You can set up your D-Link range extender in the Extender Mode, Access Point Mode, or Media Bridge Mode. In the Extender Mode, your D-Link device will act as a repeater and repeat the signals emitted by your home router. If working in the Access Point Mode, the extender will act as a hotspot for WiFi-enabled devices to access the internet. But, if you configure your range extender in the Media Bridge Mode, it will act as a bridge between your wireless router and wireless client devices. This post is all about the process to configure the D-Link range extender in the Media Bridge Mode. So, read on.
Steps to Set Up D-Link Extender in Bridge Mode
I. Power Up Your D-Link Extender
Start the process by powering up your booster decvice. For this, find a working wall socket near the home router and plugin your D-Link device to it. Press the Power button and wait for the power LED on your extender to light up.
Just in case there is no response from the power LED, consider rebooting your D-Link extender. It will help your extender to deal with technical glitches.
II. Connect the Extender to the Router
The next step is to create a connection between your D-Link range extender and the host router. You can do it either using a wired or a wireless source. However, the conditions for a stable connection are different in both scenarios.
If you have connected your D-Link range extender to the router using a wired source, ensure that the Ethernet cable in use is not damaged. Also, make sure to keep the wire away from the path to avoid a tripping hazard. If you love wireless connections, then keep in mind to maintain a safe distance between your D-Link extender and the host router. Furthermore, to avoid interruption in the setup process, consider placing your WiFi devices in a zero interference zone.
III. Access Dlinkap.local
After connecting your WiFi devices properly, move towards your PC and open a web browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, etc. Update the web browser to its latest version if you haven’t updated it yet. Besides, clear cache, cookies, and browsing history by navigating to the Settings section.
Now, go to the address bar of the web browser and type dlinkap.local. Try not to enter the web address in the search field. Press the Enter key after entering the extender’s web address. You will be taken to the administrative page of the D-Link extender.
IV. Log in to Your Extender
On the D-Link extender login window, you will be prompted to enter the default username and password of the device. So, carefully type the extender’s admin details and click the login button.
Remember that the default username and password of your D-Link range extender are case-sensitive. Thus, you are bound to keep typing errors at bay. Also, if you have ever changed the extender’s admin details, consider using them.
V. Select the Wireless Mode
Once you log in to your device, you will get redirected to its dashboard. Now, click the Setup option and navigate to the Wireless Setup section. Thereafter, specify the following settings in their respective fields:
- Wireless Mode: Select the Media Bridge Mode option from the drop-down menu.
- Radio Schedule: You are free to set up a specific schedule from the given list. However, you can also add a new schedule by clicking the New Schedule option.
- Site Survey: Now, click Scan and let your device detect the available wireless networks. Select the network you want your D-Link device to use. It will add the name of the wireless network to your D-Link extender’s settings.
- Enable Wireless: Check the Enable box in order to activate the wireless function.
- Wireless Network Name: Here, you will see the selected wireless network name.
- Wireless MAC Clone: Check this box to enable the MAC clone function.
- MAC Source: Select the Manual option from the drop-down menu. Now, click Scan and select the MAC address from the displayed results. It will add the MAC address automatically.
- Security Mode: set the security mode for your D-Link extender.
Once you configure all the aforementioned settings, your D-Link extender is all set to operate in the Media Bridge Mode. So, connect your wireless client devices to the extender’s network and enjoy accessing the internet the way you want.
This was all about how to configure the D-Link range extender in the Media Bridge Mode. No matter whether you have performed the D-Link DAP-1520 setup or installed any other model on the extender, these steps will remain the same. We hope that the guidelines discussed in this post will help you in setting up the range extender in Bridge Mode and you will be able to get the most out of this operating mode.