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

Meet the team: Andy Woolhead

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Introducing one of our newest members: Andy Woolhead who has made a huge impression in just a short period here at D-Link. Find out his favourite chocolate bar, hobbies and interests below.

We are already on week 4 of our series, who has been your favourite so far? Check back next week for another D-Link introduction.

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

My role as Business Development Manager means I’m on the road 4/5 days a week. My duties are varied ranging from CEO level business planning to customer visits incorporating our pre-sales teams. Whether on the phone or on the road you’ll always find me driving our business solutions story to our eager channel partners. It is a very fast paced role which I enjoy and am looking forward to continued success throughout 2018.
What is your proudest – none work/academic related achievement?

Marrying my best friend and biggest advocate; Louise and taking the responsibility of organising the day. It was truly unforgettable and must have gone down well as I’m still married!

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

A Yorkie because I’m very much a “man’s man” and what you see is what you get.

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

Teleportation device so that I could visit some of my favourite far-away places. I am a terrible flyer and the ability to save that amount time and hassle would be phenomenal.

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

“It’s my life” by Bon Jovi, the title says it all.

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

Paul Routledge UK&I Country Manager. Paul’s role is a 360 degree view of the organisation and no day the same with plenty of challenges.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

Has to be the Caribbean for the warm water and abundance of sunshine. Every Island harbours something different and I simply couldn’t choose just one.
Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a lazy sportsman so I very much enjoy static sports, my favourites being English pool and clay pigeon shooting. I’m also a season ticket holder at Luton Town FC but the less said about that, the better.
If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Don’t panic about not seeing results immediately. Persistence and consistency are far greater traits than we give credit to. Life isn’t a race but an opportunity to learn and most importantly enjoy.

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

If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0.

Meet the team: Gigi Salmoiraghi

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We recently caught up with Gigi, our Sales & Marketing Director who oversees a number of different countries in Southern Europe. He talks about the importance of self discipline, listening and how he keeps the balance of work and play.

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

I co-ordinate in a number countries in Southern Europe with the addition of UK & Ireland. This involves travelling a lot, understanding lots of different channels and working with an abundance of people. I spend a lot of time ensuring that Marketing guidelines are implemented at a local level, whilst finding a compromise between all these different lifestyles to push a consistent company-wide message and allow room for localisation to maximise success. One size fits all very rarely works in my job, it is about listening to what each individual business unit needs and prioritising the next steps.

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

Considering that when I was younger I hated running, I have been able to train myself to run a marathon and, more recently, a half Iron Man. This required a lot of self-discipline to be able to find the time in-between an extremely busy family, work and other commitments so I am proud to of achieved this.

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

Dark chocolate – the reason being, when you first eat dark chocolate you probably won’t like it because you’re used to all the sweetness of milk and sugar that is usually surrounding it. However, dark chocolate is chocolate in its purest form, it is what it is, like it or not!

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

I would create a time machine because I think our lives have become very hectic. We tend to miss important moments not realising how precious they are at first, but I would like to be able to go back and relive those. Maybe, in the form of an app where you get to re-live one moment a month.

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

Bruce Springsteen! I grew up listening to him and I remember going to his first concert in Milan in 1985 at the San Siro stadium. My parents didn’t want me to go because I was so young but I had been listening him for so long on my cassette, they couldn’t say no. His music also helped me when I was learning the English language, he has a very story-telling style to his lyrics which made me have a greater understanding.

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

I would love to be a pre-sales engineer for the day because I got my master’s degree in telecommunications engineering. I left a lot of those technical aspects behind when I stepped into Sales and Marketing, but it is always something I have been passionate about.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

To visit it would be the Maldives, without a doubt the most beautiful place I have visited. It’s the perfect retreat.

However, my favourite place to be is at home. I spend a lot of my life traveling in and out of hotels, so normality is very rare for me.

Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, as I mentioned before I run a lot, it keeps me fit and calm. Also, a recent hobby I’ve taken up, thanks to my brother in law, is piano lessons. It’s always something I’ve wanted to do and it complements the physicality of running with a more mentally challenging way to spend time.

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

Try to listen to everyone and put yourself in their shoes. Listening is important but understanding is even more so. Stay curious, stay hungry and never give up. I believe that behind every evolution; there is curiosity.

