Whats Wi-Fi, And Do I ReallyNeed A Smartphone?Robert Finkenthalrfinkenthal@gmail.comrfinkenthal.com
Overview• Smartphone basics—  what is it and what’s the  advantage over a regular  cell phone• Wi-Fi basics—what is it  an...
Why these two topics?• Convenience• Usefulness• Technology is best  when it works for  people—not the other  way around
Basic Cell Phone•   Phone calls•   Text messages•   Camera•   A few extras (alarm, calendar, etc.)•   Usually free with pl...
Smartphone•   A pocket-sized computer•   Phone calls•   Text messages•   Camera and video camera•   Email and Internet•   ...
Smartphones in the US• 35% of all adults have smartphones• Words they use to describe it (Pew Internet  and American Life ...
Email on Smartphone• Easy and convenient  for reading new and  old messages
Virtual Keyboard• Writing messages  using a small  keyboard• Not like using a  regular computer  keyboard• Keys are small•...
Real Keyboard• Typing is a little easier  on a real keyboard  compared to a virtual  keyboard
Internet on a Smartphone• The entire  Internet is  available—on a  very small screen• Many websites  have mobile  versions...
Internet on a Smartphone• Portable Internet  anywhere you are• Read news• Check movie times• Shop• Look up an old  friend•...
Apps on a Smartphone• Apps = Applications• A piece of software that  accomplishes a task• Voice recorder• Subway maps• Com...
Apps on a Smartphone•   Read books•   Find directions•   Talk to a nurse•   Listen to music•   Use Facebook•   Listen to N...
Play Angry Birds
Is it worth it?• Would you like a smartphone?• Is it worth about $70 a month  to you?• Email, Internet, Video Camera,  Map...
Types of Smartphones•   iPhone•   Android•   Blackberry•   Windows• Go to a store and  try out a phone
iPhone•   Made by Apple•   Very popular•   Easy to use•   Lots of apps•   Latest: iPhone 5• Best for first-time  smartphon...
Android•   Android software (Google)•   Phones by different makers•   Usable, but not the easiest•   Lots of apps•   Lates...
Blackberry• Made by Blackberry• Great for typing emails  and text messages• Poor web browsing• Few apps• Latest: Blackberr...
Windows•   Windows software•   Phones by different makers•   Easy to use•   Few apps•   Latest: Nokia Lumia 920
Smartphone Plans•   Carriers charge more for smart phones•   Voice plan (phone calls)•   Data plan (Internet connection)• ...
Smartphone Plans—Monthly Cost                 Verizon         AT&T           Sprint    Voice           $40            $40 ...
Is it worth it?•   A pocket computer and telephone•   Communicates•   Entertains•   Finds public restrooms•   Deposits che...
What’s Wi-Fi?• Wi-Fi is a technology that  allows devices to connect to  the Internet (and each  other) wirelessly using r...
What’s Wi-Fi?• Wi-Fi takes a regular Internet connection that  comes through a wire and spreads it out using  radio waves
Wi-Fi Network• A Wi-Fi network can be the size of an  apartment or restaurant• Many devices can connect to the Internet
Where are Wi-Fi networks?•   Libraries (all in New York City)•   Many New York City Parks•   Cafes (all Starbucks)•   McDo...
What’s do people use Wi-Fi for?• Connect to the Internet on a laptop, iPad,  smartphone or other device at home or out  an...
Wi-Fi in the US• 59% of adults are  wireless Internet  users• 47% of adults  wirelessly connect  to the Internet  using a ...
How do you connect to Wi-Fi?• Computers made in about the last 5 years  have wireless capability• Tell computer to look fo...
Wi-Fi Networks• Here is a list of  Wi-Fi networks• To connect, click  on one• Would you  connect to just  any network?
Wi-Fi Networks• Here is a list of  Wi-Fi networks on  an iPhone• Do they all look  the same?• Do they all look  equally se...
Secure Networks• Secure networks  require a password
Just any wireless network?•   Would you connect to just any network?•   Only use trusted networks:•   NYPL•   Starbucks (t...
Bad Network Blues• What can happen on a compromised  Wi-Fi network?• Passwords stolen• Emails read• Files copied or delete...
