Dec 02

This feature behaves as a router in areas where you cannot take your home router so that you may wirelessly connect to the internet.

1.Scan the QRS Mobile code to download “QRS Mobile” App from the App Store to your iPhone or iPad. You can also search “QRS Mobile” from the App Store.

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2.Move the switch on the D-Link DIR-505 to “Router/AP Mode” and plug it into a wall outlet. From your iOS mobile device,click Settings. Then, click Wi-Fi.

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3.Wireless Utility to displays the available wireless networks and select the Wi-Fi name that is shown on your companion card (ex: dlink-a8fa). Then, enter the Wi-Fi password included in your card (ex:akbdj19368).

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4.Once it connected, click on the QRS Mobile icon from your iOS mobile device. Then click Start to continue.

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5.Please follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

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6.Once the screen appears, you have successfully completed the setup. Please click Save and write down the Wi-Fi Name (SSID) and password on your companion card for future reference.

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7.From your iOS mobile device go to your wireless utility to display the available wireless networks and select the network that you created for internet access.

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Nov 27

First, check that your smartphone or tablet is wirelessly connected to the DIR-505.-á Sometimes these devices switch wireless networks without notifying the user.

Next, in the SharePort Mobile app, tap on the Gear icon in the top-right corner to access the SharePort Settings.

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Ensure the User Name and Password for your DIR-505 is entered correctly (NOTE: This will be the user name and password used to log into the DIR-505 web interface, and not the wireless name and passphrase.)

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If you are still unable to view the contents, reboot your device and open the SharePort Mobile app again.

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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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Jul 31

Before running the Installation from the Setup CD, make sure to disable your Anti-Virus software.

D-Link´s network utility will be un-trusted and may result as incomplete installation. Anti-Virus software widely affects network installations, so looking into it may very well solve your issue.

Step 1: Before starting, make sure to have the downloaded and uncompressed package, which contains a folder of drivers.

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Note: To perform a manual installation, you will need to access the device manager.

Step 2: In the Start menu, right-click on Computer to select Manage.

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Step 3: On the left, select Device Manager to bring it up on the right.

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Note: If the Driver software has not installed correctly, the partially installed adapter will come up in the Other devices group, just as it is shown in the previous image. The adapter may have acquired the inappropriate driver, which would be identified with an exclamation mark on the icon within the Network adapters group.

Step 4: Right click on the unknown adapter to Update Driver Software.

Step 5: Click on Browse my computer for driver software.

Step 6: Click on the Browse.. button to get to the new driver.

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Step 7: Select the folder location for the files identified in step 1 and click on the OK button.

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Step 8: Make sure to have selected the correct model and version. Click on Next to initiate the search and installation.

Step 9: The wizard should notified that it successfully install the new driver. The window can now be closed.

Step 10: Once the adapter is listed within the Network adapters, the installation would have succeeded completely.

Step 11: For Wireless Products, click/Right click on the Network Icon located on the system tray to View the Available Wireless Networks. Find your personal Network and double click to connect. It should request for a wireless key, which by now should have been set up.

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