Luminati.io is the most popular business-specific rotating proxy service with one of the largest residential proxy networks in the world. In this Luminati review, I’m going to test how it works, its features, and its advantages over its competitors.
Here is a quick overview:
|Pricing||$0.5-$150,000 per month|
|Bandwidth||1-50,000 GB, there are unlimited plans|
|Trial period||7 days|
|Number of locations||195 countries, more than 40 mln locations|
|Support||Phone, Skype, email, Twitter, WeChat, WhatsApp, QQ|
What is Luminati?
As the company itself states, Luminati is the largest proxy network in the world. They allow collecting any web data without the risk of being blocked. The company provides millions of IP addresses — more than 40.5 million at the moment — available almost in any country of the world. You are able to start with a single IP in the very beginning and use millions if necessary.
Luminati was created in 2014 and now it is an ever-growing proxy network that allows you to use any amount of IPs anytime and anywhere. All types of proxies are available — individual, static, and even mobile.
How Luminati proxies work
Luminati generally works as a common proxy provider. You send a request to connect to a remote server, the request is processed by the proxy, and then you connect to the remote server. As a result, the service thinks you are connecting via the location of the proxy server and not via your actual one.
Another question is how they can provide such a huge server infrastructure of more than 40 million proxies in almost 200 countries. This really is huge! Maintaining such an infrastructure requires lots of funds and efforts. What’s the secret?
How residential IPs are acquired by Luminati
There is a Luminati Software Development Kit (SDK) that applications are built on. Luminati has no interest in the collection of any personal user data. Its interest lies in IPs and so it uses a system of consent. Users approve access to their IPs once their devices have internet connectivity, enough power, and are not actively being used.
How the Luminati SDK operates
In many applications today, such as games, revenue for the developers is generated through advertisements. Users are required to view mandatory ads at set intervals. This prevents the user from having a truly immersive experience with the application. Additionally, there are downsides for the device as ad viewing is a wasteful use of both a user’s battery and about 20 MB of cellular data.
Instead of going the normal ad revenue route, Luminati offers an alternative that does not take away from the user experience. Once the Luminati SDK is integrated into applications by vendors, users are then allowed to turn off video ads if they are willing to opt into the Luminati network. Once users do this, Luminati uses their devices as network nodes. This, however, is only done while a device is idle, charged/plugged in, and has access to the internet. Of course, Wi-Fi is prioritized over cellular data.
In terms of vendor revenue, a monthly payment is received from Luminati for each user that has opted into the Luminati network. Since the vendor is receiving revenue in this way, there is no longer a need to display ads, and premium features are sometimes no longer locked behind a paywall. This allows the user to have a better experience with the product, and it also allows vendors to enjoy an increased usage rate of their products. Opting into the Luminati network is not mandatory and users can opt-out if they wish. All Luminati application partners must remain compliant with the ‘opt-in’ user flow and Luminati ensures that this is the case.
Registration, payment, and prices
The procedure of registration is quite easy and does not require a lot of effort. In the beginning, you will have to enter your email address and phone number as well as create a password. Alternatively, you can sign up with your existing Google account.
Having filled in the requested data, the system will show a notification that an email was sent to your email address. It looks like this:
Open your email inbox, follow the link in the received letter, and confirm your account.
Once done, you will get a letter with the steps left to complete the registration. First, you will have to add a payment method. They accept PayPal or bank cards. Second, select the type of IP you need: global shared IP, shared IP, or exclusive IP.
In the case of using the service for a company, add the information about it. Luminati requires the name of the company, its official website, location, and corporate email.
Having filled in all the fields, wait until your application is complete. On average, it takes up to one hour during working days but we created our test account on a Saturday and it took about 14 hours to activate it.
