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.

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

 

 

 

Living in an interconnected world

Undoubtedly technology is closing the gap between our home and work lives.  The below infographic (based on the findings of recent research commissioned by D-Link) highlights some of the main trends in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

Working from home: you’ve come a long way

A recent study from the University of Illinois has found that home working is becoming even more important to people’s lives. It is definitely good news in that case that home working has come a long way from the way it used to be. Those familiar with home working in “the good old days” will remember the dial-up connection sounding like R2D2 having a coughing fit, the dot-matrix printer that took four hours to print a shopping list line by line and not forgetting having to hang up your online session if you needed to make an outcall, or a browser that crashed if you looked at it the wrong way.

The truth is working from home is a much easier and bearable process now than ever before. High-speed broadband connectivity to the home, secure firewalls, private business networks and improvements in wireless technology all help to make home working on a par (if not preferable) to working in the office. For the most part, home workers can now achieve everything they can in the office and can now even route their office calls to their home network using the same business number. This has allowed working to be more flexible and helped workers get their work done when getting to the office is no longer an easy option or recommended like recently back in the summer with the London 2012 Olympics.

The key that has enabled all this to happen is the network. A reliable internet connection is the backbone of home working and, according to some recent research by Ofcom, one in five homebuyers actively checked broadband speeds when buying their property for this reason, as well as home entertainment, video chatting and other such purposes.

Home working, while perhaps never a joy, is a lot more pleasurable than it used to be and becoming a more attractive option for many people.  So is your home network up to scratch for both work and play?