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D-Link DAP1522 Xtreme 4-Port GigaBit Selectable Dual Band Draft 802.11n N Duo Wireless Bridge/Access Point
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Product Description

Marketing description is not available./Access Point is designed for users looking to create a wireless network or to connect multiple wired devices to an existing wireless network. Xtreme N Duo is the latest addition to the award-winning Xtreme N product family. Duo means the DAP-1522 works with next generation dual band 802.11n wireless devices as well as legacy 802.11g products.

Features:
  • The Wireless Bridge feature of the DAP-1522 allows you to easily connect up to 4 Ethernet-enabled devices
  • Create a new wireless network using the Access Point feature by connecting the DAP-1522 to an existing wired network
  • 5GHz is ideal for wirelessly streaming multiple HD videos across your network.
  • Use the Xtreme N Duo Wireless Bridge / Access Point (DAP-1522) to connect up to 4 Ethernet-enabled
  • Connect the DAP-1522 to an existing wired network and easily enable wireless connectivity in your home.

Customer Reviews:

  • Absolutely no joy for me
    I'm a network engineer, an owner of an IT company that does networking, servers, firewalls, etc, for a living. So it's not as if I don't know what I'm doing. Yet both myself and, after a couple hours of beating my head against a wall, Dlink support, were unable to get this to perform with another Dlink product, their DWA-160 USB adapter.
    Even with every setting manually hardcoded to what Dlink promises will get the 300MB connection (and yes, I understand theoretical max vs. real world) I could not get a connection to display better than 103 to 108MB. And real time file transfers? About 750KBPS. A mere fraction of the speed I already was getting with my older 802.11g network.

    Hugely disappointed with this product, wish I had the success that others had reviewed here, but it just was not meant to be in my infrastructure here at home. Time to start shopping for a differnet manufacturer's unit and see if I fare any better....more info
  • Works SO easily
    I'm a pretty advanced user/admin. I still love it when things are simple, work easily, and are reliable.

    I have a somewhat complex home network, with a WRT54G running Tomato as my main router, and 802.11g access point. Then I have an Airport Extreme Base Station broadcasting 802.11n 5GHz (previously 2.4GHz, more on that later) throughout the house.

    I had a WRT300N running dd-wrt serving as a bridge between the Airport Extreme Base Station and a remote Mac Mini, XBox 360, and PS3 that need a wired connection. The WRT300N can only support 2.4GHz and 5GHz is consistently faster. I stream HD video to the Mac Mini and XBox 360, so a high-speed connection is important.

    I wanted to upgrade the 802.11n network to 5GHz, so I started looking for a bridge device. I looked at the Linksys WET610N and WGA600N. Neither got good reviews, and seemed to require special configurations.

    I tried an Airport Express 802.11n. It maxed out at 3-4MB/s transfer, which is going to cause some stuttering on HD video streaming with 5.1 audio.

    Then I came across the DAP-1522. I had my doubts, as my previous experiences with D-Link were over 10 years ago, and not very good. But I figured there's litte risk, so I gave it a try.

    WOW. First of all, setup was easy. As I said earlier, I'm an advanced user, so I always opt for manual configuration. D-Link gives the instructions in the book to do manual setup, and they worked like a charm (set your IP to 192.168.0.x (where "x" is not 50) and browse to 192.168.0.50). I had it joined to my network, setup in bridge mode (a physical switch, making it super easy), and running in 2 minutes. The longest part was the device reboot!

    Now I get 7-10MB/s on 802.11n 5GHz! HD streaming problem solved - and now I know I can trust D-Link with my network....more info
  • Bad product, worse Customer Support
    Had to download new firmware. Followed instructions which were horrible. I use WEP security and brief instructons manual have you use their silly security button. Confusing. Had to call Tech support 3x. Got contridictory info from each. Last one messed up the IP address which brought down my AT&T DSL modem network when connected by wire. Never got the wireless bridge to work. Reset button never reset the unit properly. Maybe got a DOA unit but sent it back for refund as I will find alternative (as tech support is horrible) including either powerline adapter or running a wire....more info
  • Dlink DAP-1522 - Perfect bridge for your entertainment center
    Funny...Amazon has this listed twice with different descriptions...

