While it looks like a simple mobile charger, the D-Link SharePort All-In-One Mobile Companion (let’s just call it the DIR-505) offers a whole lot more for frequent travelers. First off, the DIR-505 isn’t even a charger. It’s a Wi-fi router packed into a one-piece body that plugs in directly into a power socket, allowing for a very travel-friendly package that’ll let you set up a quick Wi-fi hotspot the next time you check into a place with a wired Ethernet connection.
The DIR-505 is basically like Apple’s old Airport Express (back when it looked like a plug), featuring an Ethernet connection for hooking up to the internet, which it can then share as an 802.11 g/n wireless signal. For places where there’s an existing wireless signal, the device can also function as a repeater to get you a more stable signal.
Beside the LAN port, the Mobile Companion also features a single USB port that can turn the router into a wireless NAS. Photos, Music and Videos from a connected USB drive can be shared wirelessly to an iPhone, iPad or Android device with the use of the free SharePort Mobile app.
If you don’t need a wireless router or a wireless way to share files from a USB drive – just bring it anyway. That USB port will let you charge a smartphone, so you can at least save on bag space and leave your travel charger at home.
The D-Link SharePort DIR-505 is available now for $70.