What wireless device you need to extend the existing wireless network? You need a wireless range extender. What wireless device you need to extend the LAN network wirelessly? You need a wireless access point. And what wireless device you need to connect Ethernet enabled device to the wireless network? You need a wireless client. You need three different wireless devices for three different situations. Is there a single wireless device which can function as a wireless access point, wireless range extender, and as the wireless client? Yes, you need DLink DAP1360 – one of Dlink Range Extender devices.
The model of the device is simple; black box with two external antennas doesn’t look attractive design.
What this Product Does
DLink DAP1360 is an affordable range extender device, a single device with multiple mode functions: Access Point, Bridge with Access Point, Repeater, or Wireless Client.
With DAP-1360 you can easily:
- Extend or create a wireless network in home or office. Click here to build wireless network and setup wireless repeater with Dap-1360
- Install and Connect with Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ for easy secure connection
- Secure wireless encryption using WPA/WPA2 Security
The device also provides an excellent solution for upgrading your wireless network to Wireless N technology, which significantly outperforms previous-generation Wireless G.
The Dlink DAP1360 Wireless N range extender is designed to work with computers equipped with Windows®, Macintosh®, or Linux-based operating systems. To configure the device, you need a computer with an Ethernet interface and an Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, Netscape Navigator 7.0 or above, or FireFox 1.5 or above. The following steps describe general guidelines in setting up your DAP.
Step 1: Connect the Power Adapter.
Connect the power adapter to the power socket on the back of this device first, and then plug it to your AC power outlet. Check to see that the Power LED on the front panel of the DAP is turned ON.
Step 2: Connect the Antenna and Ethernet Cable.
Connect both antennas to the antenna connectors on the back of your Dlink DAP1360. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the LAN port on the back panel of the DAP and the other end of this cable to your computer’s Ethernet port. If your computer is connected to an Ethernet network via an Ethernet switch, connect this end of the cable to the switch’s port.
Step 3: Begin Configuring your DAP.
Assume that configuration will be set to default setting including the AP mode and no wireless security. Type in your browser and enter the default IP address http://192.168.0.50 with default username is admin and leave the password blank. You can now follow the screen wizard necessarily.
Dlink DAP1360 as Range Extender
You can configure your DAP as the wireless range extender to extend the range of your existing wireless network. After you configure the device as the wireless extender, you can put the DAP in the area where signal range needs to extend. Generally you need better range signal in your garden or in your gazebo to allow you browse the internet with your laptop, iPad or any other Android mobile devices.
The figure below shows the connection diagram of DAP as the wireless range extender or repeater.
Dlink DAP1360 as the Wireless Access Point
The default setting of the DAP is configured as the wireless access point. With wireless access point, you can create a wireless network from the existing wired network. Connect the RJ-45 LAN port of the device to the modem-router or to the Switch as shown in the figure below.
DAP as the Wireless Client
This DAP DLink range extender can also be configured as the wireless clients to allow network devices with Ethernet enabled to connect wirelessly to the existing wireless network. Have a look at the diagram below, the Surfboard 6120 cable modem connects to the wireless router. Game console with the DAP will be configured as a wireless client to the router.
In the Wireless Client mode, the DAP acts as a wireless network adapter for your Ethernet-enabled device (such as a game console or a TV set-top box). Connect your Ethernet-enabled device to the AP using an Ethernet cable. The AP Client mode can support multiple wired clients.
To allow multiple Ethernet-enabled devices to your Dlink DAP1360, you can connect the LAN port of the DAP to an Ethernet switch, and then connect your devices to this switch. For example with your gaming console, instead of deploying the game console wireless adapter, you can connect the console using an Ethernet cable to the DAP. The unit is set to Wireless Client mode which will wirelessly connect to a wireless router on your network.
By Ki Grinsing