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Trying to figure out where I went wrong in hooking up a

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Trying to figure out where I went wrong in hooking up a second security camera.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

I have to ask for more information before I can hope to answer your question. I would like to help, so I ask:

- what seems to have gone wrong?

- what sort of camera was the first (and if the same, the second) camera?

- how did you go about trying to add in the second camera?

- what was the result?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok I have a Dell monitor with one camera functioning fine connected to it. In order to run the second camera and have it in the pip screen it hasta be vga or dvi for some reason. So i ordered the rca or s video to vga adapter and when i connected it it says to vga source.

"To VGA Source"- if that's what it says, where does it say it? on the Dell Monitor, or elsewhere?

If the error is on the Dell monitor, what model is the Dell monitor please?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yeah i hook it all up and when i turn on pip to vga I get no video source
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I suspect the problem is that your VGA to RCA adapter works in only one direction, and you may be trying to make it work in the other direction.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
f**k. That's exactly what I thought. So which one would be correct?

Well... what input options do you have, on the monitor? aside from whatever port is already in-use.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dvi or cha are the only 2 it will do pip
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dvi or vga

And the camera you want to hook up, what camera model is it? is it newly purchased?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The camera works fine when i plug it into the main port. So whats the adapter I need if This one isnt it. What does only works in one direction mean exactly?

Please, I need this information to answer your question:

what camera model is it? is it newly purchased?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I dont have that in Front of me. Yes nearly purchased.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

OK. Please get me the model # of the second camera, whenever you can. It's the last bit of info I need for this case's answer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just give me the info on the correct adapter

The camera - does it have an RCA output, and nothing else?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
rca only on the cam.

OK. Clearly (from a survey of such adapters) your adapter is a passive adapter for VGA (output, from a computer or a laptop) to RCA several-cable video input on e.g. a TV.

You need an adapter in the other direction... which is, of course, an active or powered adapter, much more elaborate and expensive. Like this one:

only unfortunately that is for S-Video, not RCA.

I am continuing to search for an answer...

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
S video is fine

Oh. So does the camera have S-video output, or can you covert its several-cables-RCA output to composite-S-video fairly easily?

Either way, that ought to work. And please rate my answer, since I appear to have worked the problem to a conclusion. A five-star rating would be appreciated! Thanks.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's the same thing as the one I have but works in the other direction?
Would there be a better monitor than the one I have?

A monitor with RCA multi-cable inputs would avoid the need for an adapter... provided it had the other camera's input, and also had the capability to use two inputs at once (not something all monitors have!)

The 'same as the one you have'... no. The conversion is active, involves powered circuitry (see the power adapter?) and isn't quite the same.

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