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How to Set Up the Luma Home Wi-Fi System

Oyetoke Tobi - Thursday, January 26, 2017

If you have an old Wi-Fi or your home’s Wi-Fi signal sucks or your house has Wi-Fi dead zones, it is high time you ditched the slow and old home Wi-Fi and look for another mesh solutions like the Luma Home Wi-Fi System. Luma Home Wi-Fi system consists of numerous Wi-Fi extenders that you extend across your house in order to make it cover every nook and cranny of your house with an outstanding Wi-Fi signal. In this tutorial, we will explain how to set Luma up and how to configure it to transmit the best Wi-Fi possible all around your home.

What Is Luma?

Luma is basically a set of routers that link together to create one big Wi-Fi network similar to Eero. In case the router you are using isn’t enough or capable of covering your entire house in Wi-Fi, Luma is one of the best solutions that can fix such a problem.

Luma generally comes in a three-pack, two-pack, and a single unit starting at $149. So if you have a large house or a smaller apartment, be assured that you can get the appropriate amount of units without needing to overspend. In addition, you can always add more later on if there is any need.

Yes, you can do what Luma does just using normal routers and Wi-Fi extenders for far cheaper costs, however doing it yourself always comes with some downsides. The setup process for the normal routers and Wi-Fi extenders is much more complicated than you think. It often requires you to know a little about computing and need to go deep into the router’s settings in order to change some settings around and to get everything connected appropriately. Furthermore, you may end up need to create a secondary Wi-Fi network to connect to when in some certain parts of the house, which is very stressful.

However, with Luma everything is made dead simple. All you just have to do is to spread the units across your house, plug them into the wall, and follow some simple steps provided in the Luma app. The whole setup process usually takes around ten minutes, and after that your Wi-Fi signal will instantly shoot up in your house.

Setting up Luma is the same thing as setting up a new router. Luma creates its own separate Wi-Fi network rather than strengthening your current Wi-Fi network. You’ll need to turn off your combo unit’s Wi-Fi network if you are using one to make them not to interfere with each other and to use the same Wi-Fi name you used before, if you want to. 

Alternatively, you can contact your internet provider and request a standalone modem instead of a combo unit—or, better yet, buy your own and save some money. Ideally, you should do all this before you begin setting up the Luma system.

Step 1: Download the Luma App

Before you begin the setup process, you’ll need to download and install the Luma app to your smartphone. It’s only available on iOS and Android currently, and it’s required to set everything up. Sadly, there is no desktop app at the moment.

Step 2: Creating Luma Account

After downloading and installing the app, then you are ready to go.

Open the Luma app and tap on “Create Account”.

Now enter in your name and tap on “Next”.

Then enter in your email address and tap “Next”.

On the next screen, enter in your phone number and tap on “Next”. This is will be very useful if you need help with your Luma setup so that customer support can contact you.

Then enter a password for your Luma account and then tap on “Create Account”.

Lastly, tap on “Ok” when the “Success” dialog pop-up comes up.

Step 3: Creating your Wi-Fi Network

The next step now is to select how many Luma units you want to set up, house and then create your Wi-Fi network. In the Luma app, select the number of Luma units you’re setting up. You can select “Other Amount” if you are not setting up three.

Ensure you have the Luma unit, its power cord, and the ethernet cable that came in the box ready. Tap on “Next” in the app to continue.

Now select what type of house you are living in, the number of floors you have, including the base i.e if you want Wi-Fi there. Then tap on “Next” when you’re done setting up that.

In case your house has multiple floors, you just have to select which floor your modem is located on, and then tap “Next”.
The next thing to do now is to choose where on the floor your modem placed and then tap on “Next”.

Now enter in a name and password for your new Wi-Fi network and then tap on “Next” to create your Wi-Fi network. 

Step 4: Installing the Luma Unit

The next thing to do now is to install the Luma unit. 
Connect one end of the Ethernet cable that was added in the Luma box to free ethernet port on your router/modem and the other end to the “In” Ethernet port on the Luma unit.

Then plug in the power cord to the Luma unit and wait for it to automatically boot up, with a blue light rotating around the ring.
Then tap on “Next” in the Luma app until you reach the “Name this Luma” page. Now select where this unit is placed and then tap on “Next” again. Sadly, you can’t enter in a custom room name, so pick the best one or any one you like.

Then wait for the Luma to boot up, which ought to take some of minutes at most. If the Luma is finally on, the light will turn solid blue. Then tap on “Start WiFi” in the Luma app if you see this.
Once you are done setting everything up, the app will notify that the Luma device was successfully set up. So if you have any another Luma unit you want to install, simply tap on “Add another Luma”.

Then the app will let know you where can place your next unit to yield best results, but of course it’s not a must to follow Luma app advice. You can set your second unit to be in downstairs and it will still work well.

In order to install the second unit and any further units, all you need to do is to plug it in to an outlet using the supplied power cord and then wait for it to boot up. Then you’ll have to go through the app and name the unit.

Similar to how you set up the first unit, tap on “Start WiFi” when the screen shows up. Then from there, you can continue to set up your other Luma units.

After installing all your Luma units, you’ll be presented with a screen that says “Congrats! Your Network is Active”. Tap on “Ok” to continue.

Then tap on “Ok” again.

So you’ll be taken back to the main menu screen in the Luma app, which is the Luma dashboard. From there, you can check the online/offline status of your Luma network, and the last speed test conducted by the app.

Most of the advanced features of a normal router are not found in Luma, however, Luma provides the most basics settings and features for it users.

Furthermore, in case you have other devices that have the ability to connect to ethernet, such as smarthome hubs or a network storage drive, you can simply connect them to either ethernet ports on the back of any Luma unit. Moreover, you can always use these ethernet ports to connect your Luma units together over ethernet if you have house wired for it, which makes the wireless network signal even better.

Once you start using the Luma Wi-Fi system, you should start noticing a huge difference in your Wi-Fi network signal and speed. For example if you have multiple spots in your house where Wi-FI signal is really weak, with Luma’s network set up, you can get close to the max speeds your internet provider provides you regardless of where you are in your house.



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