How to Configure a D-Link DAP-1150 Router to Extend the Range of Your Wireless Network

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The D-Link DAP-1150 router has a feature that enables you to extend your wireless network beyond the range of your current wireless access point (AP) or router. Configuring the Repeater Mode feature essentially relays the wireless signal beyond the limits of the AP, more than doubling the range of your wireless network. This is extremely handy when the environment of your wireless network includes a large number of obstructions, such as concrete walls. Your PC must be configured to obtain a dynamic IP address (DHCP) to take advantage of the Repeater Mode feature.

Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable
  • Connect the DAP-1150 to your PC using an Ethernet CAT5 or CAT6 cable, which are standard network cables.

  • Type "dlinkap" (without quotes) into your browser's address bar -- where the "http://" is usually located -- and press "Enter." The PC should now be connected to the administration login page for the DAP-1150.

  • Type "admin" (without quotes) for the username and leave the password blank. Press "Enter."

  • Click "Launch Wireless Setup" to configure the router for Repeater mode.

  • Enter the name (SSID) of the AP for your network and click "Next."

  • Enter a new administrator password and click Next.

  • Now select the "Manual" radio button and click "Next."

  • Click "Site Survey."

  • Click to select your network from the list and click "Connect."

  • Click to select your security mode and click "Next."

  • Type in your network pass phrase (assuming you are using WPA or WPA2) and click "Next." If your wireless network is not secured or is secured with WEP, then your network is vulnerable to eavesdropping and uninvited connections and use of your Internet bandwidth.

  • Click "Finish," and the DAP-1150 should reboot and connect to the network AP.

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