The TP-LINK Talon AD7200 is the world’s first 802.11ad (WiGig) router, and it’s heading your way in 2016.
Announced today at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas, the AD7200 can deliver ultra-fast speeds of up to 4600 Mbps using the 60 GHz band alongside the more familiar 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. With the TP-LINK Talon AD7200 Multi-band Wi-Fi Router, consumers can download an entire feature-length 4K HD video in about four minutes or transfer a thousand photos to a storage device in approximately five seconds, without any concerns about network interference.
In combination, the router promises speeds up to 7200 Mbps, but before you get too excited there are some caveats to be aware of.
In a world of dual-band and tri-band routers, TP-LINK is calling the Talon AD7200 a multi-band router. While the device offers connections across three bands, today’s tri-band routers host a single 2.4 GHz signal and two separate 5 GHz signals – allowing more devices to connect without experiencing congestion.
This multi-band router offers individual 2.4, 5 and 60 GHz connections and you’ll need a wireless adapter that supports the 60 GHz band to take advantage of those next-generation speeds. You may have guessed that these adapters aren’t likely to be available until the second half of 2016, from TP-LINK and potentially others.
The other, significant, watch-out with 802.11ad is wireless range. You may know that as Wi-Fi frequencies increase, connection speeds also increase, but range drops. The real world difference between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz connections can see file transfer speeds quadruple, but range is reduced.
This scientific principle continues with the jump to the 60 GHz band, where range is restricted to the same room. Your wireless clients will need to be in close proximity to the router to achieve a strong connection and benefit from those fastest speeds.
Elsewhere, the Talon AD7200 is boosted by a Qualcomm-powered chipset offering a powerful, 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU, eight high-powered antennas, four Gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB 3.0 ports for media and peripheral sharing. It also supports MU-MIMO connections, which are set to see greater adoption throughout 2016 with a wider range of devices – including mobile handsets, tablets and notebooks – equipped with the feature this year.
- AD7200 Multi-band with 4-Stream technology delivers up to 7200Mbps Wi-Fi speeds over 2.4GHz (800Mbps), 5GHz (1733Mbps), and 60GHZ (4600Mbps) bands
- 60GHz band allows users to stream 4K HD movies in minutes and instantly share thousands of files and photos over an interference-free connection
- MU-MIMO technology enables Wi-Fi for every device with multi-user support
- Powerful 1.4GHz dual-core CPU to enjoy high-speed connections without interruption
- Eight antennas with high-powered amplifiers supercharge your Wi-Fi signal
- Four gigabit Ethernet ports enabling lightning-fast wired connections
- Two USB 3.0 ports to share files, photos, music, and videos across the network
- Beamforming technology to send targeted Wi-Fi signals to individual devices
- Set time limits and block websites through parental controls to keep children safe
- Guest networks provide visitors with Wi-Fi access separate from your main network
- Advanced security encryption to protect your data
- Check network status and adjust Wi-Fi settings from your mobile device (Android, iOS) using the TP-LINK Tether App
- Supports 802.11ad and backwards-compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
TP-LINK is yet to share pricing of the new device but you can expect the Talon AD7200 to land in the US in the second quarter of 2016, with other countries following later this year.