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

A Smart Investment – the opportunities on offer for re sellers looking to adopt smart technology

 

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As predicted by analysts, the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology are now becoming more prevalent in our everyday lives. Simply put, the IoT is the concept of being able to connect any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). It’s essentially a giant network of connected devices, and the IoT is set to take the channel by storm as it allows for endless opportunities and connections to take place.

In the UK alone for instance, the use of IoT services are already prevalent, as seen in the energy sector and the rollout across the UK of British Gas’s Hive Heating. Smart heating alone has opened up opportunities for electrical installers and plumbers and allowed them to expand their business and service offering.

Web tools such as ‘If This Then That’ (IFTTT) have also been created to meet the growth in connected devices. Put simply, IFTTT automates everything from apps to websites to app-enabled accessories to smart devices. At D-Link we collaborated early with IFTTT, as interoperability is ultimately the future of smart technology. Whether it’s our televisions, phones or the technology in our homes, smart technology and IoT are terms that many people will now have come across.

While it’s often associated with consumer technology, the IoT is a lot more than just smart homes and connected appliances. Devices are now creeping into most businesses, in the same way in which computers and the Internet did twenty years ago.

As a result, businesses are beginning to benefit greatly from smart technology, and are aware they need to keep pace with the speed of innovation in order to ensure employees have the latest tools – from access to mobile productivity apps, to wearable technology. In this respect, the physical workspace is evolving.

With affordable and accessible IP solutions that can be monitored from smartphones and tablets, voice control technology such as Amazon’s Alexa, motion sensors that can trigger alerts to the user’s phone, and energy saving with the use of smart plugs to control electrical devices, small to medium sized business owners now have a wealth of different solutions available to them.

Many smart products can now also be applied and used as entry-level security solutions for small to medium sized businesses that don’t necessarily have a wealth of resources to invest in protecting their business. In fact, just purely installing surveillance devices contributes to safety and acts as a valuable deterrent, enabling home and business owners to protect what’s important to them. Unlike traditional security systems, smart products are an entirely scalable solution that can be operated at any level, with the ability to add as many cameras or sensors that are required. With no installation costs and no monthly fees, smart home security is a very attractive prospect for small to medium sized businesses that do not want to invest in more expensive, professional solutions.

With this in mind, the opportunity smart technology presents for B2B and B2C resellers is vast and it’s an area that is only going to witness further growth as new technologies are brought to the fray. For resellers looking to offer smart technologies and solutions now is as good a time as any to get on board and reap the rewards from such an excellent opportunity.

First and foremost, resellers that want to sell smart solutions should look to educate users, whether this is via content, displays, social media etc. as the huge breadth of products on offer from a number of vendors can often be overwhelming for potential customers. Physical displays can be incredibly effective in order to showcase smart home solutions, allowing people to have hands on experience with the technology. They can also be used as a mechanism to educate and inform consumers about smart technology and its benefits.

It’s also important to demonstrate the way in which smart products interact with each other in order to create a fully automated environment. Many people aren’t aware that, for instance, a camera could be set up to detect motion and subsequently trigger a light via a smart plug, all set up via the user.

Ultimately the increasing importance of smart technology in people’s lives is a trend that we will see continuing this year. Following the launch of widely adopted products such as Amazon Echo and the collaboration this had led to with multiple vendors, including D-Link, smart technology is now starting to gain significant mind-share amongst the public. This means that customers are ready for the technology, making it a must have offering for resellers in 2017.

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/

 

Secure your home over the festive season

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In the lead up to Christmas, homes are more likely to be left unattended while parties are in full swing and the frantic rush to buy presents is underway.

At the same time, homes are more likely to contain a higher value of contents in the form of gifts ready to be unwrapped on Christmas Day, including gadgets and jewellery, which can be easily pocketed.

 Home security is an important consideration no matter the time of year, however with the festive season upon us, it’s important to be particularly vigilant with regards to home security.

This is a time of year that opportunists truly love and it has been noted that theft, burglaries and property crimes greatly increase over the holiday periods.

However You can ensure you take appropriate action this Christmas to keep your home safe and secure with D-Link’s do it yourself, easy to install, array of home security tech on offer. Whether you just want a camera positioned discreetly to monitor your front door or you want a full range of security products throughout the home such as sensors, cameras and sirens, D-Link has you covered.

