How Can D-Link’s Smart Home Make Your Life Easier?

As a new contender to the market, the uptake on Smart Home devices is growing daily. Adopting this new technology allows you to choose new devices that give you significantly more control over how your home operates, increasing home security, safety and functionality, as well as saving you money due to decreased energy consumption and ease of general upkeep.

Furthermore, through the application of smart products, you can enjoy more control over your home’s functions from anywhere in the world, via your mobile device. Do you leave the house wondering whether you left your iron on? Did you remember to turn off your hair straighteners before you left? Did the children leave the lights on? Did you remember to close the back door on that balmy summer evening? Nowadays, you have no need to worry as you can swiftly power off various connected appliances in seconds, thanks to a smart home app on your mobile device.

With these advantages in mind, we thought we would highlight some benefits that you can take advantage of with our range of smart home products, which deliver new ways to gain more control of the new functions available for your automated home. To enjoy these, we’ve collaborated with the likes of Amazon’s Alexa range and If This Then That (IFTTT). Essentially, IFTTT is the language of the Smart Home, allowing you to build your own device ‘recipes’ to create interactions around the home. You can pair a range of our mydlink Home devices with other IFTTT enabled products and apps to do a wide range of really useful things around your home.

One truly exciting Connected Home enhancement we have made in recent times is the compatibility between our popular Wi-Fi smart plugs and Amazon’s Echo/Dot. This compatibility gives you an intuitive way to control your home simply using the sound of your voice. Plus, thanks to our compatibility with IFTTT, even if you don’t own an intelligent personal assistant, you have no need to worry; you can still set the lights to turn off automatically when you leave the house, or have the coffee maker turn on and make you freshly brewed coffee as the sun rises using your mobile.

Other significant advances have been made in security. With D-Link’s door and window sensors you will be alerted if you’ve left a window or door open. Installed alarms are also becoming a thing of the past now that motion detectors and a multitude of home security cameras can be linked and controlled from wherever you and your smart phone may be. In fact, security of your home no longer needs to be a worry and one quick and easy way to get up and running is with the Smart Home Security Kit. This clever bundle allows you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world, safe in the knowledge that your treasured belongings are being protected. Comprising a connected home hub, a door and window sensor, a siren and a monitor – all managed by the mydlink Home smartphone and tablet app – the kit provides fantastic peace of mind; it’s not just smart home technology, but smarter and now more secure home technology.

There’s really are no end of commands that can be actioned to ensure you make the most out of your D-Link Smart Home products, to make your life that little bit easier, more secure and much more reassuring.

To learn more about the IFTTT commands available, please visit this link:

https://ifttt.com/dlink_smart_plug

D-Link’s smart plug is now currently available as part of our smart home starter kit package, which can be purchased via this link:

https://www.dlink-direct.co.uk/dch-100kt

Interoperability to drive the networking solution market in 2017

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Interoperability and opportunity are set to define the 2017 operating environment for the networking solutions market, fuelled by a more eclectic range of consumer channels and a demand for integrated, agile, and accessible solutions.

With a multi-channel retail environment raising customer expectations to new heights, buyers are just as likely to buy their technology in DIY or stationary stores, as they are specialist departments. This renewed choice and fluidity has been compounded by the explosion of online retail.

It’s a scenario ripe for potential and one that demands ever more flexibility from the entire channel eco-system if it is to be fully exploited and new routes to market progressed.

One such opportunity is the fast-evolving smart home market, which if the many ambitious growth forecasts of industry commentators bear out, will see connected living become increasingly mainstream. This growing appetite is reflected in our focus at D-Link as we look to build on a rapidly expanding portfolio of products from water to window sensors which can be controlled from a smart phone or tablet, offering simple, secure and cost-saving benefits which we are keen to convey to the man in the street.

It’s an area where attention usually centres on the all-singing and dancing innovation, but of equal merit is the actual enabler, which makes the magic happen. The humble router is a case in point; the bread and butter of our offering, bolstered by our 30-year track record in leading this market, we have seen it underpin a vast wealth of applications and now acts as a gateway to multiple smart solutions, powering game-changing innovation.

Integration becomes equally important around this technology, driving solutions that sync with others, while more broadly teaming up with other vendors to boost accessibility and operability, a cohesion which is less likely to be achieved by a disparate range of apps.

A case in point, is D Link’s recent introduction of the first Apple HomeKit compatible camera. HomeKit – Apple’s single ecosystem for smart home products is a prime example of a platform built to enable vendors to collaborate, creating a smart home platform in which products from multiple vendors are interoperable with each other. Another prime example is D-Link’s four-way partnership with N Power, Nest Labs and Yale, an arrangement which saw us pool our collective strengths in heating, security, energy and wireless networking solutions to create a family of connected home products. Trialled as a fully integrated home automation offering across 300 homes in the Midlands, it is the kind of collaboration which can bring connected living to the mass market, challenging assumptions that this state of the art innovation is the sole domain of the wealthy.

Indeed, integration and accessibility is a reoccurring theme that will underpin our broader efforts this year. In a climate of tighter IT budgets, where the customer expects more bang for their buck, solutions that work straight out of the box and can be integrated with existing infrastructure have never been more important. It’s an expectation that manifests itself in

different ways across both the business and consumer world. The former expects scalability and easy configuration so that infrastructure can be tweaked or overhauled in a simple, low cost way to adapt to challenges and demands, while being future-proof and able to be used in different applications. For the consumer, it is about solutions that can be used in different ways to optimise the value, such as the baby monitor that doubles up as a pet cam.

Equally high on the agenda in our hyper connected world, is a wireless offering that meets many demands, in terms of the opportunities for smaller resellers in areas such as bed and breakfasts to the large-scale examples of schools, hospitals and large businesses, specifically the pubs and restaurant sector.

