We live in an unplugged world today; thanks to the developments in radio communication technology. Wired Internet seems like a thing of the distant past, as most of us increasingly prefer opting for wireless Internet access. Modern wireless networking systems are easy to set up and manage. One of the major problems encountered by most wireless Internet users is a weak Wi-Fi signal which reduces data transmission speeds, causing connectivity problems. In this article, I share some tips on how to boost Wi-Fi signal on laptop computers.
The Wi-Fi signal is a radio wave, which gets weaker with increasing distance of travel. The wireless router is the transreceiver, that is the source of the Wi-Fi signal and your laptop’s wireless adapter is its receiver. The reception of the Wi-Fi signal is therefore dependent on the initial output power at the router’s end and the distance between the router and the adapter. Let us see how to boost your laptop Wi-Fi signal by tweaking certain settings and adding some new equipment.
How to Boost Wi-Fi Signal on Laptop Computers?
I faced a problem with my wireless network some years ago as despite a high
Right from the moment we wake up, to the moment we fall asleep at the end of the day, we continuously use our cell phones! Which is a lot of usage for any gadget. If you pay attention to the way you handle your cell phone throughout the day, you will be amazed. The amount and variety of surfaces that we touch before touching our cell phones without washing our hands every time, is cause for party for the bacteria breeding on the surface of our extremely unhygienic and disgusting phones.
The cell phone, I’m sure you have noticed, heats up if you use it for too long. And then we put it to our ears and have hour-long conversations. If you cast back your mind to school, you may vaguely remember being taught that certain conditions are very conducive for breeding of bacteria, heat being one of the major factors. So as you gossip and giggle with your phone stuck to your ears, the bacteria are multiplying, and fast. When we are done, we wipe the sweat off the phone and put it away. Gross! You may seriously want to
Creative QR codes were first noticed in Japan, where companies thought of using these mini bar codes to get closer to their customers. It wasn’t long before the ‘mobile tagging’ craze took over, and today, we can spot some really innovative uses of QR codes that definitely help you to expand your customer base. To some, it may seem like a passing whim, but statistics proving the caliber of the QR codes as an effective marketing tool, tell a different story. QR codes have been around for more than 15 years now; long enough to tell you that they’ve been tried and tested.
How could you work them to your company’s advantage, then? There are several ways to do that, and a few of them are listed right here.
Creative Uses of QR Codes in Marketing
Yes; it is the oldest trick of the trade. Rewarding your customers with freebies is a fabulous marketing tool. It could be a promotional offer that includes slashed rates of the product or a membership or even future discounts. Run these codes as a part of your print medium advertisements and/or plaster
For broadcasting or extending the range of a wireless network or allowing a wired network to broadcast wirelessly, one piece of networking equipment is used and that is a wireless access point or WAP. Below is an in-depth explanation on setting up a wireless access point for your home network.
How to Install a Wireless Access Point
Steps on how to set up a wireless access point are:
Your WAP acts as a go-between device, between your router and computers trying to connect to your home network. Hence, the wireless settings of your router should be inputed onto your WAP, so that the wireless access point picks up and broadcasts the correct signal. Before doing anything with the access point, you will need the following information from your router:
- Router’s IP address
- DHCP address range
- Wireless network name or SSID
- Wireless channel being used
- Security mode being used (WEP, WPA etc.)
- Password or security key (copy all the settings, such as number of keys, encryption type etc. to be safe)
Please write down the above data correctly. A slight change in the settings and nothing will work. To obtain such information, you will need to log onto your router’s setup page. If
The need for seamless, uninterrupted and reliable communication is one of the top priorities of every house. The wide access to some really useful information base, for every kind of user makes it extremely important to set up a device which delivers high-performance. There are a range of products available in the market that perform the same function. The customer is in a tizzy over the right product to be purchased. And once the purchasing is done, the next big question is to set it up.
What are Wireless Repeaters?
They are networking devices that increase the reach of the existing wireless network. Very often, it happens that a device has to be connected to an existing wireless network, but it is away in a remote place in the house or a building, where the signal strength is too low or unreachable. A wireless repeater is used in such cases to boost the signal strength or simply repeat the signal so that the said computer comes under the coverage area.
How to Set Up the Repeater?
