There are several types of hook-up that will allow you to use your surveillance camera with your pc. If you have Windows XP or Windows 2000 you can use Belkins Video Bus II which will allow you to plug your RCA Jacks into it's RCA jacks then plug Belkins USB connection into your computer depending on your software that comes with your camera equipment will depend on the quality of sound you will get. The Belkin Video Bus II comes with a cd with the drivers required. This device ( Belkin's Video Bus II ) will not work with Windows Vista!!! There are probably several other devices that will allow you to do a hook up but, the price will vary between 40.00 for Belkin to well over 150.00 for others. Check with Circuit City / Best Buy / Compusa. etc....
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Sure, you can use most computers as servers to record surveillance video if you have the right hardware and recording software. This would all depend on what brand of surveillance cameras you have and if they are analog or digital and if your video is coming in through your network or by other video capture hardware.
Today's laptops and desktop computers are more user-friendly. As more people start use computers, operating systems, software and hardware accessories are coming with better instruction manuals and streamlined interfaces. Here are a few basic steps to hook up your computer no matter which brand you bought.
Connect the power cable to the back of the computer tower. The male end of this plug is often on the computer, but it is recessed into the casing. Once this power plug is connected, you don't want to plug it into an outlet until the entire computer is set up. Attach the monitor cables to the back of the monitor and then to the back of the computer tower. This cable will probably be the VGA type, which has a wide set of prongs in the middle and two screws on the outside. Be sure to twist the screws in to ensure the cable has a solid connection. Secure the monitor's power cable to the back of the monitor and then plug it into an outlet or power strip. Attach the mouse to the USB port on the back of your keyboard. The keyboard then plugs into another USB port on the back of the computer tower. Turn on the computer and the monitor.
If the computer powers up but the monitor doesn't display anything, make sure the VGA monitor cable is secured. If the status light on your monitor doesn't turn on, check the power cable connection. Check that the mouse and keyboard work once the computer turns on. Now you can hook up other devices, such as a printer or a web cam. A printer often can connect to a USB port and also may have its own power cable; a web cam usually just plugs into a USB or firewire port.
If Your TV and Laptop have HDMI Port then you just need a HDMI Cable.
But if you dont have HDMI port. then you need two cables one from video and one for audio.
For Video you either VGA Cable(if you have VGA Port in your TV) or VGA to RCA Cable (Yellow Pin will be for video)
For audio You Need 3.5mm pin to RCA (white and Red for audio).
This pic is of VGA to RCA Cable
You'll need to download the drivers for your camera from Acer's site. Once you finally get down to your model, they list three different cameras. I don't know if there's anything on your computer to tell you which one it has, so just download all three. If you install the wrong one it won't hurt anything, it just won't work. Just keep going 'til you get the right one.
If your TV has RCA jacks on the back or front. Input type. Then you can go to radio shack and get a vga cable to RCA jack converter. That is all you can do. Is the TV a flat screen if yes then you can hook up you pc with a monitor cable like your usine now in your house. Find out the type of TV.. Ask someone to check the tv for a computer port on the back.
If you have an HDMI port you might also have an RGB port, use your tv video source button and go through your options. If RGB option is listed you have it. It's a standard moniter port, you can use a standard monitor cable to hook things up. This will not however carry sound so you'll need a basic 3.5mm size cable that ends in an RCA plug (can be picked up radio shack.
I use this method to watch hulu.com movies on my 50" plasma tv.
Another option if you have an "S" video on both the laptop and the tv, use that with just an "S" video cable.
Other wise look for a RGB cable that converts to standard RCA stereo plugs again Radio Shack should be able to help you. You can also buy cables on eBay a lot cheaper then a retail store.