Wi-Fi vs Wire-Free Cameras – What’s the difference?

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 4:49 PM by

Wi‑Fi vs Wire‑Free Cameras ‑ What’s the difference?

Choosing between a Wi‑Fi and a Wire‑Free security camera can get confusing. Here we explain the difference between the two.

What is a Wi‑Fi Security Camera?

A Wi-Fi camera connects to your home Wi-Fi to transmit the video. It can only be mounted within range of your router’s signal. It relies on a power cable connected to an outlet to receive power.

Since they get constant power, they’re ideal for checking your live stream for as long as you like to:

  • Record intruders during break-ins
  • Check on your pets or animals
  • Keep an eye on babies and kids in rooms and nurseries
  • Check prized possessions are safe
  • Record videos of events, ceremonies, lifestyle footage
  • Keep round-the-clock video footage of your business, shop, office, or studio
  • Watch over the elderly in care homes

What is a Wire‑Free Security Camera?

A wire-free camera wirelessly connects to a hub which is connected to your home Wi-Fi router with an Ethernet cable. You can move wire-free cameras anywhere within range of the hub’s signal. They have rechargeable batteries that last months on a single charge.

They don’t have power cables, which makes them extremely adaptable to where you put them.  Remote viewing is also possible but this can drain the battery faster, so they’re usually used to automatically save video clips when motion or sound happens.

They’re perfect for:

  • A quicker and easier setup
  • Moving around to suit different scenarios
  • Knowing when postal deliveries or visitors arrive
  • Receiving an alert and sounding an alarm when intruders are detected
  • Portable security surveillance for any property with a Wi-Fi router
  • Discovering wildlife in gardens
  • Keeping up with pets or animals
  • Guarding properties while away on holiday

Now you see the difference is that Wi‑Fi cameras have a power cable. Wire‑free cameras don’t need any cables at all.

Wi-Fi Cameras

 

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Connects to your home Wi-Fi
  • Constantly powered from a power outlet
  • Live stream for as long as you like
  • Don’t have to recharge battery
  • No hub required
  • Usually cheaper
  • Must be connected to a nearby power outlet
  • Placement not as adaptable, requires planning where to mount and run cables
  • Harder to move once mounted.

Wire-free Cameras

 

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Most adaptable placement possible
  • Easiest to install outdoors
  • Can be moved to different locations at any time
  • Easiest to add more cameras
  • Battery lasts for months and can be recharged
  • Can be plugged in for constant power supply and charge at the same time
  • Easy to store away when not in use.
  • Not ideal for long live streaming which drains the rechargeable battery unless the camera is plugged in.
  • Doesn’t support continuous video recording (CVR).
  • Usually more expensive

Tolly tested, so you can switch with confidence

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 4:27 PM by

Tolly tested, so you can switch with confidence

Tolly tested, so you can switch with confidence

We put our switches up against the best in the business – and came out on top. We’re Tolly-tested so you can switch with confidence.

If you’re evaluating managed switches for your IT network, it pays to have proof-of-performance you can trust.

When D-Link commissioned independent test lab The Tolly Group to test its managed switches against comparable switches from Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and NETGEAR, D-Link’s switches matched or exceeded the competition in performance and value.

Phil Huang, European Product Marketing Manager

D-Link brings Nuclias Cloud Networking Platform to the mass-market

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 4:22 PM by

D‑Link brings Nuclias Cloud Networking Platform to the mass‑market

D‑Link brings Nuclias Cloud Networking Platform to the mass‑market

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Cloud-managed infrastructure has been around for a number of years, but has mainly been adopted by large enterprises, dispersed organisations or managed service providers but has not been accessible for small to midsized businesses. Adopting cloud-managed networking presents an opportunity for businesses to decrease the complexity of deploying and managing their network due to the migration of core applications to the cloud. D-Link’s Nuclias Cloud Networking platform is specifically designed to address this need.

