Luma WiFi System Review: Is This the Mesh-Networking Kit for You?

Setup

The Luma WiFi System comes in packs of one, two, or three units. White is the only color available for the one- and three-packs, while with the two-pack you’ll get a choice of white, gray, black, and orange.

On the company’s website, it says the 2-pack is best for homes between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet, while you’ll need the larger pack for a home between 2,000 and 3,500 square feet.

One Luma, it doesn’t matter which one, serves as your router, which you’ll need to connect to your modem physically. You’ll use the free Luma app to complete the setup.

I found the Luma setup process worked very smoothly with the app providing a nice mix of text and graphics to explain each step. My biggest advice: Before getting started, be sure to turn off your existing system so that your mobile devices are ready to connect to the new network.

Once you perform the Luma setup process, you’ll connect your devices like you would with any other Wi-Fi network.

The App

If you do a search for Luma online, it doesn’t take you long to find a review or two with complaints about the functionality of the Luma app. During my tests, I didn’t experience any significant issues, although I do have some suggestions for the app moving forward.

With the app, you can perform general tasks such as pausing the internet (universally or by a user), setting internet usage time limits and content filtering, and establishing bedtime controls. The app also shows you when over the air updates occur.

These tasks perform as expected. Moreover, changes take place immediately.

Luma also includes a unique malware blocking and scanning feature.  “Detect & Block” is the default setting, which is the option I would also recommend.

I was surprised by the large number of intruder files Luma found during the first few days of use. Most of these were from websites I had visited on my Mac. The number of flagged files and websites quickly dropped, however, after a few days.

For your reference, the app lists the blocked malware. Unfortunately, this information is confusing, at best. I hope that a future app update will provide more details on the blocking of files or websites. Better still, Luma should rate this files by severity.

I found the Luma setup process worked very smoothly with the app providing a nice mix of text and graphics to explain each step.

More detail would also prove useful with Luma’s content filtering tool.

With Luma, you can set content filters by a user or across the system using a familiar rating system: R, PG-13, PG, and G. Though users can request to unblock content, there’s no way to identify the sites or files blocked in the first place. Having an active list of blocked content according to the content filter rating could be beneficial.


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Speed

Luma is the first mesh Wi-Fi networking product that I’ve used. Therefore, I haven’t tested how its speed compares to others. What I can tell you is that my home network is much faster now.

With my internet service package, I should receive network speeds of up to 100mbps. Before switching to Luma, my Apple AirPort Time Capsule/Apple Airport Express combination saw speeds averaging 45mbps. That number has nearly doubled, no matter my location in the home. This difference looks like a win, no?

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