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D-Link DIR-X1560 Review: A New, yet Neglected, Wi-Fi 6 Router

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I can't figure out what the D-Link intends to achieve with the DIR-X1560 EXO AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 router.

At around $100, this entry-level router sure is not the most affordable among its Wi-Fi 6 peers. Yet, it's not the most valuable due to a spartan set of features.

The biggest issue, however, comes from the buggy firmware and lackluster performance. This D-Link Wi-Fi machine has nothing on the similarly specced TP-Link Archer AX10, which costs some $30 less.

It's strange, but the DIR-X1560 seems a bit abandoned, or neglected. It's like D-Link cared just enough so that I can say it now has a Wi-Fi 6 router.

In all, when working as intended, the D-Link DIR-X1560 is a pretty-looking, compact router with decent Wi-Fi speeds and coverage. But if you decide to skip it, you won't miss out on anything. At all.

D-Link DIR-X1560 Router
The D-Link DIR-X1560 looks pretty cool and feels super light on that big hand.

The DIR-X1560 was the first D-Link router I've reviewed in a long time, yet, it felt very familiar, too familiar. Not in a good way.

A compact and light entry-level Wi-Fi 6 router

The DIR-X1560 looks like a typical router with four non-removable, but swivel-able, antennas sticking up from its back and sides. The router is a bit smaller than the TP-Link Archer AX10 and is also slightly lighter at just 0.9 lb (410 g).

On the back, it has the usual four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port. And that's it. There's nothing else of note.

And on the underside, there's a small label with the default Wi-Fi and network settings. You'll also find two mounting holes.

The D-Link DIR-X1560 is a frill-free router. It has no multi-gig port, USB port, Dual-WAN, Link Aggregation, or anything fancy at all. For comparison, hardware-wise, it's similar to the Archer AX10 from TP-Link.

DIR-X1560Archer AX10
Full NameD-Link EXO AX AX1500 
Wi-Fi 6 Router
TP-Link Archer AX1500 
Dual-Band  Wi-Fi 6 Router
Dimensions9.90 x 6.55 x 7.64 in 
(251.64 x 166.47 x 194.18 mm)
10.2 × 5.3 × 1.5 in 
(260.2 x 135.0 x 38.6 mm) 
Weight0.9 lb (410 g)1.24 lbs (.56 kg)
Wi-Fi TechnologyDual-band Wi-Fi 6 
(802.11ax) A1500
Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 
(802.11ax) A1500
5GHz Wi-Fi Specs2x2 AX: Up to 1.2 Gbps
Channel Width: 20/40/80MHz
2x2 AX: Up to 1.2 Gbps
Channel Width: 20/40/80MHz
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs2x2 Wi-Fi 4: Up to 300 Mbps
Channel Width: 20/40 MHz
2x2 Wi-Fi 4: Up to 300 Mbps
Channel Width: 20/40 MHz
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 
Wireless SecurityWPA / WPA2 / WPA364/128-bit WEP / WPA / WPA2
Mobile AppD-Link Wi-Fi App TP-Link Tether
Web User InterfaceYesYes
Bridge ModeNoNo
AP ModeNoYes
USB PortNoneNone
Gigabit Port4x LAN, 1x WAN4x LAN, 1x WAN
Link AggregationNoNo
Multi-Gig PortNoneNone
Hardware specifications: D-Link DIR-X1560 vs. TP-Link Archer AX10.
D-Link DIR X1560 Router
The D-Link DIR-X1560's retail box.

D-Link DIR X1560 Router
The D-Link DIR-X1560 has an array of tiny LED lights on the front to show its status.

D-Link DIR X1560 Router
The D-Link DIR-X1560 comes in a typical router design with four non-detachable antennas.

D-Link DIR X1560 Router
The D-Link DIR-X1560 has the usual four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port.

D-Link DIR X1560 Router
The D-Link DIR-X1560 is a compact Wi-Fi 6 router.

The standard setup process, a potential security risk, and the general lack of love

The D-Link DIR-X1560 shares the same standard setup process as any standard routers—one with a web interface. From a connected computer, launch a web browser and go to the router's default IP, which is (or dlinkrouter.local), and you'll run into a wizard that walks you through everything.

The rest is self-explanatory. If you've worked with a router's web interface before, you'll be able to handle the DIR-X1560 no problem.

D-Link DIR X1560 Router
The D-Link DIR-X1560 is wall-mountable. On the underside, you'll find the default settings that allow it to work right out of the box.

The thing is you can skip this process and start using the router immediately with the default settings—except you shouldn't do that.

For years now, most (good) routers require users to at least change the default admin password before Internet access is possible. The DIR-X1560, like those released some ten years ago, doesn't.

