D-Link, a maker of networking, broadband, voice and data communication products, is teaming up with a number of partners, including Pandora Networks, as part of a new digital home strategy.
D-Link announced these partnerships at the International CES in Las Vegas, which is running from Jan. 8-11.
The partnerships will be combined in an offering called Digital Home 2.0. While major OEMs such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard are providing the hardware of the digital home, D-Link will offer a networking plan that lets users share data, video and voice either in the home or on the road, the company said.
Some of the products that will be part of this digitally connected home include wireless technology, home security using video cameras, high-definition broadcasting throughout the home and the ability to make voice calls through dual-mode GSM/Wi-Fi handsets, according to a statement from the company.
This type of offering also has appeal for SMBs (small and midsize businesses) that are looking for a set of products that can safely secure and store business content, such as digital photos and videos, and provide a platform that allows employees to communicate both within an office building and from the road.
Through its partnership with Pandora Networks, D-Link, based in Fountain Valley, Calif., will be provided with hosted IP communications, VOIP (voice over IP) calling integration, IP-PBX, auto-attendant and call distribution services, secure instant messaging, and other functions.
D-Link said it is also forging partnerships with other companies, including AT&T, which will provide IP-based communications services, Pure Networks, which will help link devices such as PCs and printers through its Network Magic software, and Memeo, which will provide storage products and backup applications.