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D-Link All-in-One Mobile Companion (DIR-505)

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  • Enjoy your videos, music and photos at home on your tablet or smartphone using the free SharePort Mobile App
  • Free iPad, iPhone SharePort Mobile App
  • Convenient travel router/access point capability for when you?re on the road
  • Built-in SmartPhone charger
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Connectivity Technology Wired/Wireless wireless wireless Wi-Fi
Data Transfer Rate 150 150 750 megabits per second 150
Total Lan Ports 1 2 1 1
Wireless Comm Standard 802 11 GN 802 11 B 5.8 ghz radio frequency 802 11 ABGN
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.7 x 2.6 inches ; 3.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0081TXIQA
  • Item model number: DIR-505
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,025 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Imagine being able to share your videos, music and photos from any external hard drive or thumb drive to any iPad, iPhone or Android. What’s more, you can back up your videos, music and photos – automatically. The Mobile Companion lets you do it. And, the Mobile Companion isn’t just for home. If you want to take the Mobile Companion on the road with you, it works as a great travel router/access point, so you can get instant wireless from any hotel or conference room where a network already exists. While you’re out and about, the Mobile Companion can also charge your iPhone or Android smartphone.

From the Manufacturer

Wherever you are, your Mobile Companion is for you--use it as a travel router to gain an instant, fast wireless connection anywhere a network already exists. It's great for hotels with poor wireless signal. And whether you're away or at home, the Mobile Companion lets you open and back up your movies, music, and photos with any iPhone, iPad or Android device using the free SharePort Mobile app. The Mobile Companion can even charge your iPhone or Android phone. Get the Mobile Companion, get connected, and get moving.

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The All-in-One Mobile Companion (view larger).

 

DIR-505 shareport
SharePort enables you to stream to any iPad, iPhone, or Android device via free apps.
 

Key Features

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Convenient. Transform any Internet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot--great for best wireless signal when on the road.

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HD Anywhere. Wirelessly access your media files from any USB drive--no data charges or slow bandwidths.

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File Protection. Easily backup your iPhone, iPad and Android files.

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Free Apps. Free iPhone, iPad, and Android apps.

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Charger. Charge your iPhone or Android phone.


Wireless Router/Access Point

Tired of weak wireless signal in your hotel room? Setting up for a conference and need a wireless network connection? The handy, little All-In-One Mobile Companion is great for your traveling needs. Utilize the All-In-One Mobile Companion as a travel router or access point for instant strong wireless bandwidth anywhere where a wired network connection already exists.

The All-In-One Mobile Companion offers three flexible operation modes: Wi-Fi HotSpot, Router/AP, and Repeater.

SharePort Mobile App (iOS and Android)

Easily sync and share music, videos and photos from your USB storage device to your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

SharePort Mobile supports the following file formats for both iOS and Android:

  • Video: mp4, mov
  • Music: mp3, wav
  • Documents: txt, rtf, doc, ppt, xls, pdf, html, key, numbers, pages
  • Image: jpeg, bmp, gif, png

Easy Setup

Wireless connection is quick and easy to set up with D-Link's One-Touch AP Configuration and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). If you want to create a new network with your Mobile Companion, you can use the free Quick Router Setup Mobile (QRS) app for your iPhone or iPad.

Media and File Sharing with USB Drive

Sit back and enjoy your media files whether you're at home or on a long road trip. Connect to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device with free SharePort Mobile apps. The app uses icons for easy navigation. What's more, you can automatically sync and share music, videos and photos from your USB storage device to your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Portable iPhone or Android phone charger

Is your iPhone or Android device always running out of battery mid-day? Avoid having to carry around a bunch of chargers that get tangled in your bag. The All-In-One Mobile Companion can conveniently charge your iPhone or Android phone while you're on the go with the travel charger option. It fits right in your bag!

Specifications

  • Standards: IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
  • Wireless Modes: Wi-Fi Hotspot Mode; Router/AP Mode; Repeater Mode (USB sharing capability disabled)
  • Antenna Type: Internal antenna
  • Security: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2); WPS (PBC)
  • Firewall Features: Network Address Translation (NAT), Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), MAC Address Filtering, DMZ Support
  • Dimensions: 2.77 x 2.60 x 1.69 inches (LxWxH)
  • Warranty: 1 year, limited

What's in the Box

All-in-One Mobile Companion (DIR-505); Ethernet cable; quick start guide

Customer Reviews

The router/access point is highly configurable, much like a mid-line WiFi router.
S. Lionel
Alas I could not figure it out and I had two of them available to me to work with so I don't think it was a faulty piece of hardware... I think they're just plain bad.
Brent Orford
Even after rebooting it didn't always work, sometimes requiring multiple restarts in the morning.
Joshua Lehrer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

255 of 258 people found the following review helpful By S. Lionel TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2012
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I travel a lot. Some of the problems I've had to deal with include hotels with only wired network access when all I have is my iPad, wireless signals so weak they're unusable, and wanting to read and write files on a USB drive with my iPad. Over the years I've accumulated a collection of devices, each of which claims to solve one piece of this puzzle. The D-Link All-in-One Mobile Companion promises to do it all - and charge my phone too! How well does it work?

