TP-Link Talon AD7200 review: extremely fast 802.11ad-router

TP-Link is the first to release an 802.11ad-router



Of course we opened the TP-Link Talon AD7200 after the test, so we can take a look at the internals. If we remove the bottom from the router we immediately see the part that we are most interested in, namely the QCA9008-SBD1-module, which houses the 60GHz-radio. Via that module there is an antenna with a smaller than usual connector that goes to the actual antenna of metamaterial. In other words, the speeds we discussed on the previous page are achieved with a single antenna. The other eight antennae are used by the two other radios. 

TP-Link Talon AD7200
The 802.11ad-module connects with the antenna on the left side via the white cable.

TP-Link Talon AD7200
The 802.11ad-module

We also see that the Talon AD7200 uses components that you can call commonplace nowadays. Two times QCA9980 for 2.4 and 5 GHz and an IPQ8064 (related to the APQ8064 as seen in smartphones some years ago) as cpu. There is 512 MB random access memory and 256 MB flash memory present. Note the pretty big heatsinks that cover both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios. Apparently this is not necessary for the new 802.11ad-radio, because we only see an rf shield there. 

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TP-Link Talon AD7200

Wireless, 802.11ad, 800 Mbit/s, 1733 Mbit/s

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