It is an event proposed by the Association of Internet Users in the USA, which after the Summit of the Information Society held in Tunis in 2005 proposes to the UN to designate May 17 as Internet Day. The purpose of this day is to promote access to ICT for unconnected or disabled people.
Every day it becomes more important to reduce the digital divide. Between teleworking and online studies in times of pandemic, being connected is an essential requirement to be able to participate in society. Obviously, this digitization of the world is something relatively new, since until well into the 1990s almost no one had an Internet connection.
To honor this day, we are going to tell in this post how the Internet was born, how it developed over the last decades, and what are the current proposals to have optimal connectivity.
A brief overview of the history of the Internet
In 1958 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) was founded in the US to address technological challenges in military defense. This body in turn investigated the field of new technologies. One of the pioneers, coming from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the first to document the idea of a global computer network, was JCR Licklider.
In 1962, the scientist Paul Baran designed a communications system that connected computers to a decentralized network. And in 1969 it was possible to connect computers from four different universities to the same network under the name ARPANET. In 1983 the ARPANET protocol was changed to communicate with networks outside the ARPANET, which was the decisive step to what we know today as the Internet.
At the end of 1989, Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web thanks to a hypertext transfer protocol. In 1999 different companies came together to respond to the need for a wireless connection between different devices and created the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance, or WECA, which is now called the WiFi Alliance. In 2005 the Internet reached one billion users and the network does not stop growing with inventions such as instant messaging, RRSS, etc. The history of the Internet is constantly evolving. Therefore, today it is essential to have optimized connectivity and exhaustive control over your WiFi network.
Connectivity 3.0: Smart WiFi
The history of the Internet and its constant evolution has made it possible for us to currently have a home, where all devices, services, and experiences are connected. To enjoy this 3.0 connectivity, it is of mere importance to have a smart WiFi network like the one offered by Movistar.
One of the most advanced bets in this sense is the value proposition that Smart WiFi offers for a set of connectivity devices, such as the UHD Smart WiFi Decoder or Smart WiFi Amplifier that once connected to the Smart WiFi Router (HGU) can be managed all from one place, easy to achieve optimized Internet connectivity.
There are two options to control your WiFi network: through the Smart WiFi mobile app or the Smart WiFi Living App, both free.
The Smart WiFi mobile app
If you want to manage your connectivity from your mobile outside and inside the home, the Smart WiFi mobile app is perfect for you. It allows you to see all the devices connected to your network, as well as block them or pause/resume their connection to the network. In addition, you can change the name and password of the WiFi network, create a guest network, and get a network diagnostic to optimize it if necessary.
In addition, a new “ Profiles ” functionality has recently been added that offers the possibility of creating profiles for the users of your WiFi network and setting disconnection times for your children to promote healthy digital habits.
In the seventies, they could never have imagined what we were capable of only fifty years later. If you liked the history of the Internet and want to be part of intelligent connectivity, don’t wait any longer and download the app!
The Smart WiFi Living App
To manage your devices through the Living App you have to be a Fusion client and access through the UHD Decoder or UHD Smart WiFi Decoder. Enter the ” Apps ” section on the left side of the Movistar + main menu.
From the Smart WiFi Living App, you will be able to see which devices have access to your WiFi network, optimize it or check the password of your router. You will see a QR code that you can scan with the device you want to connect to access the Internet. This way you won’t have to look under the router to connect.
It also allows you to easily restart the router from the television. If, in addition, you have the Movistar Home device at home, you can control your Smart WiFi with your voice, as it has Aura, Movistar’s virtual assistant, integrated. By simply saying ” OK Aura, see the WiFi password ” you can see the key of your WiFi network. You can also say ” OK Aura, restart my WiFi ” and your router will reboot without having to get up from the couch.