Increasingly we turn to the Cloud, an area that offers real growth potential, powering solutions such as Central Wi-Fi Manager (CWM). Designed to thrive in demanding and multi-site installations and enable the management of 500 APs through a single, secure portal, it’s a type of technology with broader implications; by enabling resellers to manage customers Wi-Fi externally, it enhances the scope of their offering as resellers evolve into more of a managed service provider role.

With our growth as a business inextricably linked to the achievements of our resellers, this type of development which adds value to their offering beyond simply product provision is a key focus driving the kind of differentiation which will raise their head above the parapet in a crowded market. This relationship will be nurtured with technical support from site surveys, training, sales and marketing

Conversely, the opportunity that the demand for wireless and 24/7 online throws up one of the market’s biggest challenges – Security. Ensuring our solutions are robust and watertight, while delivering what the customer expects is paramount. It’s a balancing act of driving innovation while containing the risk posed by increased accessibility and one that the entire channel will have to negotiate as it gears up to capitalise on a market buzzing with opportunity.

5 Reasons You Need the New Omna 180 Camera

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.omna 180 HD Cam
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Smart Investment – the opportunities on offer for re sellers looking to adopt smart technology

 

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As predicted by analysts, the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology are now becoming more prevalent in our everyday lives. Simply put, the IoT is the concept of being able to connect any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). It’s essentially a giant network of connected devices, and the IoT is set to take the channel by storm as it allows for endless opportunities and connections to take place.

In the UK alone for instance, the use of IoT services are already prevalent, as seen in the energy sector and the rollout across the UK of British Gas’s Hive Heating. Smart heating alone has opened up opportunities for electrical installers and plumbers and allowed them to expand their business and service offering.

Web tools such as ‘If This Then That’ (IFTTT) have also been created to meet the growth in connected devices. Put simply, IFTTT automates everything from apps to websites to app-enabled accessories to smart devices. At D-Link we collaborated early with IFTTT, as interoperability is ultimately the future of smart technology. Whether it’s our televisions, phones or the technology in our homes, smart technology and IoT are terms that many people will now have come across.

While it’s often associated with consumer technology, the IoT is a lot more than just smart homes and connected appliances. Devices are now creeping into most businesses, in the same way in which computers and the Internet did twenty years ago.

As a result, businesses are beginning to benefit greatly from smart technology, and are aware they need to keep pace with the speed of innovation in order to ensure employees have the latest tools – from access to mobile productivity apps, to wearable technology. In this respect, the physical workspace is evolving.

With affordable and accessible IP solutions that can be monitored from smartphones and tablets, voice control technology such as Amazon’s Alexa, motion sensors that can trigger alerts to the user’s phone, and energy saving with the use of smart plugs to control electrical devices, small to medium sized business owners now have a wealth of different solutions available to them.

Many smart products can now also be applied and used as entry-level security solutions for small to medium sized businesses that don’t necessarily have a wealth of resources to invest in protecting their business. In fact, just purely installing surveillance devices contributes to safety and acts as a valuable deterrent, enabling home and business owners to protect what’s important to them. Unlike traditional security systems, smart products are an entirely scalable solution that can be operated at any level, with the ability to add as many cameras or sensors that are required. With no installation costs and no monthly fees, smart home security is a very attractive prospect for small to medium sized businesses that do not want to invest in more expensive, professional solutions.

With this in mind, the opportunity smart technology presents for B2B and B2C resellers is vast and it’s an area that is only going to witness further growth as new technologies are brought to the fray. For resellers looking to offer smart technologies and solutions now is as good a time as any to get on board and reap the rewards from such an excellent opportunity.

First and foremost, resellers that want to sell smart solutions should look to educate users, whether this is via content, displays, social media etc. as the huge breadth of products on offer from a number of vendors can often be overwhelming for potential customers. Physical displays can be incredibly effective in order to showcase smart home solutions, allowing people to have hands on experience with the technology. They can also be used as a mechanism to educate and inform consumers about smart technology and its benefits.

It’s also important to demonstrate the way in which smart products interact with each other in order to create a fully automated environment. Many people aren’t aware that, for instance, a camera could be set up to detect motion and subsequently trigger a light via a smart plug, all set up via the user.

Ultimately the increasing importance of smart technology in people’s lives is a trend that we will see continuing this year. Following the launch of widely adopted products such as Amazon Echo and the collaboration this had led to with multiple vendors, including D-Link, smart technology is now starting to gain significant mind-share amongst the public. This means that customers are ready for the technology, making it a must have offering for resellers in 2017.

Secure your home over the festive season

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In the lead up to Christmas, homes are more likely to be left unattended while parties are in full swing and the frantic rush to buy presents is underway.

At the same time, homes are more likely to contain a higher value of contents in the form of gifts ready to be unwrapped on Christmas Day, including gadgets and jewellery, which can be easily pocketed.

 Home security is an important consideration no matter the time of year, however with the festive season upon us, it’s important to be particularly vigilant with regards to home security.

This is a time of year that opportunists truly love and it has been noted that theft, burglaries and property crimes greatly increase over the holiday periods.

However You can ensure you take appropriate action this Christmas to keep your home safe and secure with D-Link’s do it yourself, easy to install, array of home security tech on offer. Whether you just want a camera positioned discreetly to monitor your front door or you want a full range of security products throughout the home such as sensors, cameras and sirens, D-Link has you covered.

D-Link’s broad range of consumer 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.

With home burglaries on the rise throughout December, it’s important to be smart. If you don’t have a security system with around the clock monitoring now would be as good a time as any to look at installing one, D-Link’s solutions can be up and running in no time, providing you with peace of mind not just this festive season but all year round.

 

 

DIY Home Security

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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