Set your ket­tle to boil for when you wake up

Wi-fi isn’t only for brows­ing and stream­ing. Ed­ward Munn re­veals bril­liant and quirky things you never knew you could do with your wire­less con­nec­tion

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Make free phone calls

If you’re in a ru­ral area with a poor phone sig­nal, the qual­ity of your con­nec­tion may make it im­pos­si­ble to carry out a call. Thank­fully, most phone net­works now let you make Wi-fi phone calls and send text mes­sages within your con­tract al­lowance.

EE’S Wi- Fi call­ing works au­to­mat­i­cally with most new smart­phones (see the full list at bit.ly/ee431). For all other An­droid and IOS de­vices, you’ll need to own the EE ver­sion and have bought it di­rectly from the net­work.

Three cus­tomers with the lat­est IOS de­vices (iphone 5C on­wards) and An­droid de­vices (see list at bit.ly/ three431) bought di­rectly from the net­work can also make Wi-fi calls and texts. If your phone isn’t on the list, you can down­load the Three intouch app ( bit.ly/threeit431) for IOS and An­droid to take ad­van­tage of free Wi- Fi call­ing. Just re­mem­ber to set up the app when you have a phone sig­nal, or you won’t be able to use it when you don’t.

O2’s Wi- Fi call­ing is only com­pat­i­ble with a limited num­ber of de­vices (see the list at bit.ly/o2431); and Voda­fone’s Wi-fi call­ing re­quires you to be on one of its Red or busi­ness tar­rifs, as well as hav­ing a com­pat­i­ble de­vice, which you can check at bit.ly/voda431.

Check your home for in­trud­ers

No mat­ter how well you’ve se­cured the doors and win­dows of your prop­erty, leav­ing your home empty when you go away can be a worry. And it’s not just po­ten­tial in­trud­ers that are a threat – you may be fret­ting over whether you can trust your teenage kids not to throw that party they ab­so­lutely promised wouldn’t be hap­pen­ing.

Home-se­cu­rity cam­eras use your Wi-fi to con­nect to the web so you can keep tabs on your home from any­where us­ing a phone app. Our favourite is the Y- Cam Evo (£ 129.99, bit.ly/ycam431), which has a 720p cam­era with an in­frared LED for night-time view­ing. Its 100-de­gree field of view should cap­ture the whole room if you po­si­tion it in a cor­ner. The im­age qual­ity may not be as good as some of its more ex­pen­sive ri­vals, but the seven days of un­lim­ited free video stor­age is un­beat­able value.

Cast Spo­tify to your speak­ers

Did you know that you can stream mu­sic from the Spo­tify app on your smart­phone to your speak­ers over Wi-fi? The eas­i­est (and cheap­est) way to do this is to sim­ply plug an­other de­vice that has Spo­tify in­stalled and that you won’t need to move – your PC or tablet would be per­fect – di­rectly into your speak­ers. Next, make sure your smart­phone is con­nected to the same Wi-fi net­work as the first de­vice and, from your phone’s Spo­tify app, tap De­vices Avail­able from the Now Play­ing bar and select your PC or tablet from the list. Once that’s done, you can con­trol your

The Y- Cam Evo stores up to seven days of footage in the cloud for free

Three In Touch lets you make Wi- Fi calls on many An­droid and IOS de­vices

Select De­vices Avail­able in Spo­tify to cast mu­sic to an­other de­vice

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