> Test 1 Getting connected
How hard is it to hook up?
The set-up process is something mesh does well, in general. None of the products tested here are particularly difficult to connect. Some are more involved than others, but the contrast between them isn’t exactly huge. Linksys’ Velop, for example, is one of the slickest we’ve seen — you just have to plug it in, open the app, and it’s all hooked up in a couple of minutes.
On the other hand, Google’s initial process can take a while, but adding additional nodes is fuss-free. The TP-Link Deco, Netgear Orbi, and Zyxel Multy X use Bluetooth to create that initial connection, which simplifies things, though not every initial connection was as trouble-free as it could have been in our testing. The Multy X, in particular, put up a fight, taking an hour of playing with and resetting before it finally acquiesced, despite its straightforward instructions and seemingly basic installation method.