Choosing the right Network Switch for your environment

Choosing the right Network Switch for your environment

Everyday new and exciting developments in technology like software-defined networking and the Internet of Things will effect your decision when it comes to choosing the best Ethernet switch for your environment.

First, you need to understand how many ports your switch needs to have. If you only have a handful of devices that require Ethernet connectivity, you might be able to get away with a five-port switch: that’s four wired devices and one connection to your router. If you’re a large factory, or distribution centre you will need a 24-port switch, or even a 16-port switch. But how do you know what you need?

In situations where there is a small office workforce, such as a warehouse for example, there may be a need for wireless connectivity around the storage area so that scanning equipment can be used. In this example there will unlikely be a requirement for VOIP services and other physically cabled connectivity. A switch which can allow for 6 or 8 access points that are high powered maybe ideal for the broadcast to cover the warehouse area, but generally no other services require physical connectivity, which can also make hardware management easier.

Likewise, that same warehouse might want IP surveillance instead, so they can see accidents happen with forklifts and in this case, 6 or 8 cameras would be enough to cover key spots in the warehouse.

A small switch in this instance with high powered cameras like PTZ might be perfect. There are not any data connections needed in the warehouse but it can be very useful to see what is happening. Also, some of the high quality cameras require a lot of power to run so a high powered switch with a low port count is definitely suitable. Such as xxx

Another good example is at D-Link HQ in London, which is a very typical office environment. We have around 60-80 people in the office on a typical day, so we can easily run with three or four high density access points in the area rather than putting some APs in each room such as conference rooms. This way we can walk around the open office floor and roam with our wireless regardless of where we go. The APs require some high power to work, but there are not many of them. We already have the infrastructure for VOIP but all of the ports are taken up because we have so many people on phones, so by adding a small dedicated switch for the wireless alone makes perfect business sense.

If you’re looking for more info on D-Link switches or need help trying to understand which one is best for you contact D-Link’s support team here

Getting the most out of your Wi-Fi

Getting the most out of your Wi-Fi

There’s a good chance that you’re reading this over a Wi-Fi connection. And if you are, it’s quite likely that from time to time, your Wi-Fi network doesn’t perform as well as you’d like.

Wi-Fi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet—no one wants to be chained to a desktop—but it’s also one of the most frustrating when it isn’t performing well or seamlessly stretching it’s powers into all the corners of your house.

We often think of Wi-Fi networks as virtual, uniform fields that fill our living spaces. In fact, they’re very physical signals that can be blocked or scattered by walls, other electronics, and even people! But it’s hard to know what the issue is. Do you need to upgrade your router – or simply extend your Wi-Fi coverage?

If you’re still using an older 802.11g or 802.11n router —“Wireless G” or “Wireless N,” as they’re commonly known—it’s time to upgrade to something new. One of the best ways to make sure your network is as fast and reliable as possible is to use up-to-date hardware. Switch to an 802.11ac router and you should get faster performance. An 802.11ac router might not give you more range than a 802.11n router, but it will give you stronger performance for 802.11ac devices farther out. A great option is the D-Link DIR-882.

If you’re having trouble getting a strong Wi-Fi signal across your home the best thing to do is to use a mesh solution which is an almost fool proof way to extend your coverage.
In your average Wi-Fi setup, you have a router and a modem. You plug this into the wall where the signal comes in (either ADSL or cable, most likely) and the router spreads the signal as far as it can within your house. Every wall, carpet, door and other obstacle will weaken the signal, which means that some rooms will provide better coverage than others.
This is where mesh networks come in: extra boxes sit in your house, such as the D-Link Covr, and treat the internet in your house like a relay race: picking up the internet signal and taking it deeper into your abode, including places that were impossible to reach before.

