Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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Tech Tip: Boost Your Wireless Internet Signal Easily By Using the D-Link Wireless Range Extender (DAP-1320)


Thank you to D-Link for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon. All opinions expressed are my own.

We use many, many wireless devices in our home. The wireless router we use is provided by our ISP (Internet service provider) and is located in the basement of our 3 story townhouse. Although the wireless signal is fine on the main floor of the house, the signal is sketchy at best on the third floor, where we often use laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and streaming media devices.

When we had the opportunity to try a D-Link Wireless Range Extender (DAP-1320), I was excited to see how it could help our weak signal on the third floor.

The unit is tiny and not much larger than a charger for your mobile phone. The DAP-1320 can easily be hidden just about anywhere you choose to plug it in. Although looks aren't important to me in a device like this, the unit is white and sleek, easily blending in with light color walls or trim.

Set up was about as easy as can be. If you own a D-Link wireless router (I do not), set up is as easy as pressing one button! For the rest of us, it was not that much harder. Simply plug the unit in and navigate to a local website (web address provided in the package) that dials you directly into the range extender. Do some very simple configuration (tie it to your existing network, name it, set a password, etc) and you are in business.

If you know nothing at all about computers, you can set this up with the help of the included instructions. If you are even moderately PC literate, then the configuration is a snap. Your entire setup time should be well under 10 minutes (maybe even under 5).

The DAP-1320 boosted my upstairs signal from an inconsistent 2-3 bars to an all the time solid 4 bars. I don’t know what else to say, it works. Can my mom set this up? Probably. Does it work? Yes, very well. Is it expensive? Nope, this D-Link Wireless Range Extender sells for approximately $49.99 at D-Link and on Amazon.

The D-Link Wireless Range Extender is a no-brainer.