Back in January, TP-Link showed off their Talon AD7200 Wi-Fi router at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now they have released it to the public. The Talon is the first router to feature 802.11ad WiGig. WiGig is a new wireless standard operating in the 60GHz frequency band. It allows for “multi-gigabit speeds, low latency, and security-protected connectivity between nearby devices.”
WiGig is not intended to be a replacement for Wi-Fi. It complements Wi-Fi as a shorter-range, higher-speed data link. With WiGig you can transfer large amounts of data at previously unheard of speeds. TP-Link says their router can transfer a 1GB file in 3 seconds, backup a thousand photos in 10, and download an HD movie in 14. These speeds however, are limited to WiGig connections, which can only extend throughout one room. For devices further away, you will still get served the good old 802.11ac signals, which is the most recent Wi-Fi standard.
The AD7200 broadcasts three distinct networks simultaneously. One is on the 2.4Ghz band, another is on the 5Ghz band, and lastly of course is the one on the new 60Ghz band. These networks combine for a grand total of 7.2Gbps. This provides the ability to connect many devices with a loss in performance.
The Talon also includes many other advanced features. Inside are thirty-two antennas integrated in a special array that concentrates the Wi-Fi toward connected devices. Outside are eight adjustable antennas for maximum coverage and enhanced stability. Also notable are beamforming and MU-MIMO technologies that provide dramatic improvements in strength and reliability of wireless connections.
Talon AD7200 is the first of many…
The Talon AD7200 is the first of a new generation of wireless networking. As such, there are not many devices currently capable of utilizing this state-of-the-art technology. WiGig will surely become more popular as time goes on, and sooner or later there will be an abundance of compatible gadgets. As of now though, there’s not much to pair the Talon with. Be that as it may, the introduction of a WiGig router will surely quicken the ultimate commonization of the 802.11ad specification.
The TP-Link Talon AD7200 is currently being sold on Amazon. Depending on its eventual rating, the Talon may be featured in our Shop where it will be displayed along with the rest of our top-quality picks.