Home and SMB networking giants D-Link and Netgear got the cloud itch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas this week, adding cloud gear to their respective rosters of home networking wares.
D-Link and Netgear follow other hardware makers, including Acer and Lenovo, to add cloud computing services to their product portfolios to capture the increasing hype surrounding the cloud evident at CES.
For D-Link's part, the Fountain Valley, Calif.-based home and SMB networking player pulled the curtain off of a suite of cloud services that reaches across multiple product lines to unlock remote sharing and management capabilities through its mydlink portal and mydlink apps for Apple iPhone and iPad and Android devices.
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"D-Link's new Cloud Services ensure your home network is in the palm of your hand, wherever you are," Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of marketing, D-Link North America, said in a statement. "We've built a significant cloud platform offering real-time access to a range of products and features from anywhere you can get an Internet signal via the mydlink portal and apps. From remotely watching a live video feed of your pet via a pan/tilt cloud camera, to monitoring what's going on with your home network, to accessing a movie from a USB thumb drive plugged into the back of a router, we are committed to delivering more power and convenience to consumers than ever before."
D-Link's mydlink.com portal lets users access network camera video feeds in the cloud from any device, and the addition of cloud services adds access to more network devices and capabilities, like sharing a home network with friends and colleagues via a personal D-Link cloud; sharing and accessing content across devices via an app; and remotely controlling a home network to determine who is using the network, how and when it's used and to receive e-mail alerts if there's an intrusion attempt.
Along with the launch of cloud services at CES, D-Link also showcased the new D-Link Cloud Router, a sub-$50 Wi-Fi router with cloud services built in, that offers up to 300 Mbps and for Fast Ethernet ports. The Cloud Router is now available at the estimated price of $39.99.
D-Link also added the D-Link Cloud Camera 5000, a surveillance play for home and small offices with remote control and viewing capabilities from a Web browser or mobile device.
And, lastly, D-Link debuted the amplifi HD Media Router 3000 with SharePort Cloud, a high-performance home network offering that provides data transfer rates of up to 900 Mbps for HD video streams, swift online gaming and speedy downloads, and the SharePort Cloud technology lets users share and manage content between people and devices from a single location, while also access documents, photos, music, videos and other content using free native iPhone, iPad and Android apps.
According to D-Link, it will continue to evolve its Cloud Services over the next year and will soon launch remote storing and sharing solutions.
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