> Test 2 Power rating
The quest for a super signal
Power, in mesh, is a little relative — when you’re distributing the load, you don’t really need a lot of individual muscle. So while the AC1200 radios in the Google WiFi mesh setup might appear to be “weak” when compared to the AC3000 combos of the Zyxel Multy X and Netgear Orbi Pro nodes, there’s not really a huge speed difference, even when you’re loading up the network with a couple of bulky 4K streams. Google’s programming and load balancing are top-notch, but the power dip translates into a slight lack of reach.
The Zyxel Multy X’s nine-antenna, dedicated backhaul setup gives this particular mesh network impeccable performance and reach, while the Linksys Velop absolutely flies when talking to the wireless card of a modern Mac. Even the TP-Link Deco, a shred less strong in terms of pure numbers, is certainly powerful enough.