D-Link AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 Router — Reviewed

Recently, D-Link A/NZ launched its brand-new AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 Router known as the DIR-X1560. It’s designed with those working or studying from their up-to-date smart home in mind.

This nifty little device provides dual-band Wi-Fi with a maximum of four streams — perfect for households who tend to stream 4K, video call their friends or game at the same time. The developers of the DIR-X1560 have managed to pack a boatload of high-spec technologies (1024 QAM, Multiple-User MIMO, etc) into their router to enhance your home’s connectivity.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the capabilities of this gadget.

Voice Recognition Technology

One of the most profound features of the DIR-X1560 (in our opinion) is voice recognition technology.

As you know, voice activation has played a major part in recent technology as developers try to streamline everyone’s user experience. D-Link didn’t forget this.

To disable or enable Wi-Fi access, reboot the device or check the login information, you just have to talk to it via a smart speaker (Alexa or Google Assistant for example). Thus, allowing you to continue your day without having to take time out to fix the Wi-Fi.

WI-Fi 6 Technology

With Wi-Fi 6, you’re given two major technologies: MU-MIMO (otherwise known as Multiple-User MIMO) and OFDMA (professionally known as Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access).

OFDMA hands you the ability to connect up to 4 channels simultaneously without slowing the bandwidth or connectivity capacity. You’ll never have to worry about network queues or congestion ever again!

Speed

This router supports speeds up to 1.5Gbps. For those on the 5GHz band, you should expect 1200 Mbps but for those on the 2.4GHz band, you will receive 300 Mbps.

Thanks to the technologies we spoke about earlier, the speed is never slowed by multiple users or those trying to stream 4K games or movies. 

QoS

What exactly is QoS? It stands for Quality of Service but in this case, it’s intelligent Quality of Service. How does one know a device has intelligent QoS we hear you ask? Well, it automatically knows which of the 4 network channels takes priority! Essentially, this takes the evil out of having busy bandwidth.

Easy Setup Guarantee

Routers are notorious for confusing their buyers — especially those who aren’t so tech-savvy. Thankfully, D-Link has managed to combat this by providing helpful how-to guides on their dedicated app.

Pros

  • Compact design for easy placement
  • Supports speeds up to 1.5Gbps
  • Simple to set up
  • Intelligent quality of service to ease busy bandwidth
  • Lightweight so easy to mount on a wall if desired
  • Pretty good Wi-Fi performance
  • Great battery life
  • Supports the latest 128-bit Wi-Fi encryption

Cons

  • No USB port
  • No 160 MHz channel

 The Bottom Line

While there are, of course, downsides to D-Link’s new Wi-Fi 6 router, we’ve found that the overall user experience is thoroughly enjoyable. The biggest plus for us? Without a doubt, the dedicated app and super-handy voice recognition technology!

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