Once the repeater is chosen as per one’s needs, the next step is to set it up. A brief idea of the steps to be followed
An outsider who knows how to get into your Wi-Fi can not only use it for himself, but he can also hack the data on your computer. This is very dangerous as your computer’s security is compromised. The hacker can be doing something illegal and the police would catch your IP instead. Detecting the user can be easy, but it is quite difficult to ascertain the identity, especially if all you have are the history records of his/her usage, and no addresses. Once you know if your Wi-Fi is being leached, there are some steps that you can take to prevent it from happening again. The thing is, they connect to your Wi-Fi the same way as you do, so it pays to have some figurative walls around your Wi-Fi signals.
Basics of a Wi-Fi Connection
If you don’t know much about the components (both hardware and software) in your Wi-Fi system, it would be good to know the basics of what they are, to work on them.
- The signal for your broadband Internet connection is brought to your house through a cable or satellite modem, or a digital subscriber line (DSL).
- The wireless router is attached to
Commercial Wi-Fi receptors cost you a bomb. There are alternate ways to make a Wi-Fi antenna at home that will not only increase the range of your network, but will also be very inexpensive. An antenna is nothing but a directional waveguide device that converts electrical power to radio signals, and vice-versa. Hence, pretty much any material that is capable, or can be made capable, of this function can be used as a Wi-Fi antenna.
A ‘cantenna’ is a directional wavelength reception device for long-range Wi-Fi. Ideally, a cantenna’s periphery is not strong enough to receive signals all by itself. Hence, cantennas are mostly used to extend a wireless network’s range or to improve reception over a distorted signal path. A cantenna can also amplify signals from 5 – 22 dB. While a ‘Pringles’ can is widely used for such setups, it is important to note that these cans are narrow in diameter and inappropriate for 2.4Ghz. Hence, for such a project, always use a can about 3.5 to 4 inches in diameter and approximately 6 or more inches in length.
Building a Homemade Wi-Fi Antenna using a Can
Materials and Tools
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Mobile Internet is about connecting to the Internet with mobile devices like cell phones, PDAs, game consoles, laptops, and other portables. Which means that you get to stay connected wherever you are and even on the move; you don’t have to be near a Wi-Fi spot to be able to access the Internet.
This has come about as a boon for everyone, from backpackers and businessmen to commuters and curmudgeons. If you want to blog about your travels, you don’t have to clamber down the steep hill you’ve just hiked up, you can simply write your blog using your mobile phone. If you want to conduct a business transaction or check the stock market, you can do it on your cell phone, your PDA, or your laptop. You can also make plane, train, car, or hotel reservations, or search for directions on interactive maps if you happen to lose your way. You can email or chat with your family and friends on the go. You can stop grumbling about being ‘stuck’ in the office, classroom, or your home, and go do your work in your favorite coffeehouse or park. So in a sense, mobile Internet can lighten up your
If you are thinking of how to set up Wi-Fi Internet network at home, you need not necessarily call a computer technician. The task may seem confusing, but it is actually not. If you have the right equipment and some simple instructions, you can easily do the task yourself. There are some things that you would need for setting up wireless Internet at home. These things include a desktop or a laptop computer, a DSL modem, a wireless router, two ethernet cables, and internet access.
The first step is to make proper connections between the devices. Switch on the computer and the router. With the ethernet cable that comes in the router pack, connect the internet port situated behind the router to the modem. Take another ethernet cable, and insert its one end in the LAN port on your notebook computer or PC. The other end of this cable should go in the WAN or WLAN port on the router.
The router pack will also include a software CD, which you need to install on your computer system. Follow the installation guidelines as they come on the computer monitor. The next step is to configure the router. This is supposed
Making use of a Wi-Fi adapter can solve many of your connectivity problems if you are unable to get a good signal from a Wi-Fi hotspot nearby. These come in handy when the hotspot is nearby, but for some reason you cannot move in a bit closer. With the help of an adapter you can get a stronger signal for wireless Internet access, and this is something that is both helpful and beneficial in many different ways.
Setting up such an adapter is as simple as it gets for you. All you need to do is buy one. You will get an installation CD, and this will contain all the software and drivers that you will need to make the device work for you. All you will then need to do is install the software and the drivers on your machine, connect it to the USB port, and it will be ready for use.
Wi-Fire is said to be one of the best long-range adapters around today, and this can increase your signal strength significantly. Not only will it give you greater range while connecting to a hot spot, it will also increase the number of available hot spots
As technology gets more and more advanced, new techniques and facilities become available. Same is the case with cell phones and the techniques that allows us to record cell phone calls. Let us find out more about it.