Since the default values are public knowledge, allowing your home Internet access without a new admin password is a serious security risk.

If you proceed with the initial setup as mentioned above, the DIR-X1560 does ask you to change the security settings. But the issue here is that it gives users the option not to do that first.

By the way, according to the label on the router, the default username is "Admin." In reality, it's implied—you only need to type in the password—and you can't change the username to something else, either.

So, it seems D-Link just dumped a bunch of generic information and settings from its old routers on the DIR-X1560 and called it a day. The new router sure has nothing of its own.

A firmware update that broke the admin password

And, as a result, the router is buggy, too.

During my testing, at one point, the DIR-X1560 prompted me to update the firmware to version 1.01, and I did. Lo and behold, after that, the admin password no longer worked and I lost access to the router's web interface.

At first, I thought the router reverted it to the default value (which is "password"), but that wasn't the case. I ended up having to do a reset before I could continue the work, and that password thing remained a mystery.

Since the DIR-X1560 has a firmware auto-update function, I found this bug quite terrifying. Hopefully, D-Link will fix it via the next update.

The overly similar web interface

The D-Link DIR-X1560's interface has nothing new. It's the familiar one first introduced in the DIR-880L some six years ago, with the same tab-to-menu design.

Interestingly, at the bottom of the interface, you'll see a line that reads "Copyright © 2016 D-Link". So when I called this router "old," that wasn't an exaggeration.

DIR X1560 UI
The 2020 D-Link DIR-X1560 comes with an old "Copyright © 2016" web interface. Note the support for D-Link's Dynamic DNS is now no longer, which is about the only difference it has from the interface of the DIR-880L that came out some six years ago.

There are four tabs on top of the interface. Hover the mouse on each, and you'll see a drop-down menu that leads to different sections of specific settings. So, despite the fact there's no search function, you can quickly access different parts of the interface fairly quickly.

The DIR-X1560 has many different sections within the interface, which makes you feel like it has a lot to offer. In reality, it can't do much. Indeed, the DIR-X1560 has limited customizability.

And yet, I found some settings redundant, if not even idiotic.

Idiotic Wi-Fi settings

Take the Wi-Fi part, for example, you can not make each of the router's two bands work exclusively in the fast speed grades, but only the slowest one.

Specifically, there's no option to make the 5 GHz band operate in a Wi-Fi 6-only mode, but you can make it do so for slower standards, like Wi-Fi 4.

Similarly, you can't configure a band to use exclusively one of the wide channels the router supports (80 MHz or 40 MHz), but only the narrowest one (20 MHz).

In short, the only way to make the router work with top-tier Wi-Fi clients is to allow it to support all clients, which is precisely when it won't work well with top-tier clients.

D-Link DIR X1560 Channel Setting
You can only set the DIR-X1560 to work exclusively in slow-speed settings.

Scant feature set

The D-Link DIR-X1560 has only one notable feature, which is the Quality of Service. But it's rather simplistic. You can drag a device to a high priority, and a couple to medium priority, and that's it. You can't prioritize the Internet according to application types.

By the way, the DIR-X1560 is the first D-Link router that marks the end of D-Link's free Dynamic DNS server. It does support DDNS but you'll need to use a different domain service.

And yes, you'll find commonly important settings, including IP reservation and port forwarding, etc. And the router can also work as a VPN client.

Despite the fact D-Link refers to the DIR-X1560 as a "mesh" router in some markets, in my testing, the router exhibited no mesh capability at all, nor could I find anything relating to this function within its web interface. It's just a standalone router, pure and simple.

I tested the DIR-X1560 for almost a week and had mixed feeling about it. The router did pretty well for its specs when it worked. The problem is it didn't always work as I'd like it to do.

But let's take at the number first.

Decent Wi-Fi throughput

On the 5 GHz band, my 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 clients were able to connect at 1.2 Gbps most of the time. I expected that considering the router doesn't support the 160 MHz channel width.

D-Link DIR X1560 Wi-Fi 6 Performance Chart

In testing, it delivered the sustained real-world speed of more than 780 Mbps at close range and almost 535 Mbps at 40 feet (12 m) away. These numbers were quite decent compared to other similarly specced routers.

D-Link DIR X1560 Wi-Fi 5 Performance Chart

The DIR-X1560 did quite well with Wi-Fi 5 clients, too. At some 10 feet (3 m) away, my 4x4 client registered 607 Mbps, and father out, my 3x3 laptop scored some 575 Mbps. Both were fast enough to deliver a fast Internet connection.

