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Internet of Things and smart home devices at CES 2015

2015-01-04 17:24 by
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The Consumer Electronics Show this year will host the largest ever showcase of connected devices, products and services that make up the "Internet of Things" (IoT). Over 900 exhibitors are expected to share connected home devices and innovations.  Network device manufacturers are also following the IoT trend by introducing connected-home and smart cloud peripherals in addition to new wireless routers and range extenders, as expected.

D-Link, one of the popular names is expected to announce the DCH-G020, a smart home hub that allows users to add gadgets manually or by scanning a QR code. What makes DCH-G020 stand out is that it can control devices using both the Z-Wave and Wi-Fi technology, meaning it can work with alarms, detectors and third-party cameras, as well as with D-Link's accessories. This makes it quite attractive for people who still hesitate between the two technologies.

Along with wireless connectivity, the device has Ethernet ports, ensuring additional connectivity options. The DCH-G020 will be controlled via smartphone. Users will receive notifications on the screen of their phone and will be able to schedule the operation of their smart home appliances. Pricing and availability are not clear yet.

Other expected smart-home-related devices are Belkin's WeMo home automation line and Netgear's new Arlo home-security camera.

Apart from home automation systems, we can still expect new 802.11ac routers by Asus (RT-AC87U), Netgear (Nighthawk X4), Belkin and Amped Wireless.


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