Aug 26

D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug Features

Turn Devices On/Off with the Mobile App

Instantly turn devices on or off from your smartphone
or tablet.

Create On/Off Schedules for Your Devices

Set your devices to work for you whenever you want.

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Help Prevent Your Devices From Overheating

A thermal sensor will automatically turn off overheating appliances.

Monitor Your Energy Use

Keep an eye on your energy usage and save a few bucks.

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D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug Reviews

The Good D-Link’s $50 Wi-Fi Smart Plug offers remote control of your small appliances, including scheduling and energy usage stats — a better value than the $60 Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, which has similar features.

The Bad The Smart Plug isn’t compatible with IFTTT, setup was surprisingly involved, performance was unreliable, and the app design could use some work.

This white, single-outlet plug measures 3.5 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 1.4 inches deep. It weighs 4.4 ounces and has a rectangular shape with rounded-off edges. It’s rated for 100 to 125 volts of alternating current (VAC). That means that the outlet should be used to power lamps or other small appliances (large appliances have higher VAC requirements).

The Mydlink Smart Plug app works with Android 4.0 or higher and iOS 6 or higher on tablets and smartphones, and on Wi-Fi and cellular connections. It operates on a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi frequency and you can control up to 10 different Wi-Fi Smart Plugs at the same time using the app.

The $50 D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug fits into any three-prong electrical outlet on a wall or a power strip. Like a standard outlet, D-Link’s plug is more functional than it is aesthetically compelling — it probably won’t be winning design awards anytime soon. It does blend into a two-outlet wall unit fairly seamlessly, and I’m guessing that was the intention.

But just when I was about to blame the blandness of traditional outlets for the blandness of this smart outlet, I started thinking about Dyson’s vacuum cleaners and Nest’s thermostats. Both companies have managed to make household objects into design statements rather than something you try to hide in a dark corner. They weren’t satisfied with the uninspired design that dominates their appliance categories, so why should D-Link’s plug look so plain?

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The Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, the D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug, and the Belkin WeMo Switch.

D-Link isn’t alone, though. Its Wi-Fi Smart Plug is similar in style to the $50 Belkin WeMo Switch, the $60Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, and the $49 SAM plug. Still, Belkin definitely improved on its plug design between the WeMo Switch and its more recently introduced Insight Switch, so I’m not quite ready to let D-Link off the hook.

D-Link’s Wi-Fi Smart Plug has a power on/off button with LED indicator underneath that lights up green when your connected appliance is on. There’s also a status LED that will glow red when it’s powering on, trying to reset, or broken. It will blink orange during its initial setup or if it isn’t correctly connected to the Wi-Fi network. It will blink green when the Wi-Fi is connecting and it will display solid green when it’s successfully connected.

You can press the power button manually on the switch if you want to power your connected device directly. There’s also a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button. Pressing it and the WPS button on your router, if your router has one, will initiate a connection between the plug and the router. If your router doesn’t have a WPS button, there’s another set of steps you can follow during setup, but you might end up using the Smart Plug’s WPS button anyway; pressing and holding the WPS button until the LED status light turns red will reset your plug to factory settings.

Early setup is about as simple as possible. Find a three-prong outlet that’s in a convenient spot for the gadget you want to operate and plug in the Smart Plug. Then, download the app and follow the steps — this is where things got more complicated.

I had a really hard time actually finding the Mydlink Smart Plug app in both the iOS and Android app stores. In the Google Play store it’s called Mydlink WiFi Smart Plug and in iTunes it’s called Smart Plug.

Once I found and downloaded both apps, setup got easier, but there were still a couple of confusing parts. For example, the setup menu gives you the option of a WPS setup or a manual setup. If you have a router with WPS, then this is fairly straightforward. If you don’t, you have to go the manual setup route. That’s the option I chose and you have to use a six-digit pin code located on a small card that’s included in the box (it’s also on the back of your plug, but that’s plugged in at this point, so that’s no help). After I entered the code, I selected the office Wi-Fi network and it connected.