D-Link DIR X1560 2 4GHz Performance Chart

On the 2.4 GHz band, the router did OK, considering its 2x2 Wi-Fi 4 configuration. It had a sustained speed of just about 90 Mbps at the close range and almost 62 Mbps in the long range. Where I live, this band suffers greatly from interference by the wand and has been much slower than the ceiling specs.

So in all, the DIR-X1560 did quite well in terms of Wi-Fi performance. It couldn't compare to higher-end and more expensive routers, but for an entry-level one, its performance met my expectations.

OK coverage, intermittent Internet disconnections

Unfortunately, the router's reliability was a different story.

As a rule of thumb, I always use a reviewed product as my personal device for a while to see how it pans out. In the case of the DIR-X1560, the router didn't take long to show issues.

Every once in a while, it would lose the connection to the internet. Then if I kept trying—like refreshing the page, or opening a few different browser windows, etc.—it would get connected again.

The connection wasn't consistent. Once the router worked the entire day with no issue. But generally, this occurred every couple of hours. During this time, the local network was working fine, however.

It was hard to pinpoint what happened, but it felt as if the router's Internet connection went into "sleep mode" after being idle for a certain amount of time. And I needed to wake it up by requesting something from the web.

As for Wi-Fi coverage, the DIR-X1560 has about the same range as that of the TP-Link AX10 or the Asus RT-AX3000. In my trial, its signals were strong enough to cover a small home to every corner.

D-Link DIR-X1560 EXO Wi-Fi 6 Router's Rating

6.8 out of 10
D Link DIR X1560 Router 6
6.5 out of 10
6 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
6 out of 10


Compact design

Easy to set up

Decent Wi-Fi performance

Lightweight, wall-mountable


Buggy firmware, intermittent Internet disconnection

Spartan feature set, low-speed-favored Wi-Fi settings, no 160 MHz channel support

No multi-gig, Dual-WAN, Link Aggregation, or USB port

Firmware update causes the admin password to change

Potential security risks

The "mesh" notion is a lie


The D-Link DIR-X1560 EXO AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 router is a compact little Wi-Fi machine that has nothing to appeal.

While it's not a complete loss, D-Link sure needs to release a significant firmware update to make it a viable solution. And then it should cut the price down quite significantly before the router can begin to compete against the TP-Link Archer AX10.

That said, if you're in the market for an entry-level Wi-Fi 6 router, skip this one for now.

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15 thoughts on “D-Link DIR-X1560 Review: A New, yet Neglected, Wi-Fi 6 Router”

  1. Curious to know if the latest firmware fixed the disconnexion issue? If it did, wouldn’t that make it comparable to the TP-Link AX10?

  2. I was thinking that this might be a good cheap option as a dedicated AP for my Oculus Quest 2. This seems to be the only entry level AX router that supports DFS. I have a RT-AX86U as my main. I was using an Archer AX10, but it doesn’t support DFS. I’m returning a RT-AX55 tonight because it doesn’t support DFS. The AX56U supports DFS, but it’s not currently on sale in Canada and this would have been much less expensive.
    If the DIR-X1560 doesn’t have an AP mode, well, I guess this one is out the window too.

  3. Hi, you noted that there are no mesh functions. Could it be possible that you got a “non-mesh” version of the router? I noticed that there are two. If you got the right version please let me know, as I am considering buying this router.

  4. If you don’t like it, don’t write about it. I have this router and I can say that 99% of this “review” is misleading, biased nonsense. The initial fw may have had some serious bugs, the current one does not. But who cares, right?

    • Per your logic, looks like you liked the review enough to leave the comment, Anders. I’d recommend you give it another read, maybe you’ll note how you put the percentage in reverse. 🙂

  5. Found this article as I’m having issues with this router and the connection dropping out randomly every 2-10 minutes for 2-7 seconds at a time before it reconnects.
    I’ve been tracking the connection and in the last 24 hours there were 78 disconnections!

    Rebooting seems to fix it (mostly) for a day or so, but then the issues start again. Incredibly frustrating when I’m working from home all day making video calls.

    Also, the WiFi connection on the top level of my small 2 bedroom townhouse is spotty at best. My previous Huawei bottom of the range router worked flawlessly in comparison.

    I bought this router spur of the moment as my other router died and I needed a new one urgently. I wish I would’ve spent more time researching before I purchased this one.

  6. Awesome unbiased article.

    I’ve had all the problems mentioned in this article with my Dlink 1560. Random disconnects from the internet, randomly stops serving DNS, poor wifi coverage. Dlink support was frustrating, useless, and solved nothing. Wasted my money buying this, now I’m back to the drawing board trying to find a decent router. Whatever I buy, it won’t be DLink.


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