There are a few things home users can do to extend and improve wireless speed. The obvious is to have the best speeds coming into the house–meaning having a good internet provider and proper wiring. You are given a modem or router by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) once the connection is setup. Beyond that, the customer is on their own in regards to expanding their network capabilities. While you will not be able to speed up a network beyond the preset ISP plan, you can ensure the equipment you’re running internally is not gimping your speeds. The DAP-1522 Xtreme N Duo Wireless Bridge/Access Point is a great device to extend the range of your network, improve wireless speed, and provide you with full coverage throughout your home or office.
Improve Wireless Speed With The DAP-1522 Xtreme N Duo
So why the DAP-1522? Chances are your current router is based, at best, on the 802.11g wireless standard. The newer 802.11n standard supported by the DAP-1522 is four times faster with a signal that travels much farther than 802.11g signals. The DAP-1522 is a Wireless Access Point (WAP), meaning it can instantly integrate with your current router with very little setup. The rear of the DAP-1522 has four ports so you can plug in nearby devices that are not WiFi-capable.
Wireless Speed Setup
You can setup the DAP-1522 to act as an Access Point or a Bridge to improve wireless speed. Bridge mode is used to connect non-wireless devices, such as game consoles, media players and DVRs to the wireless network. AP mode is used to allow WiFi-enabled devices access to the network and Internet, which is ideal for laptops, computers and mobile devices. In most cases, this device will be setup as an Access Point.
You will notice a switch on the rear of the device with AP, Auto and Bridge modes. Set the switch to AP to make it an Access Point. You will then setup the DAP-1522 by opening your web browser and typing in either http://dlinkap or http://192.168.0.50. It is recommended you use the first option, as your wireless adapter might not be on the 192.168.0.x network. You should see a login screen. By default, the username is admin and the password is blank.
It is recommended you select the Launch Wireless Setup option, as this will quickly walk you through the options to setup the important features of your wireless access point. If you select the manual option, be sure to change the following:
- Change the SSID
- Change the router login and password
- Change the system time and date
- setup wireless encryption (WPA-2 recommended)
You may also want to set a Static IP address for your DAP-1522. This way you can easily connect to it in the future if you decide you need to make some administrative changes. You do this in the admin panel of the DAP-1522. In the left column, select Network Settings and under LAN Connection Type, set the drop down to Static IP.
Important: The IP you add must match your router’s current network settings. For instance, if the router has an IP address of 192.168.1.1, then your D-Link DAP-1522 can no longer have its default IP address of 192.168.0.50. It must be changed to 192.168.1.50–or something similar to 192.168.1.x.
The DAP-1522 is a great choice for expanding the capability of your internal network and can improve wireless speed and range of your current setup–especially if you have dead spots in your home where the current WiFi router cannot reach. D-Link is also a popular brand with a very good reputation.
You can also find other ways to improve wireless speed by reading our other networking tutorials.