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.

 

 

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.

D-Link’s top tips for faster Wi-Fi this Xmas season

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In preparation for festive celebrations and gatherings, D-Link offers the following tips to supercharge your home network this holiday season:

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  1. The router is the gateway to your smart home: Aging routers, or those provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), do not always deliver the strongest performance – especially as households add more connected devices. To improve home Wi-Fi, consider upgrading to a router designed to provide maximum performance for gaming and streaming HD media. The D-Link EXO router (Dir-869) router is equipped with advanced beam forming and band steering technology to create a high-performance wireless network designed to handle bandwidth intensive activities on multiple devices all at the same time.
  1. Location of your router is key: Have you ever tried to stream your favourite TV shows in bed, but been annoyed by poor Wi-Fi signals? Position the wireless router strategically to ensure it’s operating at its full potential to enjoy a tech friendly holiday. Tips include:
  • Keep it central – placing your router in the most central location as possible is a key consideration. Consider mounting the router on a wall, in a corner by the ceiling, or upstairs since radio waves typically spread out towards the ground.
  • Reconfigure the antenna – Positioning the router’s antenna vertically for the signal to reach wide, so the antenna is standing straight up. Many antennas can be adjusted and lie horizontally, but standing straight up is generally the ideal position.
  • Wireless interference – Household items like Bluetooth devices, microwaves, TVs, and cordless phones are pumping out radio signals that can interfere with Wi-Fi network signals. If you have to put a router next to a microwave, upgrading to a dual-band router like the D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi router provides the ability to connect devices to the standard 2.4GHz band or less crowded 5GHz band, decreasing interference.
  1. Eliminating Dead Zones: Wireless dead zones have been around as long as Wi-Fi routers, especially in large homes. With the push of a button, the N300 Wi-Fi range extender (DAP-1365) grabs a router’s Wi-Fi connection and sends it to every corner of the increasingly connected home. The DAP-1365 also features a Smart Signal Indicator to help find the best location for optimal Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home.
  1. Creating a guest Wi-Fi network: The last thing hosts’ want is guests bothering you all night for your Wi-Fi password. Instead, create a Guest Network that allows visitors to connect to a dedicated Wi-Fi network without affecting the devices on your private home network.

To alleviate Wi-Fi dead zones and buffering headaches, D-Link is giving away home networking gear to help people stay connected this holiday season. 

Availability:

  • D-Link Dir-890L ULTRA router – (Inc. VAT) £307.99
  • D-Link Dir-869 EXO router – (Inc. VAT) £137.99
  • D-Link Dir-879 EXO router – (Inc. VAT) £184.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Christmas Gift Ideas

With Christmas soon approaching, you need to start racking your brains about potential gift ideas. With that in mind we’ve made that process a little easier with our list of desirable high-end products. We’ve a gift for everyone!

  1. Music everywhere – this little device is capable of transforming your old Hi-Fi speakers into wireless ones. Music everywhere also doubles up as a wireless range extender, so you can extend your Internet access to those hard to reach areas.

£19.95 from Richer Sounds – http://bit.ly/1IaYx3o

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  1. New Powerline kits – Our new powerline kits are designed to give you the option of a wired connection for your devices. Connect your games console or smart TV to ensure a reliable connection, both during Christmas and after!

AV500 starter kit £19.95 – http://bit.ly/1k4rSkp

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  1. Ultra Wi-Fi router – our fastest router to date will make the perfect gift this Christmas for anyone looking to improve the speed of their home network. It’s a great looking gift for Christmas too!

£203.95 from Amazon – http://amzn.to/1YmUYJa

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  1. Mydlink smart home products – our range of smart home products are designed to automate your home and make your life easier. All of the products are designed to work individually or in conjunction with each other, making them an ideal gift for the student, professional user or technology fan in your family!

£99.99 – http://bit.ly/1YkzS3E

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