Apr 23

Not long ago, wireless internet was rare, and finding it in a spot was amazing. You could walk around all day, trying to track down the few places with hotspots. Now, they are certainly more common and dead zones are rarer and rarer- you can even find wifi in parks, plazas, swimming pools, beaches, and mountaintops. But there are a few situations where you can find yourself in a tight spot and in desperate need of a solution.

The D-Link Portable Router AC750 and Charger is a nice advance on the small, pocket-sized router concept that we’ve seen before- it’s the world’s first 802.11ac model, which offers both faster speeds and better range (if your device supports it). And it handles the three typical problem places for wifi- hotels and spots with ethernet only, networks that charge per device, and those spots where you don’t have any options but 3G/4G to share. At many convention centers, conference rooms, and motels- even expensive ones, maybe especially so- we’ve been stymied by the lack of in-room wifi, or have been traveling with an iPad or Macbook Air and no easy way to get on the provided ethernet.

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We were able to share a single connection easily, creating an instant network. And we liked the built-in pair of USB ports, which allows file sharing from a thumb drive, and also connecting a cellular internet dongle. Oh, and it can charge your phone too- though you’ll drain the main battery of course, so make sure you need it! It’s a fairly dense little guy, too, thanks to the hefty internal 4000 mAh battery that can recharge even your iPhone 5 from dead empty to totally full in a pinch. Operating on both the 5Ghz band and the older 2.4Ghz one, the only major downside we noticed is that the WAN port for connecting to local ethernet only supports speeds up to 10/100 rather than gigabit levels. We didn’t notice speed issues though- and were impressed at the range, able to get signal from a different room in several cases.

D-Link AC750 Features

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  • Wireless standard
    • Wireless AC
  • Wireless speed
    • 433 Mbps 5 GHz
    • 300 Mbps 2.4 GHz
  • Dual-band
  • WAN type
    • 3G/4G LTE via optional USB dongle
    • Fast Ethernet
  • USB SharePort
  • Antennas
    • Internal

D-Link AC750 Specification

Technical Specifications

General

Device Interfaces

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wireless LAN, up to 750 Mbps2
  • WAN 10/100 Ethernet port
  • WPS button
  • Power switch
  • Reset button
  • USB 2.0 Type A port (1 A) for compatible 3G/4G adapters, USB drive, or charging other devices
  • USB 2.0 Type A port (0.5 A) for USB drive
  • Power port (MicroUSB)

LEDs

  • Power/Status
  • Battery status

Standards

  • IEEE 802.11ac (draft)
  • IEEE 802.11n
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.3
  • IEEE 802.3x
  • IEEE 802.3u
  • USB 2.0

Internet Modes

  • Broadband Router Mode
  • Mobile Router Mode
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Mode

Power Modes

  • On/Off/Charger8

Wireless Frequency Range

  • IEEE 802.11a: 5.15 GHz to 5.85 GHz
  • IEEE 802.11b: 2.4 GHz to 2.497 GHz
  • IEEE 802.11g/n: 2.4 GHz to 2.483.5 GHz
  • IEEE 802.11ac:  5.15 GHz to 5.85 GHz

Antennas

  • Internal antennas

Functionality

Sharing Features3

    • mydlink™ SharePort™ app
    • App supports iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices
    • Remote Access Mode: Access files through the Internet7
    • Local Access Mode: Access files from any device connected to the DIR-510L

SharePort™ Web Access support (Web browser)

      Access files from any device connected to the DIR-510L

SharePort™ Mobile app support for Windows 8/RT devices

Security

  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
  • WEP 64/128-bit encryption5
  • WPS 2.0 (PBC)

Advanced Features

  • Guest Zone support
  • IPv6
  • Wi-Fi WMM Quality of Service (QoS)
  • UPnP support
  • DLNA Media Server4

Advanced Firewall Features

  • Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • MAC address filtering

Device Management

  • User-friendly web UI with desktop and mobile interfaces

Physical

Dimensions

  • 140.0 x 59.0 x 16.0 mm (5.5 x 2.3 x 0.63 inches)

Weight

  • 154 g (5.43 ounces)

Power

  • Built-in 4000 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Input Power:
    • 5V DC/1.8A maximum (with included adapter)
  • Output Power:
    • USB Type A port:  5V / 1A
    • USB Type A port:  5V / 0.5A

Temperature

  • Operating: 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F)
  • Storage: -10 to 45 °C (14 to 113 °F)

Humidity

  • Operating: 10% to 75% non-condensing
  • Storage: 5% to 75% non-condensing

Weighing in at under six ounces, the D-Link Portable Router is a great piece of gear to keep on hand for emergencies, a handy addition to your travel bag and the ideal gift to get a road warrior who relies on internet.

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