Author: Amelia Wallace

How to buy the right Pocket sized Wi-Fi HotSpot router?

Do you know how to buy your most suitable Wi-Fi pocket Hotspot router? Read which features you need to check and ask from yourself and salesman on Wi-Fi Router store.

Pocket sized Wi-Fi HotSpot routers

Gone are the days when you need to use separate internet connections on every device for accessing internet. Today, we can use a small pocket router for connecting many Wi-Fi devices in a small office network or travelling outside. 

Hence a Wi-Fi hotspot device can be the best and affordable solution for any small set up. In future, such hotspot devices will play vital role while using internet connected driverless IOT cars also where different devices in cars will be connected together. But do you know how to buy your most suitable pocket Wi-Fi router? Read how: 

Which features to check out while buying a new Wi-Fi pocket router?

Today, there is large number of Wi-Fi pocket routers available to buy in market. For an ordinary customer, genuinely it becomes very difficult to find out his right option. 

Since the requirements vary from one buyer to other, the suitability for pocket router changes accordingly. So, a customer should follow some important guidelines/ get answers to below questions while buying such Wi-Fi equipments:

#1 Which type of Wi-Fi Router is most suitable for you?

Before opting for a small Wi-Fi hotspot, a buyer should be aware of different categories and specific features of pocket routers. I will not go in deep on this topic as I have already described it in one of my earlier posts (above link). In brief, the small pocket routers are broadly classified in two categories: – Pocket router with SIM – USB data card Wi-Fi hotspot devices 

Types of Pocket sized routers
Types of Pocket sized routers

Where the USB card based device can further be divided into Modem based Wi-Fi hotspot devices or USB data card with Wi-Fi hotspot enable option. Each type of device offers different features. But is it sufficient just to know about the kinds of Wi-Fi devices available to buy? No, rather there are many other considerable aspects pointed below. A buyer should not ignore them while buying his perfect Wi-Fi router:

#2 How many number of gadgets you can connect to?

More the number of devices can be connected to a pocket router the more better it will be. Generally, you can connect up to 1-4 wired and a number of Wi-Fi devices to an average router.

But some of them offer really more connecting ports at some extra prices. For instance, Action router from Verizon (around $59) can connect 4 PC by Ethernet and 24 PCs wirelessly. But for a large set up like offices, more connectors/ large routers should be preferred.

#3 Does the device is vendor locked/unlocked?

Notably, if a device is available at lower prices in compare to others, the chances for device lock with particular vendor are high. In such cases, using that device, a user does not have any option for switching to another vendor. So, it is highly recommended to check for an unlocked device even if someone requires spend little extra. It will give the user freedom for switching to other vendor and switching to better data plan in future.

#4 Have you evaluated the data plans offered by vendor?

Data plans from different service providers should be evaluated and compared before buying any Wi-Fi hotspot device. Before going for a new plan, you should decide whether to go for prepaid or a post-paid plan. You should go through minute details of each plan too.

#5 Which regions are covered by the router’s service providers?

Since no service provider can cover all the areas you visit so, a buyer should check the coverage area of your service provider first. Its coverage areas should include your travelling regions. Secondly, since not every Wi-Fi router is compatible with all service providers so, you should check the compatibility of Wi-Fi pocket router you opted, with the data plan you have adopt is necessary.

Wrap up

A buyer should also survey online stores to get the current Wi-Fi router options available in market. Today, large number of routers with innovative options and features are arriving to market. But some time, low quality of products come wrapped with gifts and hot offers on devices. So, it is necessary to buy only genuine and good brand products. Hope above tips will be helpful for you in buying your most suitable and perfect Wi-Fi Hotspot pocket router. If you like this, post share it with your friends too. Author’s Tip:To confirm if someone is misusing/ stealing your Wi-Fi router, just switch off all Wi-Fi and wired devices in your premises connected to your router and check its data LED. If it is still blinking, it means some unauthorized person is stealing your Wi-Fi. 

Solar smartphone charging station – how it works

In case, you run out of your cell phone battery, just send an SMS and get your battery instantly charged with solar power. Read about this very interesting future technology, which going to knock at your door, in coming days.

Solar power based remote mobile battery charging technology

Remote cell phone charging station

Just the way you get re-charge your prepaid mobile SIM, a new future technology is arriving to market, for allowing you to charge your battery, just by sending an SMS. This is an advanced solar power technology solution for the people, who usually travel outside of their home and offices and for the people, who live in off-grid. In future, such people can send a request message to a remote cell phone charging station, which in response will charge their system battery, instantly.
Also see: Google glasses – specs, features and basic operating steps.

How solar power station works?

