The must have device all go-getters are talking about

If you’re reading this then you’re connected! However. For how long?
A Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot is a portable palm-sized gadget, which once you insert a SIM
card you are granted internet access via your own private internet connection. Using
your own SIM affords you the lowest data rates, particularly when you travel
internationally and of course no need for any further contracts.
Benefits:
– Connect your high-speed mobile broadband connection to multiple Wi-Fi devices
such as smartphones, tablets and notebook computers.
– A built-in firewall protects against attacks over the Internet, and industry-standard
WPA/WPA2 security prevents unauthorised access to your network.
– Small enough to fit in your pocket with high-capacity rechargeable battery, lets you
work and play for longer on the go.
D-Link DWR-932 Mobile Wi-Fi 4G Hotspot 150 Mbps

The DWR-932 4G/LTE Mobile Router is a 4G/LTE Cat4 high-speed broadband Wi-Fi
mobile hotspot. The DWR-932 uses a 4G Internet connection to give you a simple and
fast Wi-Fi network anywhere you need. Instead of limiting your mobile Internet
connection to a single device through a USB dongle, the DWR-932 allows you to create
a Wi-Fi hotspot to share your Internet connection with multiple devices. The portable
size and battery powered enabled you to share your connection anywhere. Share a
single mobile Internet connection with your friends or colleagues to send and receive e-
mail, surf the Internet or make VoIP calls, on multiple devices, all at the same time.
D-Link DWR-730 Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot 21 Mbps

The Portable HSPA+ 21 Mbps Router (DWR-730) allows you to connect your notebook,
tablet and smartphone to the Internet from anywhere there is a 3G connection and
share this connection with other users wirelessly. This router is ideal for people that
need a portable solution, for example remote workers or people that are moving house
and need a temporary Internet connection.
With both of these products, they may not seem like much…but they pack multiple
benefits in the real world.
– Offers instant Wi-Fi access to devices that can’t utilise a mobile data connection –
mobile Wi-Fi creates that wireless network.
– Through mobile Wi-Fi you can potentially save money (up to roughly £100!)
compared to buying a data SIM with your tablet.
– Avoid having to use the hotel/airport Wi-Fi (that is potentially slow and infuriating)
that you tend to pay for – maximising signal strength and connection quality.
– Turns your 3G device in to an instant 4G hungry device.
– Fast download speeds.
So as you can see a mobile broadband devices, mi-fi, portable hotspots, dongles –
whatever you call them, they’re great for getting online from just about anywhere; grab
yourself one!

 

DWR-932 – http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dwr-932

DWR-730 – http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dwr-730

How to keep your home secure this Autumn and Winter

October marks National Security Month (NSM) in the UK, and with day light saving time over, there will be an increased cover of darkness as we draw closer to colder months. Although many of us may prefer warmer and brighter days, burglars certainly do not, as they have more opportunity to break in to homes with the added protection of darkness before home owners return from their day. In fact, research by the Co-operative Insurance Group shows that after the clocks go back, burglaries spike by a staggering 38%*. We at D-Link understand the importance of home security and being assured that your home, family and belongings are protected, which is why in light of NSM we have compiled unique research and put together our top tips on how you can keep your home secure, during this period.

TIP 1: Don’t advertise on social media
Although it is common nowadays to post frequent life updates on social media, if you are going away for a break or to visit family this Winter, you should think carefully about what you post online. The idea of sharing your exciting holiday or family snaps online can be tempting, but it can also be dangerous as it advertises an empty home to burglars. The more people who know your house will be or is empty, the more you put yourself at risk to the possibility of a break in. Instead, try to just share your pictures directly with family and friends, or wait until after you return before posting.

TIP 2: Secure windows and doors
Ensure you keep all doors and windows closed and locked whenever you leave the house. Whilst this may seem obvious, our research found that 20% of those asked have left their doors unlocked before, so it’s important to check before leaving the house, as open windows and doors are viewed by burglars as an open invitation to your home.

