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 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.

How Can D-Link’s Smart Home Make Your Life Easier?

As a new contender to the market, the uptake on Smart Home devices is growing daily. Adopting this new technology allows you to choose new devices that give you significantly more control over how your home operates, increasing home security, safety and functionality, as well as saving you money due to decreased energy consumption and ease of general upkeep.

Furthermore, through the application of smart products, you can enjoy more control over your home’s functions from anywhere in the world, via your mobile device. Do you leave the house wondering whether you left your iron on? Did you remember to turn off your hair straighteners before you left? Did the children leave the lights on? Did you remember to close the back door on that balmy summer evening? Nowadays, you have no need to worry as you can swiftly power off various connected appliances in seconds, thanks to a smart home app on your mobile device.

With these advantages in mind, we thought we would highlight some benefits that you can take advantage of with our range of smart home products, which deliver new ways to gain more control of the new functions available for your automated home. To enjoy these, we’ve collaborated with the likes of Amazon’s Alexa range and If This Then That (IFTTT). Essentially, IFTTT is the language of the Smart Home, allowing you to build your own device ‘recipes’ to create interactions around the home. You can pair a range of our mydlink Home devices with other IFTTT enabled products and apps to do a wide range of really useful things around your home.

One truly exciting Connected Home enhancement we have made in recent times is the compatibility between our popular Wi-Fi smart plugs and Amazon’s Echo/Dot. This compatibility gives you an intuitive way to control your home simply using the sound of your voice. Plus, thanks to our compatibility with IFTTT, even if you don’t own an intelligent personal assistant, you have no need to worry; you can still set the lights to turn off automatically when you leave the house, or have the coffee maker turn on and make you freshly brewed coffee as the sun rises using your mobile.

Other significant advances have been made in security. With D-Link’s door and window sensors you will be alerted if you’ve left a window or door open. Installed alarms are also becoming a thing of the past now that motion detectors and a multitude of home security cameras can be linked and controlled from wherever you and your smart phone may be. In fact, security of your home no longer needs to be a worry and one quick and easy way to get up and running is with the Smart Home Security Kit. This clever bundle allows you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world, safe in the knowledge that your treasured belongings are being protected. Comprising a connected home hub, a door and window sensor, a siren and a monitor – all managed by the mydlink Home smartphone and tablet app – the kit provides fantastic peace of mind; it’s not just smart home technology, but smarter and now more secure home technology.

There’s really are no end of commands that can be actioned to ensure you make the most out of your D-Link Smart Home products, to make your life that little bit easier, more secure and much more reassuring.

To learn more about the IFTTT commands available, please visit this link:

https://ifttt.com/dlink_smart_plug

D-Link’s smart plug is now currently available as part of our smart home starter kit package, which can be purchased via this link:

https://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dch-100kt

Interoperability to drive the networking solution market in 2017

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Interoperability and opportunity are set to define the 2017 operating environment for the networking solutions market, fuelled by a more eclectic range of consumer channels and a demand for integrated, agile, and accessible solutions.

With a multi-channel retail environment raising customer expectations to new heights, buyers are just as likely to buy their technology in DIY or stationary stores, as they are specialist departments. This renewed choice and fluidity has been compounded by the explosion of online retail.

It’s a scenario ripe for potential and one that demands ever more flexibility from the entire channel eco-system if it is to be fully exploited and new routes to market progressed.

One such opportunity is the fast-evolving smart home market, which if the many ambitious growth forecasts of industry commentators bear out, will see connected living become increasingly mainstream. This growing appetite is reflected in our focus at D-Link as we look to build on a rapidly expanding portfolio of products from water to window sensors which can be controlled from a smart phone or tablet, offering simple, secure and cost-saving benefits which we are keen to convey to the man in the street.

It’s an area where attention usually centres on the all-singing and dancing innovation, but of equal merit is the actual enabler, which makes the magic happen. The humble router is a case in point; the bread and butter of our offering, bolstered by our 30-year track record in leading this market, we have seen it underpin a vast wealth of applications and now acts as a gateway to multiple smart solutions, powering game-changing innovation.

