Byte sized review: D-Link AX1500 Mesh system M15

D-Link’s AX1500 mesh system in its natural habitat: The suburban home.

If you need a wi-fi mesh system that will extend your home’s wireless signal, D-Link’s AX1500 mesh system M15 is well worth a look.

I’ve used several D-Link wi-fi extenders in the past and found them useful in expanding weak wi-fi around a house.

Like D-Link’s other mesh systems set up with the AX1500 mesh system is pretty simple. In the past, I’ve set up D-Link extenders using the company’s smartphone app then scanning the supplied barcode. This time, though, I decided to connect two of the units to my router via the WPS button.

If you decide to use the app, you’ll need to download the D-Link Eagle Pro AI app which the company says lets you manage your network more efficiently. D-Link recommends one unit for a house up to 210sqm, two units for a house up to 370sqm and three units for a house up to 500sqm me. My house is single-storey and around 226sqm so I used two units.

Within minutes, I had two AX1500 units set up and extending my current wi-fi network. The first was around 5m from the router, which is sited in the garage, but the signal had to pass through one door and two walls.

The second unit was sited perhaps at the farthermost point of the house: In the corner of the family room next to the kitchen. The wi-fi signal would have to pass through several walls to reach it.

Using Ookla Speedtest, I did two speed tests standing next to each D-Link unit (one using a server 7km from my house in Christchurch, New Zealand; the other in Culverden, which is 90km north of my home). I also did a test using a server in Sydney which was over 2000km from my house.

The first test from the unit placed in the family room came back with a download speed of 201Mbps and an upload of 73Mbps (ping of 3ms, jitter 5ms). The second test came back with a download speed of 227Mbps, 95Mbps upload (ping 6ms, jitter 1ms).

Speeds from the second unit (in the master bedroom and closest to the router) were 318Mbps up, 247Mbps down (7km away server, ping 6ms, jitter 1ms) and 224Mbps down, 240Mbps up (90km away server, ping 2ms, jitter 1ms). The server in Sydney returned speeds of 281Mbps down, 134Mbps up (pin 40ms, jitter 2ms).

With the ability to connect up to four units to your network, D-Link’s AX1500 mesh system is a good choice to expand home wi-fi networks. While I’m unable to say how it will perform in a two-storey home, where the signal will need to pass through multiple walls, for my 225sq single-storey home it worked a treat, allowing me to stream countless hours of online content, download games to my PC and consoles and do general internet stuff without skipping a beat.

D-Link’s AX1500 mesh system M15 (three pack) will cost you $NZ399.99 and $AU379.95. Thanks to D-Link Australia for the review units.

EAGLE PRO AI AX1500 M15-3PK Mesh System (3-Pack)
• Dual-band AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 delivers blazing fast connectivity with increased range and reliability

• Blanket whole home coverage up to 500sqm

• Up to 1200Mbps (5GHz) and 300Mbps (2.4GHz) speeds

• AI-based Mesh capability with compatible AI Wi-Fi Extender or Router

• AI-based Wi-Fi and Traffic Optimiser monitors and improves your network automatically

• Supports WPA, WPA2, and the latest WPA3 Wi-Fi Security

• Clean Network Initiative compliant for security and privacy

• Voice control compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

D-Link DAP-X1860 wif-fi 6 mesh range extender (byte-sized review)

D-Link’s DAP-X1860 wi-fi 6 mesh range extender is, literally, plug and play – and it couldn’t be more simple.

For the most part, D-link network devices are a breeze to install and add to a home network and the company’s DAP-X1860 is no different: You plug it into a free wall socket anywhere in your house, set it up using D-Link’s super simple smart phone app, connect to the network you want to extend, and, bam, you’re surfing the web in no time.

The plug & play extender shares the same network name as your router and being powered by a household power outlet means you can move it around your house easily until you find the spot that provides the best coverage.

The DAP-X1860 has two internal antennas and a 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port on its left hand side, along with reset button & WPS button. A three level indicator LED lets you know how strong the wi-fi signal is: Three bars and it’s a full strength signal.

D-Link says the device will achieve speeds up to 600Mbps over a 2.4Ghz wi-fi network & up to 1200Mbps over a 5Ghz network. The router in my 225sqm single-storey house is my garage and plugged the DAP-X1860 into wall sockets in the main bedroom, the hallway and the kitchen/dining room (which is the farthest from the router) then used Ookla speed test to obtain upload and download speeds.

Main bedroom: 62Mbps download and 25Mbps upload

Hallway: 34.2Mbps download and 27.2Mbps upload

Kitchen/dining (two bars of wi-fi strength): 23.3Mbps download, 10.9Mbps upload

It’s clear that the hallway was the best location for the DAP-X1860 to get the best speeds, although the speeds are nowhere near the up to 600Mbps claimed by D-Link (but, of course, wi-fi speeds are determined by several factors).

D-Link’s DAP-X1860 will cost you $NZ249 ($AU229) and it’s a good option if you want to eliminate wi-fi deadspots in your house. One thing to take into account, though, it is a bulky unit and took up the bulk of a horizontal double wall plug so keep that in mind when you’re planning on where you need to plug devices.