How to Rid Your Home Network of Wi-Fi Dead Zones with D-Link SmartBeam Technology

Most wireless signals are transmitted in one of two ways. Almost all wireless routers use an omnidirectional antenna (or antennas) to emit a donut of radio waves. This provides broad coverage, but often not very good range. Other routers have special antenna technology that can pinpoint this signal like a laser beam in a specific direction to give you increased strength at a longer range, but up to now, this technology has only been available on expensive, professional-grade equipment designed for businesses and large buildings.

D-Link’s SmartBeam technology affordably blends the best of both transmission types by locating the wireless devices in your network and delivering focused, individual beams of bandwidth where you need it most. This effectively eliminates wireless dead zones thanks to real-time tracking that covers wireless devices with a signal wherever they go. This makes SmartBeam products ideal for iPads and smartphones.

Here’s how to take advantage of this capability.

Hardware Setup

DAP-1525 Wi-Fi Booster
Two D-Link devices employ SmartBeam technology: The DAP-1525 Wi-Fi Booster, which functions as either a wireless bridge or a wireless access point, and the DIR-645 Whole Home Router 1000. Both offer fast, easy setup.

If you’re looking to step up to a new router, the Whole Home Router gives you Wireless-N networking alongside four Gigabit Ethernet ports to meet both wired and wireless high-bandwidth needs.

Meanwhile, the Wi-Fi Booster allows you to add SmartBeam Wireless-N technology to your existing router without new passwords or configuration. Imagine now being able to watch Internet TV in a corner bedroom or do E-mail in the backyard!

Software Setup

Integrating the D-Link Wi-Fi Booster is a snap as long as your existing network already supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup. The best way to tell if your router supports WPS is to look for a WPS button or logo on the router. You can also scan your existing router’s configuration settings for a PIN-based WPS option.

Look for the WPS logo on your router to ensure quick setup of the D-Link W-Fi Booster.

WPS helps the Wi-Fi Booster learn the settings of the wireless network it’s connecting to in bridge mode or replicating in access point mode. But it’s OK if you can’t take advantage of this speedy configuration technology. Simply type your existing wireless network’s settings into the easy-to-navigate Web configuration screen.

SmartBeam Setup

DIR-645 Whole Home Router 1000
D-Link’s SmartBeam technology gives your connected devices a greater wireless range and improved signal quality — automatically! Both the Whole Home Router and Wi-Fi Booster use six internal antennas to track the location of your connected wireless devices, beaming bandwidth directly to computers, home office, and entertainment gear as well as mobile gadgets like tablet PCs and smartphones as they move around your home.

Setting up a SmartBeam Wi-Fi Booster or Whole Home Router 1000 is as easy as pushing a button. And SmartBeam’s laser-like accuracy automatically targets bandwidth where you need it most, turning wireless dead zones into live zones, once and for all.

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