Nov 17

D-Link DAP-1320 Wi-Fi Range Extender Quick Install Guide Quick Install Guide Suggested Extender Setup

D-Link DAP-1320 Wi-Fi Range Extender Quick Install Guide

Which Setup Method Should I Use?

WPS Setup (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)

If you have a WPS-enabled router, use the WPS Setup section below to guide you through the setup procedure. This will automatically connect your existing wireless router or access point to your DAP-1320. Note: For more information about using WPS on your router or access point, refer to its manual.

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

Web Browser Setup

If you do not have an existing wireless router with WPS, use the Web Browser Setup section to connect your DAP-1320 using your computer.

Extender Placement Recommendation

For best results place the DAP-1320 within equal distance between your wireless router/access point and your wireless clients.

Note: Place your DAP-1320 in between your AP/Router and wireless clients.

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Nov 15

D-Link DAP-1320 Wi-Fi Range Extender Introduction

The Wireless Range Extender (DAP-1320) enables you to extend your existing wireless network coverage by placing the Wireless Range Extender in between your router and the wireless client devices. This is great for extending wireless coverage to basements, home offices or bedrooms that might be distant from your wireless router. The DAP-1320 increases the range of your wireless network by extending the wireless coverage of an existing wireless network.



D-Link DAP-1320 Wi-Fi Range Extender Introduction

Note: Place the D-Link DAP-1320 within equal distance of your existing network/router and wireless clients.

D-Link DAP-1320 Features

• Faster Wireless Networking – The DAP-1320 provides up to 300Mbps* wireless connection with other 802.11n wireless clients. This capability allows users to participate in real-time activities online, such as video streaming, online gaming, and real-time audio.

• Extend Internet access for wireless devices – Allows you to extend your internet access throughout your home with devices such as laptops, Smartphones, tablets and more.

• IEEE 802.11n and 802.11g Compliant – The DAP-1320 is still fully compatible with the IEEE 802.11g standards, so it can connect with existing 802.11g USB and Cardbus adapters.


The D-Link DAP-1320 looks like a power adapter—it’s only 2.11 by 1.65 by 1.89 inches (HWD) with two prongs, and it plugs directly into an electrical outlet. This simple yet powerful piece of wireless technology has just a single WPS button on its side and one LED to show you connection status.

The extender is single-band only, so it won’t extend 5GHz Wi-Fi, which is perfectly okay, because it’s the 2.4GHz band that can travel longer distance.

Included in the package are a quick install guide and a card that has the extender’s default SSID and password as well as the URL to the web-based GUI printed on it.

D-Link DAP-1320 Wi-Fi Range Extender User Reviews

Excellent signal coverage. Easy setup. Small size for easy placement.

May require setup near router. Wi-Fi network changes may require a reset.

D-Link has a new wireless range extender that not only is one of the smallest you’ll find on the market, but is incredibly easy to set up and provides terrific coverage.

The D-Link DAP-1320 is one of the best wireless networking devices I’ve tested from D-Link, and among all of the extenders I’ve tested, it provided the best coverage. I was also impressed with how well it worked with another vendor’s equipment. I’m confident that this little device, which did an impressive job of extending my test Wi-Fi network deployed in a high-rise office building with hundreds of access points all around, will work extremely well for the average home user. D-Link Wireless Range Extender gets a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, and is PCMag’s Editors’ Choice for wireless range extenders.

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Nov 13

The good: The D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router AC1300’s StreamBoost feature that intelligently prioritizes Internet bandwidth for gaming and real-time online applications.

The bad: The router lacks support for DynDNS and has a confusing interface. Performance is disappointing, especially compared with that of similarly priced routers.

The bottom line: The DGL-5500 has a lot of potential, but for now isn’t worth its high price.

Familiar physical design, totally new hardware

The D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router comes in the now-familiar vertical cylindrical design, first available in the DIR-645. It’s almost exactly the same in appearance as the DIR-868L — just shorter and slightly narrower — looking somewhat like the new Mac Pro, or more like a computer speaker than a router.


Unlike the DIR-868L, however, the DGL-5500 can’t be wall-mounted. This is not a big deal, however, since most of the time a router is hidden in a corner or under the desk.

What is a big deal is that on the inside, the DGL-5500 is totally new. It’s the third 802.11ac (or AC for short) router from D-Link (the other two being the DIR-868L and DIR-865L) but unlike the previous two, it uses an 802.11ac chip from Qualcomm. This chip includes a feature called StreamBoost that intelligently monitors Internet traffic in real time and prioritizes the traffic based on type of application. The new router also supports only the second tier (dual-stream) setup of the 802.11ac standard, with a cap speed of just 867Mbps. Other AC routers can offer up to 1.3Gbps Wi-Fi speed.

Like all AC-enabled routers, the DGL-5500 is also a true dual-band 802.11n (N for short) router that offers up to 450Mbps of each of the two 5GHz frequency bands. In short, it supports all existing Wi-Fi clients on the market, regardless of their Wi-Fi standard revisions.

On the front the router has two round green LEDs that show thepower and Internet status. There are no other status lights for the network ports, which some users might miss. On the back, it has four gigabit LAN ports (for Ethernet-ready clients), one gigabit WAN port (to connect to an Internet source, such as a broadband modem), and a USB 3.0 port to host a USB device, such as a printer or an external hard drive. Also on the back are a power on/off button and a WPS button, which initiates a 2-minute window during which other WPS-enabled devices can enter the router’s Wi-Fi network.


