How to monitor your home from anywhere, anytime
Keep an eye on what matters to you most with mydlink™ Cloud Services
Peace of mind in an instant
If you want to make sure that the kids are OK when they come home from school, check that your dog isn’t tearing the house up, or ensure your home is safe and sound while you’re on holiday, our simple guide to home monitoring and security is a great place to start. We’ll help you determine everything you need to view what’s happening at home… wherever you are.
Why home monitoring?
Our range of home monitoring solutions allow you to monitor and record your home via any Internet-connected computer, iPad®, iPhone®, or Android™ device, anytime and anywhere
Our entry level cameras enable you to check on your home with live video and audio streaming – perfect for keeping an eye on the kids when they get home from school. While our Enhanced Day/Night Cloud Camera (DCS-942L) allows you to record video footage of your home for up to 7 days.
Adding our mydlink™ Network Video Recorder (DNR-322L) means you can record multiple cameras for up to 6 weeks* – ideal for keeping an eye on your home when you are away on a longer break.
For a simple, yet highly effective home monitoring system, you’ll need these components:
- An Internet connection
- A router
- One or more network cameras
- A PC, iPhone, Android Phone
- iPad or Android tablet
- A mydlink™ account
If you want to set up comprehensive home security you can add a mydlink™ Network Video Recorder (DNR-322L).
Your Internet connection and router
A fast and reliable Internet connection ensures your mydlink™ camera is always connected and shows you real-time footage – so having the right router is essential. We’ve launched a range of routers which have been specifically designed for the demands of video. Both routers give the very best speed and coverage around your home.
Viewing your camera with mydlink™ Cloud Services
The mydlink™ Cloud Services portal allows you to access your cameras from any computer, iPad, iPhone, Android Phone or Android tablet. mydlink™ Cloud Services are easy to install, simply insert the installation CD in the box, into your PC/notebook. Once the camera is set up, you’ll be prompted to create your mydlink™ Cloud Services account. mydlink™ Cloud Services will detect compatible cameras set up in your home, garage or any other indoor location, and quickly configure them onto a network, which means you can start viewing straight away.
Each mydlink™ Cloud Services-enabled camera can also be viewed via your personal account on www.mydlink.com, giving you the complete freedom of remote monitoring – wherever you are in the world.
Choosing the right product for you
We have a wide range of products in our mydlink™ Cloud Services family that are suitable for monitoring or recording during the day and night. So whatever your situation, we can help you find the right combination of products that will really work for you.
Anxious new parents?
When you’re new to the parenting world, you have a tendency to want to check on your bundle of joy every 5 minutes. However, standing over your child can disturb their sleep. So the perfect solution to this is a camera that gives you the flexibility of being able to view the nursery wherever you are in the house.
The Day/Night Cloud Camera (DCS-932L)
• Easy to set up – our mydlink service allows instant 24/7 access to video footage from your iPad, iPhone or Android device so you can check up on your child from any room in the house.
• With built-in infrared LEDs, this camera has night vision so you can see your child sleeping soundly in low light – making it a perfect choice for day and night.
Find out more
For more information about mydlink™ Cloud Services and the products in the family, visit www.mydlink.com
Worried about your home’s security?
Over the last year some of your neighbours’ flats have been broken into and some expensive belongings were stolen. It’s not surprising that you feel anxious about leaving your home unattended. You’d like something that allows you to keep a constant eye on your property and record any footage should you need to.
The Enhanced Day/Night Cloud Camera (DCS-942L)
- Including a free 16GB microSD card, you’ll benefit from 7 days continuous recording* – perfect for those times that you have to work away.
- Featuring a Passive Infrared (PIR) motion-detection sensor, you can trigger recordings and send yourself alert
mydlink™ Network Video Recorder (DNR-322L)
- If you are going away for a longer period of time, the DNR-322L allows you to simultaneously monitor and record 6 weeks of video footage from up to 9 cameras**.
- You can access live video from your mydlink™account, allowing you to keep an eye on your flat while you’re away.
- The Network Video Recorder has two Hard Drives*** which mirro each other, so that if one fails you have all your footage backed up on the other.
Find out more
Fore information about mydlink™ Cloud Services and the products in the family, visit www.mydlink.com
* Based on 12 hours motion detection per day.
** Based on a mydlink™ Network Video Recorder (DNR-322L) equipped with 2x 3TB hard drives recording from a set of four Enhanced Day/Night Cloud Cameras (DCS-942L).
