How to Make a Security Camera Cable

Making your own security camera cable allows you to use the right length of cable for the job without having to get extensions or have loose cable around. Most store-bought cables also don't have the same insulation that homemade cables have, so you will be getting a higher quality cable for less money.

Things You'll Need

  • CCTV cable
  • Wire cutter
  • Coaxial compression ends
  • Compression crimp
  • Cable stripper

Instructions

  1. How to Make a Security Camera Cable

    • 1

      Cut the end of the CCTV cable so that it is flat. Identify the two segments of the wire: the power cable and the video cable. The power cable is the smaller section and the video is the flatter, wider section. Use the wire cutters to cut the plastic connecting the two sections to separate the two segments so you are only working with the video cable.

    • 2

      Place the crimper over the end of the video cable and press firmly down to tightly grip the cable. Place your finger in the crimper finger socket to turn the crimper around the cable several times through the plastic coating.

    • 3

      Pull the crimper away from the cord to pull the plastic coating away from the wire, exposing about an inch of video coaxial wire.

    • 4

      Pull the wires that sit around the center rod back. The copper rod sits in the center of the coaxial cable and is thicker than the thin wires surrounding it. You should see the copper rod tip with white insulation with the copper wires pulled back over the black plastic coating.

    • 5

      Place the rod into the compression end so that rod fits into the hole in the center of the compression end. Push the compression end up the cable by twisting it in place.

    • 6

      Place the compression end with the wire and place it into the compression tool to firmly secure it in place. This end is complete and ready to install into the camera.

    • 7

      Measure the length of coaxial cord required and cut the other end with the wire cutters.

    • 8

      Repeat Steps 1 through 6 to complete this end.

    • 9

      Plug in the components and test the unit.

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