D-Link DIR-505 review

A travelling router for Wi-Fi everywhere

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  • Small and compact
  • Integrated power
  • Wireless repeater and hotspot modes
  • USB connection


  • Not as fast as a full size router
  • Awkward placement of ports

Having your own wireless network when you're travelling can be essential, especially if you need to transform a hotel's complimentary wired connection into a wireless one for your tablet or smartphone, and the D-Link DIR-505 SharePort Mobile Companion is a device that can do just that.

Like the TP-Link TL-WR702N Wireless N Nano Router, the D-Link DIR-505 is a small, portable device that you can plug into an Ethernet network connection and turn into a wireless router to share your internet connection.

It can also work as a wireless repeater, extending the range of your Wi-Fi network, and can act as a wireless hotspot. All these options can be easily selected via a sliding switch at the top of the D-Link DIR-505's body.

A pretty cool feature of the D-Link DIR-505 is that its power adaptor is built-in, making it easy to carry around.

Unfortunately, the design means that the USB port (used for charging your devices) and the Ethernet port are both on the bottom of the body, which can make it awkward to get to if the power socket is too close to the floor. It also means you'll need to carry a USB extension cable to charge up your devices.

You can access and share files on any attached USB stick, which is a nice touch, and setting up the router wasn't difficult.


The D-Link DIR-505 doesn't offer stellar connection speeds weren't stellar, but they were fast enough and dependable enough to give you decent wireless while out on the road. Although the design presents some niggles, this is handy solution to the connection woes of travelling workers.

Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Router
Broadband Transmission TechnologyEthernet
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Wireless Transmission Speed150 Mbps
Brand NameD-Link
Form FactorRack-mountable
ISM Maximum Frequency2.48 GHz
PoE (RJ-45) PortNo
Height70.4 mm
Width42.9 mm
Depth66 mm
ManufacturerD-Link Systems, Inc
Product ModelDIR-505
Product NameDIR-505 All-in-one Mobile Companion
Manufacturer Part NumberDIR-505/B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.dlink.co.uk
Marketing Information

Get the best of all worlds with the handy little Mobile Companion. Imagine being able to share your videos, music and photos from any external hard drive or USB thumb drive to any iPad® or iPhone® mobile devices in your home. What's more, you can back up your videos, music and photos easily. And, the Mobile Companion isn't just for home. If you want to take the Mobile Companion on the road with you, it works as a great travel router/access point, so you can get instant wireless from any hotel or conference room where a network already exists. While you're out and about, the Mobile Companion can also charge your iPhone®.

Weight (Approximate)104.3 g