Nov 26

D-Link recently overhauled its line of routers and replaced them with 802.11ac models. We tested the new flagship product, the D-Link DIR-868L, which is capable of some very impressive performance indeed.

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And while the technology inside is new, D-Link is continuing with the black cylindrical water kettle design introduced with last year’s DIR-645. It also features the SmartBeam technology first used in the DIR-645. The concept uses 6 multi-directional antennas to find and track individual devices, then focus beams of bandwidth to those particular devices.

D-Link routers typically are not the cheapest, but the DIR-868L is on the level of the high-end models from ASUS, Linksys, Netgear and Sitecom. It has an average price of £130.

The vertical, cylindrical design of the D-Link DIR-868L is definitely unique, and D-Link kept it minimalistic as well. The front has two LEDs, one to indicate it’s on and the other to tell you whether it has Internet. Green is good, orange means there is no connection.

The back features four LAN ports and a WAN port, all gigabit of course. The WPS button and the USB 3.0 port are located above the network ports, the power switch and power adapter are below them. The WPS button is very tiny, and is not always easy to locate when you’re in front of the router.

If you want to hang the D-Link DIR-868L on the wall, the bottom has grooves you can slide screws into. Due to the design, the router will stand out quite a bit from the wall.

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Nov 24

Sometimes it’s the little things that have the biggest impact. It may not scream “hot-ticket item”, but after using D-Link’s Wireless Range Extender ( D-Link DAP-1320), it’s clear how this device could greatly improve a home’s wireless network.

As you might have guessed, it extends the range of your current wireless network to places that may be far away from the router. In my house, the router is in a bedroom at one end and there are multiple devices (my PS3, Xbox, iPad, Android phone, etc.) that suffer in the living room from poor connection. It’s physics–you put a wall in front of a signal, it diminishes.

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I used to think the only way to fix that was to get a stronger router. A big box with multiple antennae sticking out of it. But when I think of those routers, I think of the tooling around required to configure it and the agony of changing info on multiple internet-connected devices to recognize it.

So seeing this tiny, inconspicuous device caught me by surprise. No ports, no antennae–just something that looked like the business end of a charger. It weighs about 72 grams, and has three noticeable features. On the back, two prongs that plug into any wall socket. On the front, an LED that lets you know when it’s connected. Finally, on the left side, there’s a synchronization button.

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Its simplicity in design is reflected in its operation. It wants the setup to be easy – hence giving you simple diagrams. If your existing router supports a Wi-Fi protected setup, the Range Extender connects with a push of a button. My router didn’t support WPS, so I had to manually connect. That may sound like the exact technical pain-in-the-ass that I wanted to avoid with a more complex router – but the only effort I had expended to this point was plugging it into the wall. No cables, no desk space or wall mounting.

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I could even use my iPad’s browser to configure the network. As I mentioned, the instructions were very clear. I connected to the network the Range Extender creates and logged into a site. The site let me change the name of that network and its password to my existing network name and password.

Now I had, effectively, two wireless networks in my house in under 10 minutes. Since both had the same name and password, my devices connected to whichever signal was stronger. My PS3, for example, used to connect with a signal strength of 60%. With the Extender, the new signal strength was 100%. The PlayStation is a bad example as PSN is notorious for its constant dropouts/connectivity issues and annoying system updates. While the latter problem was solved (updates took a few minutes, rather than half an hour), the connectivity issues were still present. Something I don’t blame the Range Extender for because my iPad, Xbox and Galaxy Nexus had no issues.

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Using Speedtest.net’s application before installation, I noticed that my phone pulled down 1.9 Mbps in the living room. After installation, it jumped to 18 Mbps. Numbers aside, Netflix loaded faster and in better resolution, YouTube started instantaneously and FaceTime never dropped a call.

Perhaps that’s what I love most about this little tool. It just worked. It helped solve an annoyance without changing the way I used my technology. If you live in a small apartment or close quarters, you’re not going to get this device. But if you are constantly struggling for consistent signal strength between floors, D-Link’s Wireless Range Extender would be a tiny blessing.

It sells for $49.99 at retailers like Best Buy, Futureshop and London Drugs.

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Nov 24

Click Launch Wireless Setup Wizard to begin the Setup Wizard.

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Click Next to start the Setup Wizard.

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Select WPS as the configuration method only if your wireless device supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).

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Click Next to continue.

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Press and hold the WPS button on your wireless router or access point until the light starts blinking green and then release. Please allow up to two minutes for the WPS process to finish.

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Select Manual as the configuration method to set up your network manually.

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Click Next to continue.

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A list of wireless networks in your area will be listed. Select your wireless network (associated with your wireless router or access point) and click Connect to continue.

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Enter the Wi-Fi Password for the router you are using to connect and click Next.

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You can choose to change the Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) and the password for the DAP-1320 or you can enter the information
found in your configuration card. Click Next to continue to finish the setup process.

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Note: Click the check box to use the same Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) and the Password for DAP-1320 as your existing network. The setup is now complete. Please click Save to finish.

Please wait while the system reboots.

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Nov 19

1.Plug the DAP-1320 into a wall outlet and verify if the power LED has turned from red to a blinking amber.D-Link-DAP-1320-Wi-Fi-Range-Extender-Web-Browser-Setup1

2.From your laptop or mobile device go to your Wireless Utility to display the available wireless networks and select the Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) that is located on your configuration note (ex: dlink-a8fa). Then, enter the Wi-Fi password which is also located on your configuration note. (ex: akbdj19368).

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3.Open a web browser and type http://dlinkap.local (Windows/Mac/iPhone/iPad). Please follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

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4.Select the configuration method and click Next.For Manual configuration, select the Wi-Fi network you would like the D-Link DAP-1320 to connect to wirelessly.

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5.Enter the Wi-Fi Password for the router you are using to connect and click Next.Once the second screen appears, you can choose to change the Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) and the Wi-Fi Password for the DAP-1320. Click Next to continue and finish the setup process.

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6.From your laptop or mobile device go to your wireless utility to display the available wireless networks. Then, search for the Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) for the DAP-1320 that you created in Step 5 and connect to the network.

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Nov 18

D-Link DAP-1320 Wi-Fi Range Extender WPS Setup(Easy Push Button Setup)

1. Plug the DAP-1320 into a wall outlet and verify if the power LED has turned from red to a blinking amber.

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2. Press the WPS button on your AP/Router.

Note: Usually the WPS LED will blink once it is pressed. Check your router’s manual for more information.

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3.Press and hold the WPS button until the light starts blinking green and then release. Please allow up to two minutes for the WPS process to finish. Once the connection is successful the LED will be solid green.

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4. Your AP/Router and DAP-1320 will be connected when the LED light turns solid green.

Note: If connection fails, try moving your DAP-1320 closer to your wireless router/access point and repeat steps 2 and 3.

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5. To connect wireless clients to the DAP-1320, use the Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) and Wi-Fi Password information located on your configuration note.

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