Cell Phone Call Recording
Recording cell phone calls allows you to access and listen to the actual conversation that was done during the call. There are a few people who record calls related to critical situations for further reference. Moreover, there are also many techniques that can be used for this purpose; of which, some are not well-known though. Before recording a cell phone conversation, you first need to ensure that it is legal in your state. In some states, it is illegal to record conversations without the consent of the other party.
Recording Facility in a Cell Phone
A majority of the latest mobile phones have the facility of recording ongoing calls. This is probably the easiest way of storing the call recordings. It is just a matter of using the appropriate buttons for starting the recording process. If you have a mobile phone that has this feature, and you want to record a conversation, initiate the call. A majority of cell
Phone is one of the most effective and useful way for instant communication. Today, we carry cell phones along with us and stay in touch with our family and friends 24/7. But a phone is also an annoying medium that can be used to threaten, harass, and send obscene messages. You can receive harassing phone calls from a salesperson, teenagers playing pranks, credit collectors, ex-partner, etc. When someone calls you excessively, uses obscene or threatening language, or just uses silence to intimidate you, it can be termed as a harassing phone call. These phone calls tend to take away your peace of mind and can cause stress in your life. It is an invasion of your privacy that may turn into a frightening experience. Therefore, one should find ways to stop such calls.
Stopping Harassing Phone Calls
Harassment is a crime that is a punishable offense similar to gross misdemeanor or felony. It should be taken seriously and you must make sure that you let everyone you trust know that someone is harassing you through phone calls.
You need to call the local phone company and let them know that someone is repeatedly calling you to harass. The company won’t act
Everybody has a cell phone nowadays; and everybody is very deeply attached to it. But the problem with the fact that everybody has a cell phone is – well, everybody has a cell phone. So our phones are going to be much like those of other people. Everyone who has an iPhone4 has an iPhone4. Everyone who has a Blackberry has a Blackberry. This can be quite depressing for people who always like their belongings to be special and unique! So how do you make your phone stand out? Well, how about decorating your phone?
Steps to Bedazzle Your Cell Phone
Even some of the best cell phones on the market are very plain looking, with almost no graphics or designs. There are many ways in which you can change that. Here are some simple tips, tricks and ideas that will tell you how to bedazzle your phone.
Before You Begin…
… Make sure you have as many of the following things as possible. The list may sound a little bizarre, I admit. But once you come to the instructions, you will be taken by surprise! Ready? Here we go!
Nail Art Pen
Nail Polish Remover
QR codes are made of thousands of alphanumeric characters that store a lot of information about a service, offer, product or company. These codes, when scanned using mobile phones (the camera ones, of course), redirect the user to a web page containing information about a product or service. Thus, you can share a video, presentation, even an ebook that talks about the product or your business by using these codes.
In this Buzzle article, we have suggested a few ideas regarding the placement and information to be stored in the QR code, so as to improve your business. We have also mentioned case studies of the companies who have benefited from the usage of these codes.
Accommodation and Food Services Industry
◆ People in the hotel business can use QR codes to redirect scanners or users to a mobile website that offers sweepstakes by taking a survey. You can place the code on menu cards, tables, cutlery (glasses), and the check (bill).
◆ If you are running a restaurant where musical nights are a norm, you can offer tickets for the next show, at discounted rates for scanners.
◆ For others, you can give away coupons that can be availed on the
Technology is the need of the day. Technological advancements have made us take a big leap towards success. Every technological reform is a small step towards development. Every invention in technology is a step towards the progress of mankind. Centuries ago, hardly anyone would have imagined working on a computer, or being able to communicate with people across the globe with the use of web and cellular technology. But there were some who dared to dream of such revolutionary changes and made the ‘impossibles’ possible.
Ours as well as our future generations are lucky to be able to witness technological reforms. We are fortunate enough to lead a life of luxury and comfort, owing to technology.
To be able to use it comfortably and effectively, we need a basic knowledge of technology. Its ubiquitous nature just tells us how important it is, in every aspect of life. How can the education sector be an exception? As schools are the founding years of one’s education, it is important to train the students in technology at that stage itself. Also, technology can be adopted as an aid in teaching. Moreover, when everyone is going the e-way, how can schools
Did you know…
… that the term that describes the fear of being left without a mobile is called Nomophobia. It is an abbreviation for “no mobile phone phobia”.
