The Internet quality in our home is a decisive factor when we want to use our broadband connection for work or leisure. In very little time, products like PLC or WiFi network repeators have become commonplace in the homes of many users that want to go much farther beyond the possibilities offered by their default telephone router. We’ve tried the new D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1520) and these are our impressions.
This simultaneous dual-band repeaters allows for the achievement of theorethical speeds of up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and 433 Mbps on 5 GHz. It’s advisable to warn that, though it always emits on dual-band, we can only amplify the band we select (on either of the two supported bands). Furthermore it doesn’t incorporate Ethernet ports but is designed to amplify a wireless network in a simple and discreet manner.
The engineers of D-Link dedicate many hours to simplifying the configuration of their home products as much as possible, especially those oriented toward domestic use. Thus, the ability to configure the amplifier from the free QRS Mobile app for iPhone, iPad or Android devices comes as a pleasant surprise. With it, all you need to do is plug the extender into the zone where you want to improve your connectivity, which will prompt an assistant that connects the device to our normal WiFi network and will reproduce it with greater quality and efficiency, allowing for a much faster, more stable connection.
Despite its compact size and affordable price, the D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1520) is a really powerful product and really interesting for certain scenarios. The support for the 802.11ac WiFi standard and the ability to work on the 5 GHz band (instead of the usual 2.4) allows the extender to offer results superior to those of products that are apparently similar but are low cost and have inferior technology.
As happens with nearly all network devices, the final performance obtained by the user depends on variables like the router used, its location, the quality of the signal or the saturation of wireless networks in the area. We got excellent results in a real-life scenario: in a 130 square-meter apartment in east Madrid from a 20-Mbp Jazztell connection and 10 meters from the router, we were able to repeat a 2.4 GHz WiFi connection with transfer rates of up to 8.5 Mbps, which we increased to 11 on the 5 GHz band (we detected more than 20 active networks on the 2.4 GHz band and only ours on the 5 GHz band). The best part is the extreme ease of configuration and stability of the solution in every circumstance.
More advanced users will be interested to know that the product has a simple and intuitive web interface, but with some interesting possibilities. Thus, we can "Explore" the networks around us, assign a password to the point of access we generate, or restart the device in case of problems or if we want to take it to another location. This page is complete with a window of statistics from which we can see the speed reached by the WiFi network and the network we’re extending, which is very interesting for running tests before deciding the best location for the device.
The D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1520) is ideal for users who want to expand the wireless capabilities of their network without cables and complicated configurations. This small device gets started in less than 3 minutes, requires no maintenance and can be bought for less than 60 euros, which is all sufficient to recommend it.
Its excellent performance, ease of use, and the mobile app and web interface make it stand out. The requirement of a plug (it would’ve been nice for them to include an adaptor) and, perhaps, the absence of an Ethernet port, are areas that could be improved but aren’t that much of a big deal given the segment of the public this product is targeted towards.