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July 14, 2008

D-Link Debuts an Internet Surveillance Camera Anyone Can Use

By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor

D-Link (News - Alert), the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, today officially launched the first device from the D-Life product family, a surveillance camera kit that allows remote viewing of live streaming video from a Web browser.

The new Internet Surveillance Starter Kit (DHA-390) is designed for the D-Life Web site (www.d-life.com) - groundbreaking technology to activate and manage networking products via a Web site, providing customers with an easier way to experience a connected, digital lifestyle. With its simple Web-based interface, the D-Life Internet Surveillance Starter Kit from D-Link -- bundled with Internet camera and two Powerline networking adapters – gives consumers an effortless way to monitor the home, children and pets by providing e-mail alert snapshots, live video monitoring over the Internet on a PC, and the ability to share camera feeds, even in low light situations.
The D-Life Internet Surveillance Expansion Kit (DHA-310) is also being shipped, with a camera and single Powerline adapter for those who wish to add to their home surveillance system with additional cameras.
"D-Life represents a shift from a hardware-centric focus to one that is based on consumer product usage and services. With D-Life-Enabled products such as the DHA-390 and the D-Life Web site, everything just works. It's true plug and play, making it easier to install, manage and support D-Link products," said Steven Joe, president and CEO, D-Link Systems. "With this new user experience, even the most novice technical user can access, enjoy and define their digital lifestyle with ease."
The D-Life cameras plug into existing power outlets in the home for connecting to the home network router and then out to the Internet, offering a true plug-and-play experience.
To set up the Starter Kit, you just connect one of the Powerline adapters to the router and then to a nearby power outlet. Then plug in the second Powerline adapter with the camera into any other power outlet on the same circuit in the home for easy connectivity.
D-Life-enabled products enable users with high-speed Internet, a router and a PC quickly and easily install and monitor compatible home networking devices. The D-Life Web site leverages Web. 2.0 connectivity and community, allowing users to easily manage their D-Life world via an online, customizable interface that can be accessed virtually anytime, anywhere the user has Internet access. The groundbreaking site, which has been in development for the past several years, takes the work out of activation and management of devices by offering the following user experience:
  • Go to http://www.d-life.com and set up a user account.
  • Add the product to their D-Life account by entering two product ID numbers located on the device.
  • Connect the D-Life-Enabled device to the home network.
  • Users manage and organize their D-Life products and D-Life services from one central place, via an easy to navigate Web site.
  • Users can easily add new D-Life products to their existing account.
  • Users can define their D-Life profile and define the settings for their D-Life-Enabled products.
  • On the D-Life Web site the user will be able to purchase services associated with their products, including minutes for phone usage, storage for video captured from the Internet Surveillance Cameras.
  • Connect with other D-Life users using Internet phones, instant messaging and Internet voice mailbox.
  • Allow other D-Life users to share their products, including the remote viewing of security camera video.
In addition to the DHA-390 and DHA-310, the growing list of D-Life Enabled products will include networking, communication and security solutions designed to enhance the digital lives of users. The combination of the D-Life Enabled products and the D-Life site will provide seamless interaction between the user and their products and between the user and other 'D-Lifers.'

The D-Life experience is expected to evolve and allow users to view and share news, weather and topics of interest, as well as post content relative to their digital experiences.
The D-Link D-Life Internet Surveillance Starter Kit (DHA-390) and Expansion Kit (DHA-310) are available now from D-Link's online store, D-LinkShop (www.dlinkshop.com) with MSRPs of $499.95 and $399.95. Both products will be made widely available through D-Link's network of retail, etail and catalog partners beginning later this year.
D-Link is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market.
Michelle Robart is a Contributing Editor at TMCnet. To read more of her articles please visit her columnist page.

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