As for pricing, it is flexible and quite attractive. Prices depend on the type of proxy you are going to use. Thus, with shared proxies, you pay for used traffic, with private proxies you pay for each IP plus used traffic, and with residential and mobile IPs you pay for traffic. Shared proxies are the cheapest, and the residential ones are the most expensive. However, they are very flexible — you can select the amount of traffic you actually need. Here is the table with more details:
You may wonder what Start with free credits means. When you add the payment method, they give you $5 which you are able to spend for testing. It is very convenient.
Luminati member area
The control panel is very convenient and informative. It provides all the details about your proxies and account. You are able to switch the section in the left-side menu. In the beginning, you open the start screen with general information and recommendations.
In the Dashboard, you are able to see the full statistics of your account.
In the Zones section, create and manage all the IP zones. They include the types of IP, number of used proxies, limits, permissions, used traffic, and money spent.
The My Settings section allows to change the personal data like email and username, as well as modify the company information.
In the Billing section, you can control your balance, manage payment methods, and see all the transactions.
The Support section provides access to technical support.
The Tools section allows any additional instruments to be used with proxies. They include Proxy Manager and Google Chrome, as well as API examples and documentation on how to use it.
The API examples include programming code samples in many popular programming languages. This feature is very useful for programmers and tech-guys.
How to use Luminati
This is the easiest way to use Luminati proxies. It has an attractive interface and provides access to the features with just a few clicks. The extension allows you to select the zone, location, carrier, request header, and refresh the IP.
Install the extension, open it, select the necessary options, and click on the big button. The app will immediately switch the IP.
How to use Luminati Proxy Manager
The Luminati proxy manager is a great tool to manage all the proxies without extra effort. It has an intuitive interface and a bunch of advanced options. Most of them can be understood only by experienced professionals or programmers. At the same time, it is quite easy to manage proxies with it.
Having downloaded the application, install it. On Windows, it runs the Command Line session and works in the browser via the local server using the http://127.0.0.1:22999/ link. Please see the video below for full instructions on how to use it.
To check how everything works, we used several online services. We used 5 data center IPs and 3 residential IPs and ran a proxy check, location test, and speed test for each of them. Here are the results.
|IP||Proxy test||Location||Ping||Speed (Mbps)|
|188.8.131.52 (Static)||DCH proxy||Israel, Tel Aviv||103 ms||45.04/43.72|
|184.108.40.206 (Static)||No proxy||Thailand, Songkhla||221 ms||0.73/14.85|
|220.127.116.11 (Static)||VPN proxy||Brazil||234 ms||45.96/15.99|
|18.104.22.168 (Static)||No proxy||Lithuania, Vilnius||32 ms||48.72/50.84|
|22.214.171.124 (Static)||DCH proxy||Tajikistan, Dushanbe||88 ms||47.13/49.27|
|126.96.36.199 (Residential)||No proxy||US||181 ms||48.28/20.21|
|188.8.131.52 (Residential)||No proxy||US||146 ms||46.93/24.41|
|184.108.40.206 (Residential)||No proxy||US||146 ms||38.88/23.98|
Luminati offers highly professional support that is available over the phone, Skype, email, Twitter, WeChat, WhatsApp, and QQ. So, you are free to contact them in a way that is the most convenient for you.
We contacted them during the process of registration as we had some questions. The manager was helpful and provided informative answers. We got a reply in less than an hour as it was the weekend. During working days, the average time to get a reply is about 10 minutes. We can say this is one of the strong points of the company.
The proxy provider promises to refund all your money within 3 days after the purchase. We could not check this option ourselves as we activated a trial period. But we explored some online forums and people say it really works. Remember, you have to contact the support team to request a refund.
Luminati pros and cons
- Huge server infrastructure
- Professional support available via lots of channels
- Great tools to manage proxies
- A generous trial period
- Very flexible pricing
- Very powerful tools for professionals and programmers
- Can be a bit tricky for beginner users
- Manual account activation
- Not the best choice for beginners without a technical background
I suggest that you begin watching their webinars and read the documentation to get a full understanding of how you can use Luminati for your needs.
Don’t forget to use the exclusive promo deal- deposit $250 and get an extra $250 added to your account!