Nuclias may be a new name in the channel but it has been around for over four years. The platform was a dedicated development by D-Link for a global telecommunication company who was looking to provide a cost-efficient managed service to its customers, most of whom were SMBs. They tried to provide a cloud solution from one of the largest networking companies in the world but found that the solution was overly complex, over-engineered and too expensive to meet the budgets requirements of their SMB customers, resulting in lost business opportunities.

Through this partnership, D-Link realised that complexity was the enemy of small IT departments. Whilst enterprise IT teams often have the in-house resources, knowledge and manpower and budgets to work their way through complex issues, smaller businesses often lacked the expertise to manage anything other than routine maintenance alongside their day-to-day tasks. At the same time, expectations have increased significantly, even the smallest business now expects their infrastructure to have the high-performance systems and resilience of much larger organisations since not having an appropriate infrastructure not only affects their competitiveness but provides a distraction from focusing on their core business.

Simplicity is at the heart of Nuclias, it takes all the functionality expected by an MSP from high-end solutions and combines it with the usability requirements of a small business. D-Link’s design goal was to provide the smallest reseller with a platform they could use to provide a managed service, whilst having to spend the least amount of resources to familiarise themselves with the platform, making it ideal to deploy even in the smallest business.

Nuclias offers true zero-touch provisioning. Access points can be shipped from stock without the necessity of an IT professional to pre-configure them, saving significant time on deployment and boosting service level performance when damaged equipment needs rapid replacement. For businesses that have multiple sites, infrastructure management becomes a breeze since no dedicated VPNs are required to set up and manage the sites, simply take an existing profile and push to the various sites for a homogeneous deployment.

We believe that Nuclias cloud networking is the answer to many of the challenges that small business and MSPs face. With our Nuclias Cloud Networking Solution, we’re delivering against that sweet spot between the feature-rich, high-end solutions and lesser featured high maintenance “budget” solutions currently available.

D-Link’s Nuclias family of products are specifically designed to take advantage of the cloud since they remove the complex configuration conundrum from being done onsite and move it to the cloud. Unlike existing cloud providers, customers will not pay a price premium for the privilege of moving to cloud networking. A wireless infrastructure can be managed by an MSP for as little as €15 per device per month. By adding cloud switching to the portfolio, D-Link is able to remove the complexity of combining a wired and wireless network.

Cloud network designs are essentially the same as standard cloud networks: the same number of access points placed in the same locations, the same number of switches required to provide the bandwidth for the network traffic. The real difference lies in how the hardware is deployed and configured. Typically an installation requires the presence of a mixture of skilled people, some to handle the manual task of installing the hardware in the appropriate locations and more technical engineers responsible for the configuration of the hardware.

In a Nuclias deployment, profiles or templates can be created before installation of the wireless and wired LAN offsite. The same engineers go onsite to deploy the hardware but the higher skilled engineers can now remain in the office and can use their skills to configure multiple sites centrally. This results in cost savings due to less travel time, fewer people on site and the ability to pre-configure and test before deployment. As well as the ability to deploy the same configuration to another device locally to replicate any unforeseen problems. For businesses with multiple sites, Nuclias empowers you to centrally create and deploy configurations to the remote site without the necessity of having to be onsite or the added expense of business trips. Equally, the

monitoring and management of the remote locations become simple thanks to the central dashboard, which makes management and reporting easy.

So, why are cloud-based network management not more commonplace? It’s because the marketplace is polarised. The high-end cloud offerings deliver the automation, visibility and simplicity of deployment needed to improve efficiency. But they come with a significant price tag, which most small businesses can’t afford. More often than not, this high price is because these solutions have not been tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and contain a raft of features that aren’t necessarily required.

For instance, does a chain of coffee shops really need the capabilities of a layer seven firewall, deep packet analysis and application control in their access point? Probably not. Do they need the constant monitoring or control that a large corporation needs? They will want to look at authentication information provided by the captive portal, but not much else. However, if the coffee chain’s CIO wanted to invest in cloud-based network management, he would invariably be paying for these additional features that he does not need.