Integration becomes equally important around this technology, driving solutions that sync with others, while more broadly teaming up with other vendors to boost accessibility and operability, a cohesion which is less likely to be achieved by a disparate range of apps.

A case in point, is D Link’s recent introduction of the first Apple HomeKit compatible camera. HomeKit – Apple’s single ecosystem for smart home products is a prime example of a platform built to enable vendors to collaborate, creating a smart home platform in which products from multiple vendors are interoperable with each other. Another prime example is D-Link’s four-way partnership with N Power, Nest Labs and Yale, an arrangement which saw us pool our collective strengths in heating, security, energy and wireless networking solutions to create a family of connected home products. Trialled as a fully integrated home automation offering across 300 homes in the Midlands, it is the kind of collaboration which can bring connected living to the mass market, challenging assumptions that this state of the art innovation is the sole domain of the wealthy.

Indeed, integration and accessibility is a reoccurring theme that will underpin our broader efforts this year. In a climate of tighter IT budgets, where the customer expects more bang for their buck, solutions that work straight out of the box and can be integrated with existing infrastructure have never been more important. It’s an expectation that manifests itself in

different ways across both the business and consumer world. The former expects scalability and easy configuration so that infrastructure can be tweaked or overhauled in a simple, low cost way to adapt to challenges and demands, while being future-proof and able to be used in different applications. For the consumer, it is about solutions that can be used in different ways to optimise the value, such as the baby monitor that doubles up as a pet cam.

Equally high on the agenda in our hyper connected world, is a wireless offering that meets many demands, in terms of the opportunities for smaller resellers in areas such as bed and breakfasts to the large-scale examples of schools, hospitals and large businesses, specifically the pubs and restaurant sector.

Increasingly we turn to the Cloud, an area that offers real growth potential, powering solutions such as Central Wi-Fi Manager (CWM). Designed to thrive in demanding and multi-site installations and enable the management of 500 APs through a single, secure portal, it’s a type of technology with broader implications; by enabling resellers to manage customers Wi-Fi externally, it enhances the scope of their offering as resellers evolve into more of a managed service provider role.

With our growth as a business inextricably linked to the achievements of our resellers, this type of development which adds value to their offering beyond simply product provision is a key focus driving the kind of differentiation which will raise their head above the parapet in a crowded market. This relationship will be nurtured with technical support from site surveys, training, sales and marketing

Conversely, the opportunity that the demand for wireless and 24/7 online throws up one of the market’s biggest challenges – Security. Ensuring our solutions are robust and watertight, while delivering what the customer expects is paramount. It’s a balancing act of driving innovation while containing the risk posed by increased accessibility and one that the entire channel will have to negotiate as it gears up to capitalise on a market buzzing with opportunity.

5 Reasons You Need the New Omna 180 Camera

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Are you looking for peace of mind when you go away on holiday or leave the home? Our new camera, the market’s first to have Apple HomeKit compatibility, offers a 180-degree field of view so you can be assured you will always have a watchful eye over your home – 24/7.

