Can Tivo be used to monitor and/or log computer activity?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by temp_user, May 11, 2011.

  1. temp_user

    temp_user New Member

    May 11, 2011


    Recently I have discovered that my roommate bought a Tivo Series2 DT component which he had connected to his tv and had a wireless network adapter hooked up to my computer. I know a feauture of the component is to be able to record movies from the internet. Seeing as how this is possible, could it also be configured to view my computer activity? If I'm using the internet or working on my computer in any way, can that be seen? whether it's recorded or real-time? :confused:
    Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    Not without deep hacking.

    It would be much easier to use a PC as an Internet activity monitor though.
  3. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    If he has the password to connect to your wireless internet he has access to everything with a laptop if he's savvy enough, and you're unsavvy. (hint, read up on Firesheep)

    However this has nothing to do with the Tivo, and everything to do with giving out access to people you don't trust.
  4. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003

    "Recording movies from the Internet" doesn't work that way.
  5. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

    Apr 19, 2004
    East Moline, IL


    Back in the day, Duck Creek Software, Inc. had a java program called Remote Control v0.5.5 that allowed you to view (but not record) a computer's desktop. The xml contained in remotecontrol.jnlp points to a url that is no longer available, so that program is now useless. VLC player can output computer activity using the screen:// keyword. I think I have used that keyword successfully in HME/VLC (url=screen://), but I have not tried it recently.
  6. True Colors

    True Colors Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    My initial reaction to this is "no way in hell."

    Unless your roommate happens to be Bill Gates then what you are suggesting would be extremely difficult. And I do mean EXTREMELY difficult. As in 99.999% of people would not be able to do it.

    If they were smart enough to use a Tivo to monitor your activity then they would be smart enough to monitor your activity without a Tivo. There are much simpler ways to go about that.

  7. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003
    Note that what orangeboy is talking about requires access to install things on the PC. The TiVo by itself does not in any way, ever, help anyone to monitor your PC.

    I think most of the replies here are in a nerdy vein of "hmm, how could I make that work?", when really, the OP is just a technophobe in need of some very basic reassurance.
  8. temp_user

    temp_user New Member

    May 11, 2011
    Thank you everyone for the input and info. I really appreciate it.
  9. appleye1

    appleye1 Active Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Back From...
    Right, but I don't think I would go as far as to call the OP a technophobe. He may well be, but he's obviously not a Tivo user himself and probably has no idea what the capabilities of a Tivo are. More likely he's just trying to gain some basic information to see if there is anything to worry about.

    I think the bigger problem might be the existence of some serious trust issues between him and his roommate! :)
  10. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Not wanting to share everything on your PC with the average roommate seems rather prudent to me! :cool:
  11. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
    even Bill Gates could not do it
  12. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

    Feb 20, 2011
    Denver ish...
    He could connect a spy camera pointed at your computer screen and record that on his Tivo. Course he would have to have access to your computer area to install the spy camera. If he access to your computer then it would easier for him to plug a flash drive into one of your back of the computers USB ports and remove the flash drive when he wants to 'harvest' your passwords and such that were collected.

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