Achieving Internet Coverage Across the Entire Home

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Our previous blog highlighted the effectiveness of our Ultra Wi-Fi router in its ability to run a multitude of devices on one network. However for those of you who are looking to simply increase Wi-Fi coverage across your home, PowerLines can be a very effective tool.

Many of us experience slow Internet speeds when streaming media, video calling or playing online games. Dropped video calls, slow web page loading or a complete lack of coverage in some rooms, are just a few of the frustrations people face every day.

What many people do not realise is that these issues can be resolved by using PowerLines. These clever little devices use your home’s existing electrical wiring to connect devices with your home network, simply by plugging them into standard mains sockets. The process is simple and setup takes minutes. Once you are plugged in to a power socket simply connect with your router and you’re ready to go!

No longer will you experience unnecessary buffering or slow video streaming. PowerLines are also perfectly suited to gaming; simply connect an Ethernet cable between a PowerLine and your console and say hello to lag-free gaming. With PowerLines implemented across your home, Wi-Fi black spots will be a thing of the past leaving you to enjoy the web lag and frustration free.

Don’t know what to get your dad for Father’s Day?

Fathers-Day6Father’s Day is fast approaching and don’t you always find choosing something for Dad isn’t as straightforward as it seems? All that decision making and time wasting often made in vain. However all hope is not lost. D-Link’s range of products offers the ideal solution to the common problem of not knowing what to buy, making them perfect for any Father’s Day gift.

At some point, many of us using Wi-Fi have experienced a lag or lapse in connection – a frustrating experience, not just for dad but for everyone at home. The D-Link PowerLine AV 500 Adapter uses the electrical wiring that’s already in your house to provide a fast, reliable, wired speed of up to 500Mbps, to any room in your house. This rapid transmission speed makes it ideal for bandwidth-intensive applications, guaranteeing smooth HD video streami

ng, VoIP phone calls, and lag-free online gaming experiences. This device provides ample network bandwidth, enabling you to tap into existing electrical wiring for high-quality multimedia streaming.

Another tool that can extend the range of connectivity in the home is the Wireless range extender, a portable plug-in wireless extender which you can plug into anywhere there is a power socket to increase the range of your wireless network. Small yet powerful, it supports speeds of up to 300 Mbps in a compact device that fits in the palm of your hand.

Or if security is a concern the latest Pan/Tilt/Zoom cloud camera could be an option. This camera can be set up anywhere in the home and when connected via mydlink™ it can transmit a live feed to any internet connected device, allowing constant surveillance of your property. This cloud-enabled camera includes a microSD card slot to record audio and video directly onto the camera. You can also setup the camera to record only when motion is detected, or continuously, via the camera’s intuitive web interface. So, dad can keep an eye on his precious car, or even ensure you’re doing your homework and not having a party while he’s out!

If the products mentioned aren’t right for your dad, what about the Pocket Cloud Router? It’s a portable and multi-functional device which enables you to boost and transform your wireless Internet connection by acting as a wireless router and Wi-Fi hotspot. A product ideal for remote workers or people on the go, this could prove to be the ideal Father’s Day gift.

For more ideas for dad, visit our website.

The future of TV

iplayer_1821627cNew research from Ofcom, announced last week, showed that viewing habits have now changed so much that 18-24 year olds now watch TV on laptops or a PC more frequently than on a traditional TV. The modern consumer is no longer constrained by TV schedules, and the need to get home in time to watch your favourite show is now firmly a thing of the past. On demand services have been embraced by the majority of the British public, and this week Sky added 4OD to its on demand offering, meaning it is the first provider to offer catch up services from the main five UK terrestrial broadcasters.  Now more than ever, home networks need to meet these changing demands. Slowly but surely smartphones and tablets are being increasingly used to view TV content. Services like Sky Go, iPlayer and Netflix have all developed sophisticated apps for viewing content on tablets and mobile devices and we are sure to see more use of these in future. For these devices, it will be even more important to have a robust and high performing wireless network to cope with multi-room viewing across several devices. With this in mind, wireless N and in the future 11.ac connectivity will be a must.

Furthermore, TV is becoming more social with more people using services like Facebook and Twitter to chat about their favourite TV shows while watching at the same time. This rise in ‘second screen’ viewing is another reason why home connectivity will be even more essential to the viewing experience in future. With the right level of wireless coverage in the home, you can be sure that the next episode of home TV will continue to deliver a seamless viewing experience.

Next-generation gaming

GamingThe upcoming PS4 release shows we have come a long way from the days when you had to blow on a cartridge to make a game work. Gaming now uses staggering amounts of computing power that make an average desktop PC from the mid-90s look like an abacus by comparison. The next generation of games promises better graphics rendered in intricate detail and a more immersive, life-like landscapes than ever before. Previously this has meant all this data has had to be loaded onto a disc, but the biggest difference heralded by devices such as the PS4 is that videogames sold in physical format are going the way of CDs, DVDs and the Dodo. Future videogame releases will now be download-only and this means a monumental amount of data will need to be downloaded from the internet. Furthermore, gamers are now able to play parts of games while the game is downloading, streaming straight from the internet at the same time. For those gamers with difficulty getting wireless signal in certain parts of the house, PowerLine technology can make sure they the same gaming experience throughout the home. However, a reliable and high-speed internet connection will remain key to ensuring a great gaming experience without users having to wait years for the dreaded buffer “circle of death” to disappear.

