• Ports: Ethernet
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Standards: Wireless b/g/n/, 10/100 Mb Ethernet
  • Encryption: WPA/WPA2
  • Antenna: Yes (foldable)
  • Dimensions: 97.9 x 50.7 x 48.7 mm
  • Weight: 97g
  • Pros:
  • Easy to setup
  • Cons:
  • None

Easy Network Coverage

Trying to ensure that larger premises are fully WiFi covered isn’t really too hard, especially if you’re willing to splash the cash for high-end routers. But when sticking to a lower budget is important, it’s better to go for range extenders like the D-Link DAP-1325.

Inside the box, you’ll find the extender itself, which comes with a basic design that’s mostly white, with a grey strip around the sides. No other accessories were included, except for the standard documents like the quick installation guide and a configuration card with the default configurations. This means that you’ll need to have your own Ethernet cable handy if you want to use the port.

Unlike dedicated WiFi access points, the DAP-1325 is made to be compact and blend in. Being small also makes it portable, so it can be used in multiple locations if you need to. Designed to work as a homeplug, the local version uses a 3-pin plug and will fit our local wall sockets without needing an adapter. There are two slightly adjustable antennas on both sides, as well as Megabit Ethernet port at the bottom that are the main connections points. For fast setup, a WPS button can also be found at the top, along with two LED indicators and a reset button.

As usual, this should be connected directly to a wall socket and not a power strip, to ensure quality of the connection and consistency of data rates. However, it should be noted that since it doesn’t have a passthrough, using it means you won’t be able to use that wall socket for other electronics.

We had no problems setting up the DAP-1325, especially with the WPS button available. Of course, it’s better to set it up normally through a browser or the mobile app for more control over settings like the password and SSID. Once connected, the LED strip on top provides a visual indication of the signal strength.

Since it’s a basic WiFi extender, the obvious drawback to its portability is that it lacks high-speed capability. While it can provide extended WiFi coverage for most household or small offices easily, it won’t be able to deliver enough bandwidth for things like HD content streaming or environments with a large number of users with its max speed of only 300 Mb/s; the limited bandwidth will be insufficient, leading to lowered speeds for users.

In a setting more suitable for it, like an office, we find that it does provide a stable and consistent WiFi coverage. Of course, this stability requires there to not be other overlapping wireless networks.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A very basic WiFi extender, but one that can provide rather stable coverage, as long as it’s setup properly.

(previously published in issue January 2018)D-Link DAP-1325 600x500