Here are 14 ways to use Audio Everywhere WiFi streaming to make your Church or Temple more inviting and accessible.

  1. Sometimes the router is far from the soundboard and no Ethernet drop is nearby. In that case, use an inexpensive standalone wireless router. The quality required depends on the number of people who will be using the system at the same time. For wireless access point sizing, please see our blog here.
  2. Both to be ADA compliant and for practical purposes, it is good to have a number of receivers available for use by people who might need them. One way to handle this is identify the congregants who update to the latest iGadget at every opportunity and ask them to wipe and donate their old iPhones. You want at least the iPhone 5s, as long as you are asking. No SIM card needed.
  3. Get added value out of the Audio Everywhere app by adding special announcements to the documents section or add scanning banners
  4. Both Android and iOS have what is called “guided usage” modes. Set the phones up in guided usage mode for the tech challenged.
  5. Some seniors will naturally be challenged by the technology. Create an intergenerational activity to have youth help seniors
  6. Let people know that Audio Everywhere works wherever the WiFi reaches, e.g., babysitting, kitchen, patio, and parking lot. And if your WiFi does not reach these areas, perhaps get a stronger WiFi that does.
  7. Keep a small stock of over-the-ear headphones that block out some of the other sounds, including some of the competing sound from the public address system. This will make for a more pleasant listening experience for some people.
  8. While Audio Everywhere can be used instead of an Inductive Loop, many facilities use them in conjunction. They each have different strengths and weaknesses.
  9. One limitation of the Loop is that it is in mono and has poor high-frequency response. Use Audio Everywhere to provide a stereo mix for concerts and recitals.
  10. Audio Everywhere is great for simultaneous language interpretation
  11. Have personal t-coil neck loops available to send sound from phone to t-coil hearing aids. Note that people with Bluetooth enabled hearing aids, such as made-for-iPhone hearing aids or cochlea implants, can connect directly to the smart phone.
  12. Have an informal educational get together to discuss Apple-enabled hearing aids and apps on Android that send sound directly from the smart phone to hearing aids.
  13. Have good signage. No one will use the system if they don’t know that it is there. And besides, having good signage is part of the ADA requirements.
  14. Audio Everywhere works by sending sound over the local public Wi-Fi. Keep that system Open or use a simple password. Don’t ask your seniors to try to type strong passwords such as “F7@YJrHaygp7”. What are you protecting people from, the sermon?