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D-Link SharePort All-in-One travel router goes on sale

updated 06:11 pm EDT, Tue June 19, 2012

Router-in-plug turns USB storage into temporary NAS

D-Link is shipping its SharePort All-in-One travel router. The self-contained unit plugs into a wall socket without any additional wiring, and allows for USB charging and shared disk access along with temporary Wi-Fi network creation while travelling, similar in both shape and function to Apple's previous version of the Airport Express. Additional free apps allow for using it as a mobile-based media server.

A 10/100 Ethernet port on the base connects the router to a wired network, which it can then share through 802.11g/n Wi-Fi with one-touch access point configuration. Plugging storage into the accompanying USB port turns the router into network attached storage, which can be accessed over Wi-Fi as a shared drive or through associated iOS and Android apps. Protection is offered by dual SPI and NAT active firewalls, while the USB could also be used for powered charging of a device without invoking a network connection.

The D-Link SharePort All-in-One travel router is currently on sale for around $70.



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  1. PJL500

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    +1

    Can it

    join a wireless network? That's not clear to me from the article or their web site. (A major "function" of Airport Express.)

  1. chas_m

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    The link in the story

    takes you to the product page, where you find that the answer to your question is yes, it can act as a repeater.

    Anyway, congrats to D-Link -- they're only eight years behind Apple on this!

  1. malax

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    Joined: Aug 2006

    +4

    and...

    they hit it with an ugly stick with those labels for reset and ethernet/lan. What else would they be? It's not like this thing has a million ports.

  1. peale

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    One big advantage of this unit,

    as compared to the Airport Express is the NAS feature. Apple could have allowed this on the APX's USB port, but then why would anyone spend the extra cash for the full-size Airport router?
    This D-link also appears to be physically smaller than the APX, which would make it even better for traveling. I think the AirPlay and remote speakers are still the coolest features of the APX.

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