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.

 

To see our full range – visit our website.

Leave your worries behind this Easter as you take your home on holiday

It may be hard to believe that we are nearly a quarter of the way through the year and we’re already approaching Easter time! Not only does this mean the beginning of Spring, an excuse to eat lots of chocolate, and an opportunity to spend time with family as the kids are off from school, but many of us may also be looking forward to enjoying some time away in the sun. While holidays should be a relaxed affair, they can sometimes cause anxiety due to thoughts such as ‘Did I shut all the windows?’ ‘Is the house secure?’ and ‘What if I left the oven on?’  At D-Link, we appreciate that holidays should strictly be a time for fun, family and refreshment, and thankfully due to our latest innovations in home security technology, we hope that that worries about your home will be the last thing on your mind this Easter.

Our recent research discovered that 59% of respondents that said that they would worry less about what was happening at home while they’re out and about if they could monitor it on their phone. It’s clear to understand why, as the ability to keep an eye on what’s going on would give consumers much greater peace of mind, whether this is to ensure the pets are being properly looked after by the pet-sitter, to check the older children aren’t throwing parties or to just generally be assured that everything is OK in your absence.

D-Link’s two new indoor cameras, the DCS-8000LH Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera, the DCS-8100HD 180 Degree WiFi Camera and the newly launched outdoor camera, the DCS-2670L full HD 180 Outdoor WiFi Camera which is robust enough to withstand dust, rain and snow, make all of this possible as they can work effortlessly with the recently revamped mydlink app.

The cameras provide a simple solution that enable users to monitor both the inside and outside of their homes at all times in 1080p Full HD resolution. Featuring motion and sound detection, they can instantly record any sudden movement or activity, and send video alerts to a user’s phone. They even feature a night-time mode for round-the-clock home monitoring and peace of mind.  You can access, control, view and share content from all of the D-Link cameras in your home on the phone app, which can be controlled, automated and monitored from a personal account – creating your own home cloud, accessible from anywhere.

So don’t worry about going away and enjoy a truly care-free and relaxing holiday this Easter as you remain assured by D-Link that your home is easily viewable, no matter where you are.

Shop the whole range here.

 

Meet the team: Monika Cichowska

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

I joined D-Link 4 years ago as an SOP Administrator and over the years my role has developed. As a Supply Chain Analyst my duties include data processing, inventory planning, and co-ordinating with other departments to support the UKI team.

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

Last year I entered a Taekwondo tournament despite having just 6 months training. After three fights, I went on to pick up a gold medal for ladies sparring. It’s the first time I’ve been featured in the local newspaper for my achievements!

 

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

I would definitely be a lion bar as I am fiery, and a bit nuts.

 

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

If only someone could make a machine that would filter what I say so I wouldn’t have to blame it on the language barrier!

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

 “Man in the mirror” – Michael Jackson. As well as being a great song, the lyrics remind me that “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change”

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why? 

Jatin or Craig so I can finally understand all the technical stuff they talk about.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

I’ve always wanted to go to India, to experience its rich culture, food and to gain a different perspective on life.

Do you have any hobbies? 

I joined Taekwondo club last year and I love it – the classes, people, and sparring competitions. You can learn so much about yourself and push yourself to the limit.

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be? 

Don’t fear what you can’t influence.

 

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

My partner is an expert in “interesting” facts so I will leave that to him 😉 I will stick to quotes. “If you think something is impossible don’t disturb the person who is doing it”

Do you suffer from Wi-Fi withdrawals?

If you think that you can’t cope without Wi-Fi, you’re not alone! Recent consumer research conducted by D-Link found that 95% of respondents agreed that they couldn’t bear to stay disconnected from the internet at home for just one week. Our research explored consumer insights into Wi-Fi black spots around the home and consumers’ reliance on a quality Wi-Fi connection. More specifically, we asked consumers what they would be most prepared to sacrifice for a week, from a range of options including Wi-Fi, alcohol, exercise, showering, coffee/tea, holidays and more. The results of the research, interestingly, found that other than heating/air conditioning  – or one of their fingers – good internet Wi-Fi coverage everywhere at home, was the least likely thing that respondents would be willing to give up for a week!
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Therefore, it is evident that in today’s digital society many of us are heavily reliant on a good, steady internet connection, whether this is for work, shopping, streaming TV shows, staying connected via social media, gaming, or general internet browsing. However, despite this high demand for a good quality Wi-Fi connection, our research also found that nearly a quarter of respondents across the UK believe they suffer from poor Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi blackspots at home, with respondents experiencing, on average, poor connectivity and Wi-Fi Blackspots at home three times per week, with some of the worst-affected areas in the U.K being Edinburgh and Bristol.

Luckily, D-Link has a solution to ensure that you do not have to deal with this frequent but frustrating problem – the recently launched DIR-878 EXO AC1900 and DIR-882 EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Gigabit Routers. Both have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the ever-increasing demand on home routers. The routers effortlessly offer all-encompassing Wi-Fi coverage with the help of Smart Beam technology, enabling users to connect effortlessly from around the house, while the router does the hard work, steering signal to where it is most needed. Couple this with MU-MIMO technology, and the frustrations of Wi-Fi black spots and a consequently a lagging, slow Wi-Fi experience in the home, can be left behind!  Why not see for yourself why the routers make the ideal choice for any household that is heavily reliant on a good quality Wi-Fi connection, by learning more here.

