FINALLY! An Actual Use for QR Codes!!!

February 17, 2020 11:04pm
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There’s no sense in holding back now – I’ve honestly always thought that QR codes were kind of dumb.

BUT…

I just stumbled across a pretty cool idea for them at home that I wanted to share!

You see, I just bought a new wifi access point, so I’m doing some spring cleaning on my home network and I ended up renaming the SSID that my guest network uses.

This is notable because I’m one of those weird people who believes in long, simple passwords instead of complicated strings that are hard to remember and thus I’ve grown accustomed to many an eye-roll when people ask what my wifi password is at home … often times resulting in guests just handing over their devices and asking me to type it in for them…

But no more!

So I found this blog post talking about an office posting a QR code that visitors could use to easily login to their guest wifi and I figured, why not try that at my house, too?!

I took it a step further by using this free website that let’s you generate your own QR code in about 30 seconds…

And the end result, after a couple of quick tests to watch the magic work, was this simple Word doc that I could print out and stick to the fridge for easy access anytime someone visits:

For the most part, I still think that these things are dumb – maybe because they just never got the penetration here in the States to justify companies pasting them all over everything instead of using their URLs – but if it saves me from being tasked with typing my 46-character wifi password into the phones of every friend and family member who comes to my house, then I will take one for the team and admit … this particular use case is kind of neat. 😉

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