Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200

A next generation of wireless AD router is introduced by Netgear – the Nighthawk X10 wireless AD7200 multi band router delivering total bandwidth of up to 7200Mbps with three distinct bands, powered by high end 1.7GHz Quad core processor. Similar product was introduced by TP-link – the Talon AD7200 wireless router couple of months earlier than X10.

What this product does

If you haven’t taste how the speed of wireless AC router when your current aging wifi router is still based on wireless G or wireless N150 technology, you’ll be surprised how the wifi technology is evolving so fast in wireless AD based router. Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 and TP-link Talon AD7200 are both new generation of wireless routers based on the next generation of wireless 802.11AD technology.


Multi band

Like Talon AD7200, Nighthawk X10 is designed with the three distinct bands, i.e. the most crowded 2.4GHz band with speed up to 800Mbps, the clean 5GHz band with the speed up to 1733Mbps and the high frequency 60GHz band. We know that the current AC5300 routers such as Linksys EA9500 and Netgear R8500 and AC3200 routers such as TP-link Archer C3200 or Linksys EA9200, they are also three band routers, the 2.4GHz band and two separate 5GHz bands.

Up to 4600Mbps @60GHz

Routers based on wireless AD technology delivers ultra fast wifi speeds up to 4600Mbps in 60GHz band, high frequency band. The bad thing is that this 60GHz band cannot penetrate the wall, it must be in a line of sight between the router and the wifi compatible clients. So far, there are couple of clients that work in 60GHz band such as new Acer TMP648 laptop.

Aggregation Ethernet ports

Like the previous AC5300 model – the Netgear Nighthawk X8, Netgear Nighthawk X10 is also equipped with dual aggregation port to deliver 2Gbps data rate throughput. This is ideal for connecting to something like high speed NAS storage.

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Main features

  • Next generation of wireless AD7200 technology based on 802.11ad, 802.11ac
  • Multi band router speeds up to 4600Mbps @60GHz; up to 1733Mbps @5GHz and up to 800Mbps @2.4GHz band
  • Plex media server and Amazon drive cloud backup
  • Beamforming for 2.4GHz and 5GHz band
  • MU-MIMO ready
  • ReadyCloud and ReadyShare vault
  • 6x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port
  • Dual port aggregation
  • Powered by 1.7GHz Quad core processor with 512Mbps NAND Flash and 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports

Many people are wondering that this model of wireless AD-based router is beneficial at a moment particularly with the 60GHz band, at least lack of the wireless client adapter based on wireless AD standard and the shortage of the range distance.

Comparison X10 Vs Talon

Talon AD7200 was introduced and released earlier than Nighthawk X10, and generally the product that comes later is featured richer than the first model. X10 is designed with richer features than Talon as you can see from the following spec comparison table.


Talon model is similar like its TP-link Archer C5400 wireless AC5300 model, designed with eight external antennas. On the other hand, Nighthawk X10 is designed with 4x active external antennas technology like its predecessor model Nighthawk X8 to deliver more powerful signal strength and longer distance coverage.


Nighthawk X10 is powered by high speed 1.7GHz Quad core processor as opposed to only 1.4GHz dual core processor in Talon AD7200. As comparison, you can find Linksys WRT AC3200 is powered by the fastest dual core processor – 1.8GHz dual core processor for its DD-WRT firmware router, the fastest dual band router in the market today.

Take a look at the following comparison table for easy to read spec comparison between the routers.

Table 1 Netgear Nighthawk X10 Vs TP-link Talon AD7200

  Nighthawk X10 Talon AD7200
Wifi technology Wireless 802.11ad/ac Wireless 802.11ad/ac
Wifi speeds 4600Mbps @60GHz; 1733Mbps @5GHz and 800Mbps @2.4GHz 4600Mbps @60GHz; 1733Mbps @5GHz and 800Mbps @2.4GHz
Beamforming technology Yes Yes
Antenna 4x active external antenna

4x internal antennas

8 external antennas, 1 internal antenna
Ethernet Ports 6x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports,

1 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Port

Dual Gigabit Ethernet port aggregation

4 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports,

1 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Port

USB Ports 2x USB 3.0 ports 2x USB 3.0 ports
Processor 1.7GHz Quad core processor 1.4GHz dual core processor
Price $449.99 $499.95


To learn more details about each of the product, current rating and price:


Netgear Nighthawk X10 is new multi band router based on next generation wireless AD technology delivering total bandwidth of up to 7200Mbps for its three distinct bands. Compared with Talon AD7200, Nighthawk is more superior regarding the processor speed, the active antenna and dual aggregation Gigabit Ethernet ports.

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4 Responses

  1. Ron says:

    The X10 has a 1.7 quad-core, not dual-core processor.

  2. Rune says:

    I thought tp-link supported link aggregation as well? (

    BTW: Is IEEE 802.3ad implied when discussing aggregation these days?

    “On the other hand, Nighthawk X10 is designed with 4x active external antennas technology like its predecessor model Nighthawk X8 to deliver more powerful signal strength and longer distance coverage.” I find it a bit non-intuitive that 8 antennas deliver less signal strength than 4. I guess the keyword here is ‘active’ and it would be nice if the article had dwelled on that a little more.

    Specs-wise the earlier TP-Link Archer product seems to deliver a little more oomph in the 5GHz band, but if the Nighthawk gives a little more range and offers 802.3ad then I’d happily select that instead. Given that I want to hide the router away in my storage room, 802.11AD is sadly of no relevance and I guess the X8 is more suitable.

    • Jack says:

      In this statement it says that it is applied to Archer C3150( V2 ) , Archer A2300( V1 ) , Archer C3150 V2 , Archer C5400( V2 ) , Archer C2300( V1 )
      agree that 802.11ad is not suitable to home environment so far, too short distance and no pairing adapter for optimum connection.
      Instead of wireless router, I prefer mesh home wifi system, the emerging wifi system today such as Orbi or tplink deco.

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