Design of D-Link DIR-505
The D-Link DIR-505 is really compact router and the design of this device is nearly same to a charger plug of mobile phones. On top of this device it holds a selectable switch by which we are allowed to change the modes from Router/AP mode to either repeater or WiFi mode. Towards the bottom section of the device we can see some ports which are dedicated to internet LAN, which can support data speed up to 100Mbps. Next to this port, there is a USB 2.0 port by which you can charge your smartphones by connecting with a cable or to connect any hardware storage. Between these two ports, the device also has a reset button by which you completely reset your device when you need to.
D-Link DIR-505 is a portable router that has the ability to act as a repeater as well as a portable WiFi Router, so the device is also known to be Mobile Companion Router. D-Link DIR-505 helps in extending the WiFI range of your existing WiFi network. This is done by networking any internet connection to a WiFi Hotspot that will allow you to connect up to 50 other WiFi enabled devices. Another interesting feature is that the Android as well as the iOS running smartphones can connect to this device through a dedicated app which has been exclusively developed for this.
Earlier we mentioned about the three modes that the router delivers, on the first mode, that is the router mode, the device itself is being connected to your existing modem directly via internet LAN cable and shares the primary network connectivity among other WiFi enabled devices. Whereas in its second configuration as a repeater, it amplifies your existing WiFi range and provides better extended WiFi connection far away from the primary device. And finally the last configuration delivers you a WiFi hotspot to your available WiFi devices, by which the device takes the existing WiFi connection and creates a new WiFi network.
Note: Whenever you toggle the switch between different modes, you will need to go to the Admin panel of the router and configure the settings by connecting the device to your computer.
Price and Availability of D-Link DIR-505
D-Link DIR-505 is currently priced at Rs. 2,300 in Indian market and $69 in US. The device has been released in India couple of months back. You can buy D-Link DIR-505 directly from the D-Link or you can buy this item through any of the third parties. But the price differs in both of the above purchase methods. If you buy directly from D-Link, it will be going to charge you slightly more than what the third parties offer.
D-Link DIR-505 is a simple compactly designed router cum repeater cum portable WiFi device that delivers all in one features. The setting up of the device is as simple as charging a phone. All you need is to plug the device into AC socket and wait for the settings to configure automatically. Later on you can change the advanced settings manually if you want. Although the device is featured as portable, it is not completely portable as it always need to be plugged in the AC socket. Also this device is capable of charging your cellphone that holds a USB charging cable. D-Link DIR-505 is a highly rated device which also features smartphone apps for easy connectivity. The device is most recommended for those who are really in need of both router and a repeater.