Luminati has a peer to peer (P2P) network with over 35 million residential IPs in 223 countries all around the world, making it the largest proxy network provider.
Luminati also offers you to send concurrent requests to different IP addresses so you have a low chance to be slowed down by a rogue server. Meaning the service has a decent speed.
You can choose from four different price plans and they all change depending on the amount of data you require. The cheapest plan costs $500 a month which also gives you 40GB usage.
Luminati Residential and Mobile Proxies
All pricing plans come with limited bandwidth.
The cheapest plan costs $500 a month which includes 40GB usage. Depending on the traffic you need, the prices increase. You can find their pricing list here.
Their webpage suggests that they have around a 36M+ proxy network.
Luminati claims on their website that they cover 223 countries. Which is odd, as with a quick Google search you can see that there are only 195 countries in the world. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Once you manage to get a Luminati account (which was incredibly hard to do), you can create zones (or plans) for different use cases. When creating a plan, you can choose a zone’s name, network type (DC, residential, mobile-residential), geolocation (you can even subscribe for an ASN filtering feature), and IP type (shared or exclusive).
We should mention that every choice comes an additional price. The most basic shared residential IPs with country filtering costs $12,5/GB. After that, you receive your username and password and an endpoint to use proxies. With various parameters added to the username, you can enable features such as country/city/ASN filtering or session control.
Both credentials (username: password) and whitelisted IPs are available.
Creating zones (plans) serves the same purpose as sub-users because you get a different part for your username (username-zone_name) and a separate traffic count.
Available. If you add a session parameter to your username with a randomly generated ID you will be able to use that IP until you use the same ID (or if that IP is available).
- Location. Yes
- Proxy type. Yes. You can choose between mobile and residential.
- ASN/Provider/Carrier. Yes. You can filter by ASN and Carrier.
Luminati supports HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS5 protocols.
- Usage statistics. Yes
- Credentials/Whitelist IP change. Yes.
- Support tickets. Yes
- Renew plans. Yes
- Live chat. Yes
With Luminati’s dashboard, you can check your usage statistics and renew plans, you can open a support ticket, change credentials or whitelisted IPs, and you can contact them via live chat.
They have a live chat support and a ticket system in their dashboard. Their answering time in live chat is great. They usually answer within 5 minutes. If you ask them a technical question, you will get a detailed answer. However, with the ticket system, they responded to us only after 5 hours. So that works a tad slower.
First, we’ll go over Luminati’s residential proxies, and then we will review their mobile proxies as well.
As per usual, we checked the proxy speed using the free FOGLDN Proxy Tester.
Average speed: 3 sec.
Their residential proxies are fast. Even though they had a few failed statuses, they still could be a good choice for a sneaker provider as their residential IPs results were really good. Luminati could be a great sneaker provider if you decide to choose them. However, if you want to see who are the best sneaker providers, check them out here.
Afterward, we tested the overall performance of Luminati’s residential proxies by using our own testing script. During this test, we gradually increased the number of concurrent connections and put the proxies on a huge load. The graph below shows what happens when we do that:
There were no connection errors no matter how much we increased the concurrent connections, but timeouts slightly increased, and accordingly, the success rate dropped. Blocked connections remained more or less the same.
Below you can see a detailed breakdown of the performance test results. As with other residential proxy providers, we used a 300 concurrent connections’ benchmark.
Luminati has a really low number of connection errors, which is reasonable as they offer limited traffic. Their timeouts are also on the lower side, but not as good as other providers.
However, the biggest issue Luminati has is the number of blocked IPs for google.com with 68,06% and yandex.com with 50,84%. There are very high numbers. As you can see below, the blocks to google.com were mostly 503 error (recaptcha). This is not good if you do not use a recaptcha solver and will become a great issue with the number of blocks.
When it comes to Yandex, the biggest block they had was 200 error. That’s a captcha error and will be a nuisance to deal with.
There were some blocks on Amazon, Wayfair, and Facebook, but there were not too many of them.
|Blocked requests statistic|
|Target/status||503 (recaptcha)||200 (captcha)||502||200 (<15KB)||403||500||429|
When it comes to the average response time, Luminati is doing pretty reasonably:
The average and median times really vary, meaning the response time during the testing was not stable. Luminati residential proxies are pretty good and will do good as sneaker proxies, but we suggest you check out other residential proxies, as there are better ones out there.
Once again, we checked the proxy speed using the free FOGLDN Proxy Tester.
Average speed: 6 sec.
As you can see, their mobile proxies had much slower speeds and they also had a few failed statuses.
Afterward, we tested the overall performance of Luminati’s mobile proxies by using our own testing script. During this test, we gradually increased the number of concurrent connections and put the proxies on a huge load. The graph below shows what happens when we do that:
As you can see, if we increase concurrent connections, the number of timeouts slightly start to increase, however, blocked connections seem to drop, but so does the success rate. There was a slight connection error increase when we increased concurrent connections as well.
Below you can see a detailed breakdown of the performance test results. As with other proxy providers, we’re using a 300 concurrent connections benchmark.
Luminati’s mobile proxies had a very low number of connection errors, which is normal as they offer limited traffic and their timeouts are also on the lower side but could do better.
When it comes to Luminati’s biggest issues, they are blocked IPs for google.com. 46,50% and yandex.com with 40,25%. Once again, those are high numbers. You can see below, the blocks to google.com were mostly 503 error (recaptcha). As mentioned before, this is not good if you do not use a recaptcha solver and will become a great issue with the number of blocks.
