Elon Musk’s Starlink is a high speed, low latency satellite internet service. It works by sending information through the vacuum of space.
Starlink travels much faster than fibre-optic cable and can reach more people and places.
While most satellite internet services today come from single geostationary satellites that orbit the planet at about 35,000km.
Starlink is a constellation of many satellites that orbit the planet much closer to Earth, at about 550 km and cover the entire globe.
Using advanced satellites, Starlink enables online streaming, gaming, and other high data rate activities that have not been possible with satellite internet.
Users can expect download speeds between 100 Mb/s and 200 Mb/s and latency as low as 30 to 50ms in most locations.
But, the speed and quality of the internet user experience can vary.
How much does it cost?
SpaceX Recently raised its Starlink internet service rates from $99 a month to $110 with a one-time hardware cost of $599.
A premium option costs $500 per month, plus $2,500 for hardware.
Where is Starlink currently available?
Starlink satellite internet is currently available in parts of the US and the UK to people between 44 and 53 degrees latitude. Starlink plans to be available worldwide by the end of 2022.
Over 7.5 Millions people globally have placed orders for Starlink’s internet, but most are still waiting for service.
Check their RV satellite internet availability map to see if you can sign up.
Starlink availability is expanding.
The best way to find out when Star link will be available to you is by entering your address on their website.
- Starlink satellite internet service now has over 400,000 subscribers around the world.
- Star link serves 36 countries and aims to add customers in most of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa next year.
Starlink utilises overhead satellites to boost internet connections.
With the buy of a Star link subscription, the user will receive a satellite router and dish.
The user can then set up the devices at home to receive signals from space.
The dish can install on rooftops or in the backyard, and the router needs to connect to it.
Image credit: SpaceX and Starlink