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Luma Whole Home WiFi (3 Pack - White) - Replaces WiFi Extenders and Routers, Works with Alexa, Free Virus Blocking, Free Parental Controls, Gigabit Speed
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- Fastest home on the block: Ultra-fast WiFi delivered to every square inch of your house. No dead zones. No buffering. No kidding.
- Serious security: All-day, every-day security automatically scans and neutralizes any virus or malware, keeping your devices as safe as a Swiss bank account.
- Smarter parenting: Set a user rating (G, PG, or PG-13) for each person on your network, to easily and effectively limit all the inapproriate things they might somehow stumble upon.
- Greater control, remotely: Pause the internet, prioritize devices, grant guest access & remove unwanted devices from anywhere, with the Luma app.
- Best Friends with Alexa: Luma and Alexa are basically inseparable - so if you want to pause the internet or prioritize a device, just ask.
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|Data Transfer Rate||3,900 Mb per second||1,700 Mb per second||3,000 Mb per second||6,600 MB per second|
|Item Dimensions||1 x 4.5 x 4.5 in||1.24 x 4.78 x 4.78 in||2.36 x 6.67 x 8.89 in||9.3 x 3.1 x 7.3 in|
|Item Weight||0.5 lb||0.53 lb||1.96 lbs||1.08 lbs|
|Total LAN Ports||5||6||7||6|
|Wireless Compatibility||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11abg, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency||802.11bgn, 802.11 a/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency||802.11bgn, 5 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11 b/n/ac, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency|
Luma redefines home WiFi with the first intelligent WiFi system offering unparalleled speed, security and control. Luma’s Surround WiFi system covers every inch of your home so you can forget about buffering and dead zones. Luma provides next-generation content controls to ensure your children can only access appropriate websites.Luma is just as simple to set up as it is to use. Plug it in, download the app, and it works in minutes. From there, the devices adapt to your home and automatically fine-tune their signal in real time to always offer peak performance and speed.
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I decided to dive further into the features that Luma offers. I was already happy with Luma, because it eliminated the dead zones in my house, but I wanted to check out the internet access features. I continue to be impressed with how user friendly the mobile app is for someone like me. I am in my late 30's, and I'm starting to feel like any technology that was invented after I graduated from college is not so self-explanatory for me.
I went back into my mobile app and started playing around with the features. My son has his own tablet, which is connected to our WiFi. I was able to easily "assign" the tablet to my son and then restrict the content he can access on the internet to "G" rated content. As of now, it isn't an issue of restricting his time on the tablet, but in another year or two, I will happily start using the "pause" feature to cut off the WiFi access on his tablet, once I feel like he has reached his allowed time with the device. I LOVE that Luma is so multi-functional and goes way beyond just giving me a stronger WiFi signal throughout my house. I have already recommended it to so many of my friends who are parents, based on the awesome parental control features.
I live in a Victorian house and I had several wifi dead zones in my home. It drove me crazy that I couldn't use my laptop in my kitchen, or when I would go out on my porch, my cell phone would switch off of wifi and would start using my data. I am not a tech savvy person, but when I was talking to a few coworkers about my wifi problems at home, one of them recommended this Luma Home WiFi System. They had experienced similar issues and had done a little research and selected this product, which they said was easy to set up and solved their problems. It was great for me, because I really don't understand technical terminology and would have probably just left well enough alone and lived with the dead zones in my house, rather than looking into a solution.
When the Luma set arrived, I honestly didn't even open the box for a few days, because I was afraid that I would have a hard time setting it up. I dreaded it. When I finally decided to take the plunge and set it up, I was surprised that there was no instruction manual. I thought there must be a mistake and it was missing. Nope! All I had to do was download an app to my phone and the app literally walked me through each step to install the units around my house!!! That was awesome!!! When it comes to hooking things up like the cable box, a dvd player or a game system, my husband usually does it. He had been away on a business trip, so I set up the Luma system myself and thanks to the step by step instructions on the app, not only did I accomplish the task, it didn't take very long and I actually did it right! On to the important part...by setting up the Luma units in the recommended areas of my house (yes, the app actually showed me where the best locations would be), I am now able to use my laptop in my kitchen, as well as any room in my house, including my front porch, and my cell phone does not drop the wifi connection either.
I am so happy with this product and will not hesitate to recommend it to others who are looking for a solution to their wifi access issues at home or in their office. There are more features that Luma is capable of, but I haven't gotten that far, and may never set up, such as restricting the content each user on your network can access (for example, the types of content you would allow a child to access). I purchased the 3 pack, but if you have a really large home or office space, you can just purchase additional units either by themselves or as another 3 pack. I thought I might have to purchase one more unit, but I didn't. The 3 pack worked well for my home, which is around 3000 sq. ft.
