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April 17, 2013 10:03:45 AM

Hi all!

I've been trying like crazy for the last couple days to get my router to work with a wireless bridge I bought, but with all the Google searches, online manuals, and frustration, nothing seems to be working...

So I was wondering if somebody here could help me out! :D 

Here's my setup. I've got a D-link Gaming router (DGL-4500), which I normally use for WiFi. My desktop computer is connected to it via Ethernet, but the rest of the devices in my home use its WiFi. This setup works in my home, but on the top floor, I usually only get about one bar signal strength, and I wanted to improve it. I found a wireless bridge/AP that I never really used, and figured that would do the trick. If it's important, it's a D-link DAP-1522.

I guess my first question is, do i set the DAP to bridge or AP (access point, I'm assuming)? All I want to do is extend my WiFi signal, not connecting networks, using network storage or anything like that. The device also has an "Auto" setting.

And my second question is, how can I successfully get the router and the bridge/AP to cooperate? I remember a long time ago I used the bridge to connect my xbox to the network, and it worked like a charm, but something's wrong now. I've tried pushing the little sync buttons on the sides of each device, but it either doesn't do anything, or the one on the bridge doesn't even light up. I started fiddling with IP addresses, as mentioned in a post I found, but I screwed up the situation even more.

So now I've reset both devices to factory defaults. Sorry for the wall of text, I just wanted to give as much info as possible. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you.

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a b F Wireless
April 17, 2013 11:05:46 AM

IIRC, one limitation of the DAP-1522 is that it can only be used either as a wireless bridge (aka, client bridge), OR, wireless AP, but not both at the same time. IOW, it can't be used as a wireless repeater. In bridge mode, it connects wired-only devices to the primary router over wireless. In AP mode it supports wireless clients, but it can only be connected to the primary router over wire. And there's the rub. You probably want BOTH, i.e., a wireless repeater.
April 17, 2013 7:22:14 PM

eibgrad said:
IIRC, one limitation of the DAP-1522 is that it can only be used either as a wireless bridge (aka, client bridge), OR, wireless AP, but not both at the same time. IOW, it can't be used as a wireless repeater. In bridge mode, it connects wired-only devices to the primary router over wireless. In AP mode it supports wireless clients, but it can only be connected to the primary router over wire. And there's the rub. You probably want BOTH, i.e., a wireless repeater.

Ahh ok, that clears up things.. thanks.. would you be able to walk me through setting up the bridge then? Thanks again!

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a b F Wireless
April 17, 2013 8:51:06 PM
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Did you read the manual? It's pretty good, better than most in fact. There's not really much more I can add unless you run into specific problems. All you're going to do is set the physical switch on the device to Bridge and follow the directions starting at pg 52.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/szmanuals/a316344a9c846a97592f5...
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