*** Hard Drives not included. mydlink™ Network Video Recorder can support a maximum of 6TB of storage.
How to share photos, play music & watch movies on your TV
Chances are you’ve got a lot of media on your computer – photos from your digital camera or smartphone, for example, favourite music tracks, video recordings and so on. You may also use your PC to catch up on TV or to stream the latest movies from an online content provider. All of which is great if you’re sat in front of your screen, but wouldn’t it be better if you could share those photos, play your music and watch movies on your shiny new HDTV?
Well you can, with a number of ways of putting your HDTV at the centre of your digital home.
You could plug your PC onto the HDTV directly. However, that’s not very easy or convenient, requiring ugly extra cables and a PC or laptop right next to the TV set. Plus you still have to control what you watch using the keyboard and mouse, rather than sitting back and relaxing with a remote.
Some newer TVs can connect to the home network and the Web using built-in Wi-Fi. However for most of us a new TV is a big expense plus the interfaces used on these “Smart” TVs tend to be basic and difficult to use.
No, for those with an existing HDTV a better solution is a dedicated device, like the Boxee Box by D-Link, designed to connect to the TV using HDMI, just like a set-top box.
The stylishly designed Boxee Box takes just minutes to setup, connecting to the digital home network using either cable or Wi-Fi. It also comes with a remote, complete with QWERTY keypad on the back, enabling you to sit back and stream music, photos and video from any computer or storage device on your digital home network to the attached HDTV.
Need to catch up on your TV viewing? No problem, using iPlayer and other on-demand TV apps available for the Boxee Box. There’s a Web browser too, plus apps for YouTube and Flickr, and you can stream the latest movies to your HDTV at full 1080p resolution complete with glorious Dolby Surround Sound.
It’s easy, there are no ugly wires involved, you don’t need a PC and you can do it all from the comfort of the couch.
How to share a mobile 3G connection with others
When in a meeting or waiting around in an airport lounge, it makes sense to be able to share a single 3G connection with your iPhone®, iPad® and laptop all at the same time. It’s not difficult, especially if you use D-Link’s Mini 3G USB Router (DWR-510), which simply plugs into your laptop to both connect to a 3G data network and share that connection over a fast and secure WiFi network.
Use it as a dongle
Looking much like a highly portable 3G dongle with no external antennae and a neat fold-away USB connector, the Mini 3G USB Router can be used to connect a single laptop to the Internet. All that’s needed is a data SIM card, from any network operator, in any country, on either a pay-monthly or pay-as-you-go contract.The necessary drivers and other software are pre-loaded onto the router itself, so to get started you just have to plug it in and work your way through a simple one-time setup. It can also be used on both Windows laptops and Apple MacBooks, providing quick and easy wireless Internet access with a download speed of up to 7.2 Mbps.
But that’s not all this nifty little device can do. It has a built-in phonebook and SMS manager, making it possible to create and edit contacts, compile groups, send, reply and forward SMS messages, all without the need for a mobile phone.
Use it as a router
Simply flick the switch located on the side of the router and it turns itself from a standalone 3G modem into a WiFi router, much like those used to share home broadband services.
Think of it as a kind of private WiFi hotspot to which up to six laptops or other wireless devices can be connected to browse the Internet, send and receive email, share files and so on.
To support this, there’s a built-in WiFi interface designed to use the latest Wireless N technology to provide fast wireless connectivity. It is also backwards compatible with earlier 802.11g and 802.11b standards meaning that just about any WiFi enabled device can connect to the tiny D-Link router. And do so securely, thanks to the usual support for data encryption to ensure that only users with the necessary authorisation can get on.
You will need to set up a couple of things to get started, such as security, but that’s done from a web browser with a wizard to help with the trickier bits.
Another plus is that there’s no need for batteries, messy cables or a separate power adapter, as the Mini 3G USB Router draws what power it needs from the USB interface. You don’t even need a laptop; instead the D-Link router can be plugged into a standard USB power adapter and used standalone to provide shared WiFi connectivity in a small office, meeting room or even in your car.
A highly portable and affordable device, the Mini 3G USB Router is small on the outside, but big on features, and it makes sharing a 3G mobile connection very simple indeed.
How to store and protect files
We all know how important it is to save to disk. To make sure documents, music, photos, movies and the like are there on our PC or laptop when we want them. But PC and laptop hard disks are far from infallible – they can and do crash, and when that happens, irreplaceable memories and expensive content is all too easily lost. Worse still, laptops can be left on trains or stolen. In which case you’ve not only lost your content, someone else could be watching it for free.
Taking backups to a USB stick, external disk or recordable CD/DVD is one way of protecting against such disasters, but you have to remember to do this regularly (not such an easy feat in today’s busy daily schedule!). Another is to use network storage or cloud-based services to store and protect data, and for many that’s a much more effective approach.
