> Test 4 Se­cu­rity and app

Be­cause con­trol is im­por­tant

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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.

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