Staying connected to the Net while on the road is something business travelers and college students do without thinking about twice.  The easiest solution is investing in a smartphone with a Mobile Hotspot data plan, or plunking down some extra cash for a MiFi, such as Verizon’s Jetpack device.  But if you’re looking for a solution to facilitate your at home connection as well in hotel rooms, look no further than D-Link’s Shareport DIR-505.

This almost pocket sized device is effectively a router, minus the LAN ports.  Built into the device is an AC plug, so there are no cords to travel along, and you can even add a storage device to the network or charge your smart device thanks to a USB port – it’s all accessible via an Android or iOS app.  You may have already noticed, but in the event you didn’t, there is a switch that sits atop of the DIR-505.  This allows you to select one of three of its wireless options.  You see, it can serve not only as an wireless Hotspot (aka router), but as a repeater station or a repeater station/access point.  Of course, for it to work you’ll need a stand alone Internet connection via an Ethernet plug, but that’s pretty common place even in the most dingy of hotel rooms.   We particularlly like the repeater functionality since it makes the DIR-505 a much more suitable invesetment for anyone looking to wirelessly expand their home’s WiFi network.

D-Link’s Sharepoint DIR-505 is available now from Amazon for $69.99.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."