D-Link smart home technology: Everything you need to know

D-Link's networking expertise puts it in a strong position in the smart home market.

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D-Link's networking expertise puts it in a strong position in the smart home market.

mydlink Home is a suite of smart home devices developed by the network technology company D-Link. Consisting of smart plugs, motion sensors and security cameras, the mydlink Home range allows you to remotely control your household appliances over Wi-Fi using the mydlink app on your smartphone, as well as set up your appliances to run on a schedule or even control each other autonomously.

While home automation solutions like Philips Hue and Nest offer single-purpose smart devices like smart lights and intelligent thermostats, D-Link takes a more generalised approach by focusing on smart plugs for your existing, non-smart appliances, allowing you to turn them on and off wirelessly. Direct control of connected appliances is as simple as tapping a button in the mydlink Home mobile app, but for more complex automation, the app also supports grouping different devices into rooms so you can, for example, turn all the lights in your kitchen on and off with a single command.

Alongside its smart plugs, D-Link offers motion sensors and security cameras that are not only capable of alerting you to unwanted visitors when you're out of the house, but can also be programmed to trigger other mydlink Home devices. For instance, you could have your mydlink motion sensor set up to detect when you walk in the front door and automatically turn on your coffee machine, ensuring a hot brew is ready by the time you've taken off your shoes and made your way to the kitchen.

All mydlink Home devices operate over Wi-Fi, but unlike some home automation solutions, they don't require a central hub device to communicate with each other. Instead, all automation is controlled through the free mydlink Home app, making it quicker and easier to set up than many competing smart home solutions.

The mydlink Home app tracks the current status of all your mydlink devices, both while you're at home and when you're out and about. By linking the app and your devices through your mydlink account, you can turn appliances on and off wherever you are, whether it's the office or even overseas. And if you purchase the mydlink Wi-Fi security camera, you can watch a live video feed of your home from anywhere in the world.

On top of the manual control, scheduling and automation integrated into the mydlink Home app, mydlink products are also compatible with the Amazon Echo range of smart speakers. If you have an Echo device, you can use voice commands to have Amazon Alexa control your mydlink Home devices instead of using the app.

IFTTT (If This Then That) support is also built into all mydlink Home devices, allowing you to create custom applets that lay out instructions for your mydlink Home devices to follow. With IFTTT, you could create an applet that turns off all the lights in your house while also activating your security system and bind that applet to a single button or voice command, making it quick and easy to control multiple devices at once.

D-Link offers just four main products in its smart home range: a smart plug, a motion sensor, a siren and a Wi-Fi security camera. Starter kits are also available combining multiple products at a cheaper price if you're looking for the best value for your money.

mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plugd-link-smart-plug

The mydlink smart plug forms the basis of D-Link's home automation solution. Any device with an on/off power toggle can be plugged into and controlled by the mydlink smart plug through the mydlink Home app. You can also define daily schedules for supplying power to connected devices, as well as monitor their energy usage, and if a device starts to overheat for any reason, the plug's built-in thermal sensor will automatically cut the power to prevent permanent damage.

d-link-motion-sensormydlink Wi-Fi Motion Sensor

The mydlink motion sensor sports a PIR (pyroelectric infrared) motion-detection sensor capable of detecting movement at distances of up to 8m. It can connect directly with other mydlink Home devices to turn appliances on or off when it detects motion, plus it will immediately alert you with a notification through the mydlink Home app, even when you're not at home.

mydlink Wi-Fi Sirend-link-siren

The mydlink siren is a simple noise emitter capable of outputting up to 100dB – though it does come with adjustable volume if that's too loud for you. It features six different siren audio loops as well as a single buzzer sound, and can be triggered by other mydlink home devices such as the Wi-Fi motion sensor or Wi-Fi security camera.

d-link-security-cameramydlink HD Wi-Fi Camera

The mydlink security camera is capable of recording 720p video at 30fps, with built-in infrared LEDs and an infrared cut-off filter enabling it to capture footage during both the day and the night. It can be set up to notify you whenever it detects sound or motion, or you can link it to your mydlink smart plug to activate your house lights in the event of an intruder setting foot on your property.

You can view a live feed of your mydlink security camera 24/7 through the mydlink Home app, with a 4x digital zoom allowing you to get a closer look if the need arises.

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