    Anyway...If you are in need to connect blu-ray players, xbox360, and/or home theatre systems to your wireless network, then the DAP-1522 is a perfect solution.

    I already have a Dlink DIR-655 wireless N router, which made the setup to "bridge mode" take 30 seconds. You push the WPS button on the bridge, then press the WPS button on the router, and they find each other in 10 seconds, with wpa2 security enabled as well. You are done.

    I bought 2 of these for 2 media rooms and signal strength is awesome, averaging 70-80% all the time. I am able to stream HD to my xbox360, watch netflix on xbox360, and pull BD-Live content seamlessly.

    If you have a DIR-655 router, then this is the way to go.

    PRO:
    Easy to setup if you have DIR-655
    Easy to keep out of site, no attennas
    Good Signal strength

    Cons:
    Little expensive
    LED's are very bright, livable though...more info
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    Works wonderfully for me as an 802.11n bridge. Notice that this unit ships with v1.02 firmware, however, as of Dec.8, 2008, the newest firmware version (available from DLINK on their web site) for this device (version for units sold in North America) is v1.10. Without this firmware update the device is unable to perform some of the functions in the "bridge" mode. Finally, the user's guide does not even mention the most important reason why people would buy this device to use in a bridge mode: to extend one's wireless network! Why the user's guide does not even show an example of this, I have no idea. Though D-LINK's web site has a FAQ, where they explain the bridge mode much better. OK, this is what you really need bridge mode for: let's say you have a computer, a DVD player and a game console in the same room but none of these devices have wireless interfaces. However, if you have a wireless router elsewhere in your house/neighborhood, you can set D-LINK to "bridge" mode and then connect all your wired devices to this bridge. Then the bridge will serve as a wireless card for all devices you connected to its wired ports. You can even go beyond this and connect a wireless access point to one of the bridge's wired ports - then your wired devices connected to the bridge would use it to communicate with your main wireless station, while you can use the new access point to extend the range of your wireless network beyond the range of your main wireless router. I give this device 5 stars because it works very well (I don't care about the user's guide etc). I was originally using this bridge with Belkin's 802.11n router on a network with MAC address filtering, a DHCP server and no WEP/whatever security. Later I got second DAP-1522 and configured it to work as an access point. This access point is on wired network connected to the router. The bridge is now connecting to internet through this access point in 2.4GHz/11n mode. Everything works wonderfully in both directions over AP and the bridge (for games, HD streaming video, ssh, scp and Remote Desktop). I now plan to get one more DAP-1522 and place it behind the bridge as another WAP to extend coverage of wireless network. Will update the review when done. ...more info
  • Excellent Bride an Access Point
    This has the easiest setup. I was up and working in 30 seconds.Then I just had to configure it for my network. Which was also fast. It couldn't be easier. They work perfectly as a Bridge and also as an access point.
    The only thing that would make it better would be simultaneous 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz....more info
  • IP Conflicts
    I bought this to bridge between my Belkin Wireless N router and my living room Samsung Blu-Ray player w/ Netflix. Despite following the directions to a T, and then trying many iterations of DHCP enabled/disabled (static IP), MAC cloning off/on, etc. etc. etc. I kept running into IP conflicts. Messed with my router as well...could often get it working, but after awhile...IP conflict. Some may blame it on my router, but I finally decided to try a Linksys N Ultra gaming adapter (ie, single port adapter that bypasses all the routing functionality and gets right to business in connecting my Blu-Ray to my router...). No MAC cloning, no DHCP disabling, I am connected, streaming at 125MBPS, and loving it. My primary issue is...what do I rate the d-link? Did I just screw it up? Is it my router? My windows Vista computer? Regardless of what/who, my basic issue is this - tech support stinks, documentation is weak (still gives instructions for Windows 98, ME, and XP - but no Vista?!!??), and unless you're lucky in the setup, or perhaps a Certified Networking Guru, you are outta luck if it doesn't work. And BTW, go online and look at forums where plenty of pro's have issues with wireless bridges. Bottom line - if you just need to create a single device bridge, and don't need multiple ethernet ports to bridge, I'd stay away and get a simple gaming adapter.......more info
  • Great little niche product
    In the consumer networking realm there's very little that compares to this product - it fills a much-needed niche.

