Getting bored of having to tell all your friends a complicated WiFi password every time they come over?
Well you are not alone. Jumping back and forth between uppercase and lowercase letters, a string of numbers, and a few failed attempts can be a good thing when it comes to connecting friends.
Luckily, a WiFi expert on YouTube found a way to make sharing your network with your loved ones a lot easier.
Matty McTech, aka @SetupSpawn, has suggested using a site called qifi.org to set up your own QR code that would allow users to connect to WiFi instantly.
“If you go to this website, enter your WiFi information and click generate, a QR code will be generated that you can print out,” he explained in a YouTube short.
“Now you can take this piece of paper and pin it anywhere in your house.
“And then when your friends come over, they can use their phone to scan the QR code and connect to WiFi instantly.”
However, some observers questioned the security of the site.
One video observer jokingly commented, “Another pro tip: spray-painting your full name, billing address, and social security number on a public wall can help your ‘friends’ apply for credit cards.”
If you’re concerned about entering your network details — because you’re concerned that that information might be exposed — there are other alternatives.
However, it is important to note that no one can access your network unless they are in close proximity.
The Sun’s tech section also details numerous ways users can find out if their network is being used by free riders and how to turn them off.
What alternatives are there?
Most WiFi routers come with a card or sticker with the network name and password that can be affixed to the refrigerator or elsewhere in the home for easy access by friends and family.
iPhones now have one nifty “share password” trick This allows other iOS users to instantly share the password of the network they are connected to since that password is stored on their device.
When a friend tries to connect to the same network with their iPhone, a popup appears on the homeowner’s Apple device, giving them the option to share their password without having to deal with the digits themselves.
For Android users, there is a share button in the Wi-Fi section of the phone’s settings that generates a QR code, saving users from going to a separate website and typing everything in manually.
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