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Zyxel Multy X, Our Pick for Best Whole Home Wi-Fi Router for Cord Cutters

If you have followed Cord Cutters News for some time, you may have seen our review of the Netgear Whole Home Wi-Fi router. In that review, I talked about how I purchased it for my home use but ended up returning it.

Recently Zyxel reached out to Cord Cutters News to offer to send us a Zyxel Multy X AC3000 Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System. We hesitantly agreed to test the service, because we didn’t know a great deal about the company. Now we are happy we got our hands on the device.

So what is a Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System? In short, it creates a single Wi-Fi network by using multiple devices to remove dead spots in your home. (See the image for an example of how it works.)

The Good

The good news is the device did what it said it would and was easy to set up. The speed was consistent with our old Netgear Nighthawk. The range was similar to that of the Netgear Orbi.

Set up was easy. Just open the app and follow the steps listed in the app. The app will even tell you if your satellite is too far away from the base.

The Multy X app allowed us to do a speed test on each satellite to make sure we were not losing speed. You can even use your Alexa powered device to control your WiFi Network.

Here is the speed test we ran on my Google Pixel XL with the Zyxel App and the Speed Test app:

The Bad

While we really loved the Zyxel Multy, there are a few things you need to know. First, you must have a phone or tablet to complete the Wi-Fi set up. Next, there is no built-in wall mount so you won’t be able to mount it to your wall out of the box.

Here is our unboxing & review video:

Final Notes

Overall the Zyxel Multy X is the best Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi Router for cord cutters. It was the fastest and easiest whole home router we have tested.

You can find the Zyxel Multy X on Amazon HERE.

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12 Responses to Zyxel Multy X, Our Pick for Best Whole Home Wi-Fi Router for Cord Cutters

  1. charles perry February 6, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    Well , the price tag of $300 is certainly another factor to consider. You can proably find a router that works just as well for a fraction of the cost. Most of us don’t live in huge homes with 20 devices like you do.

  2. Sam Iamee February 6, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    Is this a paid endorsement? Did you pay for the test unit(s), or were they gifted?

    Not much transparency here…

    • John Brewton February 6, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Seems sketchy yes. He should probably have an article that we can reference on what he does and does not do when it comes to reviews. In the video he does mentions (i think) that the company had seen him review other systems and wanted him to take a look. Not sure if he keeps or sends it back (maybe that’s what he should have said). The lack of cons is funny. Really I need to have a smartphone. Where will I get one of those :). Bottom line, I think Luke is legit, until I see otherwise. His reviews seem unbiased and his opinion.

    • Cord Cutters News February 6, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      Cord Cutters News was NOT paid for this review. As disclosed in the review they did send us a review unit but did not pay CCN for the review.

  3. Mike Blakeslee February 6, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    Well I’ll tell ya about this router that we currently use in our home and it is PHENOMENAL! Best part is it only costs $34.99 on Amazon. (By the way I’m not a paid endorser in any way shape or form. Just another cord cutter like everyone else whose trying to save people a few bucks.)

    We live in a two bedroom apartment and usually stream to 3 TVs plus have all these connected as well.
    – (1) AFTV3 Hard Wired to router.
    – (2) AFTV-STICK2’s Connected via Wi-Fi.
    – 3 Echo Dots.
    – 6 Sengled Light Bulbs w/Hub Hard Wired to router.
    – MagicJack Home Phone Service Hard Wired to router.
    – 3 Samsung Smartphones.
    – Xbox One
    – 1 Android Tablet
    – 2 Fire Tablets.
    Now at any given time there’s usually at least 2 TVs streaming PSVue, smartphones connected plus at least one of the tablets or the Xbox One being played.