Initially I took strong exception to the apparent lack of security; I've since come to have a more thorough understanding of the product. Luma does employ a firewall that features stateful packet inspection however for the moment it is still a fully automated system, allowing for no user configuration. When I first began testing my system I discovered that the Luma firewall does not stealth ports but rather replies to a query with an 'open' or 'closed' response, this was frustrating because I repeatedly identified around 7 ports that had no business being open to the internet... This was a major issue for me. Since then we've had two firmware updates and while the firewall still does not stealth it's ports (it really should), the open port issue has been resolved. I admit it is entirely coincidental but that particular vulnerability was patched within two weeks of my initial conversation with Luma. Really, it's the series of conversations I've had with the company and my impression of it's character that is informing the review you're reading now. While there can be no doubt that it's important to be honest about the shortcomings of the system; I feel that without giving credit to the responsiveness of the company, you'll be getting an incomplete picture of the product and it's trajectory.
But, to continue on the topic of security... The parental features are obviously a draw to many and they appear to function adequately, I really had little practical use for them in my house so that was a feature I largely ignored. I was however surprised to discover that beyond parental controls, the rating system is actually critical to Luma's security strategy. It's only through enabling these account filters that Luma's security can perform as intended. Beyond simply functioning as a content restriction system, these filters are the means by which Luma's anti-malware functionality is activated and enforced; that was not at all clear to me in my early experiences with the product. I've also been told that Luma maintains it's own threat database currently containing over a million separate entries and through cloud based filtering, reporting, and analysis, that Luma claims to provide more immediate responsiveness than would otherwise be possible via a subscription-based model.
None of this is to say I don't still have issues with aspects of the system security... I think it is critical for the user to gain granular access to the firewall functions, including user specified blacklists. I'd also like clarification on the restriction range of each level within the ratings system, perhaps an option to enable malware blocking without having to employ content restrictions, and more explanation about the nature of the data collection and cloud analysis. As it stands, the specifics of Luma's security functionality are far too mysterious and opaque for my comfort. I'd like to see in greater detail what is being done, and how it's being done, instead of my relatively useless green 'Network Secure' screen. Perhaps an option to clear the 'Concerns Found' list would be nice too.
Now that I've addressed previous inaccuracies on the state of Luma security I'll revisit the concerns I listed in my first review.
1. Automatic Channel Management: Luma still does not dynamically allow for this. The channel is selected at the time of setup and will not alter throughout the course of normal operation. It is my understanding that to change the broadcast channel, the system must be completely rebooted. To me, this is a pretty big problem. I live in a townhouse surrounded by a great number of other signals so if the system cannot dynamically adjust to the best channel on it's own, I believe the user must be given the ability to select it manually.
2. Bandwidth Steering: Forgive me if I'm using incorrect terminology, what I'm referring to is the handoff from one node to another on the mesh network. Currently this seems problematic. I've noticed on more than a few occasions when moving to a different room or floor, my connection drops to 2.4GHz on the previous node rather than transferring to the 5GHz signal on a closer node. I have to assume that this is an evolving feature, as it stands, it could be more seamless.
3. Backhaul Functionality: This was originally a problem where my network actually seemed to slow down once the nodes were all physically connected to each other. This issue seems to have been fully addressed and I'm no longer experiencing any problems.
4. Wired Connections: Luma did not auto recognize wired connections during my initial rounds of testing. If you attempted to add or move a wired device you had to reboot the node it was connected to. I admit that I haven't tested this function as of the most recent update but as far as I'm aware the issue persists.
5. Reboot Time: It seems that the amount of time each Luma node requires to boot up is dependent on the complexity of the user's network. Mine contains a couple switches, two nodes, a hub, and a handful of wired devices; in my experience it can take several minutes to bring a node back online after it has been unplugged. At first it bothered me much more than it does now, primarily because of an update on my next point.
6. Network Redundancy: At first, if one node dropped, my entire network would drop. When I tell you this supremely annoying, I hope you'll believe that I'm being kind with my choice of words. Well, it no longer seems to be an issue. I still drop nodes, too frequently if I'm honest, but now instead of losing my connection it just slows down until I walk over an cycle the affected node.
