Top 10 Household Uses For Wi-Fi (That Aren’t Just Connecting To The Internet)

Top 10 Household Uses For Wi-Fi (That Aren’t Just Connecting To The Internet)

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. Here are our 10 favourite uses for Wi-Fi that go beyond accessing to the web.

10. Turn Your Smart Phone Into A Remote Control

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9. Send Documents To Your Printer From Any Computer Or Smart Phone

There’s no reason to have five different printers in your house just so you can print in any room. Instead of constantly plugging and unplugging the printer from your laptop, you can print wirelessly from any computer. Just share the printer from the computer it’s connected to, turn it into its own standalone print server if it doesn’t have a computer next to it, or even print files from your smartphone using Dropbox (on both Windows and Mac).[imgclear]

8. Forward Notifications From Your Smart Phone To Your PC

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7. Tether Your Smart Phone To Your Computer For Internet Anywhere

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6. Stream Movies To Any TV In The House

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5. 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.[imgclear]

4. Stream Audio To Any Speakers In The House

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3. Wirelessly Transfer Photos From Your Digital Camera

If you’re sick of plugging your SD card into your PC’s card reader to transfer photos (or if your computer doesn’t have a card reader), the Eye-Fi wireless SD card is the perfect companion for your digital camera. You never even need to take it out of your camera—whenever it’s connected to the same network as your computer (or iOS device), it will transfer photos right over for you. And, if you want, you can even have it automatically upload photos to sites like Flickr, Facebook and Picasa.[imgclear]

2. Tell Your Phone When It’s Home (Or Not)

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1. Sync Your Smartphone with Your Computer, No Wires Required

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