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D&H STRENGTHENS ITS CONNECTED HOME PORTFOLIO WITH NEW AND ENHANCED PRODUCTS

Suzanne Mattaboni
Suzanne Mattaboni Communications
For D&H Distributing
(610)261-4560
suzgm@aol.com

For Immediate Release:

D&H STRENGTHENS ITS CONNECTED HOME PORTFOLIO WITH NEW AND ENHANCED PRODUCTS

This Popular Category Continues to Grow as Vendors Introduce Greater Capabilities for Several Lines of Home Automation and Smart "DIY" Devices

HARRISBURG, PA - January 28, 2015 - D&H Distributing, the leading North American computer products and consumer electronics distributor, announces it has enhanced its portfolio of "Connected Home" devices, which allow consumers to automate and control electronics in their homes such as lighting, thermostats, music, locks and doorways via a Bluetooth or Internet connection. As manufacturers launch WiFi-based "smart devices" with more sophisticated features and even greater accessibility, D&H will continue to encourage its dealers and integrators to make this category a greater part of their offerings.

Vendors such as Ascend, AwoX. Belkin, Kwikset, Oplink and Quirky offer a range of products in this vein with new capabilities, including:

AwoX WiFi lighting: AwoX has developed "Striim" Bluetooth-enabled lighting, including four-way, multi-color LED bulbs that can be adjusted for tone and brightness from the user's smartphone. One such model includes an integrated speaker. Music from the consumer's smartphone can be synchronized across various AwoX bulbs for a rainbow light show.

Belkin WeMo home automation: This series of products allows homeowners to control their electronics, power, water, and WiFi from a smartphone or tablet. Its light switches work via an app that is compatible with a range of mobile operating systems, including Android, iOS, iPad and iPod touch, offering alerts on how much energy the homeowner's electronics are consuming.

Oplink Connect Home Systems: Oplink offers WiFi-based devices that perform functions from monitoring doors and windows and providing IP surveillance to alerting users to fire or a water leak. Homeowners can purchase a fully bundled "Security Kit" including WiFi cameras, window and door sensors, key fobs, plus a motion detector and siren.

Kwikset "SmartKey" locks: Kwikset's SmartKey technology lets homeowners re-key their home security system in seconds if a key is lost or unreturned. The technology is available on door knobs, levers, and electronic deadbolts.

Quirky Smart Home products: Quirky offers a line of home electronics that can be monitored and controlled through the "Wink" home automation app, including its NORM thermostats, GE lighting, the Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner, a propane fuel tank gauge, individual light switches and more. A Wink relay/hub system allows homeowners to control all their smart home devices from one central location, maximizing energy efficiency and customizing usage.

Ascend/Quirky garage door controller: The Ascend/Quirky garage door controller also works with the Wink app, letting the user open their garage door from anywhere via smartphone, compatible with most existing openers. The user can monitor the status of the door from their phones, receiving alerts when it opens or closes.

"More manufacturers are looking to integrate their connected home devices not just with a WiFi or Bluetooth feature, but with the user's ever-present cell phone. The pervasive presence of this category at this year's CES event is proof that smart technologies are sharply on the rise, adding to the ubiquity of the 'Internet of Things,' allowing consumers to maintain control over their homes and devices from across the room or across the world," said Rob Eby, vice president of sales at D&H Distributing. "Not only does this technology deliver convenience and security, it allows the homeowner to use automation to manage the way they consume energy, conserving resources, and establishing a 'green' sales angle for dealers."

About D&H Distributing

As the nation's leading technology distributor, D&H provides a wealth of resources to empower the dealer, retailer, installer and reseller channel, delivering a broad selection of categories, products and applications. The company's offerings span the areas of consumer electronics, mobility, home entertainment, home networking and automation, small office/home office, video surveillance, digital imaging, video gaming, sports and recreation, home and outdoors and more. D&H's multi-market expertise, account-dedicated sales teams, sterling service and flexible financing options are unmatched in the industry.

With an impressive 97-year history serving as a trusted advisor to the consumer electronics supply channel, D&H has been able to consistently reinvent itself based upon changing market conditions. The company prides itself on creating business partnerships with an astute focus on ease-of-doing-business, relationships, value, performance and service.

D&H ships out of five separate locations in North America, including its US headquarters in Harrisburg and its Canadian headquarters in Brampton, Ontario. Additional US warehouses are located in Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; and Fresno, CA. Call D&H toll-free at (800) 340-1001 or visit www.dandh.com.

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