In addition to its range of COVR wifi solutions, D-Link now offers a new Eagle Pro AI family, which integrates routers, repeaters and mesh wifi systems, including the D-Link Eagle Pro AI M15- 3. It supports wifi 6 with a cumulative speed of 1500 Mb / s with three modules to cover a home, all for a price of under € 200.
The D-Link Eagle Pro AI M15-3 claims a theoretical throughput of 1200 Mb/s in the 5 GHz band and 300 Mb/s in the 2.4 GHz band. It does not have a third band dedicated to communication between modules, so theoretical throughput is halved when a device connected to the module acts as a repeater.
The three modules of this mesh system are therefore identical and therefore can be installed as a router or satellite. The connection consists of two Ethernet sockets in the wired standard: the first socket, yellow in color, must be connected to the modem or operator box; the second is used to connect a device via Ethernet. A power socket, a WPS button and another reset will complete the connection.
An indicator light on the front informs you of the status of each of the modules. It is also possible to deactivate it or flash it to identify a particular module.
Appearance wise, the M15-3 modules are almost perfect 9.2cm cubes (9.1cm tall) weighing 200g each. The corners are rounded with vertical edges, while the upper surface is lined to dissipate heat.
Installing the D-Link Eagle Pro AI M15-3 did not present any particular problems. The simplest way is to go through the application, the more sophisticated the system can be configured directly from the web administration interface at the address shown under the modules.
The application explains all the step by step, from scanning the QR Code to updating the modules and creating identifiers.
When the installation is complete, the app allows you to make basic settings such as changing identifiers, activating guest wifi or a general view of the network status.
We noticed the presence of parental control that offers fairly basic functions: creating profiles, device connectivity, blacklisting of 24 websites and time slot.
Access to the most advanced settings refers to the web administration interface. However, the latter is not necessarily suitable for a smartphone screen. So it needs to be accessed through a computer to comfortably make the desired changes.
To check the performance of the D-Link Eagle Pro AI M15-3 mesh system, we connected the module to our operator box where we connected the laptop PC via the adapter to the 2.5 Gb/s socket. We transferred a file (a disk image) of 4.73 GB from the first laptop PC to the second with Intel AX210 wifi 6 chip, but also to a fixed desktop PC located high and connected to the PCIe card Gigabyte GC -WBAX200 with external. antennas and updated with Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 chip, wifi 6E compatible.
The speeds closest to the router module (point 1) are suitable for a theoretical speed of 1200 Mb / s with a real speed of almost 600 Mb / s, i.e. an average download of 74 Mb / s. in the router module, the bit rates. collapse to stabilize at around 170 Mb/s. At point 2, bit rates are usually halved in the absence of the frequency band devoted to communication between modules. However, they are divided into three here with no 200 Mb / s measured. Thanks to its third module, however, the M15-3 allows us to offer enough speed in our point 5 to take advantage of video-on-demand services.
The 2.4 GHz band is far to raise the level with a maximum of 132 Mb / s at the nearest. The speed decreases below 100 Mb/s at the nearest satellite (point 2) and decreases to less than 50 Mb/s at point 5.
The coverage of the M15-3 is relatively low and the communication between the modules seems to be poor. If you have a new wifi 6 box or a router that offers decent speeds, you can get better results with a repeater like the TP-Link RE605x that we tested a few times. months later, and it’s for a lower price.