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Don’t throw away the card with your six-digit code if you’re following the manual installation.

After setup, I plugged a nearby lamp into the Wi-Fi Smart Plug and was able to control it via the app. I created schedules, checked the lamp’s wattage, and monitored its temperature readings from both Wi-Fi and cellular connections on my iPhone 5 and a Motorola Droid Maxx.

Things were going well, but then I ran into a curious problem while using the iOS app. You’re supposed to be able to receive reminders based on the schedules you set. However, the enable button for this function was grayed out and I couldn’t slide it over to “on.” I didn’t have the same problem in the Android app.

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I couldn’t enable the schedule notifications in iOS.

The biggest issue I encountered, though, happened when I unplugged the Smart Plug. Even if it had only been disconnected for a few minutes, it didn’t always remember the product I had just successfully set up. This happened often enough that I kept the small card with my six-digit code handy, knowing that I would have to start the setup process all over again.

Now, a lot of you will probably pick the product you want to control and leave it plugged in. Just be aware that if you did decide to remove it temporarily (no matter how briefly), the app might not reflect all those steps you completed earlier. I have three different Belkin WeMo products set up in my WeMo app and at various times certain ones are plugged in and connected and others aren’t. Still, every time I reconnect them, they always dutifully reappear in the list of products as if they had been there all along.

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D-Link’s app wasn’t as easy to navigate as Belkin’s WeMo app and I wish it estimated the cost of running your connected gadget.

While I was initially intrigued by a device that costs the same as Belkin’s standard WeMo Switch, but offers energy usage information similar to Belkin’s more expensive $60 WeMo Insight Switch, D-Link’s Wi-Fi Smart Plug disappointed at almost every turn. Simply put, it has too many inconsistencies to recommend. Consider one of the Belkin smart switches if you want something that actually remembers the products you set up and has the added bonus of IFTTT compatibility

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Aug 25

D-Link’s DSL-2680 Wireless N 150 ADSL2+ Modem Router is the ideal Internet gateway for ADSL subscribers with basic Internet requirements. The DSL-2680 connects directly into the phone line to provide up to 24 Mbps download speed. The embedded Wireless N 150 technology with up to 150 Mbps makes it suitable for light Internet usage like browsing, emailing, banking and shopping.

This article describes the configuration of the ADSL D-Link DSL-2680R a great modem / router product from D-Link which offers many attractive features such as support for ADSL Mbps downstream and up to 24 1 Mbps upstream (ADSL2 + Standards), the wireless until 54 Mbps and swiches to 4 Ethernet ports integrated 10 / 100;

connect the D-Link DSL-2680R as described below:

  • Connect the power adapter to the connector on the rear panel of the device D-Link DSL-2680R and to the power outlet. The Power LED lights up.
  • Insert one end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the rear panel of the D-Link DSL-2680R and the Ethernet port of your computer.
  • Open your browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera) and enter the address Ip the modem in the address bar: 192.168.1.1

After clicking on “ENTER” or “SEARCH” will appear in the login window: inverire as username e password admin

This will open the HOME where we’re going to click on “Run Wizard“If we follow the Easy Setup, otherwise remaining in theADSL SETUP ——–> SETUP

we can move the bottom of the page and click on MANUAL SETUP

Now we can fill the screen shown below according to the configuration parameters suggested by our ISP

if you do not remember what are you going next article Configuration Parameters

At the end we save the configuration that we have created;

at this point the D-Link DSL-2680R perform by itself is saving the reboot connecting directly to the Internet;

we open our favorite browser and start surfing: the configuration is finished.

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Aug 22

With Back-to-School season upon us it’s officially time for rushed mornings, forgotten lunch and the dreaded homework. So in order to make the transition back to school life a little less painful, we’ve gathered a list of smart gadgets to take a few speed bumps out of the back to school road.

