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.