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D-Link DAP-1350 Wireless-N Pocket Router
D-Link DAP-1350 Wireless-N Pocket Router
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D-LINK SYSTEMS WIRELESS N POCKET ROUTER ROUTER/AP/CLIENT 802.11NWIRELESS N POCKET ROUTER ROUTER/AP/CLIENT 802.11N Manufacturer : D-LINK SYSTEMS UPC : 790069329463
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|Product Length:||0.85 inches|
|Product Width:||3.58 inches|
|Product Height:||2.56 inches|
|Product Weight:||0.15 pounds|
|Package Length:||9.0 inches|
|Package Width:||6.1 inches|
|Package Height:||3.0 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.15 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 47 reviews|
Router, Access Point, and Client Modes
SharePort Technology to Share a USB Printer or Storage Over Your Network - Router Mode Only
Supports Secure Wireless Encryption Using WPA or WPA2
Dual Active Firewalls - SPI and NAT - Router Mode Only
24/7 Basic installation support
|Average Customer Review: ( 47 customer reviews )
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84 of 86 found the following review helpful:
Great device for the mobile professional, power user or IT guru Sep 19, 2010
By R. Tammany
I've been looking for something like this for a long time, something to carry in my laptop bag when I travel and something to carry in my IT toolkit.
This device has 3 operational modes with different uses. I wouldn't recommend this device unless you need to switch between these modes with the same device, but that feature has good uses.
There is a Client mode. This will allow you to join the device to a wireless network, and bridge it to the ethernet port. This means you can connect a wired device to a wireless network. The downside to this mode is that one must first manually configure an IP address in the subnet of the Dlink default IP (192.168.1.50) so one can get to the configuration, then reset their IP back to dynamic or an IP in the wireless network you're connecting to.
This is useful for when someone moves a wired only computer or printer where there isn't a wire yet, and you need to just get it working for a while until the cabling happens or a more permanant device is ordered. You can also use it to connect your Xbox over at a friend's house. They may have wireless, you may have wired like in my case. Just configure it for their network and plug it into your xbox and bring it over. There's other potential uses for this mode too.
There is a Router mode. This will let you share an internet connection on the wired port with wireless devices. This puts them behind a NAT router as well, with all the usual settings. This is the easiest to setup and understand, just like your typical router but missing wired ports. You can get in on the default dlink wireless network, go to the default IP (192.168.1.50) and then change any settings, setup security, setup a static WAN address etc.
This is useful for when you want to share a dsl modem with a group of laptops, or join a laptop to a wired network but have it behind the NAT firewall, isolating it from incoming access from that network. I really won't use this option much, but as an IT guy, it's helpful to have in my laptop bag a spare router that could be setup for wireless clients in a pinch.
There is a Access Point mode. This will let you bridge a wired network into a wireless network. This bypasses any firewall/router and will share the wired network's DHCP and all that. This works out of the box with no configuration, but I'd recommend connecting to the wired port with a static ip to connect to the 192.168.1.50 and changing the name/setting up security. You don't want to have rogue access points allowing people unsecured access to your wired network usually, even temporarily.
This is the most useful mode for me. You can use this at locations that don't have a wireless. Just plug it in, and then you can connect your laptop and roam around without having to cable your laptop in. You can connect multiple devices as well. This is good for taking a hotel with a poor or no wireless connection but a wired one, and still using your iPhone/Android wifi for example. Most of my clients don't use wireless on the corporate lan, so I can use this to jack in and use my tablet without dragging the cord around.
It comes with a nice zipper case for cables, AC adapter and the device, though it is slightly larger than it needs to be.
It has a USB cord to power the device off the laptop instead of the AC adapter, but it seems like the range is reduced in this mode.
The range isn't as good as a larger wireless N device with larger antenna (internal or external)
There is no antenna jack for an external antenna.
There is a USB port to share with the Shareport utility or use a 3G modem with it, only in router mode.
Each mode switch has it's own config, passwords, defaults and so on. I suggest using a labelmaker to record the important settings on the device for each switch mode if they are changed.
It supports WPS and has a WPS button even, but I didn't test that since I dislike automagic wizards.
The only way I can imagine this being improved is the external antenna jack, a second LAN port for LAN router mode and maybe a battery (ala mifi devices) to run for a few hours without having to find a power cord.
24 of 26 found the following review helpful:
Works Great! Easy to setup Apr 26, 2011
By Jorge G. Perez Garza
I used this Link when I travel to be able to connect my Ipad in hotels without WiFi. The setup was easy, I just plugged it in. Tried it in several hotels around China, it worked EVERYTIME!
17 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Great Device - D Link reliability Mar 10, 2011
By J. Lark
Bought a couple of these a few months ago for use on work computers that were Ethernet capable only...problem is that most hotels are wireless only. In bridge/adapter mode, these convert the wireless signal to Ethernet and problem was solved. Also use it to connect my satellite TV receiver to my wireless network for ordering movies vice running cables across the room...3 position switch makes it easy to switch modes and share an internet connection with others.
19 of 22 found the following review helpful:
not reliable at all Aug 24, 2011
By K. Hulick
"Planes are dangerous, get out of 'em quick"
I've owned nearly a half dozen of these little D-Link routers because they are so useful for taking to hotels--since many hotels (especially in Europe) are charging per device it's nice to have a router to make all my gadgets appear as one so I only have to pay for Internet access once. Plus I get encrypted wifi and don't have to share the wireless bandwidth with all the other hotel guests.
But every one I've owned has failed after about 6 months. Eventually I just can't get a wifi connection. Wired connections work fine, and the lights work. I can reset the device to default, but once it fails I can't keep a solid connection. Strangely with one of my devices switching to Access Point mode helped, but even that eventually quit.
So I am resigned to having to carry larger routers or just deal with hotel wifi.
To bad, I have always been rooting for these devices and giving up on them is a very sad deal to me, but after going 0-5 on the devices I have to admit there's something seriously wrong with them.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Excellent Wireless N Pocket Router For Travel Nov 17, 2011
By Amazonian Consumer
In this day and age, most hotels and motels offer free Wi-Fi in the room and in the lobby. But there are still some that just have an Ethernet cable sticking out of the wall and do not have Wi-Fi signal in the guest rooms.
This pocket router can convert a wired connection to wireless (This adding Wi-Fi/wireless to an existing wired network is called the Access Point Mode), so that I can use all my wireless gadgets in my room. I can add encryption (use WPA or WPA2 for better security) to the Wi-Fi signal, so it is actually better than the open Wi-Fi signal offered by hotels. The Access Point Mode is the configuration in which most people will use.
The Wireless Client Mode does the reverse. It converts a wireless signal to a wired connection. Older computers and many game consoles do not have wireless capability. In an area where you only have wireless signal but no Ethernet (wired) network, you can use this pocket router to grab the wireless signal, convert it, then send it through the router's Ethernet port to your device. An example would be using an old Sony PS3 to play online games in a hotel room that has only Wi-Fi but no Ethernet cable.
The Router Mode is less useful for an end user, because in most situations, there is already a router in an existing network, and therefore there is no need to add another one.
I have only used this DLink in the Access Point Mode and it is fast and safe.
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