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Be There, Even When You’re Not

Wi-Fi Cameras are great year round, but for parents who like to check in on the kids from the office, they’re especially handy during the school season. With D-Link Wi-Fi Cameras, you can check in on the family anytime right from your smartphone or tablet device to make sure they’re alright. Many Wi-Fi Cameras even have 2-way audio so you can even give a quick reminder to spend less time playing Wii (or whatever kids these days are in to) and more time on geometry.

Lock Smart

With Schlage locks you no longer need to worry about the kids losing their house keys or wonder whether leaving a hidden key for emergencies is too risky. In fact, with Schlage you don’t have to worry about keys at all! Everyone in your family can have their own code which they can use to come and go. An added benefit to keyless entry is that you’ll know exactly who is coming and going and when, with push alerts on your phone. And if you need to let someone without a code into the house, you can do so right from your mobile device.

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With a few strategically placed Wi-Fi Smart Plugs you can make mornings and school nights easier. A Wi-Fi Smart Plug is essentially a smart outlet for your home. When you plug a device into a Smart Plug, you can turn it on and off right from your mobile device or set simple on/off schedules. Set up a few throughout the house for your lights and schedule them to turn off at the kid’s bedtime and on in the morning so you’re not waking up to a dark house. Even consider adding one to the kids rooms so when they need that extra push to get out of bed you can turn a light on right from your phone. Use a Wi-Fi Smart Plug throughout the day as well to check to see if you left a light on or even to turn to Crockpot on or off for dinner (Check out  my favorite Crockpot Recipe here)!

Know When Things Are Moving

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Wi-Fi Motion Sensors are devices that plug right into spare outlets in your home and alert you with push or text notifications when they detect motion. With a Wi-Fi Motion sensor set up near the front door, you can receive a push or text notification when your kids get in from school. Motion sensors are also great for making sure the kids don’t go anywhere or get into anything they’re not supposed to while you’re out. Set up motion sensors in off limits rooms or areas so you can receive push alerts on your mobile phone when they detect movement.

Keep it Cool

A smart way to save money on your energy and make sure you don’t come home to a house that feels like the center of Dante’s Inferno is with the Honeywell Thermostat. With the Honeywell Thermostat you can remotely monitor and control your thermostat from anywhere with your mobile device and make sure the house is the right temp for when the kids get home or just make sure they’re not messing with it while you’re gone. In any case, it provides an efficient way to control your home’s temperate and save money.

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Have the Power of Wi-Fi

For Back-to-School you want to make sure you’ve got the Wi-Fi power necessary to handle all the demands of kids working on projects, checking email and streaming movies and gaming (just because school’s in session doesn’t mean you’ve got to cut out all the fun activities). One great feature of D-Link Wi-Fi Routers is the ability to set schedules and curfews so when it’s bed time you can limit Wi-Fi access to the kid’s devices and even block certain websites to make sure they’re focusing on school stuff rather than Facebook.

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Aug 20

Disclaimer: This is an advanced tutorial meant for users comfortable setting up routers. If settings get corrupt, you always have the option of resetting the router but make sure you make note of your current settings or back them up first. The instructions and commands are provided AS IS for you to try and may or may not work depending on your actual router and the features available for you.

 

How to Setup the Blocks

 

Step 1 – Login to your Router

a. Type http://192.168.0.1 into web browser address bar (also try http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.2.1)

b. Enter router username and password. The default username is usually admin, and default password is blank

Step 2 – Add Static Routes

a. Click on ‘Manual Setup’

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b. Click on ‘Status’ and write down your internet IP address

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c. Click on ‘Advanced’ -> ‘Routing’

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d. Add the following to the Route List:

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  • Network/Host IP: 8.8.8.8
  • Netmask: 255.255.255.255 or 255.255.252 or 255.255.248
  • Gateway: your internet IP
  • Interface: WAN
 
  • Network/Host IP: 8.8.4.4
  • Netmask: 255.255.255.255 or 255.255.252 or 255.255.248
  • Gateway: your internet IP
  • Interface: WAN
  • Network/Host IP: 208.67.222.222
  • Netmask: 255.255.255.255 or 255.255.252 or 255.255.248
  • Gateway: your internet IP
  • Interface: WAN


  • Network/Host IP: 209.244.0.3
  • Netmask: 255.255.255.255 or 255.255.252 or 255.255.248

  • Gateway: your internet IP
  • Interface: WAN

e. Click on ‘Save Setting’

Step 3 – Ping check

 

Please complete one of the following steps from a computer connected to the router:

 

a. Open the Command Prompt or Terminal.

