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D-Link SharePort Go Mobile Companion Rechargeable Battery (DIR-506L)
  • Rechargeable battery for ultimate mobile connectivity
  • Stream and share media on USB to all your devices
  • Transform any internet connection into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Add wireless storage to your tablet an

3 out of 5 eggs Portable Wireless Router 10/28/2012

This review is from: D-Link SharePort Go Mobile Companion Rechargeable Battery (DIR-506L)

Pros:

The Dlink DIR-506L is a portable (battery powered) wireless Router, Repeater, and Access Point. It also acts as a Media Server for USB attached storage devices.

1. Easy setup, however some settings require a reboot, which take one minute each.

I did need to "reset to factory defaults" (hold the reset button for 10 seconds with a paper clip) from time to time.

Four basic Setup menus: [a] Internet Settings, [b] Wireless Settings, [c] Media Server, [d] Storage. Internet and Wireless have Wizards.

[a] Internet:
Step 1: Set your Password
Step 2: Select your Time Zone
Step 3: Configure your Internet Connection
Step 4: Save Settings and Connect

[b] Wireless:
Step 1: Name your Wireless Network
Step 2: Secure your Wireless Network
Step 3: Set your Wireless Security Password

[c] Media Server
Here you name your media server, assign an IP address and port (default is 192.168.0.1:8181).

[d] Storage:
Here you create additional userid/passwords, assign Read vs. Read/Write access, etc.

2. Battery life is good, however I wish it came with an A/C adapter (e.g. powered USB wall plug).

I recharged the 560L battery with my Laptop/Desktop USB port, and with my Phone charger (5.1 volt, 0.7 amp). The manual specifies 1 amp, so I was glad 0.7 amp worked.

3. Wireless range is adequate.

Moving the 506L about 50 feet away (behind one wall) dropped the signal to 50%.

4. Performance of the Router is good.

I ran the DIR-506L in all three modes (wired attachment to the Internet as both a Router and Access Point, and wireless attachment to the Internet as a Repeater).

Cons:

1. Performance of the Media Server is unacceptably slow.

File transfer speed was fine (both download and upload). Changing menus was too slow (e.g. between Photos, Songs, Videos, and Documents). Rebooting the 506L, with a USB storage device attached, takes longer (the 506L appears to scan the storage on boot).

2. Media Server User Interface.

The files in each category are listed as a single list. This is alright for searching, but tedious to scroll though. The USB storage can also be navigated in a "tree structure" however moving between the branches of the tree was too slow. I used a laptop and web browser to navigate the tree to verify the poor performance was the 506L.

3. Media Server storage does not scale.

I was able to access files on a (tiny) 8GB thumb drive, however I was unable to do anything but wait, when I attached a 320 GB USB hard drive. It appeared the 506L was scanning the entire disk.

4. Media Server stores many "hidden" directories and files on your USB storage device.

One copy of the .dlna directory (on the root of the disk) however the .shareport directories where all over the disk. Here are examples:

.dlna
files.db
minidlna.log

.shareport
admin-document-dir
admin-movie-dir
admin-photo-dir
dirs-admin
dirs-mike
lc-document-file-admin
lc-movie-file-admin
lc-music-file-admin
lc-photo-file-admin
ld-admin
lf-admin
spt-version

Other Thoughts:

1. No case or A/C adapter provided.

The 506L comes with two cables (USB and Ethernet). To recharge the battery, you need a powered USB port. To use the Media Server, you need a USB storage device. I feel this "collection of parts" deserves a case.

2. Cell Phone battery recharging.

I recharge my Cell Phone via the powered USB port on the 506L however the battery of the 506L drained before my phone was fully charged. The 506L must be powered on (consuming battery power) for this to work.

3. Wired Ethernet In, but no wired Ethernet Out.

You can not just unplug a device from an existing network, plug-in the 506L, and plug the removed device into the 506L (no Ethernet Out).

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