    My setup: I have a wireless-n router in a closet, and I have a few spots in my house where I have a cluster of networked devices. For example, my office has a few computers; my entertainment center includes a laptop and a ReadyNAS NV+ that serve up digital media; etc. - you get the idea.

    In each case I could get wireless adapters for each location, but as anyone who's tried to do this more than a couple of times, getting wireless adapters to work is a hit-or-miss situation - you might get lucky and have everything work perfectly, or you might not.

    Enter this great little device. Because it has 4 GigE ports on the back, it can serve as a bridge from my router to each of the cluster of devices that I have. And instead of trying to set up all the wireless adapters, I just set up the DAP1522 once, and it works for every one of them.

    From a pricing perspective it's probably a wash, but from an ease of install and config perspective - it's way better.

    One last note: I considered the other bridge-like options out there (Netgear's WNHDE111 pair, the Linksys gaming adapter) but they were either more expensive or less capable (fewer, slower wired ports) or both....more info
  • 5 stars for how well it works, minus 2 for angering me during set-up
    I purchased to pair with the DIR-655 router and a DSM-750 media extender, both from Dlink. Depending on how you feel, this product could be anywhere from a 1 - 5 star item. The thing works great, which is the most important aspect to me. However, I would say that the range is less than excellent, thus a half star off for that. Another half star off because the reset button is pretty much useless. I'm taking the other star off for it being a massive pain in the butt to get it working - in bridge mode.

    AP mode is easy to set up. All you have to do is set the switch to AP on the back and connect it to your router with an Ethernet cable. You should then be able to access the configuration page by typing in 192.168.0.50 in your web browser. You can then set up the wireless broadcast as you see fit (enter in an SSID in the box (different from your router for a separate broadcast) - use a static IP address, set up the IP address of your router as the gateway address, etc). You can also update the firmware.

    Bridge mode is a completely different matter. Theoretically, you should be able to press the WPS button on your router and then press the button on your bridge and it will connect automatically (probably still helps to connect via Ethernet cable first so you can access the config page). Maybe that worked for some people, but it did not work for me. I tried push button connect, tried connecting using pin numbers, tried manually setting everything up, but nothing worked. I was tempted to think I had a defective unit, but it worked fine in AP mode, so I was sure the thing was functioning properly.

    Here is how I configured it to make it finally work in bridge mode. First, I reset this and my router to factory defaults. I set the switch on the back to bridge mode. I connected the bridge to the router via Ethernet cable. I turned on the router and then the bridge. I set up the router as before - broadcast in 802.11n only mode, 40MHZ and WPA2 (AES encryption), which enabled me to achieve 300 mbps network speed. I then went to the config page for the bridge. On the wireless set-up, I manually set it up to match the router. I selected the static IP. I left the SSID box blank and used the site survey to select the wireless connection from my router. I then de-selected the clone MAC box. As if by magic, the stupid thing finally connected wirelessly, and i have been pleased with its performance since. I was even able to unplug it and set it up in another location, and it was still able to connect....more info
  • Great for setting up a second in-home wired network
    I bought this item to bridge my wireless network up a flight of stairs to my entertainment center. I have both an X-Box 360 and a Vista PC using it at only a few dollars more than the X-Box wireless adapter. When using the PC it can stream HD video while simultaneously downloading other content.

    I had difficulty configuring the bridge in Vista because of Vista's repeated attempts to 'protect' me. Once I decided to use an XP computer for setup I was up and running in less than 10 minutes....more info
  • Not up to snuf
    I purchased two DLINK DWA 652 network adaptors and two DLINK DAP 1522 wireless access points (to go along with my new DLINK DIR 825 router). The wirless N does operate as reliably or consistently and sometimes not at all. I could not receive N band transmissions and DLINK was not able to fix the problem. In addition, the software causes system hangups.

