Has anyone on here tried Starlink? I know the overall size is bigger than a sat phone or inReach but it also has more capabilities. I currently have an inReach and have mixed feelings about it. We've discussed going to a sat phone but this would have more application possibilities if it worked well. Thoughts?
Starlink at our remote cabin works great. For packability into remote areas, I use the Iridium Go. I try to escape once in a while, but sadly I do still need to be available if something needs dealing with. The Iridium Go offers that flexibility.
I now live in the third world state of Oklahoma. Has anyone been using this for home internet? Wife couldn't get out of the garage the other morning due to no power. She wasn't sure if she just needed to pull the cord to release the door. She couldn't call me cause you can't make a phone call without the piss poor internet we do have here. Ya this state really sucks so far.
Come on down to Texas Scrappy. You know what they say……”You can always tell a Texan, but you can’t tell him much”. ;-)
Now, back to our regularly scheduled program. My son has Starlink for his home internet and he’s about 80% satisfied I’d say. They are in the process of burying fiber in his neck of the woods so I imagine he will ditch the Starlink once that’s in.
We have had it the for the past month. We are currently under the "best effort" plan. With our Frontier internet, we paid for 6mbps but usually got around 2-4. Starlink has averaged 50-100. rarely gets below 10-15. It has been a great addition. I think we had to wait 8-9 months.
Ours is working well, but, getting a "clear view" required some ingenuity.
Has a "snow and ice" detection, that allows it to heat up, but, sometimes it's quicker to "stow" the dish, causing it to retreat to a vertical position, to dump snow off it (easily accomplished with your cell phone).
The snow/ ice thing, is the only thing that has caused temporary outages. Here's my install video:
Scrappy do you know why it is always so windy in OK? It because Texass sucks and Kansas blow! ;)
How much power is required for starlink? Can it be run for a significant amount of time off a battery? If so what type of battery? Generator? Does it take much time to boot up if it is powered down? How hard is it to find a signal? I have tried to find a signal before with a satellite dish before it can be challenging and once you do you don't want to move it again.
We live in the CO mountains and Starlink is outstanding. We get up to 170 Mbps and it is super reliable. The "dish" is heated so it never ices up. Compared to the supposed 60 meg we were supposed to get from CenturyLink after their fiber extension, which was actually about 2 meg, Starlink is a dream.
I have Starlink internet for my house. It’s fantastic. No interruptions, fast, reliable. Had Centurylink and they were terrible! Tried to get Xfinity and they wanted over 5k to run a line to our house! Starlink was really easy to setup. I suggest buying the extended mount for placing on the side of a house. It needs a clear view of the sky. On the app it will show you the best place to install it. Best choice we ever made for internet service.
I have it for my RV. It works great except during peak hours when the RV version gets deprioritized and speed slows from really fast to sometimes around 3 to 6 MBPS. This usually starts at around 6:00 PM and stops around 9:00 PM. The home version can be made to work for an RV but for some areas the home version isn’t an available so the RV version can be the only option. Additionally, the RV version comes with a 75’ cord and a stand. I purchased a 150’ cord but haven’t needed to use it to get a clear view of the sky. Lastly, unlike TV satellites which orbit south of the US, the Starlink cluster is generally found from overhead to the northeast. I’ve never had an issue getting hooked up quickly and during our last trip we moved regions/locations about 8 times.