Which network?• Which would you choose?  1.      Marriot Hotel Wi-Fi  2.      try me network
Wi-Fi at Home•   More and more homes have Wi-Fi•   People use Wi-Fi at home for many reasons•   To cut down on cords•   Co...
Wi-Fi Health Devices• Wi-Fi devices can transmit health information  to your computer• Weight scale• Blood pressure monito...
How does it work at home?Power Cord                                      Cable or                                      DSL...
Secure Wi-Fi• A home Wi-Fi network should be  secure (password protected)• Prevents neighbors from using  your Internet co...
What do you need for Wi-Fi?•   High-speed Internet service—cable or DSL•   Modem—comes with service•   Ethernet cord—comes...
Do you need Wi-Fi?• Use your laptop in public places like the library• Use multiple Internet-connected devices at  home—la...
ROBERT FINKENTHALTechnology Trainingrfinkenthal@gmail.com646-397-8415rfinkenthal.com
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  1. 1. Whats Wi-Fi, And Do I ReallyNeed A Smartphone?Robert Finkenthalrfinkenthal@gmail.comrfinkenthal.com
  2. 2. Overview• Smartphone basics— what is it and what’s the advantage over a regular cell phone• Wi-Fi basics—what is it and what are the benefits
  3. 3. Why these two topics?• Convenience• Usefulness• Technology is best when it works for people—not the other way around
  4. 4. Basic Cell Phone• Phone calls• Text messages• Camera• A few extras (alarm, calendar, etc.)• Usually free with plan• $25 - $40 per month• “Feature phone”• 48% of adults have one
  5. 5. Smartphone• A pocket-sized computer• Phone calls• Text messages• Camera and video camera• Email and Internet• Apps (Applications)• About $200 with plan• $55 - $70 per month
  6. 6. Smartphones in the US• 35% of all adults have smartphones• Words they use to describe it (Pew Internet and American Life Project):
  7. 7. Email on Smartphone• Easy and convenient for reading new and old messages
  8. 8. Virtual Keyboard• Writing messages using a small keyboard• Not like using a regular computer keyboard• Keys are small• Short messages are the rule
  9. 9. Real Keyboard• Typing is a little easier on a real keyboard compared to a virtual keyboard
  10. 10. Internet on a Smartphone• The entire Internet is available—on a very small screen• Many websites have mobile versions so are easier to read
  11. 11. Internet on a Smartphone• Portable Internet anywhere you are• Read news• Check movie times• Shop• Look up an old friend• Check the weather
  12. 12. Apps on a Smartphone• Apps = Applications• A piece of software that accomplishes a task• Voice recorder• Subway maps• Compass• Restaurant reviews• Banking
  13. 13. Apps on a Smartphone• Read books• Find directions• Talk to a nurse• Listen to music• Use Facebook• Listen to NPR• Find a bathroom -Just tap an app to use• Play games -Many apps are free
  14. 14. Play Angry Birds
  15. 15. Is it worth it?• Would you like a smartphone?• Is it worth about $70 a month to you?• Email, Internet, Video Camera, Maps, Games, etc.• Before you decide, we’ll cover:• Types of phones• Plans
  16. 16. Types of Smartphones• iPhone• Android• Blackberry• Windows• Go to a store and try out a phone
  17. 17. iPhone• Made by Apple• Very popular• Easy to use• Lots of apps• Latest: iPhone 5• Best for first-time smartphone users
  18. 18. Android• Android software (Google)• Phones by different makers• Usable, but not the easiest• Lots of apps• Latest: Samsung Galaxy S III
  19. 19. Blackberry• Made by Blackberry• Great for typing emails and text messages• Poor web browsing• Few apps• Latest: Blackberry Bold
  20. 20. Windows• Windows software• Phones by different makers• Easy to use• Few apps• Latest: Nokia Lumia 920
  21. 21. Smartphone Plans• Carriers charge more for smart phones• Voice plan (phone calls)• Data plan (Internet connection)• Rates vary widely• Carriers all have different rules and plans• Typical rates• $40 per month voice plan• $30 per month data plan
  22. 22. Smartphone Plans—Monthly Cost Verizon AT&T Sprint Voice $40 $40 $40 Data $30 $30 $15 Total $70 $70 $55Plans and costs vary. There are many options besides these.
