If you’re looking for a small range extender and you don’t need ports for connecting hard drives, printers or a stereo, D-Link’s DAP 1520 is for you. At 3.6 x 2.2 x 1.3 inches, the white extender is tiny and doesn’t hog adjacent outlets, but the minimalist extender doesn’t come with a stand and power cord to use if you want to put it someplace else.
The DAP 1520 has no external antennas or places to plug in any cables and has one of the simplest setups. One downside is that it lacks the ability to adjust many important operational parameters, but if you want to see what’s going on online, it can display a beautiful timeline that shows the bits flying back and forth.
The DAP 1520 makes up for the lack of a wired connection by providing the best performance in the 2.4-GHz band at 53.5 Mbps. The extender also delivered more than adequate 5-GHz throughput, with the ability to move a peak of 171.5 Mbps. That adds up to 225 Mbps of combined bandwidth available that is well balanced between its 2.4- and 5-GHz bands and just behind the Linksys RE6500. Its 120-foot range in the 2.4GHz band was unimpressive, though.
With other extenders selling for more than double the DAP 1520’s $57 price tag, this device stands out as a bargain for those who want an extender and nothing more.
Specs and Speed
Size: 3.6 x 2.2 x 1.3 inches
Number of Antennas/Removable: 2 internal / No
Wi-Fi Spec: AC 733 dual-band 802.11ac
Peak 802.11.ac performance: 225 Mbps
Extender range in 2.4GHz: 120 feet.