I had a good call with a Luma engineer and agreed to do more testing. Bottom line is I found the Intel STA was changing bands during testing. So I've removed Luma from the wireless charts for now and removed the results from the review. I'll update once I can get valid test runs.
BTW, I can't find a way to make the STA stay put. I tried the wireless mode, preferred band and roaming aggressiveness driver advanced settings and none work. I also installed the Intel PROset Wireless Connection Utility and created a profile allegedly enabling only a single band. But the STA still changes bands.
So I will need Luma to help me enable only one band at a time for testing.
I think startups will start to notice very quickly that unlike other markets, wifi isn't nearly as easy to disrupt. Most of the solutions coming out of new trendy companies selling mesh products seem underbaked or broke in some manner, overpriced and just perform worse than expected. Hopefully they smooth things out as I really do like the idea of just having to tell grandma to buy a few eeros or lumas or w.e. and spread them throughout her house so she doesn't have to worry about strategically placing the router so "the wifies dont die".
Or tell grandma to buy the new AmpliFi - Ubiquiti's enterprise experience will shake up the startups in the soho space.
The vendors in the small/medium enterprise space have similar challenges that the startups have when going into the consumer space - between the ramp up to support that class of customer/user base and the basic issue with retail and shelf space, it's a very different business model. It's not a technical issue, it's a business issue...
Not the first time that SME vendors have tried - this tends to happen from time to time...