The future of gaming is also looking to leverage the power of the cloud to bring gaming to all your devices in the home or wherever you go with an internet connection. You will be able to seamlessly stream any game that you purchase and download to your console to any internet connected device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop. This is set to be a game changer (pardon the pun) in the market, but will all be useless if you patchy and unreliable wireless access that barely extends into the next room. So a strong wireless connection that targets your devices when you need it most is vital. Next-generation gaming is seriously breaking new ground and making greater demands on technology, but the right home wireless network you can make sure you reach the next level.

Competition time!

Competitionimage2Would you like the opportunity to win some of D-Link’s latest cloud products worth up to £300?

All you have to do is send us a picture of your home network set up – products can be D-Link or woe betide from someone else!

Entries can be made either by sending your picture to uki-marketing@dlink.com  or tweeting it to @dlink_uk using the hashtag #dlinkcomp.

The closing date for the competition will be 15.02.2013. The winner will be picked at random from all entries and notified via email or Twitter DM (so make sure to follow us on Twitter so that we can get in touch).

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T&Cs as follows – 1) The prize giveaway will open at 10am on 9th January 2013 and close at 11.59pm on 15 February 2013 2) The prize is x1  DIR-826L, x1 DNS-320L (inc 2TB hard drive) and x1 DCS-5222L. No cash or alternative prizes will be given 3) To enter you must email uki-marketing@dlink.com or tweet @dlink_uk 4) The winner will be picked at random from all entries 5) The winner will be notified via email or Twitter DM by 28th of February 2013. The winners must reply by the 10th of March 2013 or a new winner will be picked at random from the list 6) The name of the winner will be posted on the blog upon their receipt of the prize

Getting serious about online gaming

Halo 4 sold $220 million in its first week, exceeding revenues of most box-office movies and this was driven significantly by the game’s massive online community using multi-player mode all around the world. It used to be that plumbers jumping on mushrooms and monkeys throwing barrels were the most technologically advanced pastimes that we could manage in our own homes. These games, in all their 16-bit glory, could easily consume the evening of any 6 year old and have parents with PhDs hanging their heads in frustration they could never seem to get past the first level.

As consoles have developed and broadband internet has become commonplace in people’s homes, gaming has broadened out to include a wider age group of users and whole communities that are connected over the internet. Games like this create a whole online world in which some games carry on indefinitely as different gamers continually log in from locations all around the world. These games, with their fast-moving sequences, increasingly in full HD, rely on a strong internet connection to make the gaming experience as immersive and close to real life as possible.

On the other hand, broadband is a fixed resource in any home and the demands of the online gamers need to be balanced with the rest of the household. Flat mates and family members will not be best pleased that internet experience has ground to a halt because the online gamer is busy “bringing the pain” to all and sundry over the internet.

Fortunately, smarter technology now means that home internet services can be resilient enough to cope. Online gaming may not be the best way to stay social with others in the home, but at least gamers can now avoid annoying others unnecessarily. The latest wireless standards such as wireless N and now 802.11ac  mean that wireless internet can deliver greater speeds and performance for gaming than ever before.  Being tucked away in abedroom far away from the home router is less of a problem these days as PowerLine technology can help extend the internet connection over the house’s existing electric wiring. No longer do gamers don’t need to worry about their connection cutting off just before they are about to capture the flag and revel in eternal online glory with their teammates.

When it comes to online gaming, it seems getting a decent internet connection in the home really can be all fun and games.

D-Link UK & Ireland launches new website

We have today launched our newly designed UK corporate website http://www.dlink.com/uk.  The new site incorporates a range of new features specifically developed to provide customers with an enhanced user experience and easy access to products and information.

The site has a fresh new look and feel, providing visitors with simplified navigation, rich content and detailed information about D-Link’s products and services.

Divided into three core sections – Home Solutions, Business Solutions and Service Provider Solutions – each section intuitively showcases the company’s offering of switches, IP surveillance cameras, network storage, wireless, home monitoring cameras, routers, PowerLine, network adaptors, media players and D-Link’s new cloud portfolio.

As well as being more engaging and easier to navigate, the new site is also designed to provide a greatly improved experience for mobile phone and tablet users.

Visitors will be able to find a host of rich, new content such as videos, how-to guides, white papers, case studies and a new resource centre. Furthermore, the intuitive predictive search feature helps users find what they are looking for quickly and easily.

So please check out the new site and let us know your thoughts either on the blog or via Twitter.