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Home Automation & Security

The CE world continues to look for its next big thing and Home Automation / Control seems to have found its way into the spotlight. D-Link appears to be looking to grab a good slab of the HA pie with its Z-wave based mydlink Home line.

The line consists of the DCH-G020 Connected Home Hub and four companion Z-Wave devices; open/close (DCH-Z110), motion (DCH-Z120) and water (DCH-S160) sensors, and siren (DCH-S220). Like other HA hubs, the DCH-G020 plugs into an existing router to talk to its Z-wave devices and is managed via iOS and Android apps.

The motion and open/close sensors each run on a battery and send push notifications on trigger events. Both have temperature monitors and an LED that lights when the sensor is triggered. The open/close sensor's battery life is spec'd for up to 3.5 years and the motion sensor for up to 2 years.

mydlink Connected Home line

mydlink Connected Home line

The water sensor is AC powered and has a "cable" that can extend to the floor and be wrapped around pipes. The mdlink Home app controls everything and supports extended rule creation that can activate the siren or turn on/off devices using D-Link's Wi-Fi Smart Plugs.

Everything is supposed to be available next quarter (Q2 2015) with MSRPs listed below

  • mydlink Connected Home Hub (DCH-G020) - $79.99
  • mydlink Z-Wave Open & Close Sensor (DCH-Z110) - $39.99
  • mydlink Z-Wave Motion Sensor (DCH-Z120) - $49.99
  • mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor (DCH-S160)- $59.99
  • mydlink Wi-Fi Siren (DCH-S220) - $49.99

You'll want to protect your "connected" home, so D-Link has you covered with the introduction of two security kits. The DCH-101KT D.I.Y. Security Kit – HD Edition and DCH-301KT D.I.Y. Security Kit – HD Pan & Tilt Edition bundle a network camera, Wi-Fi Smart Plug and Wi-Fi Motion Sensor for your protection pleasure.

D-Link DCH-101KT D.I.Y. Security Kit

D-Link DCH-101KT D.I.Y. Security Kit

Both kits bundle a DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug and DCH-S150 Wi-Fi Motion Sensor [reviewed] with a DCS-935L HD Wi-Fi Camera in the HD kit and DCS-5222L HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera in the HD Pan & Tilt Edition kit. The former is a new fixed-focus and position 720p HD network cam with 5 m IR illumination for night vision and built-in microphone, with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 1x1 Wi-Fi only connection. It will also be sold separately.

The DCS-5222L was announced last July and offers 720p HD recording at up to 30fps, pan/tilt (170deg on each side) digital zoom, wireless N and ethernet connectivity, integrated motion-sensing and night-vision technology.

Both kits work with the free mydlink Home iOS and Android apps to view live camera feeds, turn devices on/off, receive motion sensor alerts and create more complex action sequences. The net cams work with D-Link's NVRs and also with a new mydlink Cloud video recording option. The new free service enables recording and saving up to ten motion detection triggered 30-second clips per day on a first-in-first-out rolling week storage. All clips can be accesses from the mydlink Home app.

The new cloud recording option will also be supported on select mydlink Wi-Fi Cameras including the DCS-935L, DCS-5010L, DCS-5020L and DCS-5222L (revision B1/B2), starting " late January".

The D.I.Y. Security Kit – HD Edition (DCH-101KT), D.I.Y. Security Kit – HD Pan & Tilt Edition (DCH-301KT) and HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-935L) will be available in late January for $189.99, $229.99 and $119.99, respectively.

Baby Cams

Fans of D-Link's first DCS-825L baby cam introduced last year looking to upgrade are now rewarded. The DCS-855L HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera has everything its predecessor has—including the white, pink and blue "accent" rings—plus motorized pan and tilt.

Here's the spec rundown: 720p resolution, 16 ft. infrared night vision, built-in mic and speaker for two-way audio, digital zoom, 802.11n wireless connection, auto-record to an internal micro-SD card slot, auto record and push alerts on sound / motion triggers, temperature sensor with push alerts and five pre-recorded "classic" lullabies.

The DCS-855L is shipping now at $229.99 list. You'll also be able to get a standard VGA version of the cam as the DCS-850L Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera later this month for $139.99 MSRP.

D-Link DCS-855L & DCS-850L Wi-Fi Baby Cameras

D-Link DCS-855L & DCS-850L Wi-Fi Baby Cameras

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