    Our internet is provided by XFINITY and it’s actually the prepaid internet too. All I did was turned off the Wi-Fi on the cable router from XFINITY and connected this new router to it. We’re supposed to get 20mb↓/1mb↑ but for some reason we get 26-32mb↓/1-4mb↑. When 1st hooking up our son’s Xbox and had to download an update we even went to the 60-70mb↓ area which surprised me. Anyways…

    This new router is the “Tenda AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Gigabit Smart Router (AC9)”. Like I previously stated, it’s $34.99 on Amazon. It’s super easy to set up and took less than 15 mins to do so. It has dual band so you actually can use the beneficial 5Ghz for streaming and the 2.4Ghz for everything else, at least that’s what we do. I actually took the liberty of taking a few screenshots from the Amazon product page and adding them below. Also there’s a few pics of my router to show what it looks like in real world.

    The range is ridiculously awesome! I can get signal inside and outside the apartment w/no problem. Our building has 12 units, which is fairly large. We live smack dab in the middle as well. I can surf the web all the way around the outside of the building while walking our dog, plus alil bit more. To put it into perspective it’s around 1,000ft in any direction. That and the fact that it can keep up w/our demand and the constant load(s) we put on it, in my book, it’s up there w/the $100-$300 range Wi-Fi routers.

    There’s a bunch of different features it has, one is having the ability to control bandwidth levels on connected devices, another is the ability to put Wi-Fi to sleep on connected devices, etc. With all the features it has plus having an app to be able to connect to the router and having a 3yr Warranty, you really can’t go wrong. In my opinion it’s well worth the $ to even just take the chance that it’ll be as awesome as I think it is. If it isn’t then return it. All in all I give it a ★★★★★ rating!

    I hope this will help fellow cord cutter’s in giving them a choice in a router that isn’t going to break the bank but also isn’t going to suck either.

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  4. tbird2252 February 6, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    I have the Orbi with one satellite for ten months now. No issues. Cost over $300. Needed to have for complete coverage of my home. Know Luke test drove an Orbi last year and did not endorse. I would recommend Orbi to anyone requiring coverage for larger area…

  5. Joellyn Carpenter February 6, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    I already had a Netgear Nighthawk router and used a couple of range extenders. Then I bought the Netgear Mesh Extender and it is wonderful. No more changing my WiFi connections based on where I am in the house and no more Tivo Mini dropping its connection to the main box.

  6. Brian Wolf February 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

    I dunno… For $300, you could get a nice Ubiquity router, with two pro grade access points, and have something much better.

  7. Mike Thaler February 7, 2018 at 8:10 am #

    My non-expert opinion is that a wifi mesh system is the only way to go these days. Our YTTV service has worked perfectly with our Google mesh system throughout our 2300 sq. ft. condo. The mesh system also allowed us to have a functioning whole home sound system using several Chromecast audio devices hooked up to powered speakers.

  8. Joel Merritt February 7, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    I have been using a Google Wifi for about three months wanted a wifi mesh setup looked over all of them most seemed about the same so I went for what was the cheapest ironically it was Google wifi by a long shot. I bought the three pack for 220 dollars at walmart. Have loved it easy setup about 20 min per mesh router and most of that I set the phone down and was letting it do its thing. Was getting 15mbps on wifi on 50 mbps line – have been getting 90-99 mbps across my 1400 sq foot house.

  9. Chad February 7, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    Something not mentioned…what about updates? With a company that no one knows about, will it get regular security updates? Is there any support? I agree with earlier comment that this review seems sketchy and the cons appear to be something they threw in to make it look unbiased.

  10. Donny Rogers February 7, 2018 at 11:05 pm #

    A simple fix for the main reason the reviewer gave up on the Orbi. I have the Orbi and love it after I use telnet to log into my Orbi router and then separate out the 2.5 and 5 ghz networks by renaming the 5 ghz to a new name and now I have two different ssid’s showing for both bands. If anyone else wants to do this the easy to follow details are here.
    https://community.netgear.com/t5/Orbi/How-to-set-a-separate-SSID-for-the-5-GHz-network-on-your-Orbi/td-p/1396594