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TP-Link Talon AD7200 802.11ad Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Nov 14, 2016 5:35 pm
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: TP-Link

Wireless Range

 

The Talon was the last device I tested before adding in the new range screenshots using the Wi-Fi analytics app. With that said, I did do some internal range testing that we will talk about below.

 

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As you can see above, the Talon does quite good with storage, reaching 69 MB/s for both file sizes in our read testing. Write performance is down slightly but overall sticks with what we normally see out of routers.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The TP-Link Talon while offering a full on AC2600 setup underneath, the 802.11ad part is a niche solution if I'm honest. That's not to say I didn't like the router or had any issues with it in testing. Build quality is right with the C5400 offering quality plastics in ABS with the only possible weak point being the antenna hinges.

 

 

For testing, TP-Link sent along an Acer laptop using a Qualcomm Sparrow 60GHz NIC, so I used that for testing the 802.11ad functionality and used my standard test system for the rest.

 

As you saw, 60GHz is certainly an impressive technology, providing true gigabit performance over wireless technology. With that does come a few downsides and one of those is range. I tested the 60GHz performance in several scenarios one of which was me moving further and further away from the router as the test was running and I can say ten foot really is the breaking point for 60GHz.

 

After that, the performance severely drops off. Now this is an entirely new tech to hit the market, and I don't see it catching on for quite a while, especially with nearly no client devices capable of using it and its poor range. In fact, I'm not even sure half of the consumer market has made the switch to 802.11ac even now, three years in.

 

With that said, the Talon AD7200 isn't just 60GHz. Sure, it's the first of its kind, but it's a hybrid with 802.11ac technology as its base. So, consumers that want to get a jump on technology now have an option for using 802.11ac now while being ready for the future with 802.11ad, and that definitely not a bad thing.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance90%
Quality including Design and Build85%
General Features92%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money70%
Overall TweakTown Rating84%

The Bottom Line: TP-Link's Talon AD7200 is a proof of concept solution showing us what the future will hold for wireless technology while still maintaining functionality in today's networking environment with 802.11ac.

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