Fountain Valley, Calif. – D-Link has begun offering the first product in its first line of home-automation products.
The marketer of such network products as NAS drives and network cameras has added a $49 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, which plugs into electrical outlets to enable remote control of the lamps and appliances plugged into it.
The launch “represents a key moment for D-Link as we look to expand our offering of connected home solutions designed for consumers looking for a convenient way to automate their home and control their devices from their smartphones and tablets,” said marketing VP Daniel Kelley.
Lamps and appliances can be controlled via Wi-Fi or cellular from a smartphone or tablet running the free Mydlink app, which lets users set on/off schedules, turn devices on and off remotely, and monitor energy usage. The Wi-Fi Smart Plug also features a built-in thermal sensor that automatically shuts off connected devices if they overheat.
One-button installation enables users to press the WPS Wi-Fi Protected Setup button on an existing router and on the Smart Plug, and then download the Mydlink Smart Plug mobile app to start setup.
The company’s other products include Wi-Fi routers, modems, streaming media players, NAS drives, network cameras, a network video recorder and Wi-Fi baby monitors.