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The Talon AD7200 was tested with our Revision 9 wireless test process with 1.0.9 Build 20160602 rel.37987 version firmware loaded. Channel 6 and 20 MHz B/W mode was set for 2.4 GHz and Channel 40 and 80 MHz B/W mode was set for 5 GHz. The router was positioned in the test chamber as shown in the photo below.

TP-LINK Talon AD7200 in test chamber

TP-LINK Talon AD7200 in test chamber

The AD7200 is the only AD7200 class router that exists. But since it is a 4x4 router at its core, I compared it to the ASUS RT-AC88U, TP-LINK Archer C3150 and NETGEAR R7800. It's fair to mix AC2600 and AC3150 class products for comparing these benchmarks, because the Intel 8260 2x2 test client pays no attention to the non-standard 1024 QAM modulation responsible for the difference between AC2600 and AC3150 classes.

The average 2.4 GHz throughput over all points measured is better on downlink (76 Mbps) than uplink (61 Mbps). But the AD7200's average downlink is about 10 Mbps lower than the ASUS in this comparison.

2.4 GHz average throughput comparison

2.4 GHz average throughput comparison

5 GHz averages show downlink about twice as fast as uplink.

5 GHz average throughput comparison

5 GHz average throughput comparison

Let's dig into the throughput vs. attenuation plots for the details behind the averages. The 2.4 GHz downlink plot shows the AD7200 starting out high along with the ASUS and C3150. But throughput falls off more quickly, pushing total average throughput down.

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

The AD7200's quick throughput decline in 2.4 GHz uplink and relatively early disconnection after 51 dB attenuation result in average lower throughput.

2.4 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

2.4 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

The 5 GHz downlink plot shows the AD7200 tracking the NETGEAR R7800 from the 18 dB test on. All compared products are more alike than different for this benchmark.

5 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

5 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

The more alike than different theme also occurs for 5 GHz uplink. However, since the AD7200 tracks below the other products for most of the tests, its average throughput is lower.

5 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

5 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

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