> Test 2 Power rat­ing

The quest for a su­per sig­nal

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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.

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