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

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