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
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 smartphone users
Android• Android software (Google)• Phones by different makers• Usable, but not the easiest• Lots of apps• Latest: Samsung Galaxy S III
Blackberry• Made by Blackberry• Great for typing emails and text messages• Poor web browsing• Few apps• Latest: Blackberry Bold
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)• Rates vary widely• Carriers all have different rules and plans• Typical rates• $40 per month voice plan• $30 per month data plan
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.
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?
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)
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)• McDonalds• Airports• People’s homes• Everywhere!• Free and pay (with a credit card) networks
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
Wi-Fi in the US• 59% of adults are wireless Internet users• 47% of adults wirelessly connect to the Internet using a laptop
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
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 secure?
Secure Networks• Secure networks require a password
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
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
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• 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
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
How does it work at home?Power Cord Cable or DSL line Ethernet Cord Modem Power Cord Wireless Router
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
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
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
ROBERT FINKENTHALTechnology Trainingrfinkenthal@gmail.com646-397-8415rfinkenthal.com