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D-Link Air Premier-N Dual-Band PoE Access Point, Selectable Dual-Band Draft 802.11n (DAP-2553)
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- To Deploy A Highly Manageable And Extremely Robust Dual Band Wireless Network
- Dual Band Antennas Are Detachable And Can Provide Optimal Wireless Coverage In Either 2.4Ghz
- This New High-Speed Access Point Has Integrated 802.3Af Power Over Ethernet (Poe) Support
- With Maximum Wireless Signal Rates Of Up To 300Mbps* In Either The 2.4Ghz Or 5Ghz Wireless Band
- Supports Load-Balancing Features To Ensure Maximum Performance By Limiting The Maximum Number Of Users Per Access Point
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DAP-2553: Wireless N Dualband Gigabit Access Point w/ PoE
Ideal for any small or medium business that requires reliable wireless performance.
Power Over Ethernet (PoE)
For advanced installations, this high-speed access point has integrated 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) support, allowing installation of this device in areas where power outlets are not readily available.
Gigabit Wired Speed
10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN network connectivity for faster wired speeds.
Quality of Service (QoS)
The DAP-2553 delivers reliable wireless performance with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 450Mbps in either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless band. Support for the Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) Quality of Service (QoS) feature, makes it an ideal access point for audio, video, and voice applications.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
D-Link offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the DAP-2553 Wireless Access Point to further its commitment to product quality and long term customer confidence.
Multiple Operation Modes
The DAP-2553 can be configured to optimize network performance based on any one of its multiple operation modes: Access Point, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) with Access Point, WDS/Bridge (No AP Broadcasting) and Wireless Client. With WDS support, network administrators can set up multiple DAP-2553 access points throughout a facility and configure them to bridge with one another while also providing network access to individual clients. Also included are advanced features such as Spanning Tree Protocol support, which allows greater efficiency and avoids broadcast storms when used in WDS mode.
To help maintain a secure wireless network, the AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Access Point provides the latest in wireless security technologies by supporting both Personal and Enterprise versions of WPA and WPA2 (802.11i) with support for RADIUS server backend. This access point also includes MAC Address Filtering, Wireless LAN segmentation, Disable SSID Broadcast, Rogue AP Detection, and Wireless On/Off Scheduling to further protect your wireless network. The AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Access Point includes support for up to 4 VLANs for implementing multiple service set identifiers (SSIDs) to further help segment users on the network. The DAP-2553 also includes a wireless client isolation mechanism to limit direct client-to-client communication.
- Selectable Dual Band Connectivity for Increased Network Capacity
- Periodical Key Change in WPA/WPA2- Personal
- Detachable High Gain Antennas Increase Range
- IEEE 802.11a/g/n Wireless speeds up to 450Mbps
- WPA2 - Enterprise/Personal
- WPA - Enterprise/Personal
- WPA2 - PSK/AES over WDS
- 64/128-bit WEP Encryption
- MAC Address Filtering
- Up to 4 VLANS
- Wireless Client Isolation
Network Management - D-Link Central WifiManager Controller
Meet the Central WiFiManager
Wireless Controller Software designed to provided comprehensive Access Point management for demanding business environment and multi-site installations.
D-Link’s free Central WiFiManager is a web-based wireless Access Point management tool, enabling you to create and manage multi-site, multi-tenancy wireless networks. Whether deployed on local computer or hosted in the cloud, Central WiFiManager intergrates into any network or business.
Scalable, Flexible, Centralized AP Management
Manage up to 500 APs from a central location, regardless of geography.
Central WifiManager is built with enterprise-level features such as bandwidth optimization, captive portal and Radio Frequency optimization to help satisfy the needs of any business.
Remote Access Made Easy
Using a web browser, manage your wireless network, anytime, anywhere using a PC, tablet or phone. Save time and effort by remotely upgrading device configuration and firmware.
Configuration and management are easy using the simple and intuitive User Interface.
Hotspot and Guest Portal Login
Track and control user access to your network including guests. A simple customizable Guest Portal provides authentication and Hotspot capabilities enabling Central WiFiManager to run as an external portal server. Create dedicated user accounts or wireless access voucher-codes to commercialize your wireless investment.
|Band||Single-band||Single-band||Single-band||Dual-band Selectable||Dual-band Concurrent|
|Wi-Fi Standard||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 a/n||802.11 b/g/n and 802.11 a/n|
|Wi-Fi Speed||2.4GHz: 300Mbps||2.4GHz: 300Mbps||2.4GHz: 300Mbps||2.4GHz: 450Mbps, 5GHz: 450Mbps||2.4GHz: 300Mbps, 5GHz: 300Mbps|
|Antenna Type||2 External omni-directional||2 Internal omni-directional||2 External omni-directional||3 External omni-directional||4 External omni-directional|
|Antenna Gain (dBi)||2dBi||3 dBi||5dBi||2.4GHz: 3dBi, 5GHz: 5dBi||2.4GHz: 4dBi, 5GHz: 6dBi|
|Power-over-Ethernet||Yes (802.3af )||Yes (802.3af )||Yes (802.3af )||Yes (802.3af )||Yes (802.3af )|
|Interface Ports||1 x 10/100/1000||1 x 10/100/1000||1 x 10/100/1000||1 x 10/100/1000||1 x 10/100/1000|
|AP / WDS / WDS with AP mode||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
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|Connectivity Technology||ethernet||USB||Wired^Wireless||ethernet, wi-fi, rj45||wi-fi||ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||4.8 x 7.8 x 1.3 in||9.3 x 9.6 x 4 in||5.86 x 8.14 x 1.4 in||10.75 x 8.25 x 5 in||6.7 x 6.7 x 1.1 in||6.54 x 1.46 x 7.4 in|
|Item Weight||0.9 lb||0.77 lb||1.1 lbs||2.25 lbs||0.65 lb||1.69 lbs|
|Wireless Compatibility||802.11 A/B, 802.11G||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11n, 802.11A, 802.11G||802.11B, 802.11n, 802.11G||802.11n, 802.11 G/N|
D-Link Air Premier N Dual Band POE Access Point, Selectable Dual Band Draft 802.11n
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First and foremost, pay attention to the product description. It is capable of supporting dual bands (2.4 OR 5 Ghz) but NOT simultaneously. One must choose one band or the other. I can somewhat forgive that. What was truly disappointing however, was the unit shipping with firmware revision 1.26 and there are a slew of performance problems with this firmware version . Sessions for mobile devices are randomly dropped and as time progresses disallows association of those devices. Looked for new firmware on the website only to realize the latest "stable" available release on the site was 1.25. Contacted support for assistance and they suggested downgrading the hardware to the version posted on their website, 1.25 (current as of 6/29/13).
