If you use Wi-Fi devices in the home, you know that few things are more frustrating than dead zones. The holes in your wireless home network, dead zones are the corners and crevices where your wireless fears to tread. Maybe it’s a one-bar signal in the basement, crawling connections in the kitchen, or endless buffering when watching movies in bed. No matter where they are, dead zones hurt your productivity and restrict your movement, making the Internet less fun and flexible.
Fortunately, D-Link’s line of powerful, yet easy-to-use routers and wireless devices can help you strengthen your network and kill dead zones off for good. No matter the connectivity problem your network is experiencing, these devices can help you solve it without breaking a sweat—or the bank. Here are a few common problems, along with the D-Link devices that can fix them:
Problem: Your wireless performance is lacking, no matter where in your home you are.
Solution: The AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (DIR-880L)
How It Works: If you haven’t upgraded your router for a few years, the range of innovative features built into D-Link’s AC1900 Wi-Fi Router will blow you away. The DIR-880L’s 802.11ac technology allows for revolutionary wireless connection speeds of up to 1900 megabits per second (Mbps). That means you can HD media without buffering, hold Skype or Facetime chats with no interruption, and game online faster than ever before. And because the DIR-880L is optimized for use with mydlink’s innovative cloud services, you can manage your network remotely and share files effortlessly from just about anywhere.
Problem: You want to connect your desktop or laptop to your AC network, but it’s not AC wireless-enabled.
Solution: The AC1200 Dual Band USB adapter (DWA-182)
How It Works: D-Link’s AC1200 Dual Band USB Adapter DWA-182 is a compact device that plugs into your desktop or laptop’s USB drive and connects it to your wireless network. But the DWA-182 isn’t just any wireless adapter; it was one of the first 802.11ac adapters on the market, and it delivers lightning-fast connection speeds of up to 867Mbps when paired with an AC router like D-Link’s DIR-880L. Simple push-button connections and Wi-Fi Protected Setup secure the DWA-182 and make it outstandingly easy to use.
Problem: Your wireless network doesn’t cover your whole home.
Solution: The Wi-Fi AC750 Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1520)
How It Works: Recipient of PC Mag.com’s Editors’ Choice award, the DAP-1520 Wi-Fi Range Extender is an easy way to transform a weak existingnetwork into one that reaches every room in your home. With multiple built-in antennas and compatibility with all makes of router, D-Link’s Wi-Fi Range Extender is designed to maximize the speed and strength of your connection while minimizing your effort, while providing one 2.4 GHz band and one 5GHz band. Simply plug the DAP-1520 into an electrical outlet located between your router and the place where you want to use your wireless devices. Press the WPS button on your router, then press the corresponding button on the DAP-1520, holding it until the LED light starts to flash. Release the button, and voila—you’ve got a more comprehensive network with data speeds up to 750 megabytes per second.
Problem: You want a wired connection for specific devices, but without running tons of cables.
Solution: The PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Starter Kit (DHP-701AV)
How It Works: The PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Starter Kit turns your home electrical system into an extension of your network. The kit includes two small devices. Connect the first one to your router with an Ethernet cable and plug it into an electrical outlet near your router. This will transform your power lines into conduits for fast Internet, delivering speeds of up to 2000Mbps. Then, all you have to do is plug the second PowerLine box into an outlet in another part of your house to extend your Wi-Fi network to those hard to reach areas. You can repeat with as many devices as you’d like, and with any outlet in your home. You’ll have fast connections throughout your home and you’ll never have to trip over another Ethernet cable again.