•  | Mar 28, 2014 05:40 PM

    D-Link DIR-510L Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger

    REVIEWS: Imagine all your devices need a Wi-Fi connection and you are in a hotel room with only an Ethernet cable for Internet connection.

    This problem crops up often enough that there is a ready market for specialised gadgets such as the D-Link DIR-510L Wi-Fi AC750 portable router and charger.

    Simply connect an Ethernet cable to this portable router and it is able to share the Internet connection with wireless devices.


    It can also connect wirelessly to an existing Wi-Fi connection and create its own wireless hot spot to share with other wireless devices.

    This may seem like an extra step, but most Wi-Fi hot spots are probably using the older 802.11n wireless standard.

    The new router supports the latest 802.11ac standard, which uses a 5GHz frequency band that is less likely to suffer wireless interference.

    The router provides download speeds of up to 433Mbps on 802.11ac (300Mbps is typical for the 802.11n standard) and is compatible with older wireless standards if you do not have any 802.11ac devices.

    The third method of enabling Internet access for your wireless devices with this portable router works if you have a USB 4G or 3G wireless dongle.

    Plug this dongle into one of the two USB 2.0 ports on the router and you can share its Internet connection with other devices.

    Most importantly, it is simple to set up this portable router using a mobile device. The only time I consulted the user manual was to find out the URL required to access the router's Web-based interface.

    The interface is clean, while providing useful information, such as traffic statistics.

    The router supports features such as guest Wi-Fi networks and a DLNA media server to stream content between devices on the same network.

    This router can share files on USB flash drives or other external storage devices which are plugged into its USB ports.

    Shaped like a candy bar with a glossy white finish, the DIR-510L is a handy gadget and weighs about the same as an average smartphone.

    The USB ports on the router can be used to charge mobile devices. It comes with a decent 4,000mAh battery with enough juice to fully charge a typical smartphone or charge an Apple iPad Air up to about 50 per cent.

    In my test, it took about an hour for the router to fully charge my Nexus 5 smartphone from an initial 50 per cent charge.

    Travellers will appreciate the simplicity and usefulness of this handy portable router. The fact that it can charge your mobile devices is just the icing on the cake.


    TECH SPECS

    Price: S$159
    Ethernet interface: 1 x 10/100 WAN
    Standards: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    Security: WPA/WPA2, WEP
    Advanced firewall features: NAT
    Battery: 4,000mAh

    RATING

    Features: 5
    Design: 4
    Performance: 3
    Value for money: 4
    Overall: 4

    By VINCENT CHANG
    The Straits Times (Digital Life)
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