A majority of our Connected Home products are Wi-Fi based so they work with any Wi-Fi home network.
Smart Home Interview - D-Link Systems
Gil Ines | D-Link Systems
D-Link has been in business for over 25 years offering state-of-the-art networking, camera and home solutions. D-Link joined the Smart Home category over four years ago with our industry-leading line of Wi-Fi security cameras. Wi-Fi security cameras have seen tremendous growth during this time, as these devices fit a strong consumer need for watching over the their home, pets and loved ones. The mydlink ecosystem offers a robust feature set with local and remote viewing with over 2.5 million devices connected worldwide. Our heritage in networking provides consumers with additional offerings and capabilities by integrating our routers and networking devices into the Smart Home ecosystem. D-Link currently offers local recording of camera video to standalone Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and will also provide users with the ability to connect a USB drive to select routers for a flexible, inexpensive solution for recording video at home without recurring monthly fees or impacting their broadband performance. Beyond Wi-Fi security cameras, D-Link has devices such as Wi-Fi Motion Sensors, Wi-Fi Smart Plugs, Wi-Fi Siren and Wi-Fi Water Sensor that delivers a seamless integration and user experience using a single app to control and manage the Smart Home.
D-Link’s provides strong value to consumers with our mydlink Connected Home offerings:
- Do-it-Yourself (D.I.Y.) Simple Setup
- No monthly fees – view your cameras locally and remotely and receive alerts with no additional costs or contracts
- Wi-Fi based devices to connect to existing wireless home networks without adding cost for a hub
- mydlink Home app providing integration between devices – set rules with triggers and actions
- Broad range of cameras and devices to address different customer requirements and budgets
Which technologies do your products use to communicate with each other and how does it work?
The vast majority of D-Link products use Wi-Fi technology to communicate with each other. This provides users with the ability to easily connect these devices to their existing home Wi-Fi network without the cost of an additional hub. However, D-Link has announced a Connected Home hub that will provide both Wi-Fi and Z-Wave radio technologies for additional device connectivity. The use of Z-Wave is to provide wireless connectivity to low-powered devices such as Window/Door sensors and a motion sensor that are battery-powered for flexible placement where electrical outlets are not located.
Do your products communicate with products from other manufacturers using a standard protocol? (which one)
A majority of our Connected Home products are Wi-Fi based so they work with any Wi-Fi home network. D-Link is also a member of the AllSeen Alliance that will deliver a standard protocol framework for interoperability between manufacturers. D-Link has also worked with other partners, such as Zonoff and Staples to deliver interoperability of our cameras and other devices in the Zonoff/Staples Connect ecosystem. In addition, we are working with iControl to integrate iControl support on select D-Link cameras for their OpenHome support that many service providers are using for device interoperability and control.
What types of devices do you manufacture or provide?
- Network Devices
- Software / Apps
Lighting and Automation Devices
Can your products be installed by the homeowner or are special skills and tools required?
Homeowners can easily install D-Link products themselves. D-Link’s design of connected home devices is for do-it-yourself setup. From easy to use setup process using the WPS button (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) to our free mobile apps (mydlink Lite app for cameras and mydlink Home app for Connected Home devices), users will be able to install D-Link devices without any special skills or tools required.
In a short paragraph or two please describe how your products fit into a Smart Home scenario and how they are set up to work together to perform automated tasks.
D-Link’s Connected Home solution is managed by the free mydlink Home app providing a single user interface to manage devices and create various actions based on triggers. The mydlink Home app provides users to view live camera feeds, set schedules to turn devices on and off using the smart plugs and receive alerts when motion or a water leak is detected. D-Link Connected Home products “Get Your Home Talking” with numerous device combinations to secure, connect, and automate your home. Here are just a few of our favorites -- Use the Smart Plugs to set schedules to illuminate your home while you’re away; Automatically turn lights on when motion is detected and record video footage to a local network video recorder.
Users want a connected home solution that is easy to setup, easy to use, addresses a current need and give them peace of mind monitoring their home while away. D-Link’s Connected Home solution is focused on delivering the value of DIY setup with no recurring monthly fees for use. We believe that when your devices communicate, your home becomes safer, more convenient, and more in turn with you. D-Link’s solutions delivers an app that gets your home talking for a smarter connected home experience.
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