Connecting your Wireless Analogue Bird Box Camera to your TV is a fairly simple process. Once the camera and receiver are powered on, there are just two cables that connect to your TV. This guide runs you through the whole process from start to finish.
1. Plug in the power to the camera
2. Connect the AV cable to the receiver
3. Connect the AV cable to the TV using RCA ports or a HDMI converter
Getting the TV on the right source
Try all the sources listed on your TV
Different manufacturers list the RCA inputs under various names. Commonly used names are AV1, AV2, AV3 or EXT1, EXT2, EXT3. Some manufacturers will name it by its correct technical name which is Composite.
If you're using an HDMI converter you need to select the HDMI channel. If you're unsure which input you’re using, try going through all of them, or check 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. Once you have an image, even a poor one, there are some further steps you can take to 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 you have the correct ports on your TV. They MUST be yellow and white
Not all modern TVs have the composite connector anymore. You must use the yellow and white connections. A lot of TVs have red, green and blue connectors, but these are not the same and won’t display the image correctly.
Some modern TVs also have a universal connection which, through using adaptors, can add composite to your TV. We don’t stock these adaptors but they may have come with your TV so do check.
If you’re unsure whether you have the correct ports, please check your TV user manual, and look for information about the composite input.
If your TV doesn't have the correct ports take a look at this guide which shows you how to connect your camera to a TV: How to connect an RCA camera to a TV
The input could be disabled or hidden
If you’re still not having any luck then it's worth reading your TV user manual. A lot of TVs allow you to disable ports that aren’t in use, so if you’ve never used the composite connector before, it may have been disabled or hidden. Check your TV user manual to see if it has such a feature, and if it does, check all inputs are enabled and visible.