Is Luma’s surround Wi-Fi system the router we’ve been waiting for?


If I could buy a router and modem that I never had to touch again, I’d pay…and pay well. Seems like I have to reset or manage a setting with a much greater frequency than I’d prefer. Of course, I’m loading it down like a pickup truck with about 19 devices. No matter, a better solution has to be out there.

Luma is hoping to sooth my ailment. With its “surround” multi-router approach, its goal is to provide greater coverage and simplified settings. Kind of like having a couple Google OnHubs around your home.

There are ways to improve your Wi-Fi coverage: you could use an extender or perhaps drop more cash for a feature-rich router. The former isn’t always dependable and the latter can be pricey. So what’s an internet-hungry consumer to do? Luma’s approach is simple, use multiple access points that adjust based on the needs of your network at any given moment.

The mesh network approach connects each access point to the next while also putting out a signal to your devices. Instead of trying to reach the opposite corner of your house, Luma is bridging the gap along the way with multiple devices. This isn’t a new idea but it’s one that has lacked execution throughout the years, SONOS actually does it the best with its multi-room speakers.

Luma’s access points are visually attractive for a router, taking a similar approach to a Nest thermostat or SmartThings Hub. Each one has a dual-band radio system with 802.11ac Wave 2 support. Additionally, Luma uses “enterprise-grade” security and a free iOS app to regulate devices that are attached to the network.

Users can manage each iPhone, iPad or streaming device individually and adjust settings as needed. That includes parental features like usage limits, filters and more. Although we do find Luma’s browser preview feature, of any device on your network, to be a little weird.

So back to pricing. Luma’s list MSRP is on the high-end of the consumer router game. During the pre-order time you can grab three access points for $249 or $99 each, after the next 30 days the price will go to $499 and $199 respectively. Pre-orders are currently available with a Q1 ship date.

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