The Home Network: What can we expect in 2013?

Crystal BallSo we managed to avoid the end of the world in 2012, but what does 2013 have in store?  Undoubtedly technology has become more important to our daily lives with the increased use of smartphones and reliance on internet connectivity. In 2013 we are sure to see more of the same and the devices we use become more sophisticated, much in the same way as the netbook inevitably becoming replaced by the tablet PC.

The recent news of HMV entering administration also demonstrated that media consumption is changing, as we are increasingly streaming our content online or downloading to our computers rather than playing from physical media like CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays. As we consume ever more digital content three things will become even more important on the home network: increased  bandwidth and speeds to support HD and streaming media, better wireless coverage to serve multiple devices and, last but not least, digital storage to save and access  our expanding online music, video and photography catalogues.

In 2013 the home network will become much more than just the sum of our devices at home. We will move from the home network to the “Personal cloud” and be able to access all our content and manage our devices in the home from any location over the internet.  So what else does the future hold? Ironically, our off the cuff technology predictions may become reality as Gartner has predicted wearable smart electronics will be a $10 billion industry in 2016.

Competition time!

Competitionimage2Would you like the opportunity to win some of D-Link’s latest cloud products worth up to £300?

All you have to do is send us a picture of your home network set up – products can be D-Link or woe betide from someone else!

Entries can be made either by sending your picture to  or tweeting it to @dlink_uk using the hashtag #dlinkcomp.

The closing date for the competition will be 15.02.2013. The winner will be picked at random from all entries and notified via email or Twitter DM (so make sure to follow us on Twitter so that we can get in touch).

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T&Cs as follows – 1) The prize giveaway will open at 10am on 9th January 2013 and close at 11.59pm on 15 February 2013 2) The prize is x1  DIR-826L, x1 DNS-320L (inc 2TB hard drive) and x1 DCS-5222L. No cash or alternative prizes will be given 3) To enter you must email or tweet @dlink_uk 4) The winner will be picked at random from all entries 5) The winner will be notified via email or Twitter DM by 28th of February 2013. The winners must reply by the 10th of March 2013 or a new winner will be picked at random from the list 6) The name of the winner will be posted on the blog upon their receipt of the prize