Casting to a Smart TV
Casting to a Smart TV
IT Kit for an Average Technology User.
The average person needs to have access to technology but there is no reason to go into over kill. If you are an average user ie you do email, social media, watch the occasional movie or TV show, you don’t need to buy expensive kit to do what you want to do.
Things like DVD players and large hard drives are obsolete now as more services are available free online. Like http://drive.google.com for cloud computing and storage.
A Mid Range Smartphone
Samsung J1 $NZ180 goo.gl/bJvaZz or there are J2 and J5 models as well.
A Samsung Tablet 10 inch
Roll up keyboard Bluetooth $NZ15 goo.gl/uE2ExX
Mice Bluetooth $NZ10 goo.gl/hceUhX
USB SD reader $NZ6 goo.gl/TJ3NXX
SD cards for smartphone and tablet $NZ10 goo.gl/IipB0F
External hard drive USB sticks $NZ7 goo.gl/dkTQX7
With this setup it will mean you can have a tablet with a wireless mouse and keyboard.
Access to the Internet
There are two processes one is to get access to the Internet the other is to surf the internet using Apps or a Web Browser like Chrome or Safari.
To get Online.
You can either use your smartphone as a Hotspot or Use a Router like www.netspeed.net.nz/index.php?page=rbi
To Connect to the Internet
What you can do online
Gmail account www.gmail.com
Cloud Storage www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQDnVhTGGQw
Google Drive www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpniwgtfxHU&t=1s
Google Drive drive.google.com/drive/my-drive
Google Contacts contacts.google.com
Google Docs docs.google.com/document/u/0 Online Office Suite
Google Calendar calendar.google.com
Google Keep keep.google.com Take Notes
Google Maps www.google.co.nz/maps
Google Apps goo.gl/Eg6xkv
TV News edition.cnn.com
TV On Demand www.threenow.co.nz
Movies www.youtube.com Also TV series
Trademe www.trademe.co.nz Buy and Sell
Free Online Tutorials www.gcflearnfree.org/
Microsoft Tutorials goo.gl/q4hhZT
15 things to do online goo.gl/SwUkQd
Video Tutorials www.youtube.com/user/leftfieldnz
Make Money Online goo.gl/VnAC7V
If you are Bored goo.gl/S1WyMT
Do Not Do Online goo.gl/3a4qIg
Online Security goo.gl/ckk9SM
Online Security goo.gl/2qZTzQ
Sport Online cricfree.org
Security Camera www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr9Lt5-Z3Vo
2017 Calendar Download for you to print and use for 2017.
After Payment you will be sent the full Monthly 2017 Calendar which you can print out as many times as you wish.
The Photos are of the North Island of New Zealand.
Using an Android (or Apple) Device as a Security Camera or Baby Minder.
To get a cheap security system or baby minder setup and operating is easy with a couple of Smartphones and/or Tablets. But they can also run on a Laptop or PC.
You need a Smartphone of mid-range quality (so you get a reasonable camera) access to wifi or 3G cellphone network and two apps installed.
There are many apps in the app stores but athome app works great on most smartphones.
http://www.ichano.com/ is the home of athome.
They have versions for Windows, Mac, Ipad/Iphone, Android and Android TV.
So you need a smartphone to setup as a camera, and then install the athome Video Streamer, setup wifi connection or a 3G cellphone connection. Scan the QRcode below.
Now on your other device install the athome camera home security app, setup for wifi or 3G cellphone and we are ready to rock and roll. Scan the QRcode below.
Follow the instructions within the app, or consult help at http://www.ichano.com/support/
You need to put the streamer online, ie start the app and have wifi connected. You should see that the streamer is online. Now from the other device with the athome camera security app running, you can setup the motion detection and recording etc.
If setup right you will be notified on your device of a motion detection of the camera. The camera will record the incident and for 30 seconds after. From your smartphone you can see and hear what is happening, you can talk to the intruder, you can turn on the flash, you can record or take a picture.
My setup is two Huawei y520 phones ($nz120 each) data packs for phones (I live rural and do not have access to broadband or wifi), on the streamer I pay $nz10 per month for 300mb of data. I can also view on my tablet or laptop.
BTW you do not usually need to do much more than what has been described, however if I use the wifi at my local library they have this service blocked, as they do certain other services like my internet phone number. Also you can setup several devices as Video Streamers to cover a whole house.