On the other end of the scale, cheaper solutions which offer fewer feature options or advertise themselves as Cloud can be a false economy. There are a few offerings in the marketplace which despite labelling themselves as “cloud”, are in reality just a standard network management tool hosted on an internet-facing server. Who really wants to go onsite with their phone to add network devices to their cloud account, but then has to switch to a tablet or laptop to configure and deploy the devices to the network? This could be the reality of adopting the wrong cloud solutions, whilst technically cloud-hosted, engineers will still continue to be required onsite to set up the “cloud” infrastructure, and then manually configure each device. This is no different to a normal installation except you now have to pay a monthly fee per devices to maintain the right to configure and monitor the device via web browser.

As the expectations grow so do the demands and the variety of pressures applied to medium-sized business networks, network managers need a solution that is comparable in functionality to those implemented by the enterprise but at a price that is affordable. Nuclias is specifically designed to meet this requirement.

Looking to the future, Nuclias will integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) to bring a whole new level of consistency and control for the modern network. Deploying the guest Wi-Fi network will become simple since AI controllers can identify the reason for the new SSID and in turn configure all the devices in the network with the correct network and VLAN settings without having to do any additional configuration. AI will further bridge the lack of skills or knowledge in businesses, enabling them to concentrate on running the business and not the infrastructure. The integration of voice-controlled AI platforms like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant which we

believe will migrate from consumer to business applications will take network control to another level by making the interaction between the network administrator and Nuclias more human. Making configuration changes or receiving network alerts could be more human and personalised than sending an email message to a group.

Find out more:
Nuclias Cloud Networking

Neil_Patel_Author_Profile Neil Patel, Director European Marketing and Business Development A highly-regarded voice in the networking industry, Neil Patel has spearheaded D-Link’s European Marketing and Business Development for nearly a decade.

10 Gigabit and Beyond

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 4:13 PM by

10 Gigabit and Beyond

10 Gigabit and Beyond

Though many businesses are aware of 10 Gigabit networking, what a large number don’t realize is the opportunity it presents – both technically and financially – to their organisation.

Businesses around the world are continually battling with bottlenecks within workplace networks, but with Wave 2 Wi-Fi and 10 Gigabit networks these limitations on productivity can be removed. Fast seamless Wi-Fi connectivity, reaching every corner of the office is an expectation, which can be delivered through multiple access points; ensuring the company remains connected within itself, and its data. Unfortunately fast Wi-Fi networks are only part of the answer to the business conundrum of data availability and access.

But with the implementation of new networks follows a whole host of questions, from cost to migration, D-Link explains how to implement these solutions seamlessly and the benefits they will bring.

In this article Neil Patel, Director European Marketing and Business Development at D-Link Europe, discusses:

  • Basics of 10 Gigabit
  • The benefits of 10 Gigabit network for businesses
  • Why it is critical to invest
  • How it benefits and impacts other products

Find out more about:

D-Link 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switches:
DXS-3400-24TC
DXS-1100-10TS
DXS-1210-10TS
DXS-1210-12TC
DXS-1210-16TC

Neil_Patel_Author_Profile Neil Patel, Director European Marketing and Business Development

A highly-regarded voice in the networking industry, Neil Patel has spearheaded D-Link’s European Marketing and Business Development for nearly a decade.

Untangling home mesh WiFi networks

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 4:06 PM by

Untangling home mesh WiFi networks

Untangling home mesh WiFi networks

It’s the ultimate twenty-first century gripe – the internet is lightning fast in the front room, but slows to a crawl in the bedroom. Suddenly that tablet you got specifically to watch Netflix in bed doesn’t seem like such a sound investment.

Never fear though, mesh networking has arrived to eliminate those Wi-Fi blackspots and ensure you can still stay up too late watching boxsets. However, before you can enjoy a life of streaming and sleep deprivation, it’s probably best to understand what exactly mesh networking is.

Essentially, in your average home Wi-Fi setup, you’ll have a router that spreads a wired signal out as waves across your home. Unfortunately, walls, doors and all the other solid things in your house will weaken this signal, meaning those in larger homes or with thicker walls in particular may receive poor coverage.

