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 17

I’m posting this in case it helps others with a similar problem getting Apple TV working with DLink routers.
Thanks go to Jeffrey Fose’s original post relating to AirPlay – Enabling AirPlay on a DLINK DIR-655 router

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Problem:

Brand new AppleTV3,2 (model A1469) fails to set the date and time after entering the settings for the wireless network. The ADSL2+ modem/router is a D-Link DSL-2890AL.

Solution:

1.Patch the router with the latest firmware.

At the time of writing this was 1.02.06, available from http://support.dlink.com.au/Download/download.aspx?product=DSL-2890AL&revision=R EV_A&filetype=Firmware

2.Enable IPv4 Multicast Streams. After the router has rebooted, click on ADVANCED and then choose ADVANCED NETWORK. Scroll down and turn on ‘Enable IPv4 Multicast Streams’.

Do NOT turn on ‘Enable IPv6 Multicast Streams’!

Click Save Settings.

3.Check Firewall settings. Still in ADVANCED, click on FIREWALL SETTINGS. You should see that ‘Enable SPI’ and ‘Enable NAT’ are both turned on. If not, turn them on and click Save Settings.

4.Add Port Triggers. Click PORT TRIGGERING. Add four port triggers:

Name: ‘Apple TV 123’, Trigger: 123, Firewall: 123;
Name: ‘Apple TV 3689’, Trigger: 3689, Firewall: 3689;
Name: ‘Apple TV 7000’, Trigger: 7000, Firewall: 7000;
Name: ‘Apple TV 7100’, Trigger: 7100, Firewall: 7100.

5.Click Save Settings.

At this point the Apple TV should connect and get past the never ending wait to set date and time. If not, try rebooting the router one more time.

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Aug 13

Back in November, we had the opportunity to take a look at the DIR-868L as D-Link entered the 802.11ac market. The 868L offered up AC1750 capabilities with 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band and 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band with a space saving tower design similar to the Apple AirPort.

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Today, we shift gears, and move onto the latest solution from D-Link, this time an AC1900 product, dubbed the DIR-880L. The 880L carries the typical desktop form factor, that is to say the router is a low profile rectangular box.

Features of this router include dual band capabilities including 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band and 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, giving us the AC1900 marketing label. In addition to this, the DIR-880L is a cloud router, so the ability to manage your router remotely is feasible, and if you setup the integrated Shareport feature, access to the devices USB ports, which have been made available for storage, printers and scanners, is also available.

The D-Link DIR-880L is an entry-level 802.11ac solution aimed to bring the latest technology in to the average consumers home. The 880L features two USB ports with one carrying USB 3.0 technology, along with three high gain antennas to aide in increased range ability. Each of the five RJ45 port include gigabit ethernet capability, as to eliminate any network bottlenecks.

The D-Link DIR-880L wireless router is listed at $189.99 with a one-year warranty. This positions the DIR-880L next to the Linksys EA6900, Netgear R7000 and ASUS RT-AC68U in the current market.

PRICING: You can find the D-Link DIR-880L wireless router for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

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The product packaging for the 880L carries a more casual appeal. The router is pictured on the front of the box with a few marketing details around it.

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The back of the packaging carries a few more details about the router.

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Scope of delivery includes an Ethernet cable, three antennas, power adapter and reading materials.

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The 880L house a full arsenal of LED lights on the top of the router for indicating LAN and WLAN activity.

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The back of the router has four-gigabit LAN ports next the single gigabit WAN port. We have three antenna connections, along with a USB port and the power button. Also worth mentioning is a second USB 3.0 port located on the side of the unit.

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Jul 29

Make your home react to motion.

Meet the Wi-Fi Motion Sensor. It lets you know when motion is detected at home. Pair it with Wi-Fi Smart Plugs to do amazing things around your home.
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Devices That React to You? That’s HomeazingImagine opening your door after a night out. The lights turn on and your favorite song begins to play. Magic? Nope. When you pair your Wi-Fi Motion Sensor with a Wi-Fi Smart Plug, your home reacts to you in amazing ways.

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Your Home in Your HandSomething moving at home? It’s probably just the dog or the delivery man but you shouldn’t have to wonder. Your Wi-Fi Motion Sensor works with your Wi-Fi Camera so that whenever motion is detected, you can view what’s happening right on your smartphone.

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Works With What You Have

Easily connects with your existing Wi-Fi network.

The Possibilities Are Endless

Add Wi-Fi Smart Plugs to other rooms, your work place, or a vacation home.

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