D-Link DAP-1520 Review

Summary

If you live in a multi-story house, chances are you have spots where the WiFi just can’t reach. This could be because of a slow internet connection, but more likely is due to interference. This is where a WiFi booster can help.

How Does a WiFi Work?

A WiFi booster works by taking the WiFi signal from your router and then rebroadcasting it to dead zones in your house: areas where the WiFi is either too slow or nonexistent. WiFi boosters not only provides WiFi to these dead zones but also speed up the WiFi connection. With so many options of WiFi routers out there, we’ve chosen our favorites. The D-Link Wi-Fi Dual Band Range Extender DAP-1520 (D-Link DAP-1520) is one of our favorite WiFi extenders and has our vote for The Best WiFi Extender For Non-Techies. This is because it’s a breeze to install, easy to use, and doesn’t have unnecessary features that non-tech savvy people won’t use.

The D-Link DAP-1520 extends your existing 11N or 11AC network coverage farther than your existing router can on its own and is perfect for people looking for a simple WiFi extender without a lot of bells and whistles. The connection becomes stronger, the WiFi range wider, and the WiFi extender itself is small and unobtrusive. Setup is simple as well: you simply plug it into an outlet near your router and you’re ready to get started.

Pros

The DLink DAP-1520 is small and non-obtrusive

  • Size: The D-Link WiFi extender is small in design. Simply plug into a wall outlet and you’ll hardly know it’s there.
  • Ease of Use: Easy to use and set up
  • Price: More affordable than other WiFi extenders on the market
  • Compatibility: Compatible with pretty much any wireless router brand
  • Speed: Up to 750 Mbps (300 Mbps -2.4GHz and 433 Mbps – 5GHz)

Cons

  • Ethernet Ports: The D-Link WiFi extender does not have any ethernet ports. This means you can not connect it to a smart TV, gaming console, or other devices.
  • Basic: The D-Link unit is a very basic WiFi extender. It does not feature extra features like some WiFi extenders or mesh units on the market. If you are looking for something with automatic updates, voice controls and more, this isn’t it.
  • Limited range: Internal antennas limit its range. If you have a large home, or are looking for a WiFi extender that can extend WiFi coverage outside of your home to your yard, guest home, pool house, etc, this isn’t it.
  • No USB inputs: Again, this is a very basic WiFi extender and thus lacks USB inputs.
  • No audio inputs: Some WiFi extenders act as speakers and enable you to stream music. This one does not.
  • No network bridging functionality: If this is a feature you are looking for, you will be better off with a mesh system.

Product Stats

Dlink DAP 1520 extends WiFi throughout your home

  • Wireless standard: Wireless AC
  • Wireless speed
    • 300 Mbps 2.4 GHz
    • 433 Mbps 5 GHz
  • Antennas: Internal
  • Standards
    • IEEE 802.11ac
    • IEEE 802.11n
    • IEEE 802.11g
    • IEEE 802.11b
    • IEEE 802.11a
  • Antenna Type
    • 2 Internal Antennas
  • Security
    • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2)®
    • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS)
    • WEP 64/128-bit encryption
  • Device Management
    • Web UI
    • Supports QRS Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android mobile devices
  • LEDs
    • Status/WPS
  • Certifications
    • FCC
    • Wi-Fi®
    • IC
    • CE
    • C-tick
    • EMI/EMC
    • UL
  • Dimensions
    • 3.62” x 2.28” x 1.35”
    • (92 x 58 x 34.2mm)
  • Weight
    • 3.67 oz (104g)

Product Features 

DAP 1520 boosts WiFi throughout your entire home

  • Next Generation AC750 Technology: The D-Link DAP-1520 will increase the speed, range, and reliability of your WiFi 
  • Dual Band Performance: Dual-band technology helps prevent other wireless signals in the home (baby monitors, microwave currencies, cordless phones, etc) from interfering with your network
  • Extended Range: Plug it into any outlet in your home and increase the range of your WiFi network

The D-Link DAP-1520 features throughput of up to 750Mbps (300 Mbps on 2.4GHz and 433 Mbps on 5GHz). It is a simple and straightforward WiFi extender that will increase coverage throughout your home by tapping into your existing WiFi signal and extending it past its previous reach.

