It’s simple. This is not a game. This is the CES, and here, the show is always on.
The stakes are high and the heat is always rising. With titles flying fast and furious, all for the sake of being the best and baddest in technology, there are serious bragging rights at stake. TP Link, always a brand that draws a lot of blood at the tech thunderdome that is CES, has announced the launch of two new routers - the Talon AD7200 Multi-band Wi-Fi Router and the SR20 Smart Home Router. So what? They’re just a bunch of routers, says you? Wait for it, says we.
The Talon AD7200 Multi-band router claims to be the world’s first router based on 802.11ad, which just happens to be the latest and most powerful in the world of wireless technology. To give you an idea of what it means, think of the 802.11ad as 4K and the Talon AD7200 as the world’s first 4K TV. Get the drift now?
There’s even more tech ammunition on board, resulting in claimed speeds of upto 4.6gps on 60GHz bands - sure to knock the socks off most torrent junkies. Sporting eight antennae and amplifiers for casting a wider and stronger Wi-Fi net, two USB 3.0 ports, control over the device via TP Link’s Tether app (iOS and Android) along with other enhancing features, make this a worthy summit-scaler as far as routers are concerned.
With everything from TVs, stereos systems and even something as benign as toasters jumping onto the ‘wireless’ bandwagon, the Internet of Things is already here. Your homely routers have been out-gunned and out-dated sometime back in mid-2015. Keeping pace and enhancing the burgeoning ecosystem that is IoT, TP Link has launched the SR20 Smart Home Router with enough features to make Inspector Gadget look like Woody from the Toy Story franchise. The touchscreen, featuring SR20, is the brain of your IoT as it offers centralised compatibility, control and monitoring of all connected devices. Home automation, security cameras, tunable Wi-Fi light bulbs can all be controlled via the SR20, along with a smart switch that offers energy monitoring capabilities. You can sync up your devices to perform seamlessly, like programming lights that will turn on as soon as they detect you walking into the room. That is just the tip of the iceberg. But wait, what about its capability as a router? Well, it delivers a claimed AC1900-class performance that boasts of 4K HD video streaming, large file downloads and online gaming without lag. Also, the router is backwards compatible, meaning it can also work with older models.
The routers are slated for slaughter somewhere in early 2016 in the US. No word on its launch in India at the moment, so stay tuned.