TIP 3: Reconsider everyday habits
Often, it is some of the small everyday habits that people have that hold the greatest influence on the level of security of their home. Making simple changes to behaviour such as always setting alarms, changing security codes on a frequent basis, leaving radios or lights in your house on to make the property appeared occupied, and keeping all keys out of sight and away from the letterbox, can make a significant difference and deter an attack.

TIP 4: Ensure you have a security solution installed
Our research found that only 9% of those asked had security cameras installed, and just 18% had movement sensors installed.  Smart home solutions like these can be simple to install and highly effective, and can even give you control and quick real-time viewing of your home via a mobile phone/tablet. What’s more, with a 180 degree, HD view of your home, there’s a good chance you won’t miss a trick. This is why D-Link has created the DCS-960L .

The DCS-960L is the world’s first 180-degree Wireless AC Wide Eye Camera, offering a horizon-wide view that easily captures your entire room, wall-to-wall, in high- quality 720p, making it a home security solution with an eye for detail. Featuring unique de-warping technology, it maximises the video quality with minimal distortion, letting you see more of your home at a glance.  What’s more, it offers video recording, motion/sound detection and the ability to view and control from your smartphone, tablet or computer, as well as receiving push notifications to your mobile device when any suspicious movement or sound is detected. Simple to set up and use, the DCS-960L is the ideal solution for any home owner.

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At D-Link, we do not just want to help to protect people from financial loss, but also the psychological trauma and stress of a home burglary. That’s why we understand the need to create innovative solutions to help you keep you and your home as secure as possible, all year around.

Technology in Education

It is widely agreed that technology is the essence of innovation in today’s society. Every day, a new app or gadget is brought to the market that serves to make our lives easier in some way, and the education system is no exception. In fact, technology is moving at such a pace that in schools ICT is no longer a lesson to be taught, but a tool that is imperative for the teaching and learning of other subjects.shutterstock_143627581.jpg

Laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices have become essential learning tools of today’s classroom in all subjects, providing easy and fast fingertip access to a world of knowledge unavailable to previous generations of pupils. With the increase of BYOD – the umbrella term describing the learning method by which students and teachers take in their own mobile device – school supplied computers are becoming less important, possibly in a similar way that the advance of classrooms’ interactive whiteboards rendered blackboards obsolete. Moreover, the concept of 1:1 learning, which refers to every pupil having a device that they can take home at the end of the day and continue to use for both educational and personal purposes, is becoming a growing trend in classrooms across the country.

With BYOD and online learning aids becoming the norm, pupils in lessons will undoubtedly need vast network capacity, as they simultaneously require broadband access, and may also have multiple devices running multiple applications, all using network resources. To support this demand, many schools are beginning to implement a Managed Wireless Network (MWN). A MWN is a system that allows for a more powerful and capacious network through the use of faster access points, a wireless AC standard and band steering.

Furthermore, virtual reality is also a now growing aspect of classroom learning and can contribute a key role in providing students with an active rather than passive experience, through fully immersing them in an engaged learning experience with minimal distractions. From William Shakespeare appearing before students’ eyes in order to provide an analysis of one of his plays as students watch it, to students feeling like they are in a real life laboratory when performing a science experiment, virtual reality enables students to be transported to another world through the use of feedback headsets, tactile gloves and motion sensors, helping create a memorable learning experience.

It is important to consider that the security that schools use to protect their staff and pupils is also evolving, in line with new-generation networks. IP surveillance is paving the way for the future of school security systems, in particular IP surveillance, which is the digitalised, networked HD version of CCTV. With IP surveillance, authorised users can see recorded video from any camera, accessing images via their PC, or any mobile device. Such a system provides the flexibility of multiple views and angles, unlimited storage and easier search and retrieval.
However, a greater amount of technology in classrooms may also have some drawbacks.
For instance, it is unknown if a network will be able to cope with an influx of devices and what upgrades, improvements or complete rebuilds would be necessary to future-proof any systems installed or considered. Not to mention the fact that new technology drives significant change in the relationship between teacher and student and this also needs taking in to account. D-Link networks are easy to set up, use, and understand, serving to overcome this issue.

Inevitably, increased time spent online also leaves children more vulnerable to cyber bullying, offensive material, and radicalisation. Therefore, it is vital that policy emphasises issues such as permitted sites and devices, agreed hours of use, mandatory check-in procedure for student’s devices, and the consequences of inappropriate use. There is also the need for constant reconsideration of policy content and adaption to changing circumstances by renewing it regularly, as technology continues to evolve.

Overall, the future of technology in education appears to be about access, anywhere learning, and collaboration, both locally and globally, as well as a network robust enough to support the new demands placed upon it. With the introduction of many innovative systems and a changing attitude to the importance of technology in the classroom, it is apparent that technology has the power to transform how people learn.

Why your business should upgrade to Wave 2 Standard

Recent government figures have shown that Britain’s productivity rate revealed a gap of 16% compared with the other six members of the G7 group of industrial nations according to international comparisons published by the Office for National Statistics. This productivity gap – which is measured by economic output per worker per hour – indicates that businesses, their employees, and their equipment are not working in the most efficient way possible.

Wave 2 can help to combat this as it enables workforces to connect more and work faster, making them overall much more productive. Paul Routledge, Country Manager of D-Link UK and Ireland, commented ‘If organisations that are dependent on speed of access to information do not upgrade to Wave 2, there is a real danger they could be left behind.’

D-Link Wave 2 Wireless Network

Wave 2 is an addendum to the original 802.11ac wireless specification (Wave 1). It features MU-MIMO technology (Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) that enables access points to talk to multiple devices simultaneously, without experiencing a lag or delay that can hinder productivity.

‘MU-MIMO means that all four antennas can speak to many devices, and that essentially means that a single Wave 2 device acts as multiple Wave 1 devices’ – commented Craig Kirby, a Technical Engineer at D-Link. ‘It is like having a couple of access points in one.’

MU-MIMO allows more devices to be added to the network, with Wave 2 access points allowing up to four devices to be connected at any one time. As the number of devices and cloud-based services that employees use is gradually increasing and is estimated to grow further, businesses are even more dependent on reliable Wi-Fi Solutions. Wave 2 ensures that all employees can achieve a steady and consistent connection.

While Wave 1 allowed for 20MHz, 40MHz and 80MHz channel widths, Wave 2 can accommodate up to 160MHz. The channel width determines how broad the signal is for transferring data: the wider the signal, the more data can pass through. Increasing this channel width therefore increases the speed and throughput of a wireless broadcast.

Furthermore, Wave 2 provides increased flexibility by introducing a fourth spatial stream. As the Wi-Fi Alliance says: ‘Device speeds are proportional to the number of spatial streams’. The more spatial streams that are available, the better the device’s performance will be’ Craig Kirby adds. ‘As you are introducing a fourth spatial stream with Wave 2, this means that you could have an 88MHZ and a 160MHz broadcast at the same time.’

Businesses should be aware of how many devices each of their employees is using. The number of connected devices that are now connected in a business environment has grown exponentially, often leaving wireless networks grinding to a halt. Sharing files or online applications can start to reduce productivity of the work force. Inevitably, this demand is only going to increase as time passes which is why most forward-thinking businesses are looking to upgrade their network before severe problems arise.
Why D-Link?
The breadth of wireless products D-Link has remains unrivalled. As you can see from our consumer portfolio, we are expanding quite substantially this year with a number of consumer routers being launched that feature Wave 2 technology, and we can expect to see the same for business wireless very soon. With 31 years of industry experience behind us, we have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the market place, which is why businesses across the UK have come to trust D-Link to provide bespoke solutions they can rely on. A UK based team of experts are on hand to help with either technical aspects or sales aspects, making the relationships we hold with our partners invaluable.

