The Latest Addition to the mydlink Home Family

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Smart Home technology is now far more advanced then it was when we first launched our mydlink Home range of products. Currently in todays market there is a number of technologies on offer from a number of different manufacturers, so for the average consumer this can be quite a daunting and confusing situation.

The mydlink Home range however aims to dispel this confusion, our range of products all work in conjunction with each to create a smart home, rather than a random assortment of smart home products. This interoperability between our products is essentially the difference maker for consumers looking to create a smart home and a factor in them solely choosing D-Link products.

Our latest offering to our mydlink Home range is the DCS-8200LH – a versatile camera capable of a 180-degree view. The benefits of this are immense, providing you with the capability to get coverage of an entire room without the need to pan or tilt, or in fact set up multiple cameras. Simply setup the camera in the corner of the room and you can enjoy complete coverage thanks to the cameras fish eye lens and 720p resolution giving you a crisp and sharp resolution.

Not only this but it can be linked with IFTTT, what this means is that you can set up actions to work in conjunction with other IFTTT devices. The below Infographic displays these actions:

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National Home Security Month

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As October is national home security month we wanted to draw attention to some of the products we offer that enable you to take extra measures in keeping your home safe and secure.

Ensuring your home is locked and secure goes without saying. However with our range of security cameras you can take that extra measure in order to keep your home safe. Our security cameras are effective in monitoring your home whilst you are away and can be controlled via your smartphone or tablet. Not only are there standalone options to choose from, we also offer 360-degree cameras that allow you to pan and tilt to patrol a wide area both day and night. For the complete surveillance package, combine this with cameras built for outdoor use with weatherproof housing that protects them from dust and rain, and you have a far securer home environment.

With the imminent launch of our mydlink Home Security Starter Kit we now offer alternative ways in which you can keep your home secure. This is a cost-effective solution that includes the mydlink Home battery motion sensor for doors and windows alerting you whenever motion is detected, two mydlink Home monitors capable of recording in HD and the mydlink connected home hub that can be used to control a variety of mydlink Home devices enabling you to control, manage and automate your home from wherever you are.

Our mydlink cloud service provides you with a simple way of monitoring what matters to you most via your mobile or tablet, with night vision and on-board recording available.

The Role of Surveillance in Modern Society

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Surveillance is an incredibly topical issue, as touched upon in our recent blog posts. According to research by the IHS, the surveillance market is growing at a rate of over 19% each year with people today becoming far more surveillance-savvy. With these large figures forecasted we look into the benefits surveillance has to offer and the alternate uses.

It is certainly questionable as to whether surveillance is perceived solely as a security solution. Rather there is a focus towards what can be achieved with the control that surveillance offers, this is arguably a much more palatable concept. Surveillance can play far more of a crucial role in the ecosystem of the home or office with its ability provide real-time footage. Businesses have long used surveillance, but beyond the retailer, offices can start to use it as a health and safety, HR, or operations tool such as allowing access control, rather than ‘security’.

Not to take anything away from the security aspect; in fact, the installation of surveillance devices contributes to safety and acts as a valuable deterrent enabling home and business owners to protect what’s important to them. Some European countries may even consider tax breaks or lower insurance premiums for properties with installed cameras in the next few years, given their potential impact on reducing crime or helping law enforcement to solve crime faster.

With multiple uses for surveillance in society and our everyday lives, consumer and community attitudes are gradually changing in favour of surveillance, as the figures forecasted by IHS would suggest.

Protect yourself against rogue traders

tradesmanWhen we let people into our homes to do some work it’s always a bit of a worry, especially if we’re at work and can’t be there to monitor them. This worry is further exacerbated if we have elderly parents – trusting and honest, they can open their doors to the most unscrupulous of tradesmen, keen to exploit the vulnerable. The plethora of consumer affairs programmes on TV recently have shown us the scale of dishonest people about and, when we can’t always be there to see what’s going on, a second pair of eyes to watch over on our valuable possessions and our loved ones is a must.

That’s where IP Surveillance technology can help. Connecting surveillance cameras to the internet enables us to keep an eye on our homes when we’re not there, via a computer or mobile device. So, if the builder is helping himself to food in your fridge or the plumber is rummaging through your parents’ drawers while they’re making him a cup of tea, you can spot it.

D-Link offers a range of affordable home cameras which all connect to mydlink™ Cloud Services – enabling you to log in and view footage from a web browser or an app, which you can download for free onto your iPhone, iPad or Android device. That means you can keep an eye on what’s going on at home, wherever you may be, 24/7. You can also manage and control the cameras from within the app, so if you have a camera with pan-tilt-zoom capabilities, you can move the camera angle around as you require.

Wi-Fi cameras are a good option in the home, as it means you only have to worry about where to put the camera to get the best picture not about how near an Ethernet port it is – the only requirement being the need for a nearby mains socket to provide the necessary power. You can also buy cameras that are powered using ‘Power over Ethernet’ technology, which means you only need a network cable to both power and connect your camera to the internet – so if you’re thinking of positioning a camera near your router, this could be an option.

All in all, IP Surveillance technology provides a simple, cost effective solution to leave you with the peace of mind you deserve when trusting people to work in your home.