Features and Admin
Multy X is a self-contained system that doesn't rely on a cloud service for system operation. It does, however, rely on a Zyxel-hosted relay service to enable the app to connect to the system any time the device running the app isn't directly connected to the Multy X's Wi-Fi.
Setup and management is via Android and iOS apps; there is no web GUI. I used the Android V188.8.131.52227 app for the review. My general impression of the app is that it is slow. I had instances where I stared at the startup screen for almost two minutes before the Home screen came up. Other times, the Home screen never came up; I just quit the app and tried later.
Zyxel Multy X startup screen
Once the app launches, you'll get the Home screen shown on the left below. Unlike most other Wi-Fi System apps, the speeds shown here are real-time throughput being used, instead of the results of the latest speed test from whatever Zyxel is using as a test server to the WAN side of the Multy X root node. The right screenshot shows the hamburger menu expanded.
Zyxel Multy X Home screen and menu
The Diagnose, Parental Control and Setting screens available via the icons at the bottom of the screen are shown below.
Multy X app - Diagnose, Parental Control, Setttings screens
Tapping the Diganose screen Start button runs checks of internet bandwidth to each node and node-to-node bandwidth. The screen below shows the node-to-node (backhaul) bandwidth is higher than my internet connection supports. The node-to-node bandwidth is higher than I measured in my testing, but the internet bandwidth measurements are spot on.
Multy X app - Diagnose results
Multy X's feature set, summarized in the table below, is pretty minimal. Key points not to be missed are:
- it doesn't support Ethernet backaul
- it does support disabling the router to act as access points
- it has no content filtering or QoS features
At first glance, it looks like disabling internet access must be done device by device and is not schedulable. But adding a Group brings with it an internet access schedule for all devices assigned to that group.
Scheduling internet access by group
Not in the table, but of note, is that a total of three nodes is currently supported (an extra Multy X node costs around $180), but both nodes must connect to the root node, i.e. multi-hop is not supported. Hidden away in the Private Network menu are the Wi-Fi settings, which include a switch to let you have different names for the 2.4 and 5 GHz networks.
The slideshow has more screenshots and commentary.