D-Link, the Taiwanese networking equipment manufacturer, has shown off some new products at CES, including a new line of high-performance Wi-Fi routers, an all-new Unified Home Wi-Fi Network Kit with Adaptive Roaming Technology, and new ways to customize your automated home experience.
First up is the Unified Home Wi-Fi Kit, which is a router extender system designed to cope with the ever-increasing demand for homes to improve their Wi-Fi coverage due to HD streaming, online gaming, and multiple connected devices. Its clever adaptive roaming technology means any connected devices will automatically hop between the router and extender based on which connection will provide the best performance. The 11ac Tri-band connectivity offers speeds of up to 1733Mbps on both 5GHz bands and 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. The kit also uses the latest Qualcomm MU|EFX multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology. It will be available in Q2 with a retail price of $369.99
Next up is the new line of D-Link’s stylishly-designed Exo routers. The AC1900 (DIR-879) and the AC1750 (DIR-869) both feature high-powered amplifiers to increase their range, as well as gigabit ports for those who prefer wired connections. The routers’ 11ac dual-band connectivity offer speeds of up to 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band and 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, with the AC1900 model featuring SmartConnect technology that automatically assigns clients to the wireless band providing the best bandwidth. The AC1900 will be available in Q1 for $149.99, with the AC1750 following in Q2 for £129.99.
The mydlink Smart Alarm Detector (DCH-S165) is, as the name suggests, an alarm detector that connects to a home Wi-Fi system and is able to monitor and identify the sounds of standard UL-certified smoke or CO alarms. The device connects to an electrical outlet and can alert homeowners – via a mobile notification – if any smoke or CO alarms have been activated in their absence. It will be available in Q2 for $59.99.
Finally, D-Link has announced that it is adding IFTTT (If This Then That) support to the mydlink Connected Home Ecosystem. This allows users to create conditional commands and link multiple IFTTT connected home devices – such as Wi-Fi Smart Plugs, Water and Motion Sensors, Wi-Fi Siren and the new Smart Alarm Detector – together to customize their automated home experience. The move follows other brands such as Honeywell, Nest, and Belkin, who have also announced IFTTT integration.
"Users want to integrate and expand their home automation system with other devices and services. With the integration of IFTTT into the mydlink Home ecosystem, users can enhance and expand control of their home using IFTTT recipes to trigger a variety of actions – almost like a programmer – creating an automated home designed to fit their needs," said Ken Loyd, Director of Product Marketing, D-Link. "Integrating with IFTTT opens up a world of possibilities and provides users with unprecedented control over their mydlink Home experience."
IFTTT support for the Android and iOS mydlink Home app will arrive in late Q1.