Jan 03


Small and inexpensive
Easy to set up and use for Apple users
Gets the job done


Wi-Fi extender range isn’t very good
Android music interface is clunky
Doesn’t use same app as other D-LInk home devices

What is the D-Link mydlink Home Music Everywhere?

As its name suggests, the D-Link mydlink Home Music Everywhere (DCH-M225) is a device for sharing your music around the home. It plugs into any mains outlet, then uses its Wi-Fi connection and audio jack to stream music from your phone or computer to your hi-fi or portable speaker. It also functions as a Wi-Fi extender, too.

D-Link Music Everywhere – Design and Features

Like most of the mydlink Home range, the Music Everywhere is a compact white cuboid device that’s little bigger than a normal UK plug, with dimensions of 54 x 42 x 55mm.

It’s simple too. Connecting to your home network is done via Wi-Fi only, so there are no Ethernet sockets. Instead there is a WPS button on the side for easy one-touch connection to your Wi-Fi. The 3.5mm jack for the audio is on the underside while a single light on the front indicates connection status, power, etc.

Thankfully you do get an audio cable in the box and it’s a plentiful 1.5m in length. This is particularly welcome as the likelihood of having a cable of sufficient length so as to reach right from your plug sockets to the input of your audio system is pretty slim for most households. If your audio system has dual phono inputs, or something more esoteric, then you’ll have to provide a cable or adapter yourself.


D-Link doesn’t provide stats for the quality of the audio adapter in the Music Everywhere, but does note that it’s compatible with either Apple’s Airplay streaming system or the more widely supported DLNA. This means it’ll register as a playback device on a host of systems including iOS and Android phones and tablets as well as Macs and PCs running iTunes and Windows Media Player (many other programs and mobile apps will work too).

As for Wi-Fi, it only supports the 2.4GHz band rather than having dual band support like the latest routers. This is less of an issue for audio playback, as very little bandwidth is needed for audio streaming. However, for when being used as a Wi-Fi extender this may limit its speed in some scenarios – particularly where you’ve got lots of competing Wi-Fi signals.

It also doesn’t support the latest Wi-Fi AC standard, though again this is overkill for a product of this type – if you want a high-speed extender that supports AC then you’ll need to pay a lot of money. Instead you get Wi-Fi b/g/n support.

D-Link Music Everywhere – Setup and Performance

Setup of the Music Everywhere is sadly not as simple as the rest of the mydlink Home range, which all run through a central mydlink Home app and use a nifty QR code reader to connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Instead, here you have a choice of three options for setting it up.

First, you can use WPS to connect the Music Everywhere to your network. Second you can connect to the Music Everywhere’s own default Wi-Fi signal then navigate to it’s own internal homepage to manually input your home network settings. Thirdly you can download another D-Link app called QRS, which can be used to search for and configure the device. It’s not difficult per se – especially if you’ve got a WPS-enabled router – but it’s definitely not as slick as the likes of the mydlink Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor or Smart Plug.

It’s not just that setup is more cumbersome but the lack of support for the mdlink Home app also means you can’t use it’s Actions and Places tools for managing how the Music Everywhere integrates with the rest of your smart home. For instance you can’t have the Wi-Fi Motion Sensor trigger the Music Everywhere to turn on, or have it operate according to a schedule.

Of course music playback isn’t an essential home security tool like those other devices but it would still be nice to control the whole lot through one app, especially as they come under the same marketing banner.

This situation is exacerbated by the fact that to play music from an Android phone you have to download yet another app – one that’s compatible with Airplay – and most of the options we found were not very slick. For playback from Apple products you can just select the Music Everywhere from the list of Airplay devices, while on Windows it’s also pretty easy as Windows Media Player and many other programs support DLNA.


Despite all this the overall experience isn’t all that difficult – it’s just not super easy – and you’ll soon be streaming your audio to your heart’s content. Audio quality is certainly not of the absolute highest quality – after all, there’s a reason high-end digital to analogue audio converters can costs hundreds of pounds – but is more than adequate for the vast majority of casual home uses.

There is definitely something satisfying about not having to buy a whole new system to get wireless audio round your home and in fact having the facility actually detached from the sound system is useful for taking your wireless audio with you – got an old stereo in the garage? Now it can have wireless audio too. Just one or two of these devices – say one in the kitchen and one in the living room – really makes a difference to how you listen to music throughout your home.

For those with audio stored on their home NAS it is a shame you can’t control playback from your phone but that’s just a limitation on the app support so it could come in the future.

