CNET First Look
Multy X Mesh Wi-Fi keeps your network running smoothlyZyxel's Multy X is great for people new to mesh Wi-Fi and provides reliable coverage in a large home.
[MUSIC] The Zyxel Multy X is a great choice for people new to the world of mesh WiFi. The two piece tri-band system covers up to 5000 square feet with fairly consistent speeds. However, it's top speed was a little lacking, but it's dedicated five gigahertz backhaul band will help give you plenty of bandwidth when connected to the satellite unit. Don't be fooled by the AC3000 rating though. Each device also has a USB 2.0 port, but it doesn't support network storage. Speaking of the app, [UNKNOWN] completely disabled the web interface, which means you have to use the Multi X app to do everything. That means you won't have as many customization options as you might like. But Mesh wi-fi systems generally work well via an app because they're designed more for novice users who want to quickly get their network up and running The one big thing the Multi X has going for it is reliability. Everywhere I tested, on 2.4Ghz gave me speeds around a 100 mbps. Which isn't blazing fast, but it's more than enough for a moderate number of devices. [UNKNOWN] Five gigahertz. I saw speeds around 460 megabits per second close to the main router. And surprisingly saw speeds of 430 megabits per second 25 feet away from the satellite unit. The back haul band surely helps give this consistency. Overall I recommend the multi x to anyone on the fence about mesh wi-fi, and if you need to buy additional units, you can take advantage of their multi hop technology which relays a wi-fi signal from one satellite to the next and then back to main router. Priced right at $300. It should give you very good coverage, even in large homes. [MUSIC]