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Thank You, Elon Musk, for Starlink!

Starlink looks to be the high-speed Internet service rural folks like myself need.

After placing my Starlink beta test order a month ago, I received the kit today and installed it immediately. A few hours after the kit arrived, Starlink was up and running with Internet download speeds like this . . .

1st Starlink Speed Test

Here’s the poop . . .

VIDEO SUMMARY

UNBOXING

A Large Box

Wordless Instructions

MOUNTING DISHY MCFLATFACE (aka the Starlink dish)

No 2 x 4s Died in the Making of this Mount (Photo taken before the dish was plugged in)

As soon as the Starlink Router was plugged in, the dish started searching the northern sky for sats

Routing the Starlink cable through the window . . .

. . . and into the Shed

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

During setup it took several minutes for the dish to connect to the satellites. At times I thought it wasn’t going to connect because the sky was heavily overcast, it was raining, and I had set up fairly close to our house:

At first I thought Dishy might be too close to our house

Starlink Worked in our “Cluttered” Environment

My takeaway is that you need a clear view of the northern sky, but not necessarily the whole sky.

Finally, when we changed our TV streaming to Starlink, the video quality changed dramatically. We’re watching those 4K YouTube videos now. Glorious and no buffering.

WHAT’S NEXT

If after a few months Starlink continues to impress, we’ll say goodbye to the microwave Internet service (unWired Broadband). However, as long as we have the RV, we’ll keep the AT&T Mobley and Verizon Cradlepoint hot spots as we need these when we travel away from home.

Unless, of course, Elon Musk delivers on Starlink for RVs. Can’t wait.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sister Mary #

    Tom… what a find!!! I’m wondering if this would work for Patty & Brad .. in Whitewater and in Waupaca ?? Is there a monthly fee or what ??
    Mary

    March 19, 2021
  2. James W Kasper #

    I always watch what solutions you use, as I may have to go that way some day. We stream everything now, but I am not always satisfied with the cost of internet cable. Love your input.
    Miss you guys. We will be heading to Crazy Horse towards the end of Oct. Will you be staying in CA during the Winter months, or RVing?

    March 22, 2021
    • You’re probably better off with cable. Starlink is really for us rural folks.

      Nope. We’re staying in and around Mariposa this year. However, next year we plan a multi-month East Coast RV trip.

      March 22, 2021
      • Jim Kasper #

        Don’t forget that your welcome at our home anytime.

        March 22, 2021

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