Luminati is an exceptional proxy provider for businesses. It offers access to a complete and complex proxy service that can be used for ad verification, brand protection, self-testing, comparative intelligence, and many more business use cases. This Luminati review presents the main features of the service as well as its pros and cons.
Luminati review in a nutshell
|Proxy types||HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS5.|
|Proxy location||Worldwide proxy network.|
|Proxy client||Manual configuration, proxy bots or software, browser extensions, programmatically.|
|IP source||Residential IPs, Datacenter IPs, Mobile IPs.|
|IP rotation||Yes, inbuilt smart IP rotation system.|
|IP replacement||It depends.|
|Authentication||Basic authorization (username/password), plus IP whitelisting.|
|Bandwidth||Limited for all types of proxies. Unlimited bandwidth is available as an addon for private proxies.|
|Speed & performance||Good.|
|Usage restrictions||Check the TOS.|
|Trial period||Yes, 7 days (for companies).|
|Pricing||From $0.50/GB for data center proxies. From $12.5/GB for residential proxies and mobile IP proxies.|
|Payment methods||Paypal, credit cards.|
|Moneyback & Refund policy||3-days for individuals.|
|Support||24/7 email/ticketing & live chat support.|
|Control Panel||Complex dashboard, lots of options.|
Luminati offers the following types of proxies: residential proxies, datacenter shared proxies, private proxies, and mobile IPs proxies. They are implemented as highly anonymous proxies and they support the following protocols: HTTP (port 80), HTTPS (SSL over port 443), and SOCKS5.
The Luminati residential network is comprised of 100% real household’s Wi-Fi IPs located all over the World. Residential proxies are compatible with any proxy-enabled application, and they are suitable for ad verification, testing, web scraping, creating and managing social media accounts (in the same manner as Instagram proxies, Facebook proxies, Twitter proxies). Additionally, you may use them as sneaker proxies, or for buying tickets online.
Datacenter shared proxies
The shared proxies are a cheaper alternative to residential proxies and private ones. However, Luminati provides access to over 1000s subnets. Thus, it is unlikely that you will run over blacklisted IPs. And, you have full control over the IP rotation.
Dedicated private proxies
The private proxies use dedicated IP addresses, available in over 85 locations. You will be the only one accessing the targeted domains from the selected IPs.
Mobile IP proxies
The mobile IP proxies allow you to test your service on 3G and 4G mobile networks. You have access to more than 3 million IPs from all over the World.back to menu ↑
Luminati offers proxies in more than 190 countries. The top proxy locations are the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, India, China, Japan, Brazil.back to menu ↑
Luminati proxies can be used in (almost) any scenario that involves changing your public IP address.
Proxy browser extensions
The fastest way to get started with the Luminati proxies is to install the Luminati Chrome extension. The proxy extension allows you to easily select the type of proxy, location, and to turn the proxy on. For Firefox, you may use the FoxyProxy add-on, but you need to manually configure it.
All popular web browsers expose proxy settings and they can route your Internet traffic through HTTP/HTTPS or SOCKS proxies. Luminati proxies can be used in the same way as any other proxy.
Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up SOCKS on Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari (similarly, HTTP proxies can be set up). Also, the HTTP proxies can be configured on iPhone/iPad and Android devices.
Proxy software or proxy bots
Luminati proxies are suitable to be used by proxy bots and crawler software. Take a look at this tutorial on how to properly set up Luminati proxies for automated tasks.
The Luminati Proxy Manager (open source) allows you to easily manage multiple proxies via the REST API and admin UI.
Use the proxies programmatically
The proxies (HTTP and SOCKS) can easily be used programmatically to build your own scripts and applications. In order to connect to the proxies, you may use the username/password authentication.