 

  • Windows: Press   AND  at the same time on your keyboard. Type in cmd and press Enter.  
  • Mac OSX: In the upper right corner of your screen, where the search function is, type in Terminal and open the program.  

 

b. Run the following commands:

  • Type in:ping 8.8.8.8
  • Type in:ping 208.67.222.222
  • Type in:ping 209.244.0.3

 

The ping tests above should fail. If any of them give you a response, check your Static routes or reboot the router and try this step again until the pings fail. You might also need to use a different gateway IP such as 127.0.0.1192.168.0.253, or your router IP. Essentially any unreachable IP that the router accepts should work.

 

Step 4 – Power-Cycle Devices

 

a. Turn off your device.

 

b. Unplug the power cable from the router.

 

c. Wait 30 seconds.

 

d. Plug in router.

 

e. Turn on your device.

 


Alternate Step 2 – Static Routes for Routers with a different Interface

If your Router has one of the following interfaces, just enter in the details below and continue with Step 3 above.

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OR

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Just add in the following:
IP Version: IPv4
Destination IP/prefix length: 8.8.8.8/32
Interface: LAN/br0
Gateway:192.168.1.252 (If your router IP is 192.168.1.1, otherwise just use .252 for the last octet of your router IP. )
Metric: 1
IP Version: IPv4
Destination IP/prefix length: 8.8.4.4/32
Interface: LAN/br0
Gateway:192.168.1.252
Metric: 1
IP Version: IPv4
Destination IP/prefix length: 208.67.222.222/32
Interface: LAN/br0
Gateway:192.168.1.252
Metric: 1
IP Version: IPv4
Destination IP/prefix length: 209.244.0.3/32
Interface: LAN/br0
Gateway:192.168.1.252
Metric: 1

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Aug 18

D-Link is a computer technology company that manufactures routers, switches, network interface cards, and other network devices.

D-Link’s main website is located at http://www.dlink.com.

D-Link Support

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D-Link provides technical support for their products through an online support website:

Visit D-Link Support

D-Link Firmware & Driver Download

D-Link provides an online source to download drivers and firmware for their hardware:

Download D-Link firmware and drivers

Unable to locate the D-Link driver or firmware you were looking for? Drivers and firmware direct from D-Link are best but there are several other places to download drivers too.

Not sure how to update the drivers for your D-Link hardware? See How To Update Drivers in Windows for easy driver update instructions.

D-Link Product Manuals

Many of the user guides, instructions, and other manuals for D-Link hardware are available on the D-Link support website:

Download D-Link product manuals

Note: Most manuals are available in PDF format.

D-Link Telephone Support

D-Link provides technical support over the phone. The telephone number you call for support depends on the product you’re calling about.

To find the right number to call, find your product here, click Support Resourceson the product page, then your specific device revision, and finally Contact Info.

I highly recommend reading through my Tips on Talking to Tech Support before calling D-Link tech support.

D-Link Email Support

D-Link provides support via email:

Email D-Link Customer Service

D-Link also offers live chat support via their Intelligent Chat service. The chat service is available on the Contact Info page for your device. See the instructions in the D-Link Telephone Support section above if you need help getting there.

D-Link Forum Support

D-Link also provides a forum as a way to further support their hardware:

Visit the D-Link forum

Additional D-Link Support Options

If you need support for your D-Link hardware but haven’t been successful contacting D-Link directly, see Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more.

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