WiFi & the Most High: The Church as the Center

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Does your church have WiFi? If you're a regular ChurchMag reader, I'd hazard a guess that it does. Here's a question you're less likely to answer "yes" to: Is your church open for public use of the WiFi? Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Andrew Lloyd Webber who gave us The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and so on and so forth, said in an interview with the Daily Mail a few weeks ago and said that he wanted every church (in England) to have WiFi. The operatic feline aficionado went on to say: ... Continue Reading

Why You Can’t Get Wifi in That One Room


Have you ever had a hard time getting a wifi signal to a particular place in your home or church office? Jason Cole had a similar problem, but since he is a PhD student in physics, he decided to figure out why: “...he mapped his own apartment and assigned refraction values to the walls, then applied so-called Helmholtz equations to model the electromagnetic waves.” You can see the results here: ... Continue Reading

Bless This Net Letterpress Print for Your WiFi Credentials

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Isn't getting your friends wifi credentials a pain? I've seen wifi details on Post-It notes, in a Word document on someone's desktop and then there are those wifi owners that don't know it. Now here's a cool and creative way to make your wifi details easy for your friends and family while keeping your network safe and secure from those outside your home. This would also be a cool way to display your church's wifi info, too! Check this out: ... Continue Reading

UK Blocks Online Pornography

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Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that “most households in the UK will have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it.” It doesn't stop there, either: “In addition, the prime minister said possessing online pornography depicting rape would become illegal in England and Wales - in line with Scotland.” The Prime Minister also said that many “horrific” Internet search terms would  be blacklisted. The filters would not only effect your typical ... Continue Reading

Wi-Fi via Blimp!


Cool ideas and concepts continue to spill forth from Google. I especially love this one that intends to bring Internet connectivity to African institutions of learning via flying craft. The trial involves 10 schools in Cape Town, South Africa, and involves the use of "white space network" with blimps (and other infrastructure down the line) to stream signal over large areas the schools are situated in... literally wi-fi via blimp. It's a fairly large undertaking, but one with a lot of ... Continue Reading

The Church on the Internet of Things? [Part 2]

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I’ve been reflecting on the next wave of internetness: "the Internet of things." This is that ability for our toasters and cars and devices to talk to each other in real time: and affecting our physical world! Intro in Part 1. So a practical question is: What does the church look like with the Internet of things "built in"? If any appliance or person can carry a sensor and we’ve written sophisticated apps to automate our "church management life," what’s different than today? Some starting ... Continue Reading

The Internet of Things [Part 1]

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The Internet of Things. It’s that tantalizing idea that the next wave of internet-like interconnectivity is between our appliances and cars and devices—the things we own. It’s a sprinkler system that talks to the moisture sensors in the yard + the Weather Channel, or how our smoke detector might develop a friendlier relationship with the toaster. Or how my car keys might find themselves. Please. Bill Wasik at Wired magazine has June's featured article on the status of the “physical internet,” ... Continue Reading

4 Tips for iPad Tethering on the Road

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I’ll admit it: now that I’m on my second iPad, I’m never going back. Combine that with LTE tethering, and my ministry travel for April was a breeze. I was in Chicago, Washington DC, and Detroit for 2.5 weeks during April with the need to work on the road the entire stretch. Sure I had wifi sometimes, but one hotel was going to be a $20 extra daily fee (the nicer places always get you!), and the Missio Alliance conference where I was representing Great Commission Ministries had public wifi for ... Continue Reading

How-To Boost Your Router Wifi Signal [Video]

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Aside from setting up signal repeater or upgrading the size of antenna, these were the only ways I knew you could boost a router's signal strength. It turns out, there are a few cool little tricks you can try first before making any tech purchases. Here are a three hacks in one minute: ... Continue Reading