The sim­ple way to set up your tech has­sle-free

Be­tween jug­gling work and kids, find­ing time to sort out wires and set up tech­nol­ogy is a big ask. NEXT ed­i­tor Rachael has a way to make it eas­ier

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Ev­ery now and then, tech­nol­ogy comes along that makes life so much bet­ter you can’t imag­ine how you ever lived with­out it. I’m talk­ing about in­ter­net-en­abled tele­vi­sion. All I can think is, ‘What took me so long?’

But I know the an­swer to that. My weeks are so busy, it’s dif­fi­cult to find time for the su­per­mar­ket shop, let alone work out what I need in the way of new gad­gets. Plus, I’ll ad­mit, I’m not tech savvy. Ev­ery­thing moves so quickly these days that I didn’t know what I should be look­ing for. I’d heard of Chrome­cast and Ap­ple TV, but I didn’t know ex­actly what they did, or what I needed. As for con­nect­ing it all to my wifi… where’s the pass­word again?

For­tu­nately, the good peo­ple at Noel Leem­ing have the per­fect so­lu­tion for peo­ple like me. Their Tech So­lu­tions ser­vice means you get ex­pert ad­vice and sup­port well be­yond leav­ing the store, tak­ing all the stress out of it. The tele­vi­sion was de­liv­ered and in­stalled on a wall mount, with some­one else tak­ing care of the ca­bles and the com­pli­ca­tions of plug­ging in the Sky­box and the kids’ PlayS­ta­tion con­sole. The Tech So­lu­tions team con­nected it to my wifi and Blue­tooth speaker and set up the apps I’d need – plus a lit­tle demo of what else might come in use­ful. Then they took away the pack­ag­ing – and the old TV. Like magic, I had ev­ery­thing work­ing and knew how to make the most of my pur­chase.

I’ll def­i­nitely rec­om­mend my mum makes use of it for up­grad­ing her mo­bile – I know she’d love a smart­phone, but is put off by the idea of hav­ing to set up her con­tacts and down­load the apps. She can go in store for a one-on-one in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to help build her con­fi­dence with her new phone.

As for me, I’ve now caught up on the first two sea­sons of The Crown, and can ab­so­lutely see what all the fuss was about. Tech­nol­ogy is a won­der­ful thing, when you know how to use it!

THE TECH SO­LU­TIONS TEAM CON­NECTED MY TELE­VI­SION TO MY WIFI AND BLUE­TOOTH SPEAKER AND SET UP THE APPS I’D NEED – PLUS A LIT­TLE DEMO

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