The First 802.11ad Router Makes Your Wi-Fi Network Almost Three Times Faster

The First 802.11ad Router Makes Your Wi-Fi Network Almost Three Times Faster

Remember when a cheap $85 wireless router was all your home needed? We were so naive back then. When everything from your phone to your fridge is on your home network, you need a little more Wi-Fi horsepower. So TP-Link is introducing the first wireless router with blazing 802.11ad. For the uninitiated, the 802.11ad protocol adds yet another band of spectrum in the 57-66GHz range (depending on what part of the world you live in) in addition to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands that 802.11ac routers use now.

There's quite a few technical reasons as to why the jump to 60GHz is a good thing, but the most important for the average consumer is speed. The 5GHz band maxes out at 1733Mbps, but the new 60GHz band can achieve wireless transfer speeds of up to 4600Mbps. So streaming 4K video without a network cable? Not a problem.

The TP-Link Talon AD7200 Multi-band Wi-Fi Router also features multi-user MU-MIMO technology which helps reduce bottlenecks when multiple devices are actively talking to it, as well as beamforming for improving the connection to individual Wi-Fi devices.

Eight separate adjustable antennas with powered amplifiers hopefully help the wireless signal reach every last corner of your home, and round back you'll find four gigabit ethernet ports for easily hooking up gaming consoles and streaming boxes, as well as two USB 3.0 ports for wirelessly sharing data on an external drive.

On the software side of things the Talon AD7200 also features guest network capabilities to limit what visitors can access, as well as parental controls and timers to keep your kids from spending their entire childhood online. And this can all be configured from a TP-Link iOS or Android app if you'd prefer the ease of a touchscreen, or can never remember your router's home IP address.

Australian pricing and availability details aren't available just yet, but the TP-Link Talon AD7200 should hit US stores sometime in early 2016. So if you've been mulling over a hardware upgrade, you might want to hold out for just a little longer.


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    It can be fast as it likes but it's of no use of you're internet speeds are slow. Would be wonderful if you had the NBN. I can only dream of getting the NBN and then I wake up and reality hits. That's right, I've got crap speed on my connection.

      Streaming doesn't always have to be over the internet. Some people have home servers that they stream from.

        Would also be excellent for steam streaming to lounge room, if anyone uses that.

    Now to wait for streaming devices to be able to use the Ad band, although it will be a pain given that the frequency is so high it will have limited range and will have much more trouble passing the signal through walls compared to AC and N. I can see this being great for using less wires between devices in a room, for instance, instead of having HDMI cables going everywhere in a room you could have one wired network connected node in the room used as a wireless base station for the Sound system, tv, Blu-ray player and/or the PS4. With MIMO you'd have lag and no cables, your bottleneck would most likely be the Wired connection to the base station.

      Agreed, 60Ghz will have the worse penetration ever and that will result in limited range for sure. I prefer using wire in every possible scenario....

    It's all lovely tech.
    But why are so many of the current breed of routers so darn ugly?
    I'd like TP-Link et al to make a decent router that I could actually put on top of my TV unit and not be embarrassed about.

    Yep a router that can stream using wireless ad and no other device that supports the same WiFi protocol to make use of it. Even the new gen consoles are STILL on N for some reason.

    Last edited 07/01/16 6:34 pm

    "if you’d prefer the ease of a touchscreen", an expression I've never heard before, more like I wish I could plug a real keyboard and mouse in to this bleeping thing.

    Someone has to be first on the block with this stuff, for me at home we are still living with 2.4GHz Wireless N no worries, because the bottle neck starts at the phone socket!

    Cant see this as being good at penetrating walls, 60ghz radio gear typically needs line of sight.

    Well at least it used too a few years ago... (business 60ghz ptp links)

    Your maths is way off.
    1733 to 4600 is close to a 160% increase, not 300%.

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