The unit was downgraded to 1.25, (this is a major fail to have to perform this procedure). The problem still persists, but instead of failing every 36 hours, it fails between 48-72 hours. After that window occurs, power cycling the unit is the only means to resolve problems, (second major fail). In addition, while on the "stable" code some mobile devices, most notably apple devices (computers or i-devices), but not limited to, have difficulty maintaining connectivity. The logs show repetitive association/deassociation events, with reason code 8. Typically reason code 8 is a client leaving an AP due to load balancing. The problem with this scenario, there is only one AP in this setup and load balancing is NOT enabled!
Further debugging should be done with a variety of devices against various wireless chip manufacturers (some perform MUCH better than others, and this hardware seems particularly sensitive, but either way, I do not relish functioning as QA for D-Link when I am a paying consumer. Either their process, testing, or both are broken as product should NOT have been released with 1.26 when it "appears" to have not been thoroughly tested. This is truly sad this product is so problematic. I deploy many of their other products for small business owners, but wireless has always been problematic and apparently continues to remain so. One would expect this type of rubbish for their consumer product line, but not their business line. Highly disappointed, and migrating clients to another vendor's wi-fi solution.
I would give it only 1 star if it weren't for the fact the user interface is actually decent. Too bad the meat and potatoes of the product, the IMPORTANT stuff, don't match up to it.
* Great wireless range
* Compact design
* Reasonably fast re-boots as it is configured
* In-box documentation is too skimpy for many people to set it up without a support call
* Configuration application lacks the supporting instructions supplied by other manufacturers (NetGear)
* A little pricey - but performance makes up for it
I use a LinkSys router in my home network, which has a default IP of 192.168.1.1. The DAP-2553 uses a default IP of 192.168.0.50, so have to change its IP to one that uses 192.168.1.x for it to work, and the in-box documentation does not tell you how do do this. Fortunately, D-Link's excellent product support got me going in a few minutes, and without grilling me about the product serial number or when I had purchased it (NetGear's support is a pain).
If you're setting up one of these on a LinkSys network, here's what you'll need to do:
* Connect your DAP-2553 directly to a computer using the enclosed Ethernet cable (with your computer's WiFi turned off)
* Manually set your computer's IP address to 192.168.0.54 (Go to Control Panel | Network | Change Adapter Settings, then right-click on Local Area Connection and select Properties. Select Internet Protocol 4, then Properties, then Use the following IP address. Put in IP, leave Subnet mask at 255.255.255.0, and set Default gateway to 192.168.0.50 to reach your DAP-2553). Hit OK.
* Open a browser and point it to 192.168.0.50
* Log in using the DAP-2553's supplied login info, and go to Basic Settings | LAN
* Set IP address to 192.168.1.50 (this puts it on the map for your LinkSys router)
* Set the default gateway to your LinkSys router's address - probably 192.168.1.1
* Select Apply
* Remember to re-set your computer's IP address back to DHCP, or whatever it was before (Assuming you were using DHCP - Go to Control Panel | Network | Change Adapter Settings, then right-click on Local Area Connection and select Properties. Select Internet Protocol 4, then Properties, then Obtain an IP address automatically). Hit OK.
* Disconnect your DAP-2553 from the computer and connect the DAP-2553 into your network.
* If it works, you should now find your DAP-2553 at 192.168.1.50 and be able to finish wireless configuration to your preferences.
Standard disclaimers apply. Good luck.
After about a week the device started to hang periodically requiring a power-cycle to restore service. An upgrade to the latest firmware didn't resolve the problem. After a week of messing around with this "business class" access point I replaced it with a ZyXEL 300 access point (which cost 1/2 as much). The ZyXEL 300 provided nearly identical performance and signal strength in AP mode, had basically the same features and thusfar hasn't had any stability problems.
I did visit the D-Link forums looking for ways to resolve this issue. There were a number of posts from users claiming that the unit did indeed have stability issues and that a firmware upgrade did not fix the issue. Forum posts (including Amazon reviews) all need to be taken in context but these posts matched my experience exactly.
I didn't take the time to try and resolve these issues with D-Link. Frankly, it's not a good use of my time to sit on the phone and spend hours sorting through product issues when there are other products out there that cost 1/2 as much and provide the same functionality. I consider my taking the time to read the forum posts and upgrade to the latest firmware a fair effort to resolve the problem with D-Link. Amazon returns are way easier and Amazon Prime had a different product in my hands in two days.
I would have given this product zero stars if I could. It claims to be a "business class" AP which generally means outstanding reliablity.