DIY Home Security


As the clocks go back and the evenings become darker earlier, homeowners all across the UK are being warned to heighten the security of their homes. Last year the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW)* reported that there was an estimated 785,000 incidents of domestic burglary in the UK and most were on vulnerable and compromised properties.

D-Link conducted research across 2,000 adults and uncovered how security conscious people are in the UK, with shocking results. Over half (54%) of UK adults do not have security systems or burglar alarms installed in their homes and 74% of burglar alarms, already installed, do not contact the police. Even more surprising, based on these findings, is that only 11% believe that their household and possessions are safe and protected against burglary.

Seemingly people aren’t fully prepared when protecting their home in the winter months, as only 23% use a light timer when they go out of the house for long periods, 18% have movement sensors installed and only 9% have security cameras in their home.

Further potential exposure can come from social media. The research found that 7% have even chosen to tag their location on social media whilst on holiday or out of the house, meaning someone can match your Tweets or Instagram pictures with the address you call home.

Luckily however, for consumers looking to bolster the security of their homes, there are many different systems to ensure a home is safe and secure, including smart home security. Smart home enabled security devices allow you to control your home via a smartphone or tablet app, providing you with the ability to set power usage thresholds, schedule light timers and most importantly monitor your home whilst you are away.

Smart home security products offer a cost effective and affordable alternative form of entry-level security to costly alarm systems that can often tie you into a monthly reoccurring fee. They’re also suitable not just for homeowners but for those that are renting as well, due to the portability aspect and the ability to deploy a security solution anywhere. Currently in today’s market there are a number of technologies on offer from different manufacturers, so for the average consumer this can be quite a daunting and confusing situation. However there’s now far more interoperability in the market and we are increasingly seeing manufacturers working to address this.

Unlike traditional security systems, smart home products are an entirely scalable solution that can be operated at a small or large-scale level, with the ability to add as many cameras or sensors as you need. For consumers looking for an entry-level security, D-Link has two smart home kits on offer; the smart home starter kit and the smart home security kit.

D-Link’s smart home starter kit provides users with the ability to set, control, monitor and automate their home from anywhere. The kit essentially gives people the tools to create an entry-level security solution in their home and includes a motion sensor, mydlink Home monitor HD and a smart plug, all of which are controllable through the mydlink Home app. Available for a small cost of £148.98 (Inc. VAT).

The smart home security kit on the other hand includes four products; the home hub, mydlink Home Siren, motion contact sensor and a Home monitor HD. The mydlink connected home hub essentially acts as the link between your existing network and all mydlink devices. The second product included in the kit is the mydlink Home Siren; this is a smart audio warning device with 6 different sounds built-in, delivering volume that can reach up to 110dB. Then there is the mydlink Home battery motion sensor, alerting you whenever motion is detected in your home and capable of monitoring temperature and light as well as motion. And much like the smart home starter kit, our security kit also includes the Home monitor HD as well. Available for a small cost of £160 (Inc. VAT).

The free to download mydlink Home app (available for both IOS and Android) is the command centre for D-Link’s range of smart home technology devices, the app enables you to set, control, monitor and automate. Unlike traditional CCTV systems users not only have a scalable solution on their hands, but they also have the ability to combine motion sensors with IP cameras, this combination means that actions can be set, for instance once a sensor detects motion it could be set to trigger an IP camera to record or take a photo, whilst simultaneously sending an alert to the users phone.

D-Link’s range of mydlink Home compatible cameras include the mydlink Home monitor HD, a standalone camera offering full colour high definition, 720p resolution and night vision capable of delivering visibility of up to 5 metres. The mydlink Home monitor 360, a pan and tilt camera that allows users to get a full 360-degree view of a room, offering night vision up to 8 metres and full HD 720p resolution. And the mydlink Home panoramic HD camera, offering a 180-degree field of view in full HD 720p, ensuring no corner of a room is left uncovered.