In a mesh network, additional devices called nodes are placed around your house that transmit Wi-Fi signals more efficiently and eliminate areas of poor reception. Think of it like passing notes in the classroom at school. If you’re next to your friend, you can pass the note directly. If you’re sat at the back of class (the router), and your friend is at the front (a device in a blackspot area), the note will have to pass through the hands of several classmates (mesh networking devices) to reach him.

What’s important in this scenario is that, not wanting to get caught by the teacher, these classmates will pass the note in the most efficient way possible.

However, like most things in tech, it’s a little more complex than that. There are three types of mesh networking currently on offer that fit various scenarios. Before you go out and invest in a mesh networking setup, you should consider what you need the network to do and which option fits best.

The most straightforward and affordable of the three types of mesh networking on offer, shared wireless places all connected devices and the connectivity between the various mesh network nodes on the same radio bandwidth. This means there can be slowdowns if multiple devices are running bandwidth heavy applications like streaming HD video or downloading.

Imagine a road – in a shared wireless setup all traffic is moving in the same lanes. This means that, if multiple HGVs happen to be in the lanes at the same, traffic necessarily slows before they complete their journey.

Essentially, shared wireless will eliminate blackspots, but depending on network stresses at a given time, you can’t necessarily guarantee the speeds you need. If you have a realistic view of your network usage, and know it is not demanding, shared wireless is the most cost effective means of moving into mesh networking to ensure a signal where needed.

Dedicated wireless allocates radio channels solely to deal with the communication between the nodes that handle backhaul traffic. Backhaul traffic is the nodes’ communication back to your router, rather than to your connected devices like laptops.

Continuing with the road analogy, this is more like having a separate bus lane. The traffic that’s most important to you (i.e. that headed to your devices) won’t face congestion due to the HGV traffic headed between nodes and the router.

This will ensure you get coverage and top speeds, however, it comes at a premium, and mesh network devices that handle backhaul traffic like this currently come with a heftier price tag. If speed is paramount, dedicated wireless offers more reliable speeds. With 4K HD streaming becoming more commonplace, it is perhaps a more futureproof option when compared to mesh shared wireless backhaul.

The third and final type of mesh networking compliments the Wi-Fi access to devices, by using existing power cabling in your home to send and receive the backhaul and inter-node data. Powerline adds a new route, freeing the Wi-Fi to carry more traffic.

Keeping the travel theme going; powerline is more akin to adding a toll tunnel. The signal can move quickly between distinct points uninterrupted, bypassing an obstacle but branching back to the road network once the “shortcut” has been taken.

A node is plugged into the wall next to your router, and the others where you need strong Wi-Fi signals. Powerline connections generally offer less latency than Wi-Fi. If you need a low latency connection for your gaming PC for instance, powerline will do the trick.

Powerline works best in conjunction with other mesh networking technologies. Its low latency means it’s useful for handling backhaul traffic, whilst you can use Wi-Fi for your devices.

Travelling onwards

Mesh networking is the next step in home Wi-Fi, and as our internet usage only increases, it will soon be the standard for ensuring whole home coverage. If you’re looking to upgrade to mesh networking, be sure to research the brands and devices on offer. Right now, in terms of the balance between affordability and performance, a dual approach of shared wireless mesh, with powerline handling the backhaul, is currently worth looking into.

Phil Huang, European Product Marketing Manager

Why D-Link is investing in The Smart City

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 3:48 PM by

Why D‑Link is investing in The Smart City

Why D‑Link is investing in The Smart City

Smart City projects can range from individual products – such as connected public benches or smart buildings – through to fully-networked urban public transport and road systems. It’s an exciting, innovative and burgeoning industry that’s set to become a major business growth area for networking equipment vendors over the next five to ten years.

This article includes the topics:

  • What is a Smart City?
  • What areas of the Smart City are D-Link investing in?
  • How can businesses benefit from the Smart City?

 

Find out more about:

D-Link Industrial Switches
D-Link IP Security Cameras

Neil_Patel_Author_Profile Neil Patel, Director European Marketing and Business Development

A highly-regarded voice in the networking industry, Neil Patel has spearheaded D-Link’s European Marketing and Business Development for nearly a decade.

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