In the name of connectivity, local networks, data sharing and charging, D-Link are showcasing their DIR-510L WiFi AC750 Portable Router and Charger at CES this week.  The principle behind the DIR-510L is simple: it looks like a normal 4000 mAh rechargeable battery pack with two USB ports, but it also has an Ethernet port to connect to a wired internet connection and share it with 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac devices up to 750 Mbps.  The DIR-510L will also act like a WiFi Hotspot and connect to a WiFi router to extend the signal, or you can tether your 3G/4G device to the portable router and share that signal via 802.11ac.  The device also accepts USB drives and the data on that drive can be shared with any connected technology.

One of the USB ports is set to deliver up to 1A (rather than 0.5) to allow for quicker charging, and the DIR-510L will allow users to share files via USB while charging a device while acting like a WiFi Hotspot while connected to internet.  It also offers firewall protection from public networks when connected through.  With the UPnP nature of the device there is also a built-in DLNA server.

If one of our on-foot minions editors gets a chance to swing by D-Link at CES, we will try to see more of what D-Link has on offer.  The DIR-510L should be on sale via etailers in January for $100.

D-Link are also promoting their stock of WiFi Range Extenders, which have all been updated to 802.11ac editions.  The DAP-1650 and DAP-1520 deliver AC1200 (N300 + AC867) and AC750 (N300 + AC433) wireless speeds respectively while in dual band connectivity, and the DAP-1650 offers four Gigabit Ethernet ports as well.  These fit into normal wall sockets and offer one-touch extender setup while the DAP-1520 weighs 104 grams (3.67 ounces).

Both range extenders should be available in February, with the DAP-1650 at $90 and the DAP-1520 at $60.

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  • Ryun - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    I had forgotten that D-Link made routers that looked like that. It'd be kinda funny if you had that plus a new mac pro on your desk. Reply
  • kdr9hu5 - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    1A and only 4000mAh... too little too late when there are 50Wh battery packs that deliver over 2A for next to nothing. Reply
  • Bob Todd - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - link

    How many of those are also routers? I have several awesome Anker battery packs, but I'm still interested in this as it might fulfill a few travel related use cases for me. For example, WiFi to all my gadgets from Ethernet at the hotel (if it is faster/less janky than the hotel WiFi). And if there was some way to (pay and) connect one device to in-flight WiFi and share to other gadgets with this it would be nice. However I'm not positive from the scant info available now if USB tethering your phone to this would work. I guess I can always just create a hosted network on my Windows 8.1 tablet for that use case, but it would be nice to have one all encompassing travel router that made things easy. Reply
  • Krysto - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    Meh. I honestly don't know why the Wi-Fi alliance even bothered to make a spec that isn't at least 1 Gbps, to make the purchase of a new, more expensive router worth it.

    I'll wait for the "2nd wave" of 802.11ac routers, the ones that are supposed to come with 1.2+ Gbps bandwith. And before you ask, yes I do have access to 1 Gbps home fiber. I just didn't get it yet because I always use Wi-Fi, and paying for 1 Gbps without actually getting 1 Gbps from my Wi-Fi would be a waste.
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  • Hrel - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    Good news, 1.3-1.6Gbps routers have been out for a long time already! Reply
  • dylan522p - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    Now your router can look like your Workstation! Reply
  • quidpro - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    D-Link Routers have had that style for a while now. So really, your workstation can look like your router. (Not that it's a contest!!) Reply
  • edwpang - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - link

    I have 3 of these black cans in my home BEFORE the new Mac Pro even announced. Hopefully, Apple does not sue D-Link for "their" design. Reply
  • StevenSpicer - Thursday, January 16, 2014 - link

    When sharing a hotspot, does the 510L let you log in to the hotspot once, then simply use the connection? Chromecast doesn't work in hotels where you have to click to agree to terms after connecting, and this looks promising. Reply
  • tipoo - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - link

    So how does one know if these new routers will crap out in a few years like every other router I've owned? My last two were d-link, are other companys known to last years longer? Reply

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