I’ve got an old DirecTV brand receiver/DVR sitting around unused (its a Hughes model SD-DVR40, if it matters). It is equipped with a couple of USB ports in the back, which served no useful purpose in its previous job.
It occurred to me earlier that it ought to be possible to use this as the DVR portion of a security system. I’m assuming that I would need to hack the DirecTV/TiVO software in order to do this. I was imagining using a couple of wireless cameras in conjunction with the DVR, and maybe even making it web-enabled, so I could monitor from a remote location.
So, does anyone know if this is possible and, if so, where I would start gathering the knowledge necessary to do this? I’m not the most handy guy around, but I follow instructions well, and can handle slightly-more-complex-than-average computer-related projects.