While the invention on WiFi has brought the power of the web to every corner of our homes, many don't realize it can do so much more. Here's Lifehacker's top 10 things you can do with your WiFi network other than browsing the Interwebs for cat pictures and YouTube videos.
We've selected our top five from their roundup, but you're welcome to check out the rest over at Lifehacker.com:
- Wirelessly Transfer Photos from Your Digital Camera: We really like the idea of killing USB cable/card readers altogether by making use of WiFi to transfer files and data.
- Stream Audio to Any Speakers in the House: You can never really go wrong with the flawless combo of an Apple Airport Express router with AirTunes to get some wireless audio going in your home (Use AirFoil to kick it up a notch!)
- Share Files with Nearby Computers: Whether it's the built-in filing sharing of OSX or Windows or the newer DLNA technologies that allows streaming into set-top boxes of all types, it's certainly nice to have the ability to access any file locally without ever having to get out your seat.
- Forward Notifications from Your Smartphone to Your PC: If you have your phone charing in a base station across the room like us, having SMS messages push to your PC is undoubtedly a quick time saver. Android-only for now.
- Use Your Smartphone As a Remote Control: One thing we love about using Boxee on our old Macbook laptop is the ability to control it from our iPhone/iPod Touch. For us, having one less remote cluttering up our coffee cable makes all the difference.
Got a favorite use for local WiFi aside from Internet connectivity? Share your ingenious ideas below!