All of the products referenced work in conjunction with each other, allowing you to tailor a security system to suit your needs. This could be something as simple as setting up a motion sensor in the hallway, or a full set up with cameras, sensors etc. placed throughout the home. For instance motion sensors could be set up around the home that when triggered sound the mydlink Home siren, or for instance turn on all the lights in the home that are connected to a smart plug. The possibilities for smart home technology really are endless, offering an alternative to those who don’t want to incur the high costs associated with an alarm system.










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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The World’s First Power Over Ethernet Switches Featuring ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Support

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The past couple of months have been significant for D-Link. In June we celebrated 30 years in business – a time period in which we’ve witnessed a great deal of change, both in terms of us as a business and events that have taken place in the channel. We have also continued to innovate and improve our offering and in July, we launched our new DGS-1100 MP/MPP series of switches, the world’s first PoE switches featuring ONVIF support. They’ve been designed to dramatically simplify the installation and management of IP CCTV systems.

Essentially the unique inclusion of ONVIF support enables the DGS-1100 series of switches to automatically recognise both D-Link and third party IP cameras, Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and other IP devices such as access control systems. Automatic device recognition via ONVIF means installation teams just need to plug network cables into CCTV cameras and other components, connect the cables to the smart switch and the system’s elements will appear in the switch’s dedicated surveillance optimised web interface.

Each of the DGS-1100 series switches is a fully featured smart switch. Security installers can benefit from advanced networking features and network engineers have a full range of capabilities available. D-Link’s auto-surveillance VLAN function is one example; it automatically creates a bandwidth protected virtual network for video, ensuring high-quality delivery of real-time video for monitoring and control, without compromising the transmission of conventional network data.

This feature means that in many locations DGS-1100 series switches can serve double duty, supporting a surveillance system and simultaneously providing high-speed connectivity to the business. With a rich feature set, advanced features and easy deployment, the DGS-1100 series of switches are set to integrate seamlessly with your surveillance network. These products are just the latest examples of the pioneering spirit that has characterised D-Link over the last 30 years, and we’re committed to building on it.

Availability and Pricing

  • DGS-1100-10MP – £203.33 (Exc. VAT)
  • DGS-1100-10MPP – £219.16 (Exc. VAT)
  • DGS-1100-26MP – £332.49 (Exc. VAT)




mydlink Home Smart Survey


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:

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AC1750 (Dir-869) £130.31 –




The World’s First 180-Degree Wireless AC Camera

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In this weeks blog post, we’re going to take a look at our recently launched 180° wireless camera (DCS-960L). This is the worlds first 180° Wireless AC camera meaning image clarity won’t distort and you can now get camera coverage of an entire room, without the need to pan and tilt or have multiple cameras set up.

The DCS-960L offers a horizon-wide view that easily captures your entire room, wall-to-wall, in high-quality 720p – it’s home security with an eye for detail. Unlike traditional cameras, the revolutionary DCS-960L uses an ultra-wide view lens to give you a full 180° field of view, letting you cover an entire room with a single camera. Forget about pan and tilt cameras, view everything in real-time.

Night vision built-in infrared LEDs allows for viewing of up to 5 metres in complete darkness, enabling round-the-clock monitoring of a home or office. Get your Wi-Fi camera set up within minutes, and place it just about anywhere in your home. The free mydlink Lite app is available for iOS, Android Devices, and Windows Phones.

A pre-installed 16GB microSD card allows you to record video directly onto the camera, without the need of a computer. You can setup the camera to record only when motion is detected for up to 7 days. The camera can also send email alerts whenever motion is detected. The DCS-960L offers Wireless AC connectivity and takes advantage of the latest wireless AC technology to give you a high bandwidth connection. Not only does this offer smooth HD video streaming from your camera, it also provides more flexibility on where the cameras can be placed.

The DCS-960L can be set up in a matter of minutes with the free mydlink Lite app available for IOS, Android devices and Windows Phones. The app has no monthly services, 2-way audio, pinch-zoom, and select video quality.

With D-Link’s DCS-960L deployed in your home you can make sure that none of the action is missed, making it the perfect solution for securing your home.



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


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.