  1. As the first home security camera that is accessible through AppleHome, the Omna 180 is the next vital step into completing your Apple Smart Home set up. With the sleek design you would expect from D-Link product, and the ability to connect it to all your current apple devices, it will blend into your interior décor and become another one of your ‘go to’ products you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. Have your iPhone turn off the lights. See who’s at the front door from your iPad. And even control things remotely with the help of Apple TV. The Home app makes all your connected devices work harder – and smarter for you.
  2. The Omna’s 180-degree wide-angle lens can capture an entire room, and its Full HD 1080p resolution will allow you to see every little detail. Infra-red LEDs are not in sight, hidden behind the black bands on either side of the lens, providing night vision of up to five metres (16 feet), even in complete darkness. You can also access the Omna 180Cam HD directly from the Home app on your iPhone or iPad. Or you can simply use the free Omna app for even more control and advanced settings – you’ll receive instant activity notifications no matter where you are. You can also receive alerts and record video clips whenever motion is detected.omna 180 HD Cam
  3. With April Fool’s Day just around the corner, the two way audio feature could assist you in executing the perfect own back prank on your family. The feature is also handy on the days you need a quick update on what’s happening at home when nobody is checking their phones. There are endless opportunities to utilise this feature to aid your everyday life as an alternative to lesser quality mobile video streaming.
  4. Haven’t been eating your carrots recently? No need! With the Omna 180 you can see in the dark. With 5m Night Vision your camera no longer becomes useless after lights out, and the security of your home isn’t compromised. In fact, with the help of the infa-red LEDs, you can easily use it to identify who’s entering your house from the comfort of your bed.
  5. Similarly, the motion detector triggers video recording when unexpected movement is detected. You can choose to receive push notifications when this is activated, who knows what it may capture from uninvited guests- to bringing to light who is sneaking out for a midnight snack after hours. This can be saved to a MicroSD card (up to 128GB) to be played back as evidence! Additionally there are no hidden subscription fees to pay to get the best out of your camera; everything is readily available at your fingertips for no extra cost.

You can purchase the D-Link Omna from the Apple Online Store today for £199.95

Ensure you have fast Wi-Fi over the Xmas Period and make the most of your Xmas gadgets

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The router is the gateway to the majority of the technology you will have in your home. Quite a statement, but when you think of the way in which gaming for instance or the way in which we view television has changed it’s evident that in today’s society there is a large dependence on Internet connectivity to maximise the best out of your devices.

Over the Xmas period the demands placed on your network are likely to increase with everyone enjoying time off, for this reason it’s important that you are well equipped in order to deal with that demand, and this can be helped by purchasing a quality router. You could have the best speeds on offer from your Internet Service Provider, but if you don’t have a router that’s capable of utilising those speeds, it simply won’t matter. Like anything you need all of the components to ensure that it all works. And this applies when looking to achieve the best Internet speeds you can get in your home. If you’re an adopter of smart home technology it’s particularly important to make the investment, as more often than not the router provided by your Internet Service Provider is simply not up to scratch when it comes to multiple Internet connected devices throughout your home.

Luckily for you however, it’s not too late to ensure your Xmas gadgets run smoothly without the frustration of having to constantly reboot your Wi-Fi. D-Link has an extensive portfolio of products to ensure that you have an option available to you that best suits your requirements, from our more affordable EXO routers that offer speeds of up to 1300Mbps, right up to our high-end gaming routers such as the Ultra Wi-Fi router capable of speeds up to 3.2Gbps, D-Link has a router that will meet your internet demands and utilise the speeds on offer from your Internet Service Provider, allowing you to seamlessly connect more devices to the network, and still enjoy fast and smooth speeds.

If you’re lucky enough to live in a large home or would prefer a wired connection when gaming there are other connectivity products products that can assist you in achieving a reliable and fast network in your home. Wi-Fi range extenders and PowerLines for instance can be particularly useful in extending Internet coverage throughout your home. Wi-Fi range extenders are perfect if you have hard to reach areas in your home such as a garage or even some bedrooms where Wi-Fi will simply not reach, offering a potential solution in addressing Wi-Fi black spots.

PowerLines on the other hand are perfect if you want a wired connection to a games console or media streamer such as Sky or Virgin Media. These discreet devices plug into the router and then into the device in which you want a wired connection and from there you’re all good to go. PowerLines are quite literally plug and play and you can be up and running straight out of the box. They essentially offer a wired network as PowerLines send signals across a home’s electrical wiring, whilst this is not a new phenomenon standards have greatly increased in recent times, with PowerLines now capable of offering Gigabit speeds. D-Link offers two standards (500Mbps and a Gigabit) set at different price brackets so it’s dependent on your needs as to what you think you will require.

To ensure you have fast and seamless Internet throughout your home during the Xmas period, it’s important to invest in the Internet solution you have in your home, whether that involves purchasing a new router or investing in peripheral devices such as PowerLines or Wi-Fi range extenders.

Visit D-Link Direct for more information and to see our range of routers and peripheral WiFi devices:

http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/