This can be done using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, which as the name implies, attaches storage (i.e. ordinary disks) directly to the network. There’s no need for a server; the storage inside the box is simply made available as network “shares” to any connected PC, Mac or other computer. You and other family members can then save photos, music and other files to those shares instead of your own hard disk, or using the backup software bundled with the appliance, take regular backups of everything on your local drive.
NAS appliances really can help keep your content safe. Added to which many, like those in the D-Link ShareCenterTM family, have built-in applications to stream music and movies to your PC or HDTV using any compatible media player like the Boxee Box by D-Link.
Another plus is the ability to access your content remotely from any Internet-connected computer, even those with little or no local storage of their own, like an iPad or smartphone. So, no more having to make sure you’ve downloaded the family photos before visiting Great Aunt Maud!
More than that, D-Link is building technology into is ShareCenterTM NAS boxes, to take advantage of cloud based services, making it possible to create your own private cloud for access to your content just about anywhere.
How to enjoy saved media on your entertainment system
1. Centralise your media storage
First, you’ll need a hard drive. You can use a standard external USB hard drive or a NAS Device. A USB hard drive can be easily used by the device it’s connected to directly. A NAS gives you extra flexibility because it can be attached to your router and accessed from any PC or media player device in the house. D-Link’s DNS-325 is a fine choice for a NAS, offering exhaustive storage capacities in a convenient and compact package. Simply connect it to your network and fill it with movies, music, photos, and anything else you’d like to view on your television.
2. Set up a wireless network
The next step of the operation is wireless. Any wireless network can send media from your NAS to your TV, but if you’re interested in high definition media, then speed,range and bandwidth are crucial. D-Link’s DIR-657 Wireless N HD Media Router is a 802.11n router that provides all the bandwidth you need for today’s HD movies and television programmes. With its built-in DLNA-certified Media Server, this router allows you to stream media content directly onto computers, game consoles and media players like the Boxee Box by D-Link. The DIR-657 comes with a SD card slot so you can share your photos, music and videos in a standard SD card with everyone in your home. You can even share any USB device (like a Printer or Hard Drive), courtesy of D-Link’s SharePort™ Plus technology across your network with family and friends.
3. Connect to your media
Since most TVs can’t access your computer network directly, you need an interface between your television and the network you just set up. TheBoxee Box by D-Link plugs into your HDTV via an HDMI cable and can access your network wirelessly. Just configure it for wireless and you’ll have direct access to online media as well as the movies, music and photos stored on your NAS, or on other computers in the house.
With a NAS device and a Boxee Box you can access media from your computer and the web right from your living room.
How to stay connected with 3G on the go
One way of staying connected to the Internet when travelling on business is by WiFi, but some companies restrict or block access to their WiFi networks if you’re a visitor. You could use a public hotspot, but there may not be one nearby and finding out how to access them isn’t always easy. Therefore for anyone who travels regularly, wireless connectivity via a 3G mobile phone network, can be a simpler, more convenient alternative.
Here’s what you’ll need….
3G Broadband Dongle
Some laptops and tablets come with a 3G interface built-in, but for most of us, a 3G “dongle” like the 3.75G HSUPA USB adapter (DWM-156) is all you need to get started. These simply plug into the laptop to connect it to a 3G, mobile network.
You’ll also need a SIM card, but this can be from any provider as the adapter isn’t locked to a particular network. It can also be used with both pay-as-you-go and monthly contract SIMs, that support Internet access.
Just slide off the cover, insert the SIM card as you would into a mobile phone, and you’re good to go.
The dongle itself is pocket-sized and very portable. In fact, it’s little bigger than a USB flash memory stick and can actually be used as one to carry important documents, presentations and other files around with you, simply by plugging in a MicroSD card next to the SIM.
Connecting to a 3G network is quick and easy, not least because all of the drivers and other software needed are already there on the dongle itself. All you have to do is plug it into a free USB connector, and the first time you use it, follow the on-screen instructions to get it working. It can be used with Windows and Apple Mac laptops and even supports multiple languages.
Once connected you can browse the Internet and send emails in exactly the same way as when connected by WiFi or the local network back at the office. Performance will depend on where you are, the type of network and the strength of the signal. However, with support for the latest High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology, this adapter can transfer data at up to 7.2 Mbps and automatically step down to slower rates to handle earlier technologies, when needed.
It’s quick, it’s easy, and if you can get a mobile signal, you’re more or less guaranteed to get Internet access. And when you’re done, simply unplug the dongle, slip it into your pocket ready for next time.