D-Link’s broad range of consumer cameras include the mydlink Home monitor HD, a standalone camera offering full colour high definition, 720p resolution and night vision capable of delivering visibility of up to 5 metres. The mydlink Home monitor 360, a pan and tilt camera that allows users to get a full 360-degree view of a room, offering night vision up to 8 metres and full HD 720P resolution. And the mydlink Home panoramic HD camera, offering a 180-degree field of view in full HD 720p, ensuring no corner of a room is left uncovered.

With home burglaries on the rise throughout December, it’s important to be smart. If you don’t have a security system with around the clock monitoring now would be as good a time as any to look at installing one, D-Link’s solutions can be up and running in no time, providing you with peace of mind not just this festive season but all year round.

 

 

D-Link – pre-Christmas story on the limits of ISP bundled routers

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Treat the family to a superfast new router for a better connected Christmas

With Christmas fast-approaching and the prospect of the entire family at home for the holidays, it’s time to plan ahead to make sure everybody’s shiny new digital toys, tablets and streaming services work without a glitch: fast, secure and reliable Wi-Fi.

After all, a spare bag-full of AA batteries is no longer necessary to ensure everybody’s Christmas fun and entertainment lasts until the shops open again, although it’s still worth making sure those essentials are on your ‘list’, just in case!

Nowadays, it’s far more important to have a steady and dependable high speed internet connection, what with the kids, Granny and extended family all demanding your Wi-Fi password to enjoy their extended Yuletide break.

Thankfully, there are a few useful tips and tricks to ensure you get the best out of your home Wi-Fi connection. By far the most important is to invest in a router that is capable of supporting your household’s festive needs.

Why you should really invest in a quality router

Christmas 2016 is sure to put more data demand on the networks than ever before, as many of us eagerly hook up our new tablets, games consoles and smartphones and start to download loads of news games, apps and stream more TV, movies and music than at any other point in the year.

To cope with this, you can, of course, always upgrade your broadband package with your internet service provider (ISP) to buy more bandwidth. However, if you are still using that router you got bundled with your service provider a few years back, you may be disappointed. Your family is likely to have been out growing the router as you have added devices and services. Each device the router connects to shares its resources, so just buying more bandwidth from the ISP is not going to help eliminate Christmas day Wi-Fi bottlenecks as much as investing in a router upgrade will.

Also, remember that with the latest dual-, and even tri-band, routers there is a real difference in speeds between the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wireless bands. Many older and lower-end devices will only use the slower 2.4Ghz band, while most new laptops, smartphones and tablets will link to the 5Ghz band (wherever available) as it is far less congested and can transmit much greater volumes of data.

Temperamental Christmas lights were once a well-known Christmas pain, long lasting LED lights have made that better but if your family and guests are stuck on the 2.4Ghz band, lights can offer their own problems. However, they are not going to bother anyone wanting to maximise their holiday season entertainment if your router supports the latest Wireless AC technology, delivering them fast and speedy Wi-Fi on the 5GHz spectrum.

Why? Fairy lights actually generate an electromagnetic field that can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal, particularly when they are flashing, strangely enough! With the right lights, the effect of this might well be negligible, but it’s still definitely worth keeping your router away from traditional Christmas lights, LED fairy lights, microwaves and cordless phones, just to get the best performance.

Finally, in terms of achieving the best ‘Wi-Fi Feng-Shui’ and positioning your router in the optimal location within your home, you need to make sure your signal reaches as far as possible, by using common sense, such as placing your router in the most open area available space in the living space . After all, closed doors (really!) and thick brick walls are not going to help with your home wireless network.

Feeding Data-hungry Christmas Connections

All of which is yet another good reason to invest in a decent home Wi-Fi router. The more data-hungry devices you connect to your router, the more work that router has to do to distribute data speedily and efficiently to each and every one of your family and Christmas guests around the house.

The fact of the matter is that you probably have enough bandwidth from your ISP to serve your family and Christmas guests, but you may not have a powerful and efficient enough router to make sure they all get the data they want. It’s kind of like having a big enough turkey to feed everybody, but nobody to serve it!

Additionally, the networks are all sure to experience a surge in demand for capacity again this year. ISPs have been annually reporting that the evening of Christmas Day is the time of peak demand. So doing all you can within the home to boost your Wi-Fi network speed, reach and efficiency is extra important at this time of year if you don’t want your Internet to slow or drop out!