Even better? It’s non-obtrusive. Not everyone likes the way WiFi systems look. The D-Link DAP-1520 is small but powerful, so won’t be offensive to the eye.  It’s incredibly easy to set up, and perfect for everyone whether you are tech savvy or not. Simply plug it in any wall socket near your router and you’ll immediately extend the range of our router’s coverage area.

Set up is simple. Once you have unboxed the D-Link DAP-1520 and removed the plastic covering, plug it into an outlet near your router. At this point, you simply want to set it up, so don’t worry about finding an optimum location just yet. Once the set up is complete you can relocate it.

When you have plugged in the extender, turn it on. If your router supports WPS, simply press the “synch” button located on the right side of the D-Link DAP-1520 along with the synch button on your router.

If you do not have WPS enabled on your router (some people disable it for security purposes), you will need to manually configure your DAP-1520. It takes a few more steps but isn’t complicated. First, get your laptop or mobile device and connect to the new SSID. Next, open a browser window and go to http://dlinkap. Once you are there, the site will walk you through the setup. Simply select “manual installation process,” then select the wireless network you want to connect to, and you’ll be good to go.

Where Should You Position Your D-Link DAP-1520?

Once you have configured your WiFi extender it’s time to figure out where to position it. Ideally, you want it close enough to your router so it picks up a solid signal and then extends that signal outwards towards all areas of your home. Typically, the best place will be near your router and in the center of your home.

To summarize:

  1. Step one: Find a wall outlet within close proximity to your router and plug in the unit.
  2. Step two: Get your computer or mobile device and open the wireless utility tab. Select the name of the D-Link unit (SSID) network and enter the password. Both of these can be found on the WiFi configuration card included with your unit.
  3. Step three: Open a new webpage and enter the following IP address http://192.168.0.50
  4. Step four: Enter username. The default username is Admin. You will be prompted for a password but should leave it blank. Then click “Login.”
  5. Step five: You should see a tab that says “Setup Wizard.” Click this. Then click “Next.”
  6. Step six: This is the step where you will select the configuration method.  You can either click the first option to do so automatically or the second option if you wish to set up your network manually. Once you have selected your preference, click “Next.”
  7. Step seven: You will see a list of wireless networks. Find the network you want to use as your uplink (source) on the list and click on it, then click “Select.”
  8. Step eight: Enter the password for your uplink network and then click “Next.”
  9. Step nine: At this point, the D-Link WiFi extender will rebroadcast your WiFi network from the uplink router and an SSID and password will automatically generate for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks.
  10. Step ten: Now that your setup is final, you should see a summary page. This will show the settings for both the connection to the uplink router and your extended Wi-Fi network. Make sure you click “Save.”
  11. Step eleven: You should see a page that says “Current Status.” If you see a green checkmark between the Uplink Router and D-Link icons you will know that the installation was a success and your WiFi is now strengthened and extended throughout your home.

 

Warranties

The DLink Dap-1520 is easy to set up

The D-Link DAP-1520 has a 1-year limited warranty. Per D-Link, “D-Link warrants that the hardware portion of the D-Link product described below (“Hardware”) will be free from material defects in workmanship and materials under normal use from the date of original retail purchase of the product, for the period set forth below (“Warranty Period”), except as otherwise stated herein.

  • Hardware (excluding power supplies and fans): One (1) Year
  • Power supplies and fans: One (1) Year
  • Spare parts and spare kits: Ninety (90) days

Conclusion 

The D-Link DAP-1520 is an affordable, basic WiFi extender and is perfect for non-techies looking for a simple way to extend their WiFi coverage throughout their home. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, which is good for people who don’t want a complex system.

However, if you are tech savvy and are looking for a WiFi extender that has advanced features like file sharing, audio streaming, and ability to set up a hardwired access point, this is not best WiFi extender for you. Additionally, this unit is best for apartments and small to mid-sized homes. If you are looking for a WiFi extender that can cover a very large home or extend coverage throughout your yard or to additional buildings on your property, this is not the best Wifi extender for you.

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