Home Networks Make the Move to Cloud

It isn’t just businesses that are making the move to cloud computing.  At CES, leaders in home networking Netgear and D-Link are exhibiting a variety of products that utilise cloud services to provide customers with more access to and more management of home networks – and network content – from mobile devices.


Cloud features are increasingly within the reach os us mortals now that costs are coming down.  The Cloud Router from D-Link (DIR 605L), which costs $40, enables you to make use of the free Android or MyDLink iOS app to check on what is using your network, the sites that they are looking at, and if a firmware update is available; you are also able to prevent unauthorized Wi-fi users.  The Cloud Router is a simple two-antenna 802.11n router that only operates on the 2.4GHz band and provides maximum speeds of 300mbps; it is available now.



“D-Link’s new Cloud Services ensure your home network is in the palm of your hand, wherever you are,” said Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of marketing, D-Link North America. “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.”

More coverage over at at AnandTech

If you wish to spend more money, the Netgear Media Storage Router (WNDR4700) combines 2TB of storage with a quick, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) router which supports Apple Time Machine and Netgear ReadyShare automatic backups, as well as streaming media to devices that are DNLA-compatible, in addition to the Netgear Genie iOS app (which is similar to MyDLink and offers features allowing remote network management).  Netgear’s ReadyShare technology additionally enables you to transform any kind of USB-connected printer into a Wi-fi printer.  This type of router is unavailable until the summer and the price has not yet been decided.


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