Starlink Internet

MNwr786

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Anyone here signed up for starlink? Just ordered our kit yesterday. I signed up for beta testing two months ago and finally got an email. Cant wait for it to arrive! Would be interesting to hear from other users, I currently do not know any....
 

NorthernRedneck

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Let us know how it turns out. We're rural. But only 15 minutes from the city and our only available internet is 2-3 mbps download speed. Just a step sideways from dial-up and kicks out often.
 

bczoom

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I have good internet so won't be changing. My fascination with Starlink is watching the satellites once they've been launched.
I was outside one night and spotted a "Starlink Skytrain". I wasn't aware of Starlink at the time so seeing this was a bit startling until I found out what it was.

Here's a video of what it looks like in the sky. There's also some web sites where you give it your approximate location and they'll tell you when one of these will be flying overhead.
 

MNwr786

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It is definitely a sight to see. Ive seen the trains several times myself. They slowly spread apart as they get themselves into alignment. Each batch of 60 eventually becomes evenly spaced around the planet
 

MNwr786

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So far, I'm VERY happy with mine and the customer support is very personal and informative (real people who care and understand their jobs). I average 70Mbps down maybe higher, but it has been as high as 200 and as low as 35 for brief periods.
 

norscaner

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So far, I'm VERY happy with mine and the customer support is very personal and informative (real people who care and understand their jobs). I average 70Mbps down maybe higher, but it has been as high as 200 and as low as 35 for brief periods.
Really curious...do weather conditions cause it to slow down?
 

XeVfTEUtaAqJHTqq

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Apparently it generates enough heat to melt small amounts of snow off the dish but if there is a lot of snow you might have to clear it off. I suspect heavy cloud cover has to slow it down a bit. Mine should show up in the next day or two. :p
 

norscaner

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Apparently it generates enough heat to melt small amounts of snow off the dish but if there is a lot of snow you might have to clear it off. I suspect heavy cloud cover has to slow it down a bit. Mine should show up in the next day or two. :p
Thanks...keep us posted as my daughter is living in an area with no signal and really needs to jump onboard.
 

NorthernRedneck

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We've been seriously considering it as we're a step sideways from dial-up where we live. Start up cost and monthly rates are more costly though.
 

Melensdad

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Just curious about the cost per month and the reliability during poor weather.

I’m on a wide area WiFi system. Download speeds are 7-10 Mbps, upload 1 - 1.5Mbps. no speed demon but good enough for us to stream movies and browse internet simultaneously. We don’t have kids in the house doing anything that requires more.

Cost is $60/month.

But it works even when we have satellite TV outages due to rain and snow. If Starlink goes out when snow collects on the dish or ebbed big rain/thunderstorms roll through I would not be interested in extra speed.
 

norscaner

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Just curious about the cost per month and the reliability during poor weather.

I’m on a wide area WiFi system. Download speeds are 7-10 Mbps, upload 1 - 1.5Mbps. no speed demon but good enough for us to stream movies and browse internet simultaneously. We don’t have kids in the house doing anything that requires more.

Cost is $60/month.

But it works even when we have satellite TV outages due to rain and snow. If Starlink goes out when snow collects on the dish or ebbed big rain/thunderstorms roll through I would not be interested in extra speed.
This was my thought exactly. We are in the same boat as you. Speeds are the same and kids grown up.
 

Melensdad

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Well quite honestly I'll save my cash for something else.

Starlink's $600 upfront and $1200/year seems like a pretty steep price tag to watch cat videos on youtube.

Seems like I have a heck of a bargain with my provider.

My internet speeds are plenty fast FOR MY PERSONAL NEEDS. My outages are not weather related. My service, when there is an outage, is local and very responsive. Perhaps if I was still working I might need more speed. But even when we had our daughter in the house, finishing her law school work and taking her Bar Exam we had enough bandwidth and speed.

I will admit that there are times when I try to send huge files (snowcat manuals, etc) that my system chokes. But I don't send those out too often and I frequently just hit the send button just before I go to bed and let the system clog over night.
 

XeVfTEUtaAqJHTqq

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I need fast internet for work and I have teenagers ... so I'll pretty much pay anything for faster internet.

Although now I have four ISP's - based on testing for the next month or two if things go well with starlink then I hope to cut that back to two.
 

MrLovable

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That is a steep price for less than 10mb/s download speed. However if it was my only option for internet, I guess I would sign up. I have no need to ditch Xfinity for the time being. Fast, dependable and decent customer service and their wall outlet plug in wifi extenders work awesome.
 

XeVfTEUtaAqJHTqq

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Finally got it all installed. It was a bit of project due to the fact that it needs a northern view. I probably will fall a few 100 ft fir trees that are in it's way if the speeds seem impacted. I have it on a 15 foot pole but could possible just mount it on my roof - but that is 50 feet up with a steep pitch and I hate going up there.

Currently I'm getting between 30-110 Mbps down - it seems to average between 60 - 80 Mbps down. Uploads could be better - they are between 2-7 Mbps. I certainly notice that browsing seems a lot snappier.

It will be interesting to see if it improves in the next few months.
 
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