How to Set Up a D-Link DAP-1520 WiFi Repeater

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to set up and position your D-Link DAP-1520 AC750 range extender.
You'll Need:
    • A router with the Wi-Fi network already set up.
    • Your router to have a WPS button for the easy setup method.
    • A computer or mobile device for the regular setup method.
    • A mobile device for the app setup method.
    • Your home network's Wi-Fi credentials:
      • Wi-Fi network name (SSID),
      • Wi-Fi password (security key).

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In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to set up and position your D-Link DAP-1520 AC750 range extender.
You'll Need:
    • A router with the Wi-Fi network already set up.
    • Your router to have a WPS button for the easy setup method.
    • A computer or mobile device for the regular setup method.
    • A mobile device for the app setup method.
    • Your home network's Wi-Fi credentials:
      • Wi-Fi network name (SSID),
      • Wi-Fi password (security key).
  1. Plug the range extender into a power outlet located within a few feet of the wireless router you wish to extend.
    Range extender being plugged into power outlet.
  2. When the indicator light begins to flash amber, the range extender is ready to be set up.
    Status light highlighted on front of D-Link range extender.
There are three ways to get your D-Link DAP-1520 AC750 range extender set up for the first time:

Wi-Fi Protected Setup

This is an easy setup method in which all you have to do is press the WPS button on your router, then press the same button on your range extender, and they will exchange information and connect to one another automatically.
Routers highlighting the WPS button. Illustration.

Web Interface Setup

This is a standard guided setup method that requires the use of a web browser on a computer or mobile device. This process involves selecting the Wi-Fi network you wish to extend, and providing the Wi-Fi password manually. The upside to this process is that it offers more customization options for your new extended network than the WPS method does.

Mobile App Setup

This is a guided setup method similar to the Web Interface method but requires you to use the QRS Mobile app on your mobile device instead of using a web browser.

QRS Mobile.
This process also involves selecting the Wi-Fi network you wish to extend, and providing the Wi-Fi password manually.

On Your Wireless Router

  1. Locate and press the WPS button on your wireless router. It may be labeled with the symbol depicted below or it may simply say WPS.
    WPS.

    Depending on the brand and model, your wireless router may have an indicator light that turns on when the WPS button is pressed.

On Your Range Extender

  1. Press the WPS button on the range extender within one minute.
    WPS button highlighted on side of range extender.
  2. The indicator light will start flashing green meaning it's connecting to the router. Once connected it will turn solid green.
    Status light highlighted on front of D-Link range extender.

    By default, the range extender replicates the Wi-Fi network name from your wireless router and appends -EXT and/or -EXT5G at the end. The Wi-Fi password remains the same with the one on the wireless router.

The purpose of a Wi-Fi range extender is to expand the Wi-Fi coverage in your home, by capturing the signal from your wireless router and expanding it further. To accomplish this, you need to place the range extender within the existing coverage area of your wireless router. However, to maintain an excellent wireless signal for your Wi-Fi devices, the range extender needs to be positioned within optimal distance from the wireless router. Here's how to accomplish this:

  1. Plug your range extender into an available power outlet in the area you'd like to expand your home's Wi-Fi coverage to.
  2. Check the indicator light on the front of the range extender:
    Status light highlighted on front of D-Link range extender.
    • Green solid light indicates an excellent wireless signal,
    • Amber solid light indicates a weak wireless signal.
  3. If the Wi-Fi indicator light shows a weak signal, plug the range extender into a power outlet that's a bit closer to your wireless router.
    Range extender optimal position.
  4. Repeat this process until the range extender indicates an excellent signal.

In order to set up your range extender, you'll need to connect your computer or mobile device to its Wi-Fi setup network first.

You should be able to find the range extender's default Wi-Fi credentials on the Wi-Fi Configuration Card received within the package or on a sticker on the rear of the range extender.
D-Link Wi-Fi Configuration Card.

If you're using a computer that is wired directly to your router, you will need to unplug the Ethernet cable and connect to this Wi-Fi network before you can proceed.

Use the illustrations below to help you choose the type of device you are using:

Computer

Windows
Windows 10 Desktop
macOS
macOS Desktop

Mobile Device

Android
Android Home Screen
iOS
iOS Home Screen
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    Android Settings
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Select the dlink-xxxx Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list on Android.
    The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Launch the browser that you use to go online.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Navigate to http://dlinkap.local and login. By default, there is no password that you need to enter. You will have to set one up later on.
    Address bar highlighted in internet browser.
  3. You will be taken to the Wi-Fi Connection Setup Wizard. Click or tap Next to start.
    Next button highlighted in connection setup wizard.
  4. You'll be asked to select the method for how you want to connect the range extender to the wireless router:
    Setup method selections highlighted in connection setup wizard.
    • WPS Method - with this option you have to press the WPS button on your wireless router, if it has one.
    • Manual Method - with this option you have to select your router's Wi-Fi network manually from a list of available networks and enter its assigned Wi-Fi password.

In the Web Interface

  1. Once you selected the WPS Method, which is the first option, click or tap Next.
    Next button highlighted in connection setup wizard.
  2. The range extender will initiate the WPS connection sequence. You'll need to push the WPS button on your router within two minutes.
    WPS connection sequence initiated on the range extender.