7. Speed: I averaged a wi-fi download of 336Mbps at a range of six feet, unobstructed, with each node backhauled via Cat. 6 through a fully gigabit switch. While I do have (and pay for) a 1Gbps fiber connection, the speed via the mesh network appears almost identical to my single AC1900 solution. This is disappointing because on my primary laptop I'm running a high end MU-MIMO wireless adapter, which can functionally transmit and receive up to 867Mbps; I've personally been able to transmit internally at just over 700Mbps, so I know it's capable. I sincerely hope the speed improves, if not, it is certainly no worse than I had before and my network coverage is larger than it was. Still I would prefer to be able to utilize my available hardware and bandwidth more fully. Wired Speeds performed as expected, leaving no impression either way.
8. The App: I can only imagine the challenges involved with transferring the entirety of a router interface to a smartphone sized display, but honestly, the app is still the feature that I dislike the most. First, there is no IP based interface so the app is your only way to interact with the network. This means that in order to access your network, the app remotely connects to Luma's cloud where all of your settings are stored, rather than with the local Luma nodes in your home. My primary problem with this system is my own ignorance; how are my account settings secured? Are they encrypted to prevent being compromised directly in the cloud or intercepted in transit to my system? How is my personally Identifiable Information handled? Is the password stored in plain text on the device? These are questions I would very much like to be answered. This phone-home functionality also means that if you're having an issue, the app may or may not display current information; by way of example, I just looked at the app and it reports that my entire network is currently offline... Except that's not true, I'm fully connected to the internet. Additionally I've found myself bypassing the app entirely when there seems to be an issue and simply opening a command prompt to ping each node to locate the problem myself. I dislike this very much but without a local web interface, I'm not sure what can be done about it.
Recently, Luma pushed an update which opens the door to some advanced functionality. The new version allows you to statically assign a network address by customizing the fourth octet, or last three numbers, of the address. You can also enable port forwarding for a connected device, but you still cannot specify TCP or UDP connections. uPnP can now be toggled on or off and something called IGMP Snooping is available should you have a need for it. I have mixed feelings about the update, I would have liked to see more fundamental router controls made available before something extraneous like Multicast IPTV functionality. Again, that is a completely personal opinion, but I really need more access to my router functionality; being able to set a DMZ, specify my DNS servers, assign aliases for connected devices, etc... I have to expect these will be made available in a future update but I'm hoping these come sooner rather than later. I'd also really like the ability to reboot a node that's fallen offline through the app itself but since it only connects remotely, that probably isn't possible.
As in my last version of this review, I'm posting this overview of the product as it exists presently, not how it may develop in the future. I mentioned earlier that I think you should be aware of the character of the company that puts out this product, I have been surprised at the lengths Luma's employees have gone to address my concerns and respond to my observations. While it's easy to say that a successful company should be responsive to the feedback of it's users, I think you'll agree that it is often not the case. I think that the Luma system is still at a very early stage of its product development and was probably rushed to meet delivery deadlines, compromises were made, and the results are in many of the reviews you're seeing. You'll notice that these reviews share a common thread, namely that the early product literature portrayed a product with vastly more functionality than what we have currently received; on that point I can't disagree. Where I do differ is that I do not think the product should be given up on, and I do believe it will get to a point more in line with expectations sooner than some are expecting. As it stands, I've decided to tentatively upgrade my product rating from 1 star to 3 stars. I'm doing this solely because of my personal experiences with the company, not because I believe the system is ready for prime time; I'm not sure it is yet. My feeling is that with all the truly crap companies out there that we have to deal with every day; when you run into one that is as accessible and responsive as Luma seems to be, I'm inclined to want to support them and extend them the benefit of the doubt.
And so I will.
Enter Luma, the mesh network makes all the difference. Since I've had Luma I have no dead zones in the house, my streaming is always HD, and all of my smart devices are smart again. The setup was a bit lengthy (you have to do it three times if you get the three pack), but it was very simple since the companion app handles everything. I would highly recommend this if you are frustrated like I was with the shortcomings of other wifi systems.
NOTE FOR POWER USERS. I'm a software engineer, and very much a power user, I have servers running on my home system, and use my network for development/testing. If you are a power user you can't get rid of your old router just yet. Luma is designed to be a simple consumer product, and with that simplicity comes the loss of port-forwarding and advance network routing. With Luma it is plug an play. So for me the solution to this was to daisy chain Luma to my existing router and use my existing router for complex routing needs. Now I have the best of both worlds my home is running on a separate subnet via Luma, and my dev boxes are running on their existing subnet with no issue.
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The app is extremely easy to use and love the fact that we can prioritize.
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