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

It’s a town full of losers and I’m pulling out of here to win [Thunder Road – 1975]

Meet the team: Dhara Kothari

wizNext up, we have a D-Link veteran in the form of Dhara Kothari, D-Link UK and Ireland’s Marketing Manager who has been with the company for over 4 years. Below we get a very rare snapshot into what it takes to run arguably the most integrated department.

Be sure to stay posted as we get to know the rest of the links that make up D-Link!

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

I’m the Marketing Manager for the UK and Ireland so my itinerary can range from devising the annual marketing strategy, designing collateral to being on the road, attending events and visiting customers.

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

At the beginning of 2017 I embarked on a complete lifestyle change focusing on fitness and health, which resulted in me running 5K for charity. I am going to further this in 2018 by running 10K!

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

A Crunchie! Sweet on the inside, hard on the outside.

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

It would be a watch where you can pre-set your mood for the day. I tend to let my passion take over sometimes but I’m sure my co-workers would appreciate if I could tap my watch and be happy 24/7!

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

SexyBack – Justin Timberlake.  (Did I actually just say that?)

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

Paul Routledge, our UK Country Manager, because I have always said I don’t envy his role but I am intrigued at the same time. Having said that- I think a day would be enough. Curiosity killed the cat and all.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

My favourite city is New York. However, top of the bucket list is visiting the original 7 wonders of the world.

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a complete novice but, Photography. Capturing those Kodak moments. I absolutely love travelling and exploring new places which, for me, goes hand in hand with photography as I can look at a picture and go back to the exact moment it was taken.

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

I don’t believe in having any regrets so I’d tell me to do exactly the same, maybe with a bit more Gin!

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

Everything happens for a reason.

Meet the team: Paul Routledge

paulThe first in our new blog series, we introduce you to the UK and Ireland Country Manager – Paul Routledge. He gives us an all access pass into his favourite past-times, work and family life.

Be sure to stay posted as we get to know the rest of the links that make up D-Link!

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

I have been at D-Link for nearly seven years now, which is longer than some governments hang on to power!. My main responsibility is leading a team of professionals to develop the business in the UK and Ireland. This covers both consumer and business channels so, as you can imagine, this role comes with a wide range of responsibilities. On the consumer side we work with customers like Amazon and Ebuyer to supply consumer technology including smart home solutions. On the business side, we work with established System Integrators who integrate our enterprise solutions including Wave 2 WiFi, Fully Managed 52 port switches with Power over Ethernet and IP Surveillance Surveillance range.

Aside from customer facing activities I am privileged to lead the UKI team and focus on developing this talented team of individuals to create a sustainable and profitable business.

 

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

Without a doubt the proudest moment of my life is that Jenny, my wife, actually agreed to marry me and have kids with me. I’m still amazed now. It amazes me every day.

 

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

A bounty. For a few reasons, firstly, like myself, it’s no nonsense. It’s exactly as you’d expect when you see the wrapper. It’s not too sweet but is full of energy. Finally, it comes as two separate bars so you can have some now and some later when you need it. I identify with that as it’s very practical!

 

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

A teleportation device so I could wake up at home, have breakfast with the family and then beam to work and back again. I commute from Yorkshire to London so it would save me a lot of time and frustrations stuck on the M1 or on delayed trains.

 

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

I think it’s hard to pin point one soundtrack as I think it changes as you go through life. At the moment, for example, Dominic the Donkey, mixed with the Minecraft theme tune and the sound of my youngest asking me what my favourite super hero is comes to mind. A sort of remix if you like. In all seriousness, when I need to get my head in the game I usually listen to an album called Nightbook by Ludovico Einaudi, so if I had to pick it would be that.

 

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

It would be our Technical Sales specialist, Sam who we are training to be a technical Account Manager. Part of his time is spent selling but he is also very hands of with the technology. He is also at a point in his career where everything is new and exciting.

 

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

In general, I just like being outside, from being in the mountains to being on the moors near home or even on the islands in Scotland. Anywhere that has a lot of space really.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

I like to keep fit, running, walking, cycling. I’m not passionate about any particular sport but like I said I just enjoy being outside and to keep myself fit so I can spend as much time with my family as possible.

 

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

Chill out, enjoy life, it will be right! Mainly, it will be right. That has been a phrase I’ve held on to throughout my life. Even when the kids arrived as these little ‘things’ that we were so scared of, it was always the voice in the back of my mind that kept me going. And I was true – it is right and they are brilliant.

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