How long has it been before you touched your phone? Do you feel restless or have a tingling sensation in your palms when you are not using your smartphone? Do you carry your smartphone everywhere, including the bathroom? Do you check if the screen has lit up every five seconds, irrespective of whether you are having a conversation with your family, in a supermarket, or in bed? Do you have to check and respond to every notification or call? Do you refuse to
switch off your phone or charge it more than once in a day?
If the answer to most of these questions is in the affirmative, then you might be suffering from smartphone addiction. Smartphones like iPhones, Blackberrys and Android phones are the new must-haves for most adults and youngsters.
A research done by the Pew Research Center has shown that, in 2012, around 46% of all American adults owned a smartphone as compared to 25% adults in 2011. Most of these users are smartphone addicts who
We all know whether we’re pro technology or against it. Going further, we know whether we really love everything to do with technology or whether we take it in our stride and use it because we can and want to. Finding out whether you’re a tech bum is easy enough once you read the “symptoms”.
You have the latest releases in every sphere of technological innovation if you can afford it… because you’ve already pre-ordered it online the day they were announced. One may find that the technophile has changed gadgets at least once every two or three months. They are seen with something new every time they meet the same person. You can even dish on the gossip and production issues of each gadget during its development stage.
Tried to Fix Something at least Once in Life
At some point in life, the technophile has tried to prise open a malfunctioning piece of machinery and mend it. What happened of the gadget decided their career there and then. A crappy “fixer-upper” became a game tester and professional reviewer. The good “fixer-upper” became the engineer. Both respected, though.
As a result of buying so
When I was a kid, we had a social life, and it was called ‘outside’. And look at today’s kids – Facebook, PlayStations, iPhones, Blackberries, and not to forget, television sets with 300 channels. My grandmother used to say, one day when technology would hover, humans would stop thinking before acting. This statement makes much of a sense, and why not? Technology has sidelined ‘patience’ from our lives. Every second that passes by is making us all the more dependent on technology. Some may call it a bliss, but some differ. They may agree to the fact that technology has eased up life, but they also believe that it has cast differences between us and our close ones. Think of it, with the help of Internet technology, we no longer meet our loved ones in person, who may be living in the same town as we are. Instead, we call, chat, or e-mail them.
What’s more, we become anxious when the coffee machine takes a millisecond more in dispensing the coffee. We become fretful when a song takes a minute extra to get downloaded. Impatient as we’ve become, we humans might have eradicated this thing called ‘waste of
The subject of technology addiction is relatively new as compared to drug or gambling addictions. This leads to a heated dispute over whether we need to consider the fervent need for technology and the monotony that the lack of technology causes, as an addiction. There are several qualifications that a craving needs to be termed as an addiction.
What Makes an Addiction?
The human state survival works on a simple reward system. Every time you attain a biological requirement like food, sex or lactation, the body releases a neurotransmitter called ‘dopamine’ (in this case, into the brain) that helps us decide the approach to something to be rewarded. This means the phase of wanting something and getting it, and the eventual liking of it is controlled by dopamine. It is this that fuels an addiction. Once you start using a piece of technology (like video games) and eventually start to like it, release of dopamine in the brain creates a reward system for it, which creates an addiction for it. The same example works for cigarettes – nicotine induces a dopamine release, creating the craving for more. An important point here is that people who seek more satisfaction
We have seen incredible inventions and discoveries that have changed our lives for the good. These technological advancements have always found their inspiration in nature. Be it the invention of an airplane or that of the solar cell, we have depended on nature to provide the right path that we can follow. By paying attention to the minutest details of nature, engineers and scientists around the world have developed some pathbreaking devices and technologies.
Wright Brothers were inspired to build the airplane after observing the pigeon in its flight. Many mobile manufacturers have tried to mimic the human eye to create the camera lens. The 2008 Summer Olympics showcased an excellent example of biomimicry. Shark-inspired swimsuits were used in the Olympics that reduced the surface resistance by three percent and enabled the swimmer to use less energy while swimming. These are just a few glimpses of the technologies that were created by biomimicry. This Buzzle write-up brings to you a collection of such technologies that are nature-inspired.
* The technologies are listed in no particular order of ranks.
Inspired by: Boxfish
Created By: DaimlerChrysler AG
The ace car manufacturer’s new design, the Bionic car is