On Your Wireless Router

  1. Locate and press the WPS button on your wireless router. It may be labeled with the symbol depicted below or it may simply say WPS.
    WPS.

    Depending on the brand and model, your wireless router may have an indicator light that turns on when the WPS button is pressed.

In the Web Interface

  1. You'll get a notification on the screen once the range extender has connected to the wireless router.
  2. Fill in the range extender's Wi-Fi network names for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks and their respective Wi-Fi passwords, then click or tap Next.
    Next button highlighted in connection setup wizard.
  3. At the end you will be presented with a summary of the range extender's configuration. You'll be shown the Wi-Fi credentials needed to connect your devices to the range extender's Wi-Fi. Click or tap Save to conclude the setup.
    Save button highlighted in connection setup wizard.

It is critical you set up an admin password on your range extender to protect your Wi-Fi settings from unwanted intruders.

  1. In the range extender's web interface click or tap Management in the top right.
    Management option highlighted in range extender's web interface.
  2. Then select Admin from the drop down menu.
    Admin option highlighted in menu of range extender's web interface.
  3. Fill in the admin password you'd like to use. To keep it simple you can use the same admin password you have on your router.
    Password entry field highlighted in range extender web interface.
  4. To add an extra layer of protection you can also enable graphical authentication by moving the toggle slider to the right. This feature helps prevent unauthorized users from accessing your range extender's settings using automated methods, such as bots or other malware.
    Captcha toggling showed in range extender web interface.
  5. Once you're all set click or tap Save.
    Save button highlighted in range extender web interface.
  6. Your range extender will restart and the admin password protection will go into effect.
  1. Once you selected the Manual Method, which is the second option, click or tap Next.
    Next button highlighted in connection setup wizard.
  2. Choose your router's Wi-Fi network from the list then click or tap Select.
    Select button highlighted Wi-Fi network selection prompt in connection setup wizard.
  3. Enter your router's Wi-Fi password then click or tap Next.
    Next button highlighted on Wi-Fi entry prompt in connection setup wizard.
  4. You'll get a notification on the screen once the range extender has connected to the wireless router.
  5. Fill in the range extender's Wi-Fi network names for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks and their respective Wi-Fi passwords, then click or tap Next.
    Next button highlighted in connection setup wizard.
  6. At the end you will be presented with a summary of the range extender's configuration. You'll be shown the Wi-Fi credentials needed to connect your devices to the range extender's Wi-Fi. Click or tap Save to conclude the setup.
    Save button highlighted in connection setup wizard.
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Apple iOS devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    iOS Wi-Fi
  3. Select the dlink-xxxx Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list on iOS.
    The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
Windows 10 may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions of Windows 10.
  1. Select the Network icon in the bottom right.
    Windows 10 System Tray area of task bar with network icon highlighted.
  2. Select the dlink-xxxx Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list in Windows.
  3. Select Connect.
    Connect button highlighted on Wi-Fi connection prompt in Windows.
The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
macOS may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions and themes on macOS.
  1. Select Wi-Fi from the menu bar, then select your the dlink-xxxx Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list on macOS.
The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
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In order to set up your range extender, you'll need to connect your mobile device to its Wi-Fi setup network first.

You should be able to find the range extender's default Wi-Fi credentials on the Wi-Fi Configuration Card received within the package or on a sticker on the rear of the range extender.
D-Link Wi-Fi Configuration Card.

Use the illustrations below to help you choose the type of device you are using:

Android
Android Home Screen
iOS
iOS Home Screen
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    Android Settings
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Select the dlink-xxxx Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list on Android.
    The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Launch the QRS Mobile app.
    QRS Mobile.
  2. Tap Start on the welcome screen.
    Start button highlighted on welcome screen in QRS Mobile app.
  3. Tap Next on the operation mode screen. This describes how your range extender's function.
    Next button highlighted on operation mode screen in QRS Mobile app.
  4. Select your router's Wi-Fi network name from the list and enter the associated Wi-Fi password.
    List of available Wi-Fi networks highlighted in QRS Mobile app.
  5. Fill in the Wi-Fi credentials you'd like to use for the range extender then tap Next. To keep it simple you can use the same Wi-Fi network as your router's and add -EXT at the end, and use the same Wi-Fi password.
    Wi-Fi credential entry fields and Next button highlighted in QRS Mobile app.
  6. Do the same for the 5GHz network as well if your router is set up with one, then tap Next.
    Wi-Fi credential entry fields and Next button highlighted in QRS Mobile app.
  7. Create an admin password for the range extender then tap Next. This password is used to access and protect the range extender's settings you are setting up here, and is different from the Wi-Fi password. To keep it simple you can use the same admin password you have on your router.
    Admin password entry field and Next button highlighted in QRS Mobile app.
  8. At the end you will be presented with a summary of the range extender's configuration. You'll be shown the Wi-Fi credentials needed to connect your devices to the range extender's Wi-Fi. Tap Save to conclude the setup.
    Save button highlighted on summary screen in QRS Mobile app.
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Apple iOS devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    iOS Wi-Fi
  3. Select the dlink-xxxx Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list on iOS.
    The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
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