Using Zello Walkie Talkie during Hurricane Irma

A friend recommended to use this app during the upcoming hurricane Irma, its called Zello Walkie Talkie. After downloading it, I figured I would share through my blog to help others as well. Although you still need to have cell phone service or WiFi connection, this app makes it easy to communicate during a natural disaster.

The advantage of this app is that you communicate through voice which is much quicker than writing and your voice message goes to public channels where others can hear you. You can also follow news channels during a storm to keep up to date on the latest storm path. This app is being used by search and rescue teams to help rescue those in need.

After you download the app, tap the Channels link on the left side and tap on Add channel. Here you can search for the public channels.

I found these 3 channels for Hurricane Irma, two of them are for search and rescue teams and the other one is for news.

After you add each channel you should tap the connect icon to hear any communication coming from that channel. 

Don't forget you can also add your friends and family to the app to stay connected.

To communicate in a public channel or with a friend, tap the name of the channel or friend, and press the microphone to send a voice message. Make sure you have activated the connection icon at the top of the channel, it changes to blue like in this example.

Again, you do need cell phone or wifi connection in order to use this. Xfinity has made hundreds of free hotspots available, you can find information here on how to connect.

Hope this helps us all stay connected and informed during the storm.

Good luck during the storm

How To: Create a QR code to share your Wifi Network Password with your friends

What is one of the questions your friends ask you when they visit your home?

"What's your Wifi password?" Right?

Well this blog post will help you share your weirdly constructed credential with your friends without having to dictate it several times every time someone wants to connect.

You can create a QR code that will display your Wifi network password after scanned with an option to copy it. This allows your friends to paste the password into their wifi settings screen when they are connecting to your network without having to dictate your password. It saves you and your friends time and frustration. Who doesn't have to dictate that weirdly constructed password several times?

Follow these simple steps to create your QR code:

1. Go to http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/
2. Select Wifi Network from the Contents pull-down menu.
3. Enter your Wifi Network SSID and password.

4. Select your Network Type from the pull-down menu.

5. Select the size of your QR code from the Bar Code Size pull-down menu. The size does not effect the outcome in any way, it's just the actual size of your QR code.

6. Click Generate.

On the right side of the screen you will see your QR code. Next tap Download and touch the QR code to Save image on your phone.

All you have to do now is to share that image of your QR code with your friends. Once they scan it with a QR reader they will see the option to Copy password. Your Wifi network and password are shown on the screen as well, this will confirm to them which Wifi network they need to connect to.

By showing the password it also allows you to verify you have set it up correctly.

This screen shot is from the app called "QR Reader", other QR reader apps may have the copy option, or they may just show you the password so you can copy it.

All your friends have to do is to paste the password into the password field when connecting to your network.

And viola! No more dictating your password to your friends. You can even post the QR Code on a small photo frame in your living room to avoid having to share it.

Hope this post helps you and anyone else in need in this digital age.