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DAP-1520

Extend Home Network. D-Link Has The Answer

Modern WiFi technologies have changed the way we connect our devices to the internet, now we can connect from just about everywhere in the house. Unfortunately just about everyone has a dead spot in or around their home and it is usually right where you want to be. Extending the signal into that dark spot used to require some networking knowledge and the proper placement of a second router or wireless access point. That usually meant sacrificing some of your bandwidth. Well now D-Link has a simple to use almost invisible solution that provides bandwidth to spare.

D-Link DAP-1520

DAP-1520

 

 

D-Link’s DAP-1520 Wireless Dual Band Range Extender fits in the palm of your hand, it looks like a little white power brick that simply plugs into a convenient outlet and can be set up with the push of a button if your main router is WPS compatible. If not setting it up manually is a simple two minute operation…all you need to do is follow the step by step instructions that come with the unit.

Features:

  • Wireless AC gives you high-speed wireless connectivity for your devices
  • WPA2/WPA wireless encryption to keep your wireless connection secure
  • One-piece wall plug design is compact, portable, and does not require additional power cables
  • Built-in setup wizard and QRS Mobile app for mobile devices guide you through installation
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for secure setup with the simple press of a button
  • Wireless 802.11n/g/b/a backward compatibility
  • Wireless speeds of up to 750 Mbps
  • Dual-band connectivity for greater flexibility and reduced interference

The DAP-1520 uses a Unique D-Link feature that  uses the 2.4 GHz band to communicate with the existing router while broadcasting both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signals to connected devices. For starters this means you can turn your old single band router into a dual band wireless router. You can now extend network access to more wireless devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets and more. Dual-band technology helps reduce interference from nearby wireless transmitters in the home, and also provides backward compatibility with older wireless devices in your network. Plus, combined with the high speed of Wireless AC more bandwidth is available; normally when you have a network extender the available bandwidth is split to handle the overhead of the back and forth between the router and the repeater. In my case, from the worst dead spot in my house I am able to use the full internet bandwidth I have available compared to considerably less than the optimum on an older 802.11n single band extender. This is especially important when streaming movies.

repeater speeds

<–Old Repeater — DAP-1520–>

I have tested several repeaters and the D-Link DAP-1520 Wireless Dual Band Range Extender is by far the best of them all. I highly recommend it. The DAP-1520 is available wherever networking products are sold for $79.99.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

7 Comments
  • Anthony Rolling

    It looks good on the same floor but I’m having problems between 3 floors. Any suggestions?

    March 22, 2014 at 7:44 am Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Have you actually tried it or are you asking if it will work over three floors.
      In my case my main router is in the back of the house on the second floor. The D-Link DAP-1520 in on the main floor at the front of the house 40 feet away from the router. I get my full Internet bandwidth of 30/10 on every floor including the basement as well as outside all around the house. Why don’t you buy it from a store that will refund your money if it doesn’t work and give it a try. I think you will be impressed.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:57 am Reply
      • Anthony Rolling

        You’re right I have a DAP1320 in front second floor for outside coverage and my router is at the center of my basement. I have good signal outside but bad on third floor. I’ve had it to long to return for a 1520.

        March 22, 2014 at 8:29 am Reply
        • Bob Benedetti

          I also have a DAP-1320 and the difference in performance between it and the 1520 is nothing short of amazing.

          March 22, 2014 at 9:44 am Reply
          • Anthony Rolling

            You get what you pay for.

            March 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm
  • Glenn

    Thanks for this recommendation Bob. I purchased the DAP-1520 as my Bell Fibe router on my top floor was not powerful enough to run my Netflix through Google Chromecast in the basement two floors down.

    The setup was confusing and required support via chat. Two hours later it was complete. It should have taken a few minutes but between poorly written instructions, slow chat conversation and poor mastery of English by their technician it took quite a while.

    Bottom line: the extender fixed my dead spot and my kids are happy Netflixing in the basement.

    Great blog Bob. Thanks.

    April 13, 2014 at 9:30 am Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Hi Glenn,
      Glad it worked out for you. Too bad Bell’s router doesn’t support WPA, it makes things so much easier. The first time I set up a repeater I went through the same hassle you did. In my case the instructions were ok but it just didn’t dawn on me that you have to connect directly to the repeater via a wireless device in order to tell it how to find your home network. I kept on trying to connect through my home network which after many tries and several re-reads of the instructions I finally figured out was never going to work.

      Bob

      April 13, 2014 at 11:28 am Reply

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