The availability of the internet in our lives has become so crucial that outages aggravate us. It is worse when the wireless router that is provided by our service provider is inadequate, a consequence of keeping costs low. In this regard, you should consider upgrading your Wi-Fi router to increase your home network’s reliability and provide you with a host of additional features. Looking at D-Link’s Eagle Pro AI AX1500 Mesh System, we explore what you can expect from it.
With the D-Link Eagle Pro AI AX1500 mesh system (M15-3PK), you can extend Wi-Fi 6 coverage throughout your home. The system is low cost and is available in a two-pack that covers 370 square meters and in a three-pack that covers 500 square meters. We try out the later today.
They measure 92 mm square by 93 mm high and weigh 200 grams with a 12V/1A wall charger included. Because the charger cable is only approximately one meter, it can be concealed on bookshelves or desktops as long as you have 240V electricity nearby.
|NBN/UFB Support||FTTP / FTTC/ HFC / Satellite / Fixed Wireless|
|Wi-Fi Technology||Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)|
|Wi-Fi Speed||AX1500 (300 + 1200Mbps)|
|Wave 2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi||Yes|
|Wireless Bands||Dual Band|
|Wi-Fi Range||2-3 Bedrooms|3+ Bedrooms|
|Wi-Fi Security||Standard|Enhanced (WPA3)|
|Mesh Standard||Eagle Pro AI|
|WAN Interface||Gigabit Ethernet|
|Ethernet Speed||Gigabit Ethernet|
|Smart Home Compatible||Amazon Alexa|Google Assistant|
|Firmware Upgrade||Yes|Automatic Firmware Upgrade|
|App Support||Eagle Pro AI|
|Warranty||1-Year Limited Warranty|
A Wi-Fi router’s range in a house is limited by distance and obstacles the signal must pass through. Mesh Wi-Fi systems comprise a main router connected directly to your modem, along with a series of satellites or nodes positioned throughout your premises for full coverage. As opposed to traditional wireless routers, this is one extensive network with one SSID, rather than multiple access points scattered around the house.
An example would be that a double brick wall and a concrete slab will reduce the range of a wireless signal and slow down its transmission speed. Essentially, mesh routers allow you to duplicate the signal by creating a repeater station. Your Wi-Fi will seamlessly pass the signal from one base station to the next as you walk around the house. As a result, you will experience fewer black spots and faster Wi-Fi speeds.
Essentially, the new Eagle Pro AI software continually optimises the network to avoid interference with other Wi-Fi networks. In addition, AI Traffic prioritises heavy users and enables faster hand-offs between satellites. In the test network, a Wi-Fi analyzer showed it selected low-use or unused frequency bands.
Consider the case of an environment where everyone has access to Wi-Fi. All users are likely to compete for access to radio spectrum or channels. Using the Eagle Pro, the AI will detect which channels others are not using and use those that are least congested.
Furthermore, the network can be extended by adding more M15 Mesh satellites (the router and satellite functions identically).
Key features of Eagle Pro AI AX1500 M15-3PK Mesh System (3-Pack)
- The Dual-Band AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 delivers fast, reliable connectivity and improved range
- Coverage of the entire home up to 500 square meters
- Speeds of up to 1200Mbps (5GHz) and 300Mbps (2.4GHz)
- AI-based mesh capabilities when used with a compatible router or extender
- Using artificial intelligence, the Wi-Fi and traffic optimiser monitors and optimises your network automatically
- Provides support for WiFi security standards WPA, WPA2, and WPA3
- Compliance with the Clean Network Initiative with respect to security and privacy
- Support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice control
Eagle Pro AI Mobile Application
With Eagle Pro AI, your options are clearly outlined, and the application is simple to use. There is a handy feature which displays a YouTube video when you first enter a new section in order to explain how that feature works, such as Parental Control.
The router has some outstanding features, including the ability to control the router via your Alexa or Google Assistant, test your internet speed, and access advanced settings for those who want to make adjustments to the router.
For the average Australian who would like to enhance their home’s Wi-Fi coverage, this router is the most suitable solution. They do not want to deal with cables – they just want a plug-and-play system that works. The Eagle Pro has all the latest technology for future-proofing your home network.