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Bad Product, January 20, 2012

The Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge is ideal for connecting up to four Ethernet enabled devices to your wireless network, such as your entertainment center equipment including your smart TV, game console, Blu ray player, and media player.
I spent 2 hours on the phone with Dlink tonight, only to find that I had been doing the setup exactly correctly. (And, believe me the setup is nuts!)So it turns out my box was DOA. I'm changing to a DAP-1525 instead. If that doesn't go any better, then I'm swearing off of Dlink forever!

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I have been looking for a way to get internet into my Home Theater for awhile. Yes, I have streaming media already via my ROKU box, but I wanted to connect my internet-ready TV and maybe other devices in the future. Running CAT5 cable to my AV cabinet is impossible. Enter the D-Link Wireless MediaBridge. It does exactly what it claims to: namely, to allow components that need to connect to wired ethernet connect over the air (e.g., home network-->wireless router-->[the air]-->mediabridge-->AV component).I can say that the media bridge works as advertised. Now my AV components act like they are plugged directly into the rest of my home network. No more entering wireless passwords via TV remotes, yay!Caveat: My use case doesn't test the ability of the bridge to handle multiple simultaneous data streams (I only watch 1 show at a time on my TV, obviously). You might have trouble connecting a busy media server via this device, for example.The bad news is...
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I'm pretty "techo" savvy (not patting myself on the back) but, this Media Bridge was a real pain to get set up and working properly. I have a Netgear N450 router and use the dual band for keeping my computer and home entertainment systems on separate bands and networks. Besides the 5.0 band is cleaner for video and audio streaming. Anyways, I added this D-Link product to my network (took me 4hrs. to get it right using the D-Link Manual and setup disc) and tested it all out. It works...finally!Wanted to mention that if any D-Link person reads this review, you guys really need to do a better job on the gui thru the IP address interface for configuring the Media Bridge. Take a tip from the Netgear router line of products. You might want to follow their lead on that one. The user manual is not the easiest to follow when trying to set up the system to add as a network repeater-Bridge.If you're looking at this D-Link 1513, you better have a good working knowledge of wireless...
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I spent 2 hours on the phone with Dlink tonight, only to find that I had been doing the setup exactly correctly. (And, believe me the setup is nuts!)So it turns out my box was DOA. I'm changing to a DAP-1525 instead. If that doesn't go any better, then I'm swearing off of Dlink forever!
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