D-Link DIR-505 mobile router: More than just a cute little thing

D-Link showed off at CES 2012 its All-in-One Mobile Companion that's tiny and cute and also offers lots of usability.

D-Link's All-in-One Mobile Companion is a tiny networking device that offers all travelers would need in terms of connectivity and sharing data on the go.
D-Link's All-in-One Mobile Companion is a tiny networking device that offers all travelers would need in terms of connectivity and sharing data on the go. D-Link

LAS VEGAS--Good things can come in a small and cute package.

D-Link showed off today at CES 2012 a tiny mobile router that could appeal to frequent travelers with tablets and mobile devices, the All-in-One Mobile Companion (mobile DIR-505).

The DIR-505 was demoed at CES 2012, hosting a thumbdrive for data sharing. Note the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button on its side.
The DIR-505 was demoed at CES 2012, hosting a thumbdrive for data sharing. Note the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button on its side. Dong Ngo/CNET

Featuring two prongs to snap in any power outlet, the DIR-505 is about the size of a small power adapter. It, however, offers more than just an instant wireless network. The router features a USB port that enables people to share videos, music, and photos from an external hard drive or thumbdrive to any iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

The router comes with one Ethernet port to connect to an Internet source, such as a broadband modem or a network port of a hotel. As a wireless router, it features single stream wireless-N standard (capping at 150Mbps), a Wi-Fi Protected Setup button for fast network setup, and SharePort Cloud for sharing data via the Internet. When not used with an external hard drive, its USB port can also be used to charge a mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad.

Considering its tiny size, the DIR-505 makes a good device that you want to stick somewhere inside your backpack or a car's glove compartment for use when needed. It definitely doesn't take much space at all.

D-Link says the new All-in-One Mobile Companion DIR-505 will be available in April for around $75.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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