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?!

Importance or reliance on wireless and connectivity

Now despite the fact that many of us have experienced life before Wi-Fi, it has now become almost impossible to think about life without it. We can probably take a break from family, friends, chocolates and 4% are even willing to give up showers but we can’t seem to take a break from our obsession with the online world. It has become apparent that only 3% of the UK would be willing to give up good Wi-Fi for a week, however, for the rest of the 97% – it is necessity.

Once the world got a taste of the internet, there was no going back. The world started to demand easier access and speedy services. Society started to rely on their devices to connect and communicate to the outside world from the comfort of their own homes, as handwritten letters became emails and texts, extensive lines at the local bank restored to online banking apps. There was certainly no looking back.

According to Dr. Abraham Maslow’s famously published title ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ in 1943, the basic essentials included food, water and warmth however it is argued that Wi-Fi is now a basic need and although many of us will think this is absurd, ask yourself this – can you survive days without the internet? This begs another question: how does Maslow’s hierarchy of needs manifest today?








It is hard to deny that the feeling of love and belonging has been essentially addressed by technology. Social media has had a huge impact to communicate and share with our loved ones, whether that’s sharing our thoughts on twitter, photos of our friends and families on Facebook and the food we eat on Instagram but nonetheless it’s also an essential factor in the business world. It is said that faster internet connection for any business will help actualise greater profits – we are connected now more than ever.

Wi-Fi connection is an important relationship in itself. There is nothing worse than bad Wi-Fi connection and more than 1 in 3 Brits experience bad connectivity once a week or more and no matter how many times you will turn the router on and off again, sometimes it seems all hope is lost.

Wi-Fi connection can be determined by surroundings we cannot help. Many times it can simply be the construction of the house or where the router has been positioned and for these cases, we have an answer. Mesh solutions. Mesh solution means that there is only one SSID that the devices are connected to throughout the house and with its built-in smart steering technology of Wi-Fi – this eliminates the need for multiple powerline and/or range extender devices. You’ll stay seamlessly connected when moving room to room or changing floors and even bringing the internet with you into your garden!

This is the D-Link Covr AC1200 Dual Band Whole Home Wi-Fi system and you can purchase this on:

Moral of the story: Good stable Wi-Fi connection does improve our lives.

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.

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”

Meet the team: Craig Kirby


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.


Meet the team: Dan Bieny


Stepping into the ring next we have Dan Bieny who joined the team just last year. When he’s not in meetings with our distribution partners you can find him living in the sticks adding to his unique bottle collection. Find out more about the channel veteran below.

Next week we will hear from one of the longest standing members of the team, any guesses? There’s a bottle of something in it for the first to get it right.


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

I’m the Business Channel & Distribution Manager for UKI. It’s a big role and has two key functions to it. The first is strategizing and leading the B2B sales function to work with our existing and potential new VIP+ partners. The other half of the job is working with our distributors to deliver sustainable growth. It’s an exciting role which gives me a full 360 degree view of the business.


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

CRN fight night without a doubt. Anyone who knows me, knows there isn’t an athletic bone in my body, nor one which would needlessly put itself in harm’s way. An experience I’ll remember forever. If you fancy a full blown laughing fit then the video is still on YouTube.


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

Celebration selection box. As they say, variety is the spice of life. Why not go from a Mars to and Malteser. It’s also worth reminding ourselves that now and again, life does serve you a Bounty and you just have to get on with it. Just for the record, I will also eat the Bounty.


If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?
An invention to regrow thinning hairlines. I would be the first customer, however I also know there are an awful lot of customers out there.


What would be the soundtrack to your life?

My music taste is appalling. A blame my parents. All I can remember is listening to as a child was Simply Red, Wet Wet Wet, Alanis Morissette and Celine Dion. There is just no way I could pin one soundtrack to my life.


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

Dhara Kothari, D-Link’s UK & Ireland Marketing Manager. I’ve got a very creative streak and I would like to have the time to exercise it with colouring pencils, crayons and maybe work my way up (dream big) to a glitter pen. Haha! Only joking Dhara. I’m going to pay for that…


Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

I’m a firm believer that it’s a big wide world and I shouldn’t go back to the same place until I’ve seem more of it. My favourite so far was Thailand. It’s where I proposed to my fiancé, we had the most amazing 2 weeks of our life.


Do you have any hobbies?

Does making the most of the weekend count? Long walks in the countryside with a good pint of bitter and pub grub on route. After a busy week it’s nice to do something at a slower pace with no real objective.


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

Buy a new build house. The romantic notion of buying an old a decrepit Victorian property and doing it up is not fun!


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

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan