Ten Things you can do with your Wi-Fi..

Posted: January 23, 2011 in All Categories, Apps, Firmware, Gadgets, hardware, Home Tech, Tech Society, Web Services
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I always experiment with my Wi-Fi and now I think I mastered 10 different things other than connecting to the Internet with my Wi-Fi and I am sharing the same in this week post, having the ability to connect to the internet anywhere we go is undoubtedly awesome, but it isn’t the only gift Wi-Fi technology has given us. So let’s see the Ten other Things you can do with your Wi-Fi other than connection to your Internet..

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1) Make DTH signal go the distance

Monsoon Multimedia’s Vulkano is a device that connects to (and controls) your existing DTH set top box (STB). It has to be set up so that the STB outputs to the Vulkano, while the Vulkano is connected via HDMI to the TV.

You can watch TV normally, but Vulkano also lets you stream your existing TV, which you’ve already paid for, to any internet-connected PC, Android phone or iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Whether you’re within your Wi-Fi connected home, or anywhere in the world, you can connect to the Vulkano box, switch on the STB and watch or record live TV.
If you have a recorder like I am using TataSky+, the Vulkano box can also be used to schedule a recording on it. At $280, this is a cool new way to make your TV channels go the distance.

2) Turn webcams into surveillance cameras

An app called iCam ($4.99) for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch can be used to remotely monitor your home when you are away. You need to install the free iCamSource software (available for Windows & MAC) on each laptop or PC that you want to use, and then configure it to the iCam software in a simple , two-step process.

You can configure up to 12 different webcams with each iPhone, and view the feeds from four of them simultaneously. Like a high-end surveillance system, iCam also offers push notifications. The app continuously monitors the camera feeds for movement. If movement is detected, a message will pop up informing you of the same.

3) Share Net connection using Wi-Fi

Free program called Connectify turns your Windows 7 machine into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Download Connectify from connectify.me and set it up by giving your Wi-Fi network a name and password, just as you would with a regular Wi-Fi router.

So whether your laptop is connected via Ethernet or to a USB broadband modem, you can share internet with other nearby laptops or devices like Wi-Fi enabled phones, iPods and tablets. Similar functionality can be found on smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC HD2; both have built in software that lets you share your GPRS connection with other Wi-Fi devices in the vicinity.

4) Transfer photos from digicam to PC

Imagine a memory card for your digital camera that never ran out of space. That’s what the Eye-Fi wireless SD can do for you. The card packs in regular flash memory and a Wi-Fi adapter into a standard SD card that can fit many digital cameras.

When you first get it, you need to configure the card to your Wi-Fi network by connecting it to a PC. You can also configure it with Flickr, Picasa, Evernote, YouTube, Snapfish, Photobucket and many more. When you get within range of your configured Wi-Fi network, photos and videos stored on the card will automatically get transferred to your computer or connected site. The 4GB Eye-Fi SD card is available for 3,800 (including customs & delivery) from eBay Global Easy Buy program. Note: Although Eye-Fi is supported by over 1000 camera models, before buying, do check the compatibility list on the company website. and also similarly you can Send photos to digital photo frame, The iGala Wi-Fi photo frame looks just any other 8-inch photo frame. But it’s actually pretty advanced. Based on Linux, the touchscreen can be used to configure it to your Wi-Fi network. Sign in to your Flickr account on it to instantly have it display photos from your stream.

You could also use it just like any other photo frame, by displaying images from the 1GB built in memory or external SD/USB devices. Available from Thinkgeek.com for $240.

5) Make your own portable Wi-Fi hotspot

You may not always have an available Wi-Fi connection to get your fix. However , with the help of a handy new device, you can create your own Wi-Fi hotspot wherever you go.

The Tata Photon+ Wi-Fi is a small, battery-powered device that connects to Tata Photon’s broadband network (just like the USB device) and instantly creates a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that can be used by up to five devices at a time. It also has a single Ethernet port to connect to a desktop or laptop without Wi-Fi . Buy the device for 6,499 and choose from a number of different plans starting at 500 per month.

6) Monitor entire house with Rovio

This is the coolest thing which I borrowed from one of my friend, Rovio is a toy, but a pretty advanced one at that. The battery-powered, camera-toting and Wi-Fi enabled Rovio will wait patiently at home for your command. Connect to it from a remote location, and you’ll see what Rovio sees.

You can also move Rovio around and use it to communicate with other people thanks to the built in speaker and mic. Teach Rovio your home’s layout by setting waypoints and Rovio can navigate to those preset locations all by itself. And Once Rovio’s battery is depleted, it can automatically back itself into the charging dock at home. Available from Thinkgeek.com for $199

7) Stream Audio to Any Speakers in the House

While you need extra PCs or game systems lying around to stream video, streaming audio is a cinch with something like Apple’s AirPort Express router. Even if you’re not streaming from iTunes, Apple’s AirPort Express will get any music to any speakers you want in the house. You can even create your own portable, wireless boombox. Of course, if you’re not an Apple fan, you can always use a regular old router to make a wireless music player, too. And, of course, it works the other way, too—you can always stream music from your iPod or iPhone to a computer with iTunes.

8) Share Files with Nearby Computers

If you’re sharing something other than video between PCs, you have a bunch of options for transferring them. While it isn’t the absolute fastest method, sharing files over the same Wi-Fi network (or an ad-hoc network if you’re out and about) is certainly one of the easiest ways to get files from one computer to another. Of course, if the friend with which you’re sharing files is a Dropbox enthusiast, you can transfer files over Wi-Fi with Dropbox as well.

9) Forward Notifications from Your Smartphone to Your PC

If you’re rocking an Android phone (and most of you are), you can send call, SMS, and battery notifications straight to your Windows, Mac with Growl, or Linux PC over Wi-Fi with Android notifier. No more do you have to deal with the ringing and buzzing phone from across the room when you’re already sitting at your PC. If you prefer to be able to take action on these items, you can always forego the Wi-Fi and send them over GTalk with TalkMyPhone instead.

10) Turn Your Smartphone into a Remote Control

If all the computers in your house are connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can easily connect your smartphone to the same network and control them. With apps like our favorite iTunes-controlling Remote app for iPhone, the all-encompassing Gmote for Android, and more XBMC remotes than you can shake a stick at, you don’t have to get up from your couch for anything anymore.

What other ways are you using your Wi-Fi connection, Let me know, Leave your Comments in the Comment section of this post, Have a Great Week….

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