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”

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.

 

 

Meet the team: Craig Kirby

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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

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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

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

Meet the team: Mark Carty

Week 5 of our Meet the team series focus’ on one of the guys you might already know a little bit about. Mark has been with D-Link for nearly 3 years and spends the majority of his time in house since taking ownership of the internal sales team. We do let him out sometimes if he is well behaved.

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

I am the Business Solutions Team Leader which means I look after some of our silver and gold partners and I also get to manage the internal account manager team in D-Link UK HQ. I help drive them by bribing them with lots of tea and biscuits.

 

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

My proudest moment, hmmm… being able to tie my shoelaces with one hand! It took months of practice.

 

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

Such a difficult choice, there are sooooooo many options and variety. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, that’s the same as choosing between my left or right arm on which to get chopped off.

If I have to choose I’d say Ferrero Roche coupled with a cup of tea is the best/naughtiest indulgence.

 

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

The Star Trek – Matter transporter. Think of the many thousands of lives you would improve if we didn’t have to sit on the M25 stuck in Friday evening traffic. Let’s help the endless stream of bored Brits.

 

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

The soundtrack to my life, disclaimer: I blame my Dad for my music taste. From a young age I was listening to a lot of roots reggae artists like John Holt, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy to name a few. Then you have classics like Nat King Cole – Incredible. I love that song. Finally, Motown – The Temptations, 3 Degrees, Aretha Franklin. I could go on forever.

I do like the new stuff too, these young ones listen to! Apart from Justin Bieber…. No Bieber!

 

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

I’d want to swap with Olly Coleman. He says he always busy so I’d like to see it for myself.

 

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

The Caribbean, golden beaches and more sunshine in a day than Britain gets in a year. Not forgetting the food: plantain, curried goat, rice and peas and RUM, dark spice RUM. Enough said.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

Airsoft – for those of you who aren’t familiar, it consists of running around the British countryside, dressed in military gear playing a sophisticated game of hide and seek. Its great fun, hard work but you also meet some interesting people. Until they shoot at you.

 

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

Mark – Leicester City will win the premiership in the year 2016 – Copy Biff in Back to the Future II and make your own Biff Co… Not that I condone gambling.

 

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

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts – Winston Churchill