Furthermore, all Wave 2 technology featured in our catalogue is backwards compatible, meaning that Wave 2-enabled devices can still connect to previous 802.11 devices, but in this case, they would operate at the speed and functionality of the older technology. MU-MIMO will only operate between other Wave 2- enabled devices or access points, and the data transmission will revert to typical single-user transfer rates when encountering previous-generation devices ensuring that devices using the previous technologies are not rendered obsolete.

In terms of price, Wave 2 devices themselves cost only around 10% more than the older, Wave 2 standard, model devices. This is a small increase in cost for potentially double the data transfer rates. Also, although the cost per unit is greater, less access points are required, which may result in a reduced overall cost. Naturally, the overall cost of upgrading a network to Wave 2 will depend on how much of the core infrastructure needs to be upgraded.

Given increased data transfer speeds, businesses with a large data footprint, such as those that offer online services, should give serious consideration to upgrading their wireless network to the Wave 2 standard. ‘In my opinion’ says Paul Routledge, ‘Wave 2 Wi-Fi solutions are a great opportunity for dealers who collaborate with leading vendors and provide solutions that can benefit their customers’ business.’

Whilst Wave 2 alone does not solve the conundrum of the productivity gap, it certainly forms part of a series of solutions that can help businesses to succeed and increase productivity.

How to help your children maintain an online/offline balance with technology?

Since the beginning of July marked the start of Parental Advice Week, we were interested to see how we could help make the lives of parents that little bit easier. D-Link carried out some nationwide research to get an insight into parents’ observations of their children’s internet habits. With the school holidays approaching, we found that 84% of parents across the UK are aware that children are likely to be spending even more time online during this holiday, as opposed to participating in traditional outdoor activities.

It’s no secret that children having greater access to the internet is inevitable and can have its benefits, with schools increasingly using the internet as a way for students to stay connected from home. Keeping in mind having good internet skills is essential in today’s society with a large percentage of jobs needing computer skills.  Children can use the internet to aid learning, for example when they do not understand something in class, with the use of online videos and research. Additionally, it is helpful for children to be able to retain contact with friends who they may not get to see over the summer break.

However, the ubiquity of digital devices, especially those that are mobile, make it tempting for children to stay connected 24/7, therefore it is important for them to understand when to disconnect and have a digital detox. Too much screen time for children can lead to sleep difficulties, increased risk of obesity, cyber bullying and poor performance at school. Creating healthy habits with technology early on should help them strike the balance independently later in life.

With so much amount of time spent online, parents nowadays (71%) are in agreement that controlling internet access is the most beneficial method to positively influence their child’s behaviour. Our research found that traditional methods of influencing children’s’ behaviour, such as grounding (36%) and cancelling days out (52%) were said to no longer be effective. However, we also found that although restricting internet use is an effective tool, 38% of parents thought it could cause upset between parent and a child compared to 26% for grounding and 14% for cancelling a day out or social plans. This is a testament to how valuable screen time has become to children which further highlights the importance of managing this for the long term benefits.

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One way to create an online/offline balance is by using a D-Link router such as the EXO AC1750 Wi-Fi Router (DIR-869) This makes it easy to manage online activities as it features a number of parental controls that enable you to easily schedule an ‘internet curfew’ in your home, block/allow specific websites and/or devices, and monitor internet activity.

Using the router, you can implement rules such as having predetermined times where electronic devices are not allowed, such as family meal times or bed times. You could also create a specific time each week where the whole family has technology free time. This way, rather than children feeling this is a rule they have to follow they will see that everyone in the family is taking part in an activity together.

Furthermore, online time can be used as a reward or incentive; completing chores for instance can provide an allocation of free time for playing video games or watching pre-approved YouTube channels.

