Smartphone, Tablet, Game Console Integration
You might need a nerd if…
- You struggle to get your smartphone and desktop computer to sync your data
- You’d like to integrate your smartphone with home security services, like a front door camera
- You are unsure of how to use your tablet to access photos stored on your home computer
- You’d like to use your tablet to watch cable television or a video streaming service
- You want to stop your gaming console from using all your bandwidth
Putting the “smart” in smartphone
1. Print to your home computerA lot of our customers struggle with phones and printing. Many will end up emailing themselves from their phone and printing from their home computer out of pure frustration! While this is a workaround, it’s a lot of extra work and hassle you can easily avoid. We can configure your phone so that it will print directly to your printer. No cables, no complicated steps.
2. Check who’s at your front doorAnother great thing you can do is use your phone to communicate with security devices. For example, imagine receiving video footage of whoever is at your front door, even when you’re out. You can even use your phone to communicate directly with visitors! It brings peace of mind and it means you’ll never miss that important delivery. We can help install the hardware (which is surprisingly affordable, FYI) and configure your smartphone to make that happen.
3. Make your calendar and contacts work everywhereThis is one of the most common frustrations we hear from smartphone users: “How do I get my calendar and contacts to sync up on my phone and my home computer?” We get it! It’s incredibly annoying to add an appointment on your phone only to find it doesn’t appear on your desktop calendar. We can integrate your devices so that your data is shared properly and you’ll always have an up-to-date schedule at your fingertips.
Cool tablet tricks
1. Access all your home photos from anywhereMost people end up accumulating a huge collection of photos on their home computer. The problem is if they’re all stored on your hard drive at home, how do you share your pictures when you’re out of the house? Sure, you could manually copy across a choice selection of holiday snaps to your tablet every time you plan on doing a bit of family show-and-tell, but that’s so much unnecessary work! We can configure your tablet so that it has constant access to your entire photo library at home. You’d just fire up your cloud software, tap on the photos category and voila! All your pictures are there waiting for you.
2. Watch cable TV and Netflix in bedSure, you could get up and sit on the sofa to binge watch your favorite series on Netflix. But did you realize that with just a little bit of nerd magic, you can watch cable TV and Netflix anywhere using your trusty tablet? These days, all major cable and video streaming services have an app which can be used to access their content. This means you can kick back and watch your shows from anywhere you can access WiFi: in bed, at the airport and yes… even in the bathroom.
3. Have a kid-friendly settingKids tend to gravitate toward tablets like a moth to the proverbial flame. The problem is, tablets have access to the Internet and not all the content out there is kid-friendly! We can solve that by setting your tablet up with a content filter setting so that the content they can access is age-appropriate. If you’d like to learn more about our full parental content control service, check out this page.
Getting more out of your gaming console
1. Play online gamesGame consoles are a blast. While gaming on your own is fun, it’s a whole new world once your game console is connected to the Internet. You can compete or cooperate with people from all over the world. There’s nothing quite like it! We’ll connect your console so that it’s configured correctly for online gaming.
2. Control your bandwidth resourcesWhile online gaming is fun, it can also chew up a lot of your bandwidth (meaning it can slow down your Internet connection for other people). We can fix this by configuring your console so that it uses a manageable slice of your home bandwidth. For example, you might want your gaming console to use a smaller amount of bandwidth during the day when people are more active online. However, at night, when fewer users are using the Internet, you may want to increase the console’s resource allocation. We can make that happen. A well-configured console can eliminate a lot of headaches and tension in the home! Nerds On Call offers a complete home network integration service where we get all your devices working together efficiently. Click here to learn more.
Smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles come into their own once they’re online. We can come to your home and configure your devices to take full advantage of the Internet.
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Questions nerds often hear about Smartphone, Tablet, Game Console Integration
Why is it so hard to get my calendar and contacts to sync up properly?
This should be straightforward, we agree! Unfortunately, behind the scenes, there’s a lot which can go wrong in getting your devices pushing data back and forth to one another. Synch conflicts are commonplace and the software can recently become glitchy if not set up properly. We’ve dealt with these problems a lot and know how to resolve them. Contact us if you need help.
Will it cost me a lot of money to watch TV on my tablet?
So long as you’re watching content on WiFi (and not using cellular data) you should be fine. If you already pay for a membership to Netflix, Cox or similar entertainment services, then using the app to view content should involve no additional cost. If in doubt, you should always check with your provider to understand their terms of service.
Is home network integration expensive?
Generally, this is not a major task. However, to give you full peace of mind we can come to your home and provide a free, no-obligation estimate.