IMG_0029Having spent 13 years in the WiFi space at CWNP, I’m a little finicky when it comes to home WiFi. There are a ton of cheap home routers out there. Some work. Some don’t. The one we’ve had at home for the past few years is just ok. Lots of solid features, but not always reliable. Ever since I learned that Atlanta now has a home WiFi maker, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Luma.

IMG_0031In case you didn’t yet know about Luma, it’s one of the latest new companies under the purview of one Dr. Paul Judge, also known for TechSquare Labs, Pindrop Security, Barracuda, and a host of others. Judge and his co-founder at Luma,Mike Van Bruinisse, have created “The iPhone of Home WiFi products.” From the moment you see the box, you know Luma is more than just a home WiFi router. You want to celebrate its opening just like you unveil your new Mac or iPad.

Luma doesn’t look like a home router, either. You don’t set it up like a home router. You don’t configure and control it like a home router. And Luma doesn’t act like a home router. It’s more like Nest for your home WiFi: setup, controlled, monitored, and augmented from the convenience of your iPhone or Android device. In fact, the app walks you through each step of the setup process.

IMG_0039Starting with what you want to name your network, you pre-configure everything on your phone, and then plug in your first Luma device. Each device then learns everything it needs to know from your phone as you add additional Luma devices to fully surround your home in fast, robust, reliable WiFi. The app even shows you a picture of your WiFi coverage.

It took me just 19 minutes to replace – and completely upgrade – my home WiFi. While everyone is still asleep this morning, we have 13 devices up and connected on the home network. When everyone wakes up and starts their electronic lives, it’ll hit 20 or so. I didn’t have to touch any of those devices at all. The WiFi network started up, connected and inventoried every device on our network. Then I assigned each device to its owner, while assigning content filtering settings to each person and their assigned devices.

All from my iPhone. Brilliant. Thank you Luma. I look forward to testing and adding new devices to my Luma #surroundwifi network here at home, just to see how far I can push you.

What do you think about that?