So the good news is that you can now buy the first wireless router to support 802.11ad or WiGig technology. The even better news is that it supports crazy fast wireless data transfer speeds.

While 802.11ad might sound like a replacement for 802.11ac WiFi, it isn’t. Instead, the new WiGig protocol is designed to offer speedy, connections between hardware like laptops and docking stations, storage devices, and external displays. It only works over short distances.

TP-Link’s router can help with that, and it also functions as a 802.11ac WiFi router, which means that it’s a single router that you can use for WiFi and WiGig.

The less good news is that the TP-Link Talon AD7200 router ain’t cheap: it sells for about $350.

tp-link talon ad7200

TP-Link says its router can handle data transfer speeds of up to 4600 Mbps when using the 60 GHz 802.11ad/WiGig band.

When it comes to WiFi, it offers speeds up to 1733 Mbps in the 5GHz band and up to 800 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band.

It won’t blanket your home with 802.11ad signals (because that’s not what 802.11ad is for), but it does seem to have the hardware of a pretty good 802.11ac WiFi router, including eight high-gain antennas.

The routher has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, dual USB 3.0 ports and four Gigabit Ethernet ports.

There aren’t a lot of devices that support the WiGig protocol yet. But as more laptops, docking stations, displays, and other products with 802.11ad features hit the market, routers like the Talon AD7200 will start to make more sense.

Right now the best reason to spend $350 on one is probably to future-proof your network. But if you don’t have any WiGig-capable hardware yet, you can probably save a lot of money by purchasing a good 802.11ac router for half the price.

TP-Link press release

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6 replies on “TP-Link’s $350 Talon AD7200 is the first 802.11ad router”

  1. There are not many devices that support the WiGig as a protocol, but as more laptops and other products with added features hit the market, routers like the Talon AD7200 will start to change the way the world lives.

  2. Remember, unlike Linksys and Asus, TP-Link is not working on an FCC compliant way to allow you to load custom firmware. Until they do, I’m not buying TP-Link.

  3. I’m curious about the ad range, I mean it makes some sense to replace gigabit ethernet with it for laptops but will I need this router to be sat on the desk, in which case USB C to ethernet is probably better.

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