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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 story recently (and mistakenly) claimed that Bruce Willis was looking to sue Apple for the right to pass on his “extensive” music collection to his children when he passes away. The background to this story is that purchasing music, video and books on services like iTunes and Amazon means you are licensed to use that content and don’t actually “own” a copy in the traditional sense or the right to copy it and share it with others (like the mix tapes some of the older ones amongst us will remember!). While the Bruce Willis story was later found to be largely made up, this does raise an interesting point regarding do you actually own your content in the cloud?
Furthermore if your content is important to you, you want to always be able to access your content when you need it and know where it is. Content stored in the cloud can be stored anywhere in the world and services can be severely impacted by the likes of power outages or even natural disasters. For example, users of Dropbox were affected in July this year after a storm took down out its servers in one of Amazon’s datacentres in Virginia. The fact is that keeping content in the public cloud is no guarantee that it will always be available or 100% safe.
But there is an alternative. Home users can now make use of their own personal cloud that lets them access their own files stored at home from any location over the internet. Furthermore, you can be sure that the content you own is yours to share with whoever you choose and that you know exactly where it is at any time. You can still benefit from all the perks of the cloud, just with a more personal touch.
There seems to be no end to the list of new devices being released at the moment. Apple’s latest iPhone has just hit the stores and promises to be the company’s best-selling handset yet. This also follows hot on the heels of the launch of the Amazon Kindle HD earlier in the month and the Google’s Nexus 7 tablet before that. However, one thing that doesn’t get a lot of attention but might ruin your enjoyment of these must-have gadgets is if your Wi-Fi coverage at home isn’t strong enough for you to properly enjoy their multimedia capabilities.
As these gadgets don’t come equipped with Ethernet ports (which you have to admit would look quite ugly), you can’t just plug in a cable if your Wi-Fi isn’t up to scratch. So if you are going to invest in the latest devices it is also worth considering investing in the latest home networking equipment, particularly with the growth of HD video. Routers which utilise the latest beam-forming technology are ideally suited for those homes with a number of wirelessly-enabled devices as it can significantly improve wireless range and performance.
Now more than ever wireless internet access is becoming integral to people’s lives both at work and at home. As more and more of these new gadgets dominate our lives it is essential that home networks deliver a great user experience, otherwise the next-generation of tablet devices risk being glorified coffee trays.