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)

Link: https://eu.dlink.com/uk/en/products/dcs-2802kt-eu-mydlink-pro-wire-free-camera-kit

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!

£369.98

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 Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8000LH)  

Link: https://eu.dlink.com/uk/en/products/dcs-8000lh-mini-hd-wifi-camera

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)

Link: https://eu.dlink.com/uk/en/products/dcs-8010lh-mydlink-hd-wifi-camera

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

£74.89

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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)

Link: https://eu.dlink.com/uk/en/products/dsp-w115-mydlink-wifi-smart-plugThe 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. 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!

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.

 

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.

 

 

The Alarming Truth About Your Home Security System

With police-recorded crime rate being higher than ever, having increased by 10% across England and Wales in 2017*, including an increase in burglary, it is clear to see why society is more security-conscious than ever before. This increase indicates that typical security systems such as security alarms are not effective solutions to combating the problem.

Recent research by D-Link may give us some insight as to why this may be. Interestingly, the research found that 39% of respondents said that if they heard a security alarm in their local area, their initial assumption would be that it had been set off by mistake, with only one in six saying that their initial assumption would be that it had been set off by unusual activity, suggesting that to many people, a home alarm is part of the daily soundscape of life, and therefore they are not always taken seriously. Despite this, when asked about the safety of their own homes when they are not there, household security is at the forefront of people’s concerns as just under a quarter of respondents regularly worrying about someone to break in. This indicates that further security measures are needed.

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D-Link’s research also found that 42% of respondents agreed that they would worry less about what was happening at home if they could monitor it on their phone. D-Link’s newly launched HD Wi-Fi cameras, the DCS-8000LH Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera, the DCS-8100HD 180 Degree Wi-Fi Camera, and for your outdoor needs; the DCS-2670L Full HD 180° Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera,  are the ideal solution as they make it easy for you to monitor, automate and control your home from anywhere, at anytime from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet via the Mydlinkapp. This enables you to experience HD 720p resolution viewing from your mobile device, along with a number of embedded security features such as motion and sound detection that can send alerts to the users phone as well as trigger video recording, for maximum security.  The cameras can be placed at key points of entry, feature a night time mode for round-the-clock monitoring and have the ability to record and play back video footage for maximum home security.

 

The cameras make the ideal choice to provide any home-owner with a secure and reliable security system at an affordable price point.

See the whole range here. 

*https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/20/official-figures-show-biggest-rise-crime-in-a-decade