The TP-Link Talon AD7200 Multi-Band Wi-Fi Router ($ 349.99) is the first 802.11ad router on the market, delivering fast data throughput that flirted with 1Gbps -sign on our Proximity Testing. near 60 GHz. And the Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) scores are the fastest we have seen so far. It’s big and expensive, and it’s our new editorial choice for advanced wireless routers.
A word on Wi-Fi 802.11ad
The $ 261.00 AD7200 Talon at Amazon is the first router to use 802.11ad technology, using the largely unused (and not congested) 60 GHz radio band to achieve theoretical bit rates of up to 4,600 Mbps. This is significantly faster than the maximum speed of an 802.11ac AC5400 router, which can provide up to 2.166 Mbps on the 5 GHz band.
There are however some caveats. First, all clients must have a Wi-Fi circuit that supports 802.11ad networks and very few of these devices are available from the time they are written. The other problem has to do with the scope; the 802.11ad signal can not penetrate the walls, which means that it has a very limited range and is only useful for communication in the same room. That said, this technology is ideal for streaming video in 4K and quickly moving huge amounts of data between customers close to each other.
Design and functions
The Talon AD7200 is huge. The all-black router measures 1.7 by 9 by 9 inches (HWD) and has eight external antennas around its perimeter that can be folded when not in use. The front of the router has nine LED indicators for power strip, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 60 GHz activity, Ethernet and Internet connectivity, WPS activity and connectivity for each USB 3.0 port. In addition indicators are buttons for WPS, Wi-Fi (Enable / Disable) and LED (On / Off). The back panel contains four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one WAN port, two USB 3.0 ports, and the on / off and reset buttons.
Under the hood are a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, an internal antenna, 802.11ac circuits for communication on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands and 802.11 AC circuits for the 60 GHz radio band. . The 2.4 GHz band has a maximum (theoretical) signal rate of 800 Mbps, the maximum bandwidth of 5 GHz is 1733 Mbps, and the 60 GHz band can reach speeds of 4600 Mbps. The AD7200 Talon supports the latest Wi-Fi technologies, including beamforming, the router’s Wi-Fi signal targeting specific customers instead of a broad spectrum, and MU-MIMO streams, customer information router simultaneously transmits on one behind the other.
The Talon AD7200 offers the same user-friendly web interface that is used on the TP-Link AC3150 Archer C3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router $ 131.20 at Amazon. It opens a quick setup screen that lets you get started quickly with the basic settings for internet and wireless. The Basic Settings tab opens a network and Internet settings (dynamic IP, static IP, PPPoE and PPTP), wireless (SSID and password), user network (SSID and password), settings USB (access sharing and print server) and parental control (whitelist and blacklist).
The Advanced Settings menu provides a status display of information on the Internet, wireless, LAN, and host and submenus with settings that allow you to customize DHCP settings and NAT transmission, Quality of Service (QoS), Advanced Network and Wireless Advanced Settings. There is also a security menu with access control, Denial of Service (DoS) and SPI firewall settings, and a VPN server menu that allows you to create an OpenVPN server and generate certificates. TP-Link reports that later this year, it will release a Smart Connect feature via a firmware update that will allow the router to automatically choose which band to use, based on the load of network traffic.
Installation and performance
The installation of Talon AD7200 is simple. After being connected and connected to my desktop using the provided Ethernet cable, I entered tplinkwifi.net into my browser’s address bar and used the quick setup option above to quickly configure my settings Internet and wireless.
To test the router’s 60 GHz performance, I used an Acer TravelMate P446 laptop with a Qualadom Atheros Sparrow 11ad Wi-Fi adapter. The A7200 Talon delivered an unprecedented 945 Mbps speed on our 60 GHz proximity test (in the same room). To put this into perspective, which is almost 10 times faster than the $ 252.25 Asus RT-AC88U dual-band router at a bitrate of 97.9 Mbps Amazon in the dichtnaderigheidstest 2.4 GHz and nearly double the score 537 Mbps in the 5 GHz density test. It is not surprising that the Talon AD7200 can not deliver a 60 GHz signal on my 30-foot transit test.
On our near MU-MIMO Talon AD7200 test is being raised at an average speed of 226 Mbps to three MU-MIMO clients for all users, including the Asus RT-AC88U (138 Mbps), the Netgear Nighthawk X4S Smart Wi-Fi Router. Fi (R7800) were defeated $ 160.00 at Amazon (210Mbps) and the ASRock G10 AC2600 Gaming Router at $ 139.99 at Amazon (148Mbps). At a distance of 30 feet, the Talon delivered AD7200 MU-MIMO with average speeds of 113 Mbps, once again leading the pack. The fastest speed was provided by the Netgear R7800 (94.3 Mbps).
The performance of the 5 GHz bandwidth has been relatively fast. The AD7200 Talon achieved 440 Mbps on the Proximity Test and 237 Mbps on the 30-foot test. The Asus RT-AC88U led to transfer rates of 537 Mbps (close) and 302 Mbps (30 feet), followed by the Netgear R7800 (respectively 491 Mbps and 247 Mbps). On our 2.4 GHz test, the Talon delivered scores of 98.9 Mbps (close) and 79.8 Mbps (30 feet). The Asus RT-AC88U got 97.9 Mbps and 74.3 Mbps, respectively, and the Netgear R7800, 105 Mbps and 52.3 Mbps.
To test the file transfer rates, I moved a 1.5 GB folder with a combination of photo, video, music and document files, between a USB key and a desktop PC, directly on the router were connected . The playback speed of the AD7200 56.8MBps Talon was faster than the Asus RT-AC88U (31.9MBps) and the Netgear R7800 (30.3MBps), but could the Linksys WRT 1200AC $ 145.00 hit on Amazon (76.8MBps) . The 27.9MBps Talon write speed was considerably slower, but still maintained beyond the Asus RT-AC88U beep (27.4MBps) and the Netgear R7800 (23.3MBps). The Linksys WRT 1200AC provided a write speed of 73.1 Mbps.
With the Talon AD7200 multi-band Wi-Fi router, TP-Link is announcing a new era of Wi-Fi networks using the latest 802.11ad wireless standard. You 802.11ad compatible devices should benefit from this fast protocol – and from that moment they are rare – but if you are moving large amounts of video data between wireless clients that are near each other 802.11ad Wi-Fi , the fastest way to do it. In addition to providing groundbreaking 60GHz data rates, the AD7200 Talon delivered the fastest MU-MIMO throughput we’ve seen, surpassing all competitors, including the Asus RT-AC88U, another first choice. He also outperformed the Asus RT-AC88U on our 2.4 GHz tests. The exceptional performance of MU-MIMO and 2.4 GHz as well as the support of the latest 802.11ad technology make the TP-Link Talon AD7200 our high-end router editor.