As for the Wi-Fi Extender, we had a few issues getting a reliable connection from it. This is something we’ve experienced before with Wi-Fi extenders, generally finding them quite temperamental, but the problem seemed a little more acute here. Part of the issue seemed to be that the range at which it would connect to our router reliably seemed to fall within the range where our router (an Asus RT-N66U) would still out perform it, i.e. it wasn’t actually extending the signal. Moving the Music Everywhere further away would cause it to drop its connection to the router, with only a less than 5m range where it actually worked properly.

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Nov 15

Step 1: Open a web browser and enter http://dlinkap.local in the address bar.


Step 2: Enter your Admin Password in the field provided. If you have not changed the password from the default setting, the password field is to be left blank. Click Log In.



Step 3: Move the cursor to Management at the top right-hand corner of the screen, then click System from the drop-down menu.




Step 4: To save the current configuration settings of your wireless router to a file, click the Save Configuration to File button. Depending on your browser, the file may be automatically saved to your ‘Downloads’ folder, or a ‘Save File’ or similar dialog box will appear, asking you where you wish to save the file.




To load a previously saved configuration file, click Select File. Once you have located the configuration file (config_rpt.bin) on your hard drive, click OK. The name of the file will be displayed next to the Select Filebutton. Click Restore Configuration from File. A confirmation dialogue will appear, click OK to commence the loading of the configuration.



Note: If you have upgraded or downgraded the firmware on your Wi-Fi Audio Extender, do not load configuration files that were saved using a previous firmware version. The load will not be successful, and can damage the unit.

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Sep 29

Thank you for purchasing the DCH-M225 Wi-Fi Audio Extender. Follow the easy steps in this guide to properly set up your extender.

Connect to Your Router Using WPS

1.Find an available outlet near your wireless router. Plug the DCH-M225 in and wait until the LED is blinking amber.

Connect to Your Router Using WPS1

2.Press the WPS button on your wireless router.

Connect to Your Router Using WPS2

3.Within one minute, press the WPS button on the D-Link DCH-M225. The LED will start to blink.When the LED turns solid green, this indicates that the DCH-M225 is securely connected to your wireless router or access point.

Connect to Your Router Using WPS3

4.You can now unplug and move the DCH-M225 to a location between your wireless router and the area that you need
wireless coverage.

Connect to Your Router Using WPS4

5.From your wireless device go to the Wireless Utility to display the available wireless networks.

Connect to Your Router Using WPS5

The SSID on the DCH-M225 will automatically be assigned: (Your Router’s SSID)-EXT

The Wi-Fi password for the DCH-M225 will be the same as your router. Repeat step 5 to connect additional devices to
the D-Link DCH-M225.

6.Your device is now connected to the DCH-M225 and can connect to your wireless router. If you want to change your
network settings, password, etc., follow the steps under Configure the DCH-M225 Using a Web Browser to connect and
configure the DCH-M225. To connect additional devices, repeat step 5.

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Jun 20

D-Link Wi-Fi Audio Extender DCH-M225 Overview

Unleash Your Music

Meet the Wi-Fi Audio Extender (D-Link DCH-M225). It lets you stream all your music from your smartphone straight to any connected speaker.

D-Link Wi-Fi Audio Extender DCH-M225 Introduction

D-Link Wi-Fi Audio Extender DCH-M225 Introduction

Fill Your Home With Sound

With support for both DLNA and AirPlay, it’s simple to stream your music to any connected speaker within your home’s Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi Audio Extender DCH-M225d

Plus, This Little Device Extends Your Wi-Fi

It’s not just for music. The Wi-Fi Audio Extender can be used to easily eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots and bring wireless coverage to hard-to-reach areas in your home.

Your Network is Safe With Us

The Wi-Fi Audio Extender features top-of-the-line security features to keep your home network and personal information safe, sound, and secure.

Sure, It’s Small. But It Packs A Punch.

It may fit in the palm of your hand but it also gives you big performance, delivering 300Mbps wherever you need it.

Wi-Fi Audio Extender DCH-M225e

Works With What You’ve Got

It works with all Wi-Fi devices so you can do more of the stuff you love with your family and friends.

D-Link Wi-Fi Audio Extender DCH-M225 Specifications


Device Interfaces
• WPS Button
• 3.5mm audio jack

• Power/Status

• IEEE 802.11n/g/b1

Wireless Frequency Range
• 2.4 GHz to 2.4835 GHz

• Two internal antennas

• Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
• WEP 64/128-bit encryption

• QRS app support (iOS, Android)
• DLNA and AirPlay Support

Device Management
• Web UI

• 2.13 x 1.65 x 2.15 inches

• 0.18 lbs

• Input: 110 to 125 V AC, 50/60 Hz

• Operating: 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F)
• Storage: -20 to 65 °C (-4 to 149 °F)

• Operating: 10% to 90% non-condensing
• Storage: 5% to 95% non-condensing

• IC
• Wi-Fi Certified
• CE

Order Information
Part Number Description

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