TP-Link launches world's first 802.11ad router, the Talon AD7200

The TP-Link Talon AD7200 is the first router to support the 802.11ad Wi-Fi protocol. Also known as WiGig, this wireless technology enables high-speed data transfers over short distances.
The TP-Link Talon AD7200 is the first router to support the 802.11ad Wi-Fi protocol. Also known as WiGig, this wireless technology enables high-speed data transfers over short distances.PHOTO: TP-LINK
The Talon AD7200 has eight antennas that lets it transfer data over three wireless bands - 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 60GHz.
The Talon AD7200 has eight antennas that lets it transfer data over three wireless bands - 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 60GHz.PHOTO: TP-LINK
The $259 Neffos C5 Max is a 5.5-inch Android smartphone with 16GB of internal storage.
The $259 Neffos C5 Max is a 5.5-inch Android smartphone with 16GB of internal storage.PHOTO: TP-LINK

SINGAPORE - Five seconds. That is how long TP-Link says its new Talon AD7200 router takes to transfer a thousand photos from one device to another.

The networking firm today unveiled the Talon AD7200 - the world's first 802.11ad router in the market - at the opening of its new showroom and service centre in Aperia Mall at Kallang Avenue.

The Talon AD7200 achieves the incredibly-fast transfer speeds of up to 4,600Mbps by using the 802.11ad Wi-Fi protocol. Also known as WiGig, this wireless standard operates at the 60GHz frequency, compared to the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz frequencies used by typical wireless routers.

Although WiGig offers blazing fast speeds, it has limited range of up to 9 metres. In addition, WiGig radio waves are unable to pass through walls and other obstacles.

Because of these limitations, WiGig complements, rather than replaces the longer-range 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The Talon AD7200 also supports other Wi-Fi standards, with speeds of up to 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz band and 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. The router automatically switches client devices to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands when the client moves out of the WiGig range.

Few devices currently support WiGig. To demonstrate WiGig, TP-Link used a business laptop from Acer, though the model is yet to be launched here. But PC vendors are planning to roll out more hardware, such as wireless docks and wireless displays, which will benefit the most from the higher bandwidth offered by WiGig.

The Talon AD7200 is available in stores now at $499.

TP-Link also launched the Neffos C5 Max, the top model in its Neffos C-Series of smartphones. The C5 Max is a 5.5-inch Android (5.1 Lollipop) smartphone with 16GB of storage and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Available in white and black, the C5 Max is priced at $249.

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