The TP-Link Talon AD7200 is a look into the future of wireless bandwidth and transfer speeds. Of course we are not even close to the advertised speed of 4600 Mbps, but a wireless bandwidth of about 1 Gbps is still extremely impressive. This is the first time that wifi can truly compete with copper. That is, if you stay within the same room. Even a single wall can spell disaster. If you want to use 802.11ad throughout the entire house, you will need a different design of your wireless network. A single central access point is out of the question in this case. You do not need to redesign your network immediately, because it will take a while before there are enough clients that can use the new standard.
In every other regard the TP-Link Talon AD7200 is an Archer C2600 in a slightly different case (with four extra antennae). The performance is mostly good, without truly standing out. The renewed interface is refreshing and offers some good new possibilities. The price difference between this AD7200 and the Archer C2600 is quite a lot at more than 134 pounds / 150 euros, which makes it difficult to recommend the AD7200 at the moment. If you really want the latest wifi-standard technology and/or if you already have devices that can use it, the router is definitely worth it. However, for most users the C2600 is a better option in our opinion if you are looking for an ‘AC2600-model’. The first generation tri-band routers, that offer better performance than the AD7200 at the moment, are available at well below 269 pounds / 300 euros; the TP-Link AC3200 can be found for less than 179 pounds / 200 euros.
All in all, TP-Link offers a showcase for what the future holds with 802.11ad, but it is not more than that for now. In any case, as router enthusiasts we looking forward to the next steps.