For example, in PHP, you may call the cURL function similarly to the code below:
$username = ‘lum-customer-CUSTOMER-zone-YOURZONE’;
$password = ‘YOURPASS’;
$port = 22225;
$session = mt_rand();
$super_proxy = ‘zproxy.lum-superproxy.io’;
$curl = curl_init(‘http://lumtest.com/myip.json’);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_PROXY, “http://$super_proxy:$port”); curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_PROXYUSERPWD, “$username-country-us-session-$session:$password”);
$result = curl_exec($curl);
Similarly, you may use the Luminati proxies from Shell, Node.js, Java, C#, VB, Ruby, Perl.back to menu ↑
Both datacenter IPs and residential zone IP addresses are available, depending on the package. Additionally, Luminati offers static residential proxies with IP addresses provided directly through ISP’s.back to menu ↑
Luminati offers a smart IP rotation system: every request goes to a super proxy (load balancing server) that provides an IP address from a pool of IP addresses
If you the system correctly you don’t need IP replacement. Simply, open a new session and you will be assigned a new IP.back to menu ↑
Basic HTTP authentication (username and password) is used for accessing the proxies. Additionally, for security reasons, the IP address of every machine that runs Luminati has to be added to the whitelist IPs for every zone.back to menu ↑
All types of Luminati proxies are charged by used bandwidth. Check the pricing section for more details. Unlimited bandwidth is available as an extra option for the private (dedicated) proxies.back to menu ↑
Speed & Performance
Before you take a look at the speed test results presented below, you should consider the fact that they may not be representative. Luminati offers so many locations, proxy IPs, and proxy types that it makes a complete proxy testing unrealistic. Thus, you should take my tests “as is”.
For this Luminati review, I used the $5 promotional credit and the Chrome extension. I switched between several locations and tested the speed using Speedtest.net. The download speed was good and the connection stable. Here are some of the speed test results:
Note: The speed test was performed in Europe, on a macOS machine using the Chrome browser.back to menu ↑
All companies registering with Luminati need to pass the strict KYC (Know Your Customer) process successfully.
The Luminati proxies can be used for crawling. However, it is up to you to make sure that the way you use the service complies with the laws applicable in your country.
The unlimited bandwidth usage is periodically reviewed to ensure that the level of traffic per IP is not being overused.back to menu ↑
A 7-day free trial is available for testing the residential IP proxies, but only for companies. If you are registering as an individual you may only benefit from the 3-day money-back guarantee.back to menu ↑
The Luminati price plan relies on the type of proxy (shared, private, residential and mobile) and the used bandwidth:
- Shared proxies are available for $0.50/GB.
- Datacenter private proxies pricing also depends on the number of IPs: $0.60/month per IP, plus $0.10/per GB.
- Residential and mobile IP proxies start from $12.5/ per GB with a $500 minimum monthly commitment.
You may pay for Luminati proxies using PayPal or credit cards.back to menu ↑
Moneyback & Refund policy
For freelancers or independent owners, a 3 days money-back guarantee is available. For companies, there is no money-back guarantee after the 7-day trial.back to menu ↑
The Luminati support team is available 24/7. It usually takes less than 10 minutes to get an answer to a support request.back to menu ↑
When you buy proxies from Luminati, you are provided with access to the Dashboard. It is the place where you can download Luminati software, define zones, set new proxies, see proxy usage stats.
The Luminati Dashboard is by far the most complex I have encountered for a proxy solution. There are plenty of options and it will probably take you days to get accustomed and get the most of the service.
The knowledge base is full of tutorials and usage scenarios. So it is very likely you will find exactly what you need in order to reach your goal.
Luminati provides a complex proxy service that can be utilized for many business use cases.
- Lots of locations and millions of IPs.
- Data center, shared, mobile IP, residential proxies available.
- HTTP, HTTPS, and SOCKS protocols supported.
- Rotating proxies.
- A free trial is available for companies.
- Pricing based on bandwidth. Quite expensive.
- The residential and mobile IPs are provided by regular Internet users that share their devices via third-party applications.