  23. 23. Is it worth it?• A pocket computer and telephone• Communicates• Entertains• Finds public restrooms• Deposits checks in your account• And much, much more• For about $70 per month?
  24. 24. What’s Wi-Fi?• Wi-Fi is a technology that allows devices to connect to the Internet (and each other) wirelessly using radio waves• You still have to plug it in, so you need a power cord!• Stands for Wireless Fidelity (as in High Fidelity or Hi-Fi)
  25. 25. What’s Wi-Fi?• Wi-Fi takes a regular Internet connection that comes through a wire and spreads it out using radio waves
  26. 26. Wi-Fi Network• A Wi-Fi network can be the size of an apartment or restaurant• Many devices can connect to the Internet
  27. 27. Where are Wi-Fi networks?• Libraries (all in New York City)• Many New York City Parks• Cafes (all Starbucks)• McDonalds• Airports• People’s homes• Everywhere!• Free and pay (with a credit card) networks
  28. 28. What’s do people use Wi-Fi for?• Connect to the Internet on a laptop, iPad, smartphone or other device at home or out and about to:• Read news in a park• Find directions from a café to a gallery• Email your friend from a McDonalds• Check the weather at an airport• Make a video call from a hotel room• Use smartphone apps that require Wi-Fi
  29. 29. Wi-Fi in the US• 59% of adults are wireless Internet users• 47% of adults wirelessly connect to the Internet using a laptop
  30. 30. How do you connect to Wi-Fi?• Computers made in about the last 5 years have wireless capability• Tell computer to look for all the Wi-Fi networks around• Then choose one and connect to it• Click on one of theseWindows PC Apple
  31. 31. Wi-Fi Networks• Here is a list of Wi-Fi networks• To connect, click on one• Would you connect to just any network?
  32. 32. Wi-Fi Networks• Here is a list of Wi-Fi networks on an iPhone• Do they all look the same?• Do they all look equally secure?
  33. 33. Secure Networks• Secure networks require a password
  34. 34. Just any wireless network?• Would you connect to just any network?• Only use trusted networks:• NYPL• Starbucks (they use AT&T)• A reputable hotel• Your home network• Your friend’s home network• Avoid banking, etc. on any public network
  35. 35. Bad Network Blues• What can happen on a compromised Wi-Fi network?• Passwords stolen• Emails read• Files copied or deleted from your computer• If you’re not sure, ask which network is OK to use or don’t use one at all
  36. 36. Which network?• Which would you choose? 1. Marriot Hotel Wi-Fi 2. try me network
  37. 37. Wi-Fi at Home• More and more homes have Wi-Fi• People use Wi-Fi at home for many reasons• To cut down on cords• Connect multiple computers to the Internet• Connect an iPad or other tablet to the Internet• Connect an e-reader (such as a Kindle)• Use smartphone apps that require Wi-Fi• One time cost—purchase wireless router• One time set up
  38. 38. Wi-Fi Health Devices• Wi-Fi devices can transmit health information to your computer• Weight scale• Blood pressure monitor• Blood glucose monitor• Heart rate monitor
  39. 39. How does it work at home?Power Cord Cable or DSL line Ethernet Cord Modem Power Cord Wireless Router
  40. 40. Secure Wi-Fi• A home Wi-Fi network should be secure (password protected)• Prevents neighbors from using your Internet connection• Prevents neighbors or others from snooping in your digital world• Create a password when you set up the network
  41. 41. What do you need for Wi-Fi?• High-speed Internet service—cable or DSL• Modem—comes with service• Ethernet cord—comes with service• Wireless Router• Buy from electronics seller or ISP• Buy for $50 - $100• Brands: Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, Cisco• 802.11N (next: 802.11ac)• At least 300 Mbps
  42. 42. Do you need Wi-Fi?• Use your laptop in public places like the library• Use multiple Internet-connected devices at home—laptops, iPads, weight scale, etc.• Use your laptop on the sofa or the bed
  43. 43. ROBERT FINKENTHALTechnology Trainingrfinkenthal@gmail.com646-397-8415rfinkenthal.com

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