First, one has to get past D-Link's usual abominable documentation. Included with the DIR-505 is a "Quick Start" guide which, if you try to follow its instructions to get started, will land you in a hopeless mire. There is a 194-page (!) User Manual on D-Link's web site (go to the DIR-505 page, then the Support tab), not mentioned at all in the Quick Start. This, to be honest, isn't much better. But I think I have some of this figured out.

The DIR-505 is a compact device, maybe twice the dimensions of an iPad charger. It is easily small enough to toss in a briefcase. The AC prongs are North America/Japan standard. It doesn't say in the manual's page of technical specifications, but the unit itself says it will work on 105-240VAC, 50-60Hz, so you can use it internationally with a plug adapter.

On the bottom are an Ethernet jack, a USB jack and a reset button hole. On the side is a WPS button - more on that in a moment. The top has a three-position slide switch and the front (facing you if you plug it in) is a single LED plus some vent slots. Also included is a nice six-foot Ethernet cable, flat and thin.

When you plug it in, the LED turns red until it boots, and then it turns green.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim C on July 1, 2012
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Compact and powerful. This is a fantastic travel router. I have but one complaint, and that is the plug isn't retractable.

I bought this router as a replacement for my old linksys travel router that only supports B/G. That router was great because of its size and the plug was retractable. I never had a problem with that router but wanted the added speed of the N router since I often travel with an Apple TV for movies for my son. The router has one unique feature that I didn't think I would like until I first played with it: the mode switch on the top. I had purchased a TPLink travel router a couple of weeks ago and fought with it when trying to configure it between modes but I believe that was just the function of a crappy product. This router eliminates the hassle by putting a switch on top to choose the mode (router, repeater, hotspot). Once you set the mode the rest is controlled through a simple web interface. The router even supports WiFi Protected Setup for super easy connecting.

Bonus: This thing will charge my iPhone! It doesn't put out enough to charge the iPad but it certainly works for the iPhone, my crackberry and my travel speakers. Of course the USB port is really designed to share out a thumb drive or printer but it also works as a travel charger.

Pros: compact size (half the size of the 1st gen AirPort Express), simple setup, B/G/N compatibility, USB charging, very affordable

Cons: you cannot retract the plug

Overall I am glad I bought this router and it is on my list of required items for travel.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Seastrunk on June 26, 2012
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Thus far using the administration portal is fairly easy and this would be a great product if I could get anything to connect to it. I've gone through the quick start guide and the full manual found online, updated the firmware, and tried to set this up numerous times, but I cannot get anything to connect to Wi-Fi Hot Spot set up through this device. Everyone looks great and I can see the SSID, but anytime I attempt to connect from an iMac or iPhone I get a connection timeout after entering the password.

Hopefully I just have a bad unit, but thus far this thing is all potential and no reality for me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. C. Young on June 29, 2012
I'm pretty technical, and was looking forward to this when it was first announced by D-Link, as I've used their consumer networking products for a few years now.

Unfortunately, the software and/or the hardware needs serious work, before its ready for prime-time. I tried two different units, with both the original 1.0 firmware, as well as the latest 1.02 release. Beyond the issue that the DIR-505 needs a long time to boot up, most instances when I attempted to connect my iOS devices (iPad, iPhone) or MacBook while a USB hard drive is attached, I'd get a network timeout issue almost every time. When no USB hard drive was connected to the DIR-505, wireless connections were established, but not always.

On the one time I was able to get my iOS devices connected to the DIR-505 while the USB hard drive was plugged into it, I was able to stream three HD movies pretty decently. But given this was the only time I got it to work, I wasn't able to discern how well it worked longer term.

As a stand-alone mini travel router, it's not bad, but I didn't spend too much testing the performance and range to comment definitively.

When trying to use it in Hot Spot mode (wireless Internet pass-through), it rarely maintained a solid connection to my in-home WiFi, let alone allowed me to connect my devices on the wireless LAN consistently.

Too bad. I hope D-Link can resolve the issues, as it's a promising design. Until then, I'd avoid buying unless using it strictly as a portable travel router.
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July 18, 2012
Hi T.C. - Sorry to hear about your experience. Just so you know, we did update the Quick Install Guide (ver 1.0) and released a new Firmware (version 1.03). The iTunes and Google play App stores have an automatic app upgrade notification and we encourage you to update the SharePort Mobile App to the latest version. You should also update the DIR-505 firmware to version 1.03 and use the latest Quick Install Guide for best installation and experience. These can be downloaded from the D-Link Support website at -- http://dlink.com/us/en/home-solutions/support/product/dir-505.

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