 

 

Meet the team: Craig Kirby

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Our very own go to guy, Craig Kirby tells us a little bit more about what he gets up to when he’s not problem solving D-Link UK and Ireland’s technical questions.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like

My day to day role involves many different aspects and there are times where each day can be very different from the last. Sometimes I am in the office catching up with debugging and technology testing, performing training to end users and partners, and others where I am performing site surveys at a new site, or maybe building solutions over the phone and email. Each day can be very different, which to me is very refreshing and keeps things interesting.

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

Achieving a first class degree as a mature student was probably my biggest academic achievement, however I’m most proud about taking the initial decision to change my life and go back to education in the first place. I always loved computing and networking, and that decision has helped me get back to the path I has always wanted for myself. For anyone considering doing the same, take my advice, go for it and believe in yourself, and you may even make some great friends along the way.

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

I’d definitely be a Cadbury’s Crème Egg, because I am a bit of an egg-head. I am the stereotypical techy who likes to dabble with new technologies, many times you can hear me waffling on about switches and other devices, and generally confusing those around me who do not have the same interests. Just ask my girlfriend!

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

Jetpack, seriously, why don’t we have one of those yet? Failing that, I’d invent a system which allows you to rate the driver in front of you, as someone on the road a lot I’d love to be able to give a thumbs up to good drivers and let the bad ones know just how bad they are.  Too many bad marks and you get ejected out of your seat into the nearest river.

What would be the soundtrack to your life? 

Anything from the album Spiritual Machines by Our Lady Peace, the concept combines technology and the future with the impact on our conscience and psyche. It sounds deeper than it really is, but I do feel that a balance in our lives between social media and other technologies should go hand in hand with nature and the environment, how we treat ourselves, and how we treat those around us.

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?  

In truth, I would want to be my fellow Technical Pre-Sales engineer colleague Jatin, that way I have the same job role!  I get to talk to people about technology, help those who are in need of advice, travel around the country, and get creative with building solutions. Technology is all about learning, and I get to do it every day.  I consider myself very lucky.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit? 

My favourite place is Amsterdam, to be able to see the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum buildings and absorb the different culture in the area is great. Plus the food really appeals to me, and as everyone around me knows I am definitely a “foodie”.

Do you have any hobbies? 

This year my plan is to prepare for some summer fun runs for charity so I am currently trying to improve my fitness to raise awareness for the McMillan Cancer Support services. I feel it’s time to give something back as I have been very fortunate in life. Now, if I can only stop catching the flu…

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be? 

Be brave, follow your heart not just your head. Accept change and role with it, and be open to new experiences.

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Meet the team: Jatin Patel

In the hot seat this week is our longest standing Pre-Sales Engineer, Jatin Patel, who’s been with D-Link for over 3 years. When he’s not out on a customer site or training partners, we find him hiding in his man cave – the testing lab! Find out more about the martial arts Silver medalist below.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

My role consists of wearing many hats and I get to experience the buzz of a company that shows every day is a challenge and never the same. As an Engineer a large part of my role involves working with our partners and end customers to understand their networking, wireless and surveillance needs in order to deliver custom solutions that solves these needs.

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

One of my key hobbies is in marital arts, I have participated in Judo, TaeKwonDo and Karate (Wado-Ryu and Shotokan). After being out of the sport for approximately 15 years I joined Go-Kan-Ryu Karate about a year and half ago. Within this time I have won two silver medals and one bronze medal and passed four grading’s. Definitely shows this old man has a few tricks up his sleeve still.

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

Running around a 2 year old and 6 year old who are constantly sometimes leads to messy results. Based on this I would say a Picnic bar. Have you ever seen how many ingredients in this chocolate it’s a mess, containing nuts, raisins, chewy nougat, chewy caramel covered in peanuts, biscuit, puffed rice and covered in milk chocolate. That’s a lot.

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

Part of any parent’s brain or in human nature general is to recognise danger and prepare our body to react to it. This is called amygdala. In a Childs moment, they see this is fun, and doesn’t alert them, in essence false alarms. Would be great to have a device that can freeze a Childs action or moment before they are involved in an accident.

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

Both my mother and grandmother had a passion for Indian classical music, then there’s my dad who has a passion for Motown Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Blues. Lucky for me I inherited their passion where I grew up playing three musical instruments and wrote music. So my soundtrack is a mixed between the classics from Indian cinema and the likes of Stevie Wonder and James Brown.

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?

Honestly in the office, as I enjoy my role, I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. If you enjoy your role, have passion for the position and interest why would you change what you do.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

I have been lucky enough to have travelled to many places, however I would like to hike around South America, just for the famous sites such as Machu Picchu, Iguaza Falls and of course the famous Copacabana Beach and experience Brazilian football.

Do you have any hobbies?

Apart from karate, I also enjoy running regularly, about 2 to 3 times a week during my lunch breaks, having the fresh air, disengaging from the tech world for an hour and applying that energy into pushing boundaries gives an element of satisfaction.

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Well kind what I tell my both my children, work harder, study first play later. Education is key to any success. Everyday you learn something new and you should always learn from any mistakes,

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

As a person with a speech impediment, the fact of life is be yourself, use your body language to express yourself and for others to react.