    What made this experience worse is the long hold times to get a DLINK tech. And, they tell you to try something and then call them back (more long holds)

    I've given up on these and on DLINK. They are going back to Amazon. ...more info
  • Excellent media streaming device
    I have been waiting for such a reliable and easy to use wireless bridge since I first built out my N network. Excellent performance and reliability when used with XBox 360, TiVo HD, and AppleTV. Easy one-touch configuration and trusted security implementation. ...more info
  • Excellent
    I set this up manually as a bridge to my D-Link router. Worked flawlessly....more info
  • Dlink DAP-1522 - Perfect bridge for your entertainment center
    If you are in need to connect blu-ray players, xbox360, and/or home theatre systems to your wireless network, then the DAP-1522 is a perfect solution.

    I already have a Dlink DIR-655 wireless N router, which made the setup to "bridge mode" take 30 seconds. You push the WPS button on the bridge, then press the WPS button on the router, and they find each other in 10 seconds, with wpa2 security enabled as well. You are done.

    I bought 2 of these for 2 media rooms and signal strength is awesome, averaging 70-80% all the time. I am able to stream HD to my xbox360, watch netflix on xbox360, and pull BD-Live content seamlessly.

    If you have a DIR-655 router, then this is the way to go.

    PRO:
    Easy to setup if you have DIR-655
    Easy to keep out of site, no attennas
    Good Signal strength

    Cons:
    Little expensive
    LED's are very bright, livable though ...more info
  • Great Router
    Great range, capability. I set it up with my Directv DVR and an XBox 360
    through a pair of DLink DAP-1522 access points/bridges....more info
  • Broken Unit out of the box
    I got this unit and configured it fairly easily as a bridge. I wanted to use it to stream video to my television with the router about 20-30 feet away. It didn't seem to work correctly. Before I start discussing the debugging situation, I will mention four features I didn't like, two of which slowed me down in debugging the fact the unit wasn't working properly.
    1. There is no way to know from the indicators that the unit is connected.
    2. There is no way to know how strong the signal is.
    3. The unit does not have an external antenna. In an N world where most devices have three antennae, this worries me a little about range. This has nothing to do with my current problem but is at least surprising.
    4. The unit has a bright blinking light when operating which is distracting (OK, this is minor and didn't impact performance of debugging - I just didn't like it)

    Anyway, during setup, I discovered I could sometimes get the unit to initially work correctly after configuration as long as I didn't unplug it from power, but when I unplugged it to move it after configuring it, it would not reconnect with the network. This didn't even work every time and my success rate seemed to decrease after working with the unit for a few hours.

    I talked to tech support and got the usual runaround. It took me 50 minutes of waiting and talking to someone inexperienced to finally get a second level tech support person on the line who within 5-10 minutes had assessed the situation (Thanks to Ishi), confirmed there was something wrong, and suggested I download the latest firmware (1.10). If that didn't work, the unit must be broken. The unit was broken.

    I will take it back, but now wonder if I want to try again. Once bitten, twice shy....more info
  • Fits my needs perfectly
    I needed a wireless bridge to connect my downstairs network where my FIOS connecting comes into the house (and where my Media Center PC is located) to my upstairs Office Network where my Workstation, Laptop and Windows Home server live.

    The initial set up was easy enough if you have a little previous knowledge on wireless networks. I am using it to bridge my 11N network to a D-Link DGL-4500 Router. So far, after a couple of weeks, everything appears very solid. I'm not seeing the short drop outs that my old 11g bridge use to see. I am getting excellent speeds going over the wireless bridge as well. About the same as I see on any 11N device attached to my network.

    The Gigabit switch is great as well. I get great transfer rates when copying or backing up files to my Windows Home server sitting on the same switch.

    If you need a fast, solid wireless bridge this is a good solid choice.

    As usual, Amazon delivered the product in a quick, timely manor. Usually I order my tech gear from places like NewEgg but it was a bit cheaper from Amazon. Less than a 2 day turn around to Massachusetts with free shipping. Service like this keeps me coming back to Amazon....more info