a second monitor for my computer..

  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    you can use an adaptor for DVI->HDMI
    hum; between a rock and a hard place. If the card had component out (rgb) the
    cables would be cheap, but you're sans the card outputs. S-Video is 7-pin so
    it's unlikely that the TV-4pin is really S-Video :(

    An alternative would be a cheap PC in your room, networked to the big system,
    use VNC to display the screen there and move the video card to the new system.
    (real clunky and more expensive in the long run than the HDMI cable!)

    There are multimedia switches to combine inputs for single display to a TV,
    and they merge different devices. Perhaps you could go
    GF 9800(dvi)--switch box(rgb)---tv
    but likely to exceed the HDMI cable cost too :(
  3. magnus28

    magnus28 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thx for the reply but not really helpful.

    the t.v is definately s-video says so right on the jack - and it is indeed 4 pin connector
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Check out prices on Monoprice.com for the hdmi cables. You may need some sort of repeater/booster though, because I'm not sure you can run hdmi that far.. If you can, then I'd go for something above the cheapest hdmi cables monoprice has because the larger the wire the less signal loss you'll have, and thats pretty important for digital.
  5. magnus28

    magnus28 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    problem solved.. the weird HDTV connector on the back of my video card will also accept standard 4 pin s-video, it's just that it has more slots to accept other things...
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    superb :)
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