Finally, once you’ve decided to invest in a decent router, there are a few extra tips that we would give you to help you choose the right Wi-Fi router that can cope with the extra demand from your family and friends…

Best Wi-Fi router buying tips

  1. If you are looking for something that can provide extra punch, look out for a router that support SmartBeam technology where the Wi-Fi signal is automatically focused at connected devices to give better reception and performance
  2. To get the most out of dual-band connectivity, pick a router that can automatically connect devices that support the 5GHz band to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi. You then don’t have to worry about which band to connect to on individual devices
  3. Look out for routers that can provide guest Wi-Fi access, so that guests can connect to the Internet without having access to your personal network and files
  4. Make sure your router is kept up-to-date with the latest firmware, as this may offer performance tweaks as well as new functions
  5. Ensure the router is positioned to most effectively distribute your Wi-Fi signal around the house, i.e. as centrally as possible within your home, away from thick walls and metal objects such as TVs and definitely not on the floor.

D-Link’s top tips for faster Wi-Fi this Xmas season

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In preparation for festive celebrations and gatherings, D-Link offers the following tips to supercharge your home network this holiday season:

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  1. The router is the gateway to your smart home: Aging routers, or those provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), do not always deliver the strongest performance – especially as households add more connected devices. To improve home Wi-Fi, consider upgrading to a router designed to provide maximum performance for gaming and streaming HD media. The D-Link EXO router (Dir-869) router is equipped with advanced beam forming and band steering technology to create a high-performance wireless network designed to handle bandwidth intensive activities on multiple devices all at the same time.
  1. Location of your router is key: Have you ever tried to stream your favourite TV shows in bed, but been annoyed by poor Wi-Fi signals? Position the wireless router strategically to ensure it’s operating at its full potential to enjoy a tech friendly holiday. Tips include:
  • Keep it central – placing your router in the most central location as possible is a key consideration. Consider mounting the router on a wall, in a corner by the ceiling, or upstairs since radio waves typically spread out towards the ground.
  • Reconfigure the antenna – Positioning the router’s antenna vertically for the signal to reach wide, so the antenna is standing straight up. Many antennas can be adjusted and lie horizontally, but standing straight up is generally the ideal position.
  • Wireless interference – Household items like Bluetooth devices, microwaves, TVs, and cordless phones are pumping out radio signals that can interfere with Wi-Fi network signals. If you have to put a router next to a microwave, upgrading to a dual-band router like the D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi router provides the ability to connect devices to the standard 2.4GHz band or less crowded 5GHz band, decreasing interference.
  1. Eliminating Dead Zones: Wireless dead zones have been around as long as Wi-Fi routers, especially in large homes. With the push of a button, the N300 Wi-Fi range extender (DAP-1365) grabs a router’s Wi-Fi connection and sends it to every corner of the increasingly connected home. The DAP-1365 also features a Smart Signal Indicator to help find the best location for optimal Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home.
  1. Creating a guest Wi-Fi network: The last thing hosts’ want is guests bothering you all night for your Wi-Fi password. Instead, create a Guest Network that allows visitors to connect to a dedicated Wi-Fi network without affecting the devices on your private home network.

To alleviate Wi-Fi dead zones and buffering headaches, D-Link is giving away home networking gear to help people stay connected this holiday season. 

Availability:

  • D-Link Dir-890L ULTRA router – (Inc. VAT) £307.99
  • D-Link Dir-869 EXO router – (Inc. VAT) £137.99
  • D-Link Dir-879 EXO router – (Inc. VAT) £184.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round the clock views of your home, day or night

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Are you keen to be able to monitor your home via your mobile, wherever you are in the world, 24/7? I know the answer for most people would be a resounding yes, but the first thought running through a lot of people’s minds would also be; surely that’s going to cost a lot? Well not necessarily, as D-Link have brought a new IP home camera to the market that is available now for under £100, with all of the high quality features that you have come to expect from our broad range of products.

The mydlink HD Wi-Fi day and night camera (DCS-936L) is our brand new camera that packs a punch for its incredibly affordable price and small, compact size. It comes equipped with a built-in motion detection feature that is capable of sending email alerts when movement is detected, ensuring that you are always aware of what is happening whilst you are away. The DCS-936L offers a number of other features including HD 720p video at up to 30 frames per second, an onboard microSD card slot for local video recording, night visionup to 5 metres via built-in IR LEDs, motion detection to trigger recording and send email alerts, one-way audio (built in mic), and support for H.264/M-JPEG video codecs for video compression and viewing.

Not only is this an ideal camera for the home but this is also an ideal solution for small businesses that don’t want to incur the high costs associated with investing in a professional surveillance/alarm system. With the DCS-936L’s wide 120-degree field of view and its ability to be deployed for various applications, everyone now has access to home security at an extremely affordable price.

Available now for £88 – http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dcs-936l