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

General Review

Traffic

All pricing plans come with limited bandwidth.

Prices

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.

Pool size

Their webpage suggests that they have around a 36M+ proxy network.

Locations

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)_/¯

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Setup

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.

Authorization method

Both credentials (username: password) and whitelisted IPs are available.

Sub-users

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.

Session-control

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).

Filters

  • Location. Yes
  • Proxy type. Yes. You can choose between mobile and residential.
  • ASN/Provider/Carrier. Yes. You can filter by ASN and Carrier.

Protocols

Luminati supports HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS5 protocols.

Dashboard

  • 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.

Support

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.

Performance

First, we’ll go over Luminati’s residential proxies, and then we will review their mobile proxies as well.

Residential proxies

As per usual, we checked the proxy speed using the free FOGLDN Proxy Tester.

FOGLDN PROXY TESTER_results_residential luminati

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:

Performance by concurrent connections Luminati

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 proxy providers, we used a 300 concurrent connections’ benchmark.

Performance (300 concurrent connections) Luminati

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, Wayfare, 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
www.aliexpress.com 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
www.amazon.com 0 100 0 0 0 0 0
www.booking.com 0 0 0 0 6 2 0
www.facebook.com 0 0 0 16 2 0 0
www.google.com 7627 0 0 0 0 0 0
www.instagram.com 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
www.wayfair.com 0 0 0 0 1205 0 12
yandex.com 0 5706 5 0 0 0 0

When it comes to the average response time, Luminati is doing pretty reasonably: Response times (300 concurrent connections) luminatiThe 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.

Mobile proxies

Once again, we checked the proxy speed using the free FOGLDN Proxy Tester.

FOGLDNPROXYTESTER_results_mobile luminati

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:

Performance by concurrent connections luminati

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.

Performance (300 concurrent connections) luminati

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, Wayfare, and Facebook, but there were not too many of them.

Blocked requests statistic
Target/status 503 (recaptcha) 200 (captcha) 403 429 200 (<15KB)
www.aliexpress.com 0 0 0 0 0
www.amazon.com 0 66 0 0 0
www.booking.com 0 0 0 0 0
www.facebook.com 0 0 0 0 344
www.google.com 3835 0 0 0 0
www.instagram.com 0 0 0 0 0
www.wayfair.com 0 0 243 12 0
yandex.com 0 3289 0 0 0

When it comes to the average response time, Luminati is doing pretty good:

Response times (300 concurrent connections) luminati

With their mobile proxies, their average and median times didn’t vary as much, but these proxies were slower.

Conclusions

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.

Rating: 8.5

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