D-Link M15-3 Eagle Pro AI review: a mesh wifi system with great performance

The modules in the D-Link Eagle Pro AI M15-3 are very discreet.

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In addition to its range of COVR wifi solutions, D-Link now offers a new Eagle Pro AI family that 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 at a price of less than € 200.

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Each module is strictly identical.

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The D-Link Eagle Pro AI M15-3 claims a theoretical throughput of 1200 Mb / s on the 5 GHz band and 300 Mb / s on the 2.4 GHz band. It does not have a third band dedicated to communication between the modules, so the theoretical throughput is halved when a device is connected to the module that acts as a repeater.

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The plastic is slightly machined.

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The three modules in this mesh system are strictly identical and can therefore be installed as a router or satellite. The connection consists of two Ethernet connectors to the gigabit standard: The first connector, yellow in color, must be connected to the modem or operator box; the other is used to connect a device via Ethernet. A power plug, a WPS button, and another reset complete the connection.

An indicator light on the front tells you the status of each of the modules. It is also possible to disable it or cause it to flash to identify a particular module.

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The facade is satisfied with the absolute minimum.

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In appearance, the modules in the M15-3 are almost perfect 9.2 cm cubes (9.1 cm high) weighing 200 g each. The corners are rounded on the vertical edges, while the top is perforated to evacuate the heat.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Ergonomics

The installation of the D-Link Eagle Pro AI M15-3 does not pose a particular problem. The simplest method is to go through the application, the more experienced can directly configure the system from the web administration interface at the address specified under the modules.

The application explains all the steps step by step, from scanning the QR code to updating the modules and creating identifiers.

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The installation of the M15-3 is simple and relatively quick.

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Installation d-link eagle ai pro AX1500 m15-3

In less than 10 minutes you have configured your installation.

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Once the installation is complete, the app allows you to perform basic settings such as changing identifiers, enabling guest wifi, or an overview of network status.

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The application is simple and effective.

We note the presence of parental controls that offer relatively basic features: profile creation, attachment, blacklist of 24 sites, and time slots.

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Parental control is basic but free.

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Access to the most advanced settings refers to the web administration interface. The latter, however, is not at all suitable for a smartphone screen. It will therefore be necessary to access it via a computer in order to comfortably make the desired adjustments.

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If a parameter is missing in the app, you will probably find it in the web administration interface.

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Editor's rating: 2 out of 5

Charges

To evaluate the performance of the D-Link Eagle Pro AI M15-3 mesh system, we connected a module to our operator box, to which we connected a laptop via an adapter for the 2.5 Gb / s connector. We transfer a 4.73 GB file (disk image) from the first laptop to another equipped with an Intel AX210 wifi 6-chip, but also to a fixed desktop PC located on top and connected to a PCIe card Gigabyte GC-WBAX200 with outdoor antennas and updated with Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 chip, wifi 6E compatible.

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The speeds do not exceed 600 Mb / s on the 5 GHz band.

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The speeds closest to the router module (point 1) are suitable for a theoretical speed of 1200 Mb / s with real speeds of almost 600 Mb / s, ie an average download of 74 Mb / s of the router module, the bit speeds collapse to stabilize at around 170 Mb / s. At point 2, the bit rates are usually halved in the absence of a frequency band dedicated to communication between the modules. However, they are divided by three here with less than 200 Mb / s measured. However, thanks to its third module, the M15-3 allows us to offer sufficient speed on our point 5 to take advantage of video-on-demand services.

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On the 2.4 GHz band, the speeds do not exceed 140 Mb / s.

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The 2.4 GHz band is far from raising the level by at best 132 Mb / s in the near future. The speed drops below 100 Mb / s at the nearest satellite (point 2) and falls below 50 Mb / s at point 5.

The coverage on the M15-3 is therefore relatively low and the communication between the modules does not work optimally. If you already have a recent wifi 6-box or a router that offers decent speeds, you will get better results with a single repeater like the TP-Link RE605x that we tested a few months ago, and this at a lower price.

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