If you’re sick to death of poor Wi-Fi coverage, opting for mesh Wi-Fi is the way to go. By taking the signal from your modem or existing router and distributing it around a series of “nodes” or satellite devices, mesh systems eradicate black spots while also maintaining a much higher level of throughput than a single router can maintain. And generally, tri-band mesh systems are faster than dual-band ones.

Remember, a gadget is only as good as its internet connection. Upgrading your router and deploying a mesh solution is super simple, affordable and requires no hand tools.

What are you waiting for?!

Pets home alone? Use D-Link smart home tech to keep a watchful eye..

Being away from your new furry friends can be tough but there’s a range of pet cameras out there so you can see exactly what they’re doing wherever you are.

The RSPCA recommends dogs are left for no longer than four hours and, while nothing can replace one-to-one time with pets, by watching them we can see how they settle and treat any separation issues they may have.

Whether you’re looking for a no-frills basic security camera or a full-fledged, feature-packed model to enjoy a video chat experience, D-Link have got the best pet camera options to help ease your separation anxiety!

mydlink Pro Wire-Free Camera Kit (DCS-2802KT, DCS-1820LM)


The mydlink Pro Wire‑Free cameras are designed to be completely wire‑free so you can place them virtually anywhere indoors or outdoors.The magnetic wall or ceiling mount allows the cameras to put up in minutes, easily, and with 1080p Full HD clarity, you can record every one of your pets cute little moments, or disasters! It also has 2 way audio so you can tell your dog to get down off the bed, sing your kitten to sleep or just talk utter rubbish to your rabbit! It looks cool and it’s all controlled via the My D-Link app. SO easy!


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 Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8000LH)  


The Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera allows you to monitor, day or night, whether you are at home or away. Built-in night vision, together with motion and sound detection, alerts you instantly when something unexpected happens, giving you extra peace of mind over your new furry friends!

What is SO great about this camera is it’s only £48.00!

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mydlink HD Wi‑Fi Camera (DCS-8010LH)


For a slightly better view and with a wider angle the mydlink™ HD Wi‑Fi Camera allows you to monitor and record, day or night from anywhere. Enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re pets are OK with a wide‑angle lens, HD clarity, and built‑in night vision, together with convenient motion and sound detection that alerts you instantly about any unusual activity detected


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Or, take it one step further.. Worried about your pets feeling at home?!  Use the D-Link Smart Plug to turn on the TV or radio, or lights when it gets dark!

mydlink Wi‑Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W115/b)

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Wi‑Fi Smart Plug allows you to connect any home appliance with your Wi‑Fi and control it from your phone or tablet through the free mydlink™ app. Switch your things on or off, and automate any appliances to conveniently work around you.

Only £29.90!

D-Link’s HUGE Black Friday deals

The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit.

Black Friday deals in the UK are no longer a new thing. The phenomenon of this long weekend (with the following Cyber Monday playing a big part too) has been a part of the British shopping psyche since 2014, and it’s even forced the traditional retailers to change the way they’re selling.

It’s also meant that Christmas shopping has changed as well, with the last five Black Friday periods being the biggest spending Britain has ever seen, and this year’s black Friday UK deals are very likely to smash the record again – and you’ve only got 10 days to plan with the official day falling on 23 November 2018.

In 2017, Black Friday online sales started from early November.  Black Friday deals are likely to be promoted across all major retailers, from the likes of Amazon, Argos and Currys to John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser. There will be a whole host of deals on offer, so make sure you’re clued up on all things Black Friday before you hit the shops.

Luckily D-Link has it’s own Black Friday deals with 30% off rrp allowing you to enjoy all the other goodies you pick up this year and make sure they are safe and sound when you go on your Christmas holiday. Be sure to pick up one of our smart-plugs, cloud wire free cameras or next-gen super fast gaming routers!

D-Link’s 2018 Back Friday hot deals!

Feeling the pain of Wi-Fi deadzones? I am. Add the new D-Link Covr Dual Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System to your home tech. The mesh network aims to eliminate Wi-Fi deadspots and offers a single, stable network across your home of office for diverse range of connected devices, including smartphones, smart television sets, and smart bulbs among others. Now only 146.99!

