Mar 18

Enable Wireless:

Check the box to enable the wireless function. If you do not want to use wireless, uncheck the box to disable all the wireless functions.


Select the time frame that you would like your wireless network enabled.The schedule may be set to Always. Any schedule you create will be available in the drop-down menu. Click New Schedule to create a schedule.

Wireless Network Name:

Service Set Identifier (SSID) is the name of your wireless network. Create a name for your wireless network using up to 32 characters. The SSID is case-sensitive.

802.11 Mode:

Select one of the following:
802.11b Only – Select only if all of your wireless clients are 802.11b.
802.11g Only – Select only if all of your wireless clients are 802.11g.
802.11n Only – Select only if all of your wireless clients are 802.11n.
Mixed 802.11g and 802.11b – Select if you are using both 802.11g and 802.11b wireless clients.
Mixed 802.11n and 802.11g – Select if you are using both 802.11n and 802.11g wireless clients.
Mixed 802.11n, 11g, and 11b – Select if you are using a mix of 802.11n, 802.11g, and 802.11b wireless clients.

Enable Auto Channel Scan:

The Auto Channel Scan setting can be selected to allow the DIR-865L to choose the channel with the least amount of interference.

Wireless Channel:

Indicates the channel setting for the DIR-865L. By default the channel is set to 6. The Channel can be changed to fit the channel setting for an existing wireless network or to customize the wireless network. If you enable Auto Channel Scan, this option will be greyed out.

Channel Width:

Select the Channel Width:
Auto 20/40 – This is the default setting. Select if you are using both 802.11n and non-802.11n wireless devices.
20MHz – Select if you are not using any 802.11n wireless clients.

Visibility Status:

Select Invisible if you do not want the SSID of your wireless network to be broadcasted by the DIR-865L. If Invisible is selected, the SSID of the DIR-865L will not be seen by Site Survey utilities so your wireless clients will have to know the SSID of your DIR-865L in order to connect to it.

Wireless Security:

Refer to page 46 for more information regarding wireless security.

Wireless Bridge Mode

If you want to wirelessly connect multiple Ethernet-enabled devices such as game consoles, media players, or network attached storage (NAS) devices you can set the DIR-865L to Bridge mode. You must have a wireless router for this feature.

Note: For 802.11ac performance, you must connect to another 802.11ac wireless router. The DIR-865L will automatically adjust to the connection type of your router.

To configure your DIR-865L router to bridge mode, follow the steps below:

Step 1 – From the Setup > Internet page, click Manual Internet Connection Setup and then check the Enable Wireless Bridge box.

Click Save Settings and then click OK to the pop-up message.

Note: When you enable Bridge mode, the DIR-865L’s default IP address will change to

Step 2 – The following message will appear. The router will automatically reboot.

Step 3 – Once the router reboots, you may get a “connect display page” error on your web browser. This is because the IP address of the router changed. In your web browser, enter to access the web interface.

Step 4 – At the login screen, enter admin for the User Name and enter your password (leave blank by default).

Step 5 – From the Setup > Wireless Settings page, click the Site Survey button. This will display a list of wireless networks in your area.You may also manually enter the wireless network name you want to connect to (SSID) and any security/encryption settings (from the Security Mode drop-down menu). Enter your wireless network information, click Save Settings, and then skip to step 7.

Step 6 – When the site survey screen appears, select the network you want to connect to (click the radio button under Select) and then click Connect.

If the network is secure/encrypted, you will need to enter the passphrase/encryption key.Please allow a minute to connect.

Step 7 – Once connected, any Ethernet device connected to the DIR-865L will connect to the wireless network.

Note: Wireless clients cannot connect to the DIR-865L while in bridge mode.Also, the Internet port on the D-Link DIR-865L in Bridge mode will not function.

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