Published on April 16th, 2014 | by Greg0
D-Link Portable Router And Charger: Easy Wifi Anywhere
Not long ago, wireless internet was rare, and finding it in a spot was amazing. You could walk around all day, trying to track down the few places with hotspots. Now, they are certainly more common and dead zones are rarer and rarer- you can even find wifi in parks, plazas, swimming pools, beaches, and mountaintops. But there are a few situations where you can find yourself in a tight spot and in desperate need of a solution.
The D-Link Portable Router and Charger is a nice advance on the small, pocket-sized router concept that we’ve seen before- it’s the world’s first 802.11ac model, which offers both faster speeds and better range (if your device supports it). And it handles the three typical problem places for wifi- hotels and spots with ethernet only, networks that charge per device, and those spots where you don’t have any options but 3G/4G to share. At many convention centers, conference rooms, and motels- even expensive ones, maybe especially so- we’ve been stymied by the lack of in-room wifi, or have been traveling with an iPad or Macbook Air and no easy way to get on the provided ethernet.
We were able to share a single connection easily, creating an instant network. And we liked the built-in pair of USB ports, which allows file sharing from a thumb drive, and also connecting a cellular internet dongle. Oh, and it can charge your phone too- though you’ll drain the main battery of course, so make sure you need it! It’s a fairly dense little guy, too, thanks to the hefty internal 4000 mAh battery that can recharge even your iPhone 5 from dead empty to totally full in a pinch. Operating on both the 5Ghz band and the older 2.4Ghz one, the only major downside we noticed is that the WAN port for connecting to local ethernet only supports speeds up to 10/100 rather than gigabit levels. We didn’t notice speed issues though- and were impressed at the range, able to get signal from a different room in several cases.
Weighing in at under six ounces, the D-Link Portable Router is a great piece of gear to keep on hand for emergencies, a handy addition to your travel bag and the ideal gift to get a road warrior who relies on internet. Available now, online and in stores- expect to spend around $100.