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.

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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mydlink Home Smart Survey

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Our latest blog post highlights some of the findings that came out of our recent smart home survey, in which we interviewed 8,500 consumers across Europe to better understand their needs and wants from smart home technology.

 Our lives are now more connected than ever before. We rely on our smartphones, tablets and laptops to connect with the people around us. Now we are beginning to use the same technologies to connect to our homes in a way we’ve never done before – making them smarter, safer, more economical and convenient to live in.

Many people think that a ‘smart home’ is an umbrella term for devices like connected fridges, that have the know-how to add milk to the shopping list when we use the last bottle, or robotic hoovers, that know when you leave the house before coming out to clean. However, the convenience of this type of smart home technology is not what is driving most of us to take the first steps in connecting with our homes. The real revolution in the adoption of technologies in Europe is being driven by one of our basic instincts – the need to be safe and secure.

Through our survey findings, we discovered that keeping a home safe and secure was by far the leading reason people are choosing to adopt smart home technologies, with 44% of respondents stating it as their main reason over saving money. More than a third of respondents also mentioned the appeal of managing the house when going to bed, as thanks to home automation there would be no more having to go back downstairs to switch off the lights, lock doors and check windows are closed.

Having all of this technology in our homes isn’t beneficial if it’s awkward to set up and manage. Our study group agreed, with over half of respondents stating that they wanted to manage everything to do with the smart home, from a single app on their phone. After all how can we really have smart homes if the system we manage them from isn’t smart or simple at all.

 

Looking to Achieve Extreme Wi-Fi Coverage?

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The home network is now tasked with the challenge of handling a number of devices. However as many of us have experienced, it is not always up to the task.

With that in mind, and following the launch of our highly successful Ultra Performance series, we have now launched a new range of routers, blending exceptional design with powerful wireless AC home networking performance. Our brand new EXO routers offer impressive speed but at an incredibly affordable price to ensure your router performance at home isn’t compromised.

Whilst the design may be sleek, it’s what’s inside that counts with two EXO routers, the AC1900 (Dir-879) and the slightly smaller AC1750 (Dir-869). Both routers boast a host of excellent features, ranging from wireless AC technology, high-power amplifiers to optimise wireless range, and gigabit ports that provide the option of wired connectivity.

The AC1900 EXO router comes equipped with smart connect. What this means is that the router is capable of automatically choosing between two Wi-Fi channels, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, connecting your network to the best, clearest band available, making for a fast and smooth network throughout the home. Meanwhile, the AC1750 is capable of Gigabit wireless connectivity, allowing you to create a blazingly fast home network.

The combination of excellent performance, affordability and a sleek and stylish design, make for a router that you’d be proud to display, ensuring your home network is up to the task of dealing with anything you throw at it. With the router acting as the gateway to you smart home it’s paramount that you have one up to the task.

 For more information:

AC1900 (Dir-879) £163.09 – http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dir-879

AC1750 (Dir-869) £130.31 – http://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dir-869

 

 

 

D-Link’s 30th Birthday – Looking to the Future of Smart Home Technology

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In the second of our series of blog posts leading up to our 30th Birthday we’re going to take a look at our entry into the smart home market and take a look at D-Link’s vision going forward. Ultimately for D-Link it comes down to four key industry segments driving our smart home vision. Over the past decade consumers the world over have rapidly embraced mobile telecommunications as connectivity has allowed them to stay more and more in touch with their friends and their colleagues.

The vision that many have for this technology, is to create a smart home that will contain multiple connected devices such as: appliances, control actuators, personal health and home environment sensors, entertainment consoles and displays. Data from these devices can be exchanged easily in support of a range of smart home services. Examples include local and remote home energy management, security monitoring, wellness monitoring and also the sharing of Internet and entertainment content.

D-Link first entered into the smart home market with a range of five products, these consisted of the Home monitor HD, motion sensor, smart plug; music everywhere and our pan tilt and zoom camera, the mydlink Home monitor 360 all work together in unison in order to create a smart home environment.

Looking ahead to our offering in the smart home market it is our recently launched smart home security kit that takes the mydlink smart home to another level. The kit includes the battery motion sensor, the siren with optional battery back up and the connected home hub, providing a combination of Z-wave and Wi-Fi allowing users to create an entry level security system in their home using smart home technology.

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D-Link’s 30th Birthday

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As D-Link’s 30th birthday is soon approaching (23rd June for those who didn’t know) we will be releasing a series of blog posts leading up to this significant date in D-Link’s calendar, documenting the company’s history as well as looking to the future as the company looks to grow even further.

In this blog post we’ll take things right back to the beginning and take a look at the technological advancements that D-Link has made in the last 30 years. Over this period of time the networking market has changed drastically, below are some particular highlights for D-Link:

  • 1996 – Launched 1st Managed Ethernet Switch
  • 2002 – Launched D-Link’s 1st Wireless IP Surveillance Camera
  • 2005 – Patent for D-Link “Zone Defence Security”
  • 2006 – Worlds 1st D-Link Green brand Product
  • 2007 – D-Link becomes the first company in the networking industry to introduce Green Ethernet technology in its Gigabit switches.
  • 2011 – 1st Cloud Camera
  • 2013 – Launch of Baby Camera
  • 2014 – Introduction of series of connected home products

As can be seen from the timeline, D-Link has come from relatively modest beginnings in Taiwan into an exciting global brand offering the latest network solutions.

In 2014 D-Link’s first connected home products were introduced to the market and this has been a key focus of our consumer business ever since. With D-Link’s recently launched Z-Wave range of smart home products coming to the market this year and further smart home products in the pipeline this is certainly an area of growth that D-Link will look to exploit.

Enhance your home security with our new security kit

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Securing your home can cost significant amounts in installation fees and monthly subscriptions, but what if we told you that you could have an entry-level security system for less than £200?

Well that is exactly what our new smart home security kit offers, providing you with the ability to create a more secure home environment, whether you are home or away. Our easy to install kit consists of four products designed to automate home security – a Connected Home Hub, day and night HD camera, Siren and Door and Window sensor.

The four products included in the kit essentially work together in order to automate your home. The mydlink connected home hub acts as the link between your existing Wi-Fi network and all mydlink Home devices. The day and night camera (Home Monitor HD) allows you to view your home in 720p quality, with the ability to see up to five metres in complete darkness. The mydlink Home siren alerts you when a sensor is triggered, equipped with six different sounds and volume up to 110dB you will be made aware of any sort of intrusion. And the final part of the kit is the door and window sensor, this allows you to detect when a door or window is opened or closed as well as monitor room temperature.

All of the products that make up our new smart home security kit provide you with an entry-level solution for under £200. Ensuring you can have peace of mind without any installation fees or monthly costs.