With two stylish and discreet Mini HD Wi-Fi Cameras (DCS-8000LH), you can keep an eye on more of your home, kids or pets from anywhere, at anytime! 16 feet night vision with sound and motion-sensing technology gives you peace of mind and around-the-clock surveillance. Now only 34.29!

Free cloud storage and a 137 degree wide angle lens makes this camera a brilliant option for day and night monitoring of all your precious belongings. Now only 60.19!

Need to speed up your broadband in the office? The DSL-320B ADSL2+ Ethernet Modem is a high-speed broadband modem which connects to any computer with an available Ethernet port, or to a broadband router to share high-speed Internet access with your team at the office. Now only 6.99!

Get extra time in bed and turn your appliances on with the D-Link Smart Plug. The mydlink Wi‑Fi Smart Plug allows you to connect any home appliance with your Wi‑Fi and control it from your phone or tablet through the free mydlink™ app. Now only 20.97. Click here for the deal

These are just a few of our favourites, visit D-Link’s UK shop for the full list of Black Friday Deals and may your shopping bags be as stuffed as you are!

Importance or reliance on wireless and connectivity

Now despite the fact that many of us have experienced life before Wi-Fi, it has now become almost impossible to think about life without it. We can probably take a break from family, friends, chocolates and 4% are even willing to give up showers but we can’t seem to take a break from our obsession with the online world. It has become apparent that only 3% of the UK would be willing to give up good Wi-Fi for a week, however, for the rest of the 97% – it is necessity.

Once the world got a taste of the internet, there was no going back. The world started to demand easier access and speedy services. Society started to rely on their devices to connect and communicate to the outside world from the comfort of their own homes, as handwritten letters became emails and texts, extensive lines at the local bank restored to online banking apps. There was certainly no looking back.

According to Dr. Abraham Maslow’s famously published title ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ in 1943, the basic essentials included food, water and warmth however it is argued that Wi-Fi is now a basic need and although many of us will think this is absurd, ask yourself this – can you survive days without the internet? This begs another question: how does Maslow’s hierarchy of needs manifest today?








It is hard to deny that the feeling of love and belonging has been essentially addressed by technology. Social media has had a huge impact to communicate and share with our loved ones, whether that’s sharing our thoughts on twitter, photos of our friends and families on Facebook and the food we eat on Instagram but nonetheless it’s also an essential factor in the business world. It is said that faster internet connection for any business will help actualise greater profits – we are connected now more than ever.

Wi-Fi connection is an important relationship in itself. There is nothing worse than bad Wi-Fi connection and more than 1 in 3 Brits experience bad connectivity once a week or more and no matter how many times you will turn the router on and off again, sometimes it seems all hope is lost.

Wi-Fi connection can be determined by surroundings we cannot help. Many times it can simply be the construction of the house or where the router has been positioned and for these cases, we have an answer. Mesh solutions. Mesh solution means that there is only one SSID that the devices are connected to throughout the house and with its built-in smart steering technology of Wi-Fi – this eliminates the need for multiple powerline and/or range extender devices. You’ll stay seamlessly connected when moving room to room or changing floors and even bringing the internet with you into your garden!

This is the D-Link Covr AC1200 Dual Band Whole Home Wi-Fi system and you can purchase this on:

Moral of the story: Good stable Wi-Fi connection does improve our lives.

Who’d Have Thought That The Smart Home Would be Such a Mesh.

The TV is working perfectly, the front door is open, someone’s got the oven on and everyone’s doing their own thing.  Things are getting meshy

Picture the scene. Mum has arrived home everything seems too quiet. Mum doesn’t like it. She suspect there’s something going on. And then she spots the signs.

There’s an unwatched pot on the stove – but it turns out Dad is monitoring it from another room.

