> Test 1 Get­ting con­nected

How hard is it to hook up?

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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.

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