Ultimately, it is important to have an open and flexible communication about why children desire to spend so much time online. You can help open their eyes to the benefits of offline activities that can be equally enjoyable and more rewarding, to help implement a greater online/offline balance, and in turn strengthen the relationship between your child and you.

Parental Advice Week: How to utilise technology for successful parenting

Parenting can be a tricky business. Whether you are a first time parent or already have six children, you will constantly find yourself learning new parenting tricks of the trade. Although technology often comes with a stigma for being a bad influence on kids, it can in fact aid you in taking care of your children. With over 30 years of experience, we at D-Link thought we would share some of our best kept secrets with you in aid of Parental Advice Week by guiding you through some of the ways technology can help you with parenting.

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Increased Safety and peace of mind

With child safety unanimously at the forefront of parents’ minds, technology can play a vital role in maintaining a secure home for your loved ones. The HD 180 Panoramic Camera (DCS-960L) allows parents to keep an eye on their kids, with a single stand alone camera.

Boasting the title of the world’s first 180-degree wirelessAC Wide Eye camera, it offers home security that captures your whole room in 720p, enabling you to see more of your home at a glance.

Never miss an important moment

No parent wants to miss key milestones in their child’s life, but for parents who have busy schedules, this is sometimes inevitable. Worried you might miss your child’s first steps whilst at work? Or simply want a live update of what is happening whilst you’re out? The DCS-960L has the ability to not only live stream straight to your smart phone, but also record so you can capture every significant moment.

Feel as though you are always home

mydlinkThere has never been an easier way to monitor your home, as you can watch through the lens of your Wi-Fi connected camera, from wherever you are, with the mydlink Home app

What’s more,the app works with other mydlink home 

devices, meaning you can enable push notifications whenever movement is detected, or set schedules for when devices turn on.

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The handy Smart Home HD Starter Kit (DCH-100KT) includes a smart plug (DSP- W125), a Wi-Fi Motion Sensor (DCH- 2150) and a Monitor HD (DCS-935L).

Although complete peace of mind when you’re away from your children is difficult to achieve, the motion sensor in this kit makes it easier. It sends push notifications to your phone that will alert you whenever motion is detected, enabling you to know when a door is opened or closed, and to monitor off-limit areas like medicine cabinets.

Additionally, monitor HD allows you to see your home in HD 720p- seeing everything in detail, even when zoomed in, so you can always relax about what is happening at home.

When you’re a parent, every day is a busy one and every second of the day counts. With the smart plug in this kit you can turn your devices on and off from your mydlink App, saving you countless trips back home when you forget to turn off any devices!

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Keep your children protected online

Whilst the internet provides a range of advantages to children’s lives and acts as an essential resource to aid modern learning, it is important to not forget the dangers that it exposes children to. The EXO AC1750 Wi-Fi-Router (DIR-869) helps you to combat these issues as it features a number of parental controls that enable you to easily schedule an
‘internet curfew’ in your home, block/allow specific websites and/or devices, and monitor internet activity. These parental controls can be managed from your smart phone for maximum convenience.

Ultimately, it is evident that technology can make parenting a more pleasant experience, and with many of D-Link’s products being designed with the security of the home in mind, you can be assured that your most precious possessions and family members are protected, whilst you stay connected from wherever you may be.

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DAP-1330 Range Extender- http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dap-1330

Omna Camera- https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/HKXW2ZM/A/d-link-omna-180-cam-hd-camera?fnode=504a0ecbcf23f19da5291a26a9b1045e9480763a89a23c64d5d70de75e5326fefe2bde6e760f8739a3772071ce26c47bdd33fad4fbc6c23978991765aa1fde72ea8604764ba1563b3aefd576211a5129133fc4c397a82899f74d186e6743f313

DCH-107KT Home Security Kit – http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dch-107kt

DWR-921 4G Router- http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dwr-921

DIR-895L Gaming Router- http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dir-895l