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TP-Link unveils 802.11ad Talon AD7200 router at CES 2016

by on14 January 2016

7200Mbps over 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 60GHz

TP-Link brought the world's first 802.11ad WiGig router to CES 2016 show floor, the TP-Link Talon AD7200, which looks rather interesting with its eight foldable antennas.

According to provided details, the TP-Link Talon AD7200 uses two Qualcomm chips, the Vive 11ac MU-MIMO for 802.11ac and below at 2.4GHz and 5GHz and Atheros VIVE 802.1ad for 802.11ad protocol at 60GHz frequency. The TP-Link Talon is capable of achieving 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz, 1733Mbps on the 5GHz and 4600Mbps on the 60GHz band, which together adds up to roughly 7200Mbps, hence the name of the new TP-Link router.

While 802.11ad sounds good, bear in mind that this is not a successor of the 802.11ac protocol and it is more aimed at short-range connectivity as it offers impressive transfer speeds but suffers from low range, or about a few meters. The 802.11ad is developed to be used for a short range communication between devices like notebook and a docking station, smartphone or a big TV.

The rest of the specifications for the TP-Link Talon AD7200 include four Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 3.0 ports and all other features that you would expect from a high-end router.

Unfortunately, TP-Link did not reveal any precise details on the price or the availability date but did note that it should be available in early 2016.

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