> Test 4 Security and app
Because control is important
Mesh is generally app-controlled, and that gives you access to more than just a few statistics. TP-Link’s Deco app gives you an extra layer of network-wide antivirus protection, which may provide some peace of mind, and parental controls are a common feature on everything but the Orbi Pro — though bear in mind that it’s slightly more business-minded than the standard Orbi, which features “Circle with Disney” parental controls, so you can at least get a little deeper with your network traffic control.
TP-Link’s effort is a little more confusing than the others, whereas Zyxel’s well-designed app gives good access to its security features. Google and Linksys shine in this department with a pair of excellent apps. Neither provides a huge amount of depth or control, but for fire-and-forget mesh, they’re comprehensive enough.