TP-Link Talon AD7200 Multi-Band Wi-Fi Router Review
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The TP-Link Talon AD7200 Multi-Band router is the first supporting 802.11ad, the latest revolution in wireless technology.
Talon AD7200 uses the latest, most powerful wireless technology to provide speeds of up to 4600Mbps on the groundbreaking 60GHz Wi-Fi band, completely revolutionizing your definition of fast.
It is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, that helps it deliver through demanding tasks unabated even when numerous users connect to the network simultaneously.
This allows everyone in your home or office to surf, stream, and game concurrently while enjoying the exceptional performance.
First Time Set-Up & Installation
Setting up the TP-Link Talon AD7200 is relatively simple. As soon as you plug in and power up your router, you can connect your computer to the default Wi-Fi or plug it in into the Ethernet port.
Once you are good to go, open your web browser and type in tplinkwifi.net or 192.168.0.1, this will direct you to the router’s menu.
There, you’ll get a simple guide on how to get connected to the Internet and changing your router’s password from the default one.
Under the router’s basic settings tab, you will see an overview of the network map alongside other settings for:
- Internet connections: Dynamic IP and Static IP. PPTP and PPPoE for implementing VPN and remote site connection.
- Wireless: Password and SSID
- Guest Network: Password and SSID
- USB settings.
- Parental Control
The advanced settings tab has a screen that provides, Internet, USB sharing, Guest network, LAN and Wireless information.
It also has menus for configuring DHCP, Quality of Service (QoS), NAT forwarding, Advanced Wireless, and Advanced Network settings.
A Security menu for setting up Denial of Service (DoS), Access Control and SPI firewall settings. A VPN Server menu for setting up and configuring Open VPN.
Design & Build
The TP-Link Talon AD7200 is an all-black and reasonably big router with a pretty decent and modern look. It measures 1.7 by 9 by 9 inches (HWD).
Eight external antennas that can be folded down onto its top when the router is not in use. A significant downside is that these antennas are fixed permanently meaning that in case it breaks you cannot replace it.
On the front panel are 9 LED lights that indicate; Statuses of 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 60GHz bands, power, Internet and Ethernet connectivity, connectivity of the USB 3.0 ports and WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) activity.
Adjacent to the LEDs are buttons for enabling and disabling Wi-Fi, WPS and one for switching off LED lights on or off.
The Power and Reset buttons are placed at the back of the router.
Network Standards and Bands
This router can be well described as a dual-band router with an AD addon rather than a tri-band router. Universal tri-band routers use a single 2.5GHz band and two 5GHz bands, the extra 5GHz is used for splitting excess task load or for communicating with other routers in a multi-router system.
This multi-band technology runs three distinct Wi-Fi bands simultaneously, with the combined Wi-Fi speed of up to 7200Mbps, creating a network that takes care of all your devices without compromising on performance.
Located on the router’s back panel are 2 USB 3.0 ports, 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a WAN port. The 2 USB 3.0 ports stand out as they are still a rarity in most routers even the modern ones.
MU-MIMO (Multi-user, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output)
The Wireless AC and Multi-User MIMO Technologies supported by the AD7200 allows it to serve multiple devices at the same time, providing speeds that are up to 3 times faster for all devices on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
This feature allows it to provide a perfect platform for you to smoothly stream music and videos in high resolution, game online without lags and also download stuff at high speed simultaneously across different devices.
Speeds and Coverage
The AD7200 is undoubtedly fast; its 5GHz band is valued at a maximum throughput of 1733Mbps, the 2.4GHz at 800Mbps with the 60GHz maxing out at 4600Mbps.
Apart from the external antennas, the router has one additional internal antenna. The antenna array has a dedicated 802.11ac IC responsible for the 2.4 and 5GHz radios and another 802.11ad IC accountable for the 60GHz radio.
AD7200 supports beamforming technology present in the latest Wi-Fi trends. Beamforming technology allows the router to direct Wi-Fi signals to targeted devices rather than over a general range.
Let’s take a look with some of the custom-made features that come along with the TP-Link Talon AD7200 router.
A firmware to help parents control and regulate the kids’ time on the Internet and content they can access while surfing.
An impressive feature focused on securing your main network by creating a separate network for your guests.
In its advanced features, TP-Link allows users via its VPN Server menu create an OpenVPN server. This is responsible for providing secure remote access to your private network.
- TP-Link Talon AD7200 lacks a Smart Connect feature available in most multiband routers for seamless band switching. Users have to choose which SSID band they want to connect to manually.
- Parents have also criticized its Parental Controls, terming it as not flexible enough.
- Despite being extremely fast, AD Wi-Fi has a small spectrum coverage and can’t pass through walls -connection is lost once you move away from the line of sight- a limitation of the 802.11ad standard.
Despite its shortcomings, the AD7200 is still a decent and futureproof router complemented with excellent features. It is capable of providing exhilarating speeds perfect for, home entertainment and business environment to say the least, via its Wi-Fi AD and its Wi-Fi AC and N still delivering decent performance.
Pro Tip: Should you want to enjoy the Wi-Fi AD speeds, ensure that your PC or device is AD compatible.