Starlink Is it worth it

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Starlink is a six-year-old division within SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company. It has spent three years launching more than 1,000 satellites into orbit, and it recently scored $885.5 million in grant funds from the US Federal Communications Commission. It’s now offering preorders/sign-ups, and in February 2021, Elon Musk disclosed that Starlink now serves more than 10,000 customers.
The idea is Starlink’s satellites can connect you to the internet. Starlink promises to deliver “high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable”. Currently, it only works for homes and isn’t mobile, but that’s coming. There are other satellite internet service providers out there, too, such as HughesNet or Viasat, but Starlink is more well-known because of its connection to Elon Musk and SpaceX.
There are a few components to Starlink: The satellite internet constellation (which is also called Starlink) that beams internet access down to Earth, the ground-based hardware needed to connect to Starlink’s satellite internet service, and the subscription fee that SpaceX charges for you to use its internet.

Starlink’s first prototype satellites launched into orbit in 2018. There have been more than 20 successful launches since then, bringing the total number of satellites launched to nearly 1,300 as of February 2021. SpaceX launched some of the satellites into orbit using the Falcon 9 orbital rocket.
Eventually, Starlink hopes to surround the entire planet with satellites that can beam down a usable, high-speed Wi-Fi signal. Starlink will probably need at least 10,000 satellites in orbit to achieve that goal. SpaceX has suggested it wants as many as 30,000 satellites in the constellation, while Musk has claimed the service should hit worldwide availability sometime in 2022 – if it can successfully complete several more satellite launches.

When you subscribe to Starlink, you will get a kit that includes a satellite dish and router.
All you need to do to make the connection is set up the satellite dish at your home. It receives the signal and passes the bandwidth on to your router. There’s a Starlink app for Android and iOS that features augmented reality to help customers pick the best location to place their receivers at home.

Starlink’s speed differs depending on your location but Ookla’s testing shows it to be consistently much faster than competing satellite internet services. In the UK, Starlink doubles the median download speed of fixed broadband providers, pretty impressive stuff. You can see more details about Starlink’s real-world speeds here.

Since February 2022, Starlink has offered a Premium tier that promises download speeds between 150 – 500 Mbps with latency between 20-40ms. It also bumps the upload speed to 40Mbps. It comes at a pretty lofty price
According to Starlink, the receiver is capable of melting snow that lands on it, but the company recommends installing Starlink in a location that avoids snow build-up and other obstructions from blocking the field of view. It also notes: “Heavy rain or wind can also affect your satellite internet connection, potentially leading to slower speeds or a rare outage”.
We have not had any issues.
It’s the mailman 😂 it operates in rain wind or snow even hail.

The SpaceX CEO later clarified that Starlink “should be fully mobile later this year, so you can move it anywhere or use it on an RV or truck in motion”. However, he said the company still needs a few more “satellite launches to achieve [complete] coverage and some key software upgrades”.

Right now we’re using the portability and it works fantastically. You can use this portability and our continent only that means you can go to Canada and use it and you can go to Mexico as well as all over the United States.

According to SpaceX, Starlink’s service is “ideally suited for areas of the globe where connectivity has typically been a challenge”. It is currently only available in select parts of the US, Canada, the UK, and other areas, with coverage focused on areas sitting between 45 and 53 degrees North latitude.
Coverage will grow as more satellites are added to the Starlink constellation.

Starlink has begun accepting orders from customers who want to try Starlink. Type in your address on Starlink’s site and press the “order now” button to see if’s available in your area.

Starlink costs $110 per month with a $599 one-time equipment fee for residential. Starlink RV internet costs $135 a month with an up-front $599 equipment fee as well.Jun 1, 2022

Thank you Pocket Lint for the article.

The idea is Starlink’s satellites can connect you to the internet. Starlink promises to deliver “high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable”. Currently, it only works for homes and isn’t mobile, but that’s coming.

10 comments
  1. Sharon I saw a box for star link on the KYD YouTube channel. Look pretty neat. Not big. I think they said they got it at Harbor Frieght.

  2. Any safety concerns regarding it being stolen. Could some use it or really benefit from it?

  3. We love ours. It has worked perfect even during a Montana rain storm. For full time RV it is a game changer. See you soon.

  4. We have StarLink, but it does lag and if it's super cloudy you do not get a good signal.

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