Connecting your Wireless Bird Box Camera to a TV is a simple process. Once the camera and receiver are powered on, it only needs 2 cables connecting to your TV and you’re up and running. We’ll go through the whole process from start to finish, and should you run into any problems, we have some handy troubleshooting at the bottom of the page.
1. Plug in the power to the camera
2. Connect the AV cable to the receiver
3. Connect the AV cable to the TV
If your TV doesn't have RCA or SCART inputs, follow the next step.
Connecting Your Camera to a TV with HDMI
You can purchase a composite to HDMI converter like the one below. If you make sure you get one which is a box looking similar to the one below with the yellow, white, red by the input and the HDMI by the output.
Getting the TV on the right source
Try all the sources listed on your TV
Different manufacturers list the input you’re using under various different names. Commonly used names are AV1, AV2, AV3 etc… and EXT1, EXT2, EXT3 etc… Some manufacturers will name it by its correct technical name which is Composite.
If you have used a HDMI converter you will want to select the HDMI channel. Should you be not sure what input you’re using, try going through all of them, or have a read of your TV manual.
Rule out wireless range and interference
For the initial setup, make sure both the camera and receiver are in the same room, so we can rule out range as an issue. Once you have an image, even a poor one, there are some further steps you could take to try and improve the quality.
Checking the camera and receiver are on the same wireless channel
The first thing to check is that the camera and receiver are on the same wireless channel. Both the camera and receiver are able to operate on one of four different channels. For them to communicate with each other they must both be set to the same channel.
The receiver is really simple to check, as there is a little switch on the side to change the channel, and a red LED on the top to indicate the current channel. Both are clearly labelled 1 to 4.
The camera is a little more involving:
- First, remove the little black foam bung on the rear of the camera.
- Under the bung are 2 small switches which can be moved left or right.
- Take a note of the position of the switches and refer to the image below to see which channel your camera is on.
Double check the correct ports have been used on your TV. They MUST be yellow and white
Unfortunately not all modern TV’s have the composite connector on anymore. You must use the yellow and white colour coded connections. A lot of TV’s will have red green and blue connectors, but these are not the same and won’t display the image correctly.
Some modern TV’s also have a universal connection, which through the use of adaptors, can add composite to your TV. However we don’t stock these adaptors, but they may have come with your TV and just be stored away, forgotten in a drawer.
If you’re unsure if you have the correct ports, please refer to your TV’s user manual, looking for the ‘composite’ input.
The input could be disabled or hidden
If you’re still not having any luck then we recommend having a read through your TV’s user manual. A lot of TV’s allow you to disable ports that aren’t in use, so if you’ve never used this socket before, is may have been disabled or hidden. Have a read through your TV’s user manual to see if it has such a feature, and if it does, double check all inputs are enabled and visible.