This is a solar power based technology, where in a remote station, huge storage of solar energy will always be ready to charge users’ smartphone batteries. The technology is developed by the company – Buffalo Grid, which has already developed such a solar power cell phone charging station. This 60-watt power station gets automatically activated on receiving a charging request message, and in response, it starts re-energizing the mobile battery. The solar power panel energizes your system battery via a technique named as – Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT). As per reports from ‘NewScientist’, the company has already conducted such experiments in Uganda. Solar technology is going to rock the market in coming days. Recently another company namely WeWi communication has announced a solar power based laptop – Sol that will come with 4 full sized solar charging panels and capable to run directly in sunlight even with removed solar batteries. 

Applications and future benefits of solar technology

  • – For now, the company has specifically designed this technology only for rural areas of Asia and Africa. This technique will be highly useful for the people living in the developing areas of these countries, where there is no electricity facility has been arrived, even now.
  • – In future, the technology will also be used for high hill areas and polar zones, where it is very hard to lay electric cables.
  • – The space station and future space travelling have already been planned to be powered up by solar technology.
  • – Remote charging of cell phone batteries by solar energy is just a start. Hopefully, in near future, we may also find our vehicles and boats fueled up with solar energy of remote solar plants. 

The last anticipated application is based on the theory of Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), a genius scientist, who had given the idea of wireless communication and invented the actual electrical system know as alternating current (AC). In past, he wanted to charge vehicles, ships and other equipment by his electromagnetic generating tower. 
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Add Custom Author Box With Social Icons In Your Genesis Child Theme

Genesis a popular theme framework for wordpress. It is Fast, Lighter, and SEO friendly. Most of the Popular blogger used Genesis theme Framework on their website such as Shoutmeloud.com, Crunchify.com etc.

In this article we are going to create / add a custom author box with social icons in our genesis child theme. Because its an important part of your Blog/Website. BTW Genesis Framework‘s has a default author box, But its pretty simple and kind of boring.  If you want to make it more eye catchy then either you require a plugin or you have to make your hand dirty with some coding. There are many Free Author Box Plugin available in WordPress Repository , Which let you customize the author box  according to your requirements. But If you want to customize the author box without any plugin, Then read this guide about how to  Add Custom Author Box With Social Icons In Genesis Child Theme Without Any Plugin.

[Genesis] How To A Add Custom Author Box With Social Icons

In this article I am going to use Font Awesome Icons to add social media Icons in Genesis. Because Font awesome icons are very easy to use and they are quite popular these days. There are several advantage of using Font Awesome Such as :

  • It’s a font
  • It’s retina ready and easy to style
  • It has a performance advantage

The process Of addition Of Custom Author Box In Genesis Require Below Mentioned Steps

  1. Enqueue / Integrate  Font Awesome Support For Your Child Theme Via script
  2. Adding Custom Social Media URL Fields In User Profile Setting
  3. Remove The Default Author Box From Your Child Theme
  4. Register/Add A new Author Box With Social Icons In Your Genesis Child Theme
  5. Styling The Author Box With CSS

1. )Enqueue / Integrate Font Awesome Support For Your Child Theme Via script

The first step to create a custom author box with Social Icons, We are going to enqueue the Font awesome script in our Genesis Child theme. So we can use the icons in our child theme.

To Enqueue or Add Font awesome icons you have to place the below snippet in your genesis child theme. there are two ways to add font awesome icons in your child theme:

Through Child Theme’s Local Directory

// Enqueue Font-Awesome Icons to Your Theme <From Local Directory>

add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'td_genesis_enqueue_styles'); function td_genesis_enqueue_styles() { wp_enqueue_style('fa', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/lib/css/font-awesome.min.css', array()); }

After adding the font awesome support in your child theme, lets move on to the next step.

2.) Adding Custom Social Media URL Fields In User Profile Setting

In this snippets we are customizing the social field in user profile section, after defining the custom meta fields, we will try to remove the default genesis author box and register a new custom author box in genesis child theme.

3.) Remove The Default Author Box From Your Child Theme

The below snippet will remove the genesis’s default author box from genesis child theme.

4.) Register/Add A new Author Box With Social Icons In Your Genesis Child Theme

The below code snippet adds a custom author box and define the author box layout . Also the code integrate font awesome icons with the equivalent social url.

Now you  have successfully created your custom author box with social icons. Now you have to style the Author box with css.

Add Custom Author Box With Icons

Complete Code To Add Custom Author Box With Social Icons In Your Genesis Child Theme

Add this code in your theme's functions.php

Functions.php

Editing a theme functions.php may break your theme. Try to put the code at the very end of the file to avoid that

6.) Styling The Author Box With CSS

Now you have to paste this code in style.css file to implement the customization. Make sure you copy /paste the whole code from the below Gist

Style.css

Paste The code at the end of style.css

This is how you can add custom author box with social icons in your genesis child theme. But this is not the end you can customize it according to your will. The only limit is your mind. Do share your customization with us.

If you face any problem in the above code or you have any suggestion kindly drop us a comment below.