When it comes to Yandex, the biggest block they had was the same as they had for their residential proxies, the 200 error. That’s a captcha error and will be a nuisance to deal with.
There were some blocks on Amazon, Wayfair, and Facebook, but there were not too many of them.
|Blocked requests statistic|
|Target/status||503 (recaptcha)||200 (captcha)||403||429||200 (<15KB)|
When it comes to the average response time, Luminati is doing pretty good:
With their mobile proxies, their average and median times didn’t vary as much, but these proxies were slower.
Luminati has all the features that we include in our other reviews. The overall performance and support are really good. However, the main disadvantage is the pricing. For the standard residential plan the price is normal, but if you add some features or chose some exclusive Gips, the price will get much much higher. We spent a fortune while just testing them.
They have really good filtering options. You can even filter proxies by ASN, which is rare with residential proxy providers. Also with the zone system, you can manage sub-users. That helps you track traffic (spendings) on different projects.
The overall internal benchmark results showed us that they are really stable both on residential and mobile IPs. We got very few connection errors, though there we some timeouts. The speed on internal benchmark was also pretty great. In our opinion, it’s beyond average for residential IPs. However, for mobile proxies, they were a little bit slower.
There were, however, quite a bit of issue with blocked IPs. Search engines like Yandex and Google are heavily blocked on both residential and mobile IPs. There some blocks and Wayfair target as well.
So to sum up, for the FOGLDN proxy test we subscribed exclusive GIPs from the US, and their residential IPs test results were spectacular. Of course, response time varies and there we some errors, but despite that, you can achieve great speed. But take note that their mobile GIPs results were average.
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Luminati Dedicated Proxies
Updated: May 24th
By Chris Becker
Tested plan: 500 private proxies
Type: Data Center proxies
Paid traffic 0.1$/GB.There is a possibility to choose unlimited bandwidth, but then IP price goes 0.5$ up.
Prices can be found here: https://luminati.io/#pricing
But from what I’ve noticed, realistically the prices are higher than listed on their website, because everything adds up to the starting price: traffic, the amount of targets scraped and so on.
As Luminati state on their website: Luminati’s data center network consists of over 400 thousand IPs.
On their website next to pricing they wrote 90+ countries, https://luminati.io/locations lists out 215 locations available (yes, I counted them myself), so safe to say their proxies are all across the world.
You can download IP list from the dashboard, but if you would prefer to not rotate them manually – there is a handy dandy “Super Proxy”, which rotates IPs for you, while you use only one entry node.
Both credentials (IP:PORT:USERNAME:PASSWORD) and whitelisting are available authorization methods. Credentials are specific for “zones” that you create for yourself.
Filtering by location is done by creating “zones”, where you choose the amount of IPs wanted from whichever location you choose.
Luminati supports HTTP and SOCKS5 protocols
Usage statistics. Yes.
Credentials/Whitelist IP change. Yes.
Support tickets. Yes.
Renew plans. Yes.
Live chat. Yes.
The dashboard itself contains a lot of necessary functionalities and information, for example you can find graphs for usage stats and tables with http codes where you can follow your proxies success rates. The main drawback is that it’s pretty confusing to navigate, took me some time to figure things out.
Luminati has a live chat, they also assign every client with a dedicated account manager. Support response times vary from 15min to 2h, which is pretty good, I’d say.
Luminati dedicated proxies perform considerably well, even though I expected more from such a giant of proxy service market. To visualize what I have in mind, I’ll go over our usual performance test results:
When I started out at 50 concurrent connections, the success rate was as reasonable as many others – around 76%, it stayed stable for most of the test, but when I went up to 500 instances – success rate dropped to a not so encouraging 43%. Interesting to note, that most of the time blocks were the main reason of non-perfect success rate, but with 500 instances block rate dropped, but connection errors skyrocketed! To me this suggests that Luminati infrastructure isn’t the most advanced and it can’t really handle a load this big.
With 300 concurrent connections first thing I noticed was that Yandex and Google were blocked instantly. It’s not surprising at all that these websites are blocking these proxies, let’s not forget that data center proxies are not that hard to recognize. Especially, with 300 instances at once.
Generally proxy service providers are aware of these issues and would offer you proxies optimized for specific targets that you are trying to scrape. But with Luminati, the price jumps up with any added convenience, so I am not really sure how much would it cost to ask for that optimization.
And my final check-point – response times:
Luminati average response time is around 4.4s, which isn’t the greatest for data center proxies. Even with response speed to Wayfair removed from my table of speed, the average response speed with 300 concurrent connections is around 3.3s, which isn’t great either.
Though it’s worth noting that response speed doesn’t change too much with upping the count of instances.
As mentioned before with both mobile and residential proxies – Luminati has all the features you would ever need from a proxy provider, but they do come with a high price. Even though the starting price point isn’t too high, every choice you make to improve the proxies will add up and your wallet might suffer.
The most important thing to take away from this review is the performance drawback: it seems that Luminati doesn’t have the best infrastructure out there. Even though they are marketed towards businesses, it seems that if you are planning to scale up your operations, this provider won’t be your best choice.
When choosing a provider it’s important to look at many options to find the one for your needs. Especially with choosing B2B providers like Luminati you have to be very careful and thoughtful – it’s a pretty big investment. I personally think it’s important to consider all options on the table, so go give a read to all of our reviews of proxy service providers!