Setting up the DGL-5500 is typical of setting up a home router, as in this How To post. Basically, you plug the router into an outlet and connect its WAN port to an Internet source with an network cable (one is included with the router). Use another cable to connect a computer to one of the router’s LAN ports. If you don’t have a second cable, you can also use a Wi-Fi client (such as a computer or a tablet) and connect to the router’s default Wi-Fi networks. The router comes with a label with this information printed on it.

Now, from the connected computer you launch a browser and you will be greeted with a Web-based setup wizard that walks you through the process in a few simple steps. You can always go back to the router’s Web interface by pointing a browser from a connected computer to its default IP address, which is The default log-in password is blank (keep the field clear).

New, sleek, but impractical Web interface

The D-Link DGL-5500’s Web interface is updated from the traditional well-organized and granular interface of most D-Link routers. The interface is now much sleeker with smooth animation during transitions. Main items are organized in a menu to the left and sub-items are organized in different tabs on top. The main part in the middle of the interface displays the settings of the current sub-item for you to customize. It’s generally self-explanatory.


As I used the router, however, I found that the interface could use a lot of improvement: major configuration items are scattered in a disjointed way and some common settings are missing.

Take StreamBoost, the selling feature of the router, for example. This feature senses Internet traffic and automatically prioritizes the bandwidth, in real time, to make sure lag-sensitive applications such as online gaming and video chatting get priority while other, less important activities, such as file downloading, take a back seat. While this feature functioned well for the most part in my trials, the way it’s organized in the interface is terrible at best.

First of all, to turn StreamBoost on or off, you’ll need to go to Setup in the main menu and then the StreamBoost tab. (Here you can also opt in to StreamBoost’s Automatic Update, which regularly updates information on what application needs what type of priority. Joining this is generally a good thing, however, it does mean the router will send Qualcomm information about your network.) Once on, StreamBoost prioritizes the Internet by applications as well as by clients, which you can manually adjust in an entirely different part of the interface, the Priority tab in the My Network section. This separation makes StreamBoost and the priority list seem unrelated. It would be better if StreamBoost and all of its related settings were in one place.

Secondly, the priority list itself is very badly designed. Once StreamBoost is turned on, the interface arbitrarily puts all connected clients in a numeric order with No. 1 as the top priority. If you have multiple computers in a network, rearranging this list to match your desired priorities is usually a must, but unfortunately not easily. This is because you can move only one client at a time and only one step at a time. For example, if you want to move a computer from 3 to 1 you have to first move it to number 2, and then from 2 to 1. In other words, if you have 10 computers in your network and need to move the one at the bottom to the top, you will have to move it 10 times. It would be much less frustrating, especially in a large network, if you could just drag and drop the clients at will.


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Nov 12

Simply click on a device in the Network view for more information regarding active streams on that device. The graphs below in this view will reflect the total bandwidth being used for this device. With an application highlighted, the associated bandwidth of the selected application will be highlighted in white in the graphs.

Clicking on the router will offer a view of all devices connected to the router. You can then select devices in this view, which will then display the active streams on each device. In the graph view below, you will be able to view the traffic from this device in context with the total bandwidth available to the router. With a device highlighted, the associated bandwidth of the selected device will be highlighted in white in the graphs.

Why are some D-Link DGL-5500 not shown with correct graphic icons?

StreamBoost looks at a number of attributes to detect devices. Some of the attributes can be detected statically, but many require the inspection of network traffic to complete the detection. The detection is compared against a known set of devices, so StreamBoost needs to have the specific device in its detection library in order to show the correct icon.

StreamBoost is a cloud-based application, and thus is constantly broadening the number of devices detected and/or improving the detection algorithms. Be sure you have opted into the StreamBoost updates to receive these updates.

Why do the same type of D-Link DGL-5500 show different graphics?

StreamBoost looks at a number of attributes to detect devices. Some of the attributes can be detected statically, but many require the inspection of network traffic to complete the detection. So, even though you may have the same device connected to the router, one may have passed sufficient traffic for full detection and the other may not be sending traffic that enables StreamBoost to classify the device.

StreamBoost is a cloud-based application, and thus is constantly broadening the number of devices detected and/or improving the detection algorithms. Be sure you have opted into the StreamBoost updates to receive these updates.

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Nov 12

The network map reflects endpoints that are connected to the router and passing network traffic. If a device disconnects from the network, or is not passing active traffic, the device will be deleted from the Active Device network map after 15 minutes.

Why are there more devices on the device priority list than the Network Map?

The D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router Priority page lists all devices that have ever connected to the router. Since people’s devices often go with them when they leave home, once a device is connected and prioritized, the intention is to persist the presence of the device to maintain its relative priority upon returning home.

Can I remove devices from the device priority list?

No, not at this time.

What happens when a device is given higher priority?

How StreamBoost handles device priority is important to understand. First, device priority does not over-ride application classification, meaning that prioritizing a device to the top does not mean that ALL applications from that device are classified as the highest in the network. Device priority is important only in the case where there is not enough bandwidth to support the multiple applications of the same classification across multiple machines. This is best described in the following examples:

If there are 3 devices trying to play HD video streams (protected application class) where there only is enough bandwidth to support 2 HD video streams, then the highest 2 priority devices will have their bandwidth protected to enable proper streaming performance. The lowest priority device will play, but compete with other traffic in the “best efforts” classification. The StreamBoost goal is to maximize the number of devices that can have excellent experiences with the given bandwidth, rather than a “fair share” scheme that will likely result in all associated devices having a compromised experience.If the top priority device is starting a data download (i.e. updates, media downloads), this traffic will be shaped to not interrupt the performance for streaming and/or real-time traffic on any other device. Again, the goal of StreamBoost is to guarantee an excellent experience for streaming and real-time applications.

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