How To Connect CCTV Camera To Router

Before we proceed with connecting CCTV to the router, we must first determine whether your router has a hardwired or wireless access point. Let us examine the distinction between connecting CCTV to a CCTV DVR to a router via a LAN connection and connecting CCTV DVR to router via a wireless bridge.

CCTV DVR, also known as Digital Video Recorder, is a digital recorder that uses coaxial wires to record raw footage to a disc drive, USB drive, or flash drive. CCTV DVRs are widely supplied in the market with only a wired LAN connection and no built-in wifi. They are all intended to be hardwired to the router through a LAN port and an Ethernet cable.

However, in some situations, the location of your DVR installation lacks a hard wired LAN connection to connect to your router. This is where the wireless bridge comes in as a solution.

The Following Are The Steps One Can Follow To Connect CCTV Camera To Router

Main steps to Follow:

Step 1 : The first step and the ideal step would be connecting your CCTV camera to the DVR recorder with an RG59 coax cable or any coax cable that carries the raw footage to the recorder. This coax cable wires your CCTV cameras to your DVR. That's your first step of hardwiring your camera to the digital video recorder.

Step 2 : Then connect your DVR with your wireless bridge by hardwiring it with a Cat5e cable. You can use any type of wireless bridge to connect with your Wireless access point. But it is ideal that you use a multipurpose wireless bridge like AP-3500.

Step 3 : As the next step, it is important to check if the wireless bridge is now configured to connect with your wireless access point. It is important to note that you use a good router for the access point.

Speaking of Routers, Here are some of the best routers that you can get your hands on for connecting your CCTV to your Router.

  • TP- Link Talon AD 7200
  • Linksys Cisco
  • Google WIFI
  • NETGEAR Nighthawk X10
  • Apple Airport Extreme Base Station
  • D-Link DIR 890L

Step 4 : Ensure that your router is connected to the internet. This could be any type of internet connection like, direct fiber internet, DSL or Cable connection. A good internet connection is vital for the configuration of the raw footage recorded by the DVR from the analog cameras or the CCTV cameras.

Step 5 : For the last and final step of connecting CCTV to a router, it is necessary to ensure that the port forwarding is configured properly on the router. Now that your connection is secure, you can access your security camera remotely over the internet.

Now that we explained how to connect a CCTV camera to a router with and without a LAN port through a wireless access point. It is important to tell you the downside of connecting your CCTV to a wireless access point and a wired access point.

Wireless CCTV Camera

  • Being completely wireless, they are not as reliable and fast as compared to the hardwired network connection. Video streaming requires the use of heavy bandwidth with steady connection. Thus compared to hardwired connection, wireless connection does not always contribute steady and reliable connection for heavy video streaming. This is the only reason why the DVR’s come with hardwired connection ports.
  • The biggest drawback of a wireless CCTV system is that it is highly dependent on how strong the WIFI connection is. As susceptible to interference, the WIFI connection is disturbed frequently which sets back the CCTV system. It does not support large installations.
  • The risk of being hacked is highly do-able in the case of wireless camera systems. This puts the secured data at risk as it can be used or recorded by others parties.

Wired CCTV Camera

  • Setting up an fully hardwired CCTV Camera system takes a lot of time in cases of larger installations.
  • As the hardwired CCTV camera requires access to a power source, it is less flexible and cannot be mounted just anywhere.
  • The biggest issue of hardwired camera systems is that it isn't portable. As the installation in itself takes up a lot of time, moving it or relocating it is another headache to go through.


To wrap it up, you needn't have to be a tech wizard to do this work. We hope that you understood how to connect CCTV to a router through the information provided in this blog.