Somebody has left the backdoor open. There’s an innocent explanation for this too, because DD (dear daughter) has got the whole situation under control. She’s watching TV with her friends while keeping an eye on Molly, the family Cockerpoo, through her iPhone. Molly heard a squirrel but she who can’t make her mind up if she want to come in or go out. Once she has made her mind up, DD will close the door with a few commands on her phone. Then let her back in again, as and when.

Meanwhile DS (Dear Son) has invited all the world and his friend around to witness him playing World of WarCraft. Virtually. He’s over-clocked his computer to get the full processing power needed for competitive gaming on a global battle field. Mum is pleased to see, on the house power management system, that everything is under control.

Meanwhile Granny is on a video conference with her friend from the drop in centre. It’s amazing how easy these systems are now. Gran had more trouble adjusting to decimal currency than she had with this new Zoom video system.

The place is spotless, and the air has never smelt fresher – but that’s not down to anyone here. That’s down to the robotic vacuum cleaner that pushed itself to the limits earlier on today. Once the robo-hoover had finished, it told the air conditioning system. They talk regularly and seem to be striking up a close working relationship. Mesh brought them together and now their Internet of Things relationship is more than just a sum of their parts. They are a team – and a very smart one at that too.

Everything is tidy and to most people it would seem like a model home.

Does Mum agree? “Boy, this place is a Mesh,” mum exclaims.

That is high praise indeed.

A Mesh, you see, is the new slang for a house that is in perfect working order, which displays absolute cohesion. It dates back to July 2018, the date of the invention of a seamless system of Wi-Fi called Covr.

That was last week which, we hardly need reminding, is a long long time in the Internet Age.

Shall we remind ourselves how we got to this point?

A mesh, in technical terms, is a fine network with infinitely small cells, enabling it to thoroughly cover an area. The cells are independent and yet capable of interaction. The Mesh became synonymous with a Wi-Fi network packed with many tiny cells, which gave the network the capacity to address entities on its network with great detail. Mesh was initially a generic term, but it is associated with D Link, a pioneer in this field.

It was D Link’s Covr offering which brought seamless Wifi to the smart home. How? That’s too complex to describe in full, but the short answer is that it created more channels of communication, widened the spectrum and made the speed of interaction quicker.

This was all part of the Wave 2 incarnation of Wifi (or 802.11ac, for those of you interested in standards).

The most exciting aspect of this was the use of MU-MIMO, a mode of communication that is capable of supporting Multiple Users, across Multiple Inputs and Multiple Outputs.

To imagine the difference this makes, picture a bank with only one very old teller sitting at one counter. Now image that arrangement has been upgraded so there are four tellers and each is capable of multi-taking so they can service four separate queues at once. This increases the speed of through sixteen times. Mu-MIMO has the same effect, only a lot faster.

Some won’t even know what a bank tell it, because nobody goes into the bank anymore. They are all jumping on the Wifi at home and accessing their bank accounts at speeds of up to one gigabyte per second.

D Link’s Mesh has got everything under Covr.

Welcome to the year 3018

Why wait for tomorrow’s technology when you can have it now? Over 41% of Brit’s think that Smart Home sounds like something for the future. The good news is, it’s here now. Early adopters have been enjoying voice activating their favourite devices since the introduction of market leaders such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant. That’s why we are integrating our most popular devices with both ecosystems.

Whether you’re wondering if you turned your hair straighteners off this morning, or want to have the ease of checking in on loved ones when you’re out and about, a Smart Home set up is sure to bring convenience and peace of mind into your life.

D-Link are dedicated to providing real life solutions to everyday problems, which is why each product in our Smart Home range is tried and tested by families across the UK. Our extensive experience with the Home Security market means our cameras are trusted by thousands to keep a close eye on their most prized possessions. Partner this with our ever popular Smart Plug, and you’ll feel like you’re in 3018 in no time.

Why wait? Save time and put your mind at ease. Get Smart with D-Link.


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