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D-Link Wireless N 300 Mbps Compact Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1320)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
Style Name: N300Verified Purchase
Kids are happy that they now have stronger signals! No more complaining about the internet at our house .. happy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 25, 2013
Style Name: N300Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The push of a button is if you have an WPS (Wi-fi Protected Setup) button on your router. If so, just push it and the one on the DAP-1230 and you are done, I didn't have such a button so I had to join the Wi-Fi network the new DAP-1230 created and do simple configuration to make it extend my existing network. I am using an Apple AirPort and it seems to work fine with that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2014
Style Name: N300Verified Purchase
I consulted my internet company (Time Warner) who recommended this as a solution to their 50 mbs service dropping to 20 when transmitted by wireless signal. I should have known better than to believe TW because this will only transmit at 10 mbs when plugged in right next to the router....will be returning later today. Don't waste your money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
Style Name: N300Verified Purchase
The installation was not user friendly, it took me a long time and then I gave up and called customer service who was able to help. For whatever reasons, I have to "reboot" my main modem every day- which is an inconvenience as I am ready to work and realize I need to reboot...
Once it is up and running the signal is great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
Style Name: N300Verified Purchase
Signal strength jumped 20db in my case, from -76db to -56db, giving reliable connection. (Use inSSIDer, a free download, to measure performance on real-time basis.) Well worth 40 bucks. Have to plug back into outlet each morning bacause - I guess - my laptop drops connection when goes hibernating each night. Not repeater's fault.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2013
Style Name: N300Verified Purchase
If you are looking to extend the range of your wireless router this little item does the trick. The setup is fairly painless if you know how your existing router engages WAP. My router is a Belkin with the WAP button on top it took a few times to realize I had to push and hold the Belkin button until the router LED began to flash. I then pressed the DAP-1320 and watched for a bot 2 min. as it searched and locked on to the signal. Moved the DAP to my Den and now all my wireless connections show 5 bars. Using the default ID and Password was also easy using the laptop and accessing the browser interface, renamed the ID and password saved the profile everything works.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Style Name: N300Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
When I got this, I was hoping to extend a strong wireless signal throughout our house. Our Apple AirPort is at the back wall of the house, which is 95 years old and has plaster on wood lath walls. I already had a Netgear WN1000RP wifi booster Netgear WiFi Booster for Mobile (WN1000RP-100NAS) that worked well to extend our wireless network to one corner of the front, but I wasn't getting a strong signal in a couple of rooms. I'm not a full-time IT guy, but I've worked with and on PCs and Macs since the early 1980s, and I had a really hard time with the Netgear manual booster setup. It took a couple of frustrating hours to get it up and running, and the Netgear technical support is possibly the worst I've ever encountered. I finally got it set up with the same network name and password as my AirPort. (I later found a YouTube video that walks you through the setup procedure.)

The D-Link manual setup was much smoother (took about five minutes), but I think that was at least in part thanks to my wariness after the Netgear setup problems. Both use a similar manual setup procedure: plug the device in, it sets up a wireless network, you connect a mobile device to it with a default username and password, then program it (select a wireless network to join and supply the password) using a web browser. To set the booster up manually, you need to know how your router is set up, and neither Netgear nor D-link tells you how to locate this information--they refer you to your router's manual. One more paragraph in the installation instructions would tell 99% of users how to find out. On a Mac with an AirPort, go to the apple menu > About this Mac, then click on the More Info button, select Network > AirPort. I'm sure it's more difficult to extract this information from a Windows device, but a couple of lines of instruction would probably be all it would take.

The D-Link extender description on Amazon claims "Delivering up to 300Mbps wireless performance." I downloaded a free speed test app for my phone and tested it. In real life, with a high-speed cable connection, the best my iMac can do--sitting right next to my AirPort--is 22.71 Mbps. With the extender plugged in 20 feet away from the AirPort and on the other side of a wall, and my phone 15 feet past the extender, the D-Link device achieved a roaring 3.28 Mbps download speed. I unplugged the D-Link booster and plugged the Netgear device into the same outlet. It tested at 6.82 Mbps. To check that this wasn't a one-off bad result, I tested them both in three different outlets around the house, five times each per location. The Netgear device was faster at every location; it averaged 5.84 Mbps vs. the D-link's 4.67 Mbps--25% faster.

I am not a hardware engineer. I don't own a lab coat or a clipboard, or any specialized test equipment. But I think this was a fair comparison of the two devices. The Netgear booster is significantly faster, and it costs $10 less. If you're willing to take a chance on their tech support, it might be a better buy.
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We are sorry to hear that the DAP-1320 did not meet your expectations. Your feedback is well appreciated and very important to us. We will pass this information along to our Product Management team. Thank you for being a D-Link customer.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Style Name: N300Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
NOTE: While this product allow for WPS automated configuration, I prefer to use the manual method so that I can configure it exactly for my purposes. WPS configuration will allow you to join the device to an existing wireless network in your home and use the manufacturer defaults for connecting to and extending the network.

After plugging in the d-Link device, I connected to the new wireless network it creates. Your device will come with two little cards in the box with a personalized wireless SSID and password to connect with. My laptop saw the new wireless network immediately and I connected without issue.

Loading a browser and pointing it to the specific URL (also on the card in the box), starts the setup wizard. In a matter of 2-3 screens you will be up and running with two main configuration options. You may either choose to create a new SSID that your wireless devices can connect to (the d-link, which will then relay as a normal wireless device to the main router), or you may choose to create an extender by using the same SSID as your primary wireless router - this is the option I selected.

When choosing the extender option it will replicate the SSID and password settings for you, and then reboot to connect directly to your main router as a repeater/extender. At that point you'll be connecting to the main SSID that you are used to, and not the unique SSID printed on the d-Link card. You can still connect to the unique d-Link URL if you want to adjust other configuration settings like: DHCP vs. STATIC IP, enable or disable IPV6, and the name of the repeater. The only thing I changed was to enable IPV6 on my local network, otherwise I left it on DHCP and did not change the name.

I went over to my main router and the wireless device showed up in the active list. I unplugged the d-Link from the power and took it across the house into the kitchen and plugged it in there. I verified that the wireless signal on that SSID has now improved on the other side of the house, as well as on the back patio (which is why I wanted the extender in the first place).

The form factor of this little gadget is also appealing - it's TINY and takes up less space that a power plug for your wireless phone or dust buster or whatever you might have plugged into an outlet in the kitchen (or wherever you want to put it).

I'm going to give this 4 stars. I took one star away because I did reset the device and try the WPS option and it did not behave as described in the manual. The light never turned amber like it was supposed to, and after pushing the WPS button it never went to solid green like it was supposed to. This could be an error in the documentation, because I was still able to get the device connected. But - I like documentation to be correct.

Enjoy the product and happy range extending!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
Style Name: N300
I bought this extender so that I can use my smart phone on my network. The setup is a little tricky, but I had it up and going in about 15 minutes. Before I got the extender I was not always to access the internet from my smart phone. Now I can access the internet over the WiFi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
Style Name: N300Verified Purchase
I bought this in order to extend the range of my main house router. The signal wasn't giving me the solid connection at the far end of the house. After installing this device, all my wireless products ////9laptops and smart phones) have no problem connecting and staying connected.
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