Your Own Private WiFi Network
This portable router creates a private WiFi network. Your laptop, media streamer, smart phone, tablet, and other connected devices can discover this network and connect to it. While you don’t have to set up a password, it is recommended so the rest of the hotel guests can’t connect to your laptop and devices. Once the devices are connected to the portable router, you can stream from one to another—mirror your iPad to an Apple TV, stream media from your laptop, or stream from Netflix, Amazon, or other online services.
What to Bring to Stream in Hotel Rooms
* Before you leave home, be sure to bring the Shareport Go III portable router, and:
* a media player—a WDTV Live, a D-Link Movie Nite Plus, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku Box of HDMI stick, Amazon Fire TV, or even a NETGEAR Push2TV PTV3000 to mirror your laptop to the TV,
* an HDMI cable that is at least 6-feet long (unless you have a Chromecast or Roku HDMI stick) that is small and packs well,
* a laptop, smartphone, or tablet that has a web browser.
How to Set up Streaming in a Hotel Room
1. Connect to the hotel’s internet with your laptop or mobile phone/tablet.
2. Turn on the DIR-510L portable router (if needed plug it in to charge it).
3. Go to your laptop’s WiFi network connections and choose the DIR-510L. 4. In your laptop or mobile device’s web browser go to http://dlinkrouter.local.
5. Click on the Internet icon and enter the login for the hotel internet if required.
6. Connect your media player to the hotel TV using the HDMI cable (often there will be a side connection) and turn it on.
7. Press the “input” or “source” button on the TV remote until you see your the device’s menu on the TV.
8. Go to the device’s network settings and choose the DIR-510L network from the and the password you set up.
Note that the first time you set up your D-Link portable router, you will should add a password for security. If you have someone else in the family that is tech-savvy, have them set up the router with a password (that you can remember) and enter the network information on your laptop, mobile phone/tablet and media player before you leave home. When you get to the hotel, the devices will remember and automatically connect. You will simply need to change your laptop to the D-Link 510L’s WiFI network.
While hotel’s claim high-speed internet, streaming high definition movies and TV shows to a media player requires faster internet speeds than streaming to your laptop. On occasion, the video may be interrupted, or be of low quality. If you know that you will want to stream a movie when you are on the road, download it to a USB flash drive or external hard drive that you can connect to your laptop and stream to the TV. If you have the file, your devices can stream from one to another using the portable router’s network without going online.
This month, I’m driving across this big beautiful country we call the United States and will be giving you more tech tips to make a road trip more enjoyable.
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