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  • Better than nothing beta.... Wow.

    My dad has been putting up with 1.5MbsX256Kbs (on a good day) dsl. He signed up for the starlink beta test program a few months ago. Well - he finally got it today. Set the dish - and it 'just worked'.. Should get even better with more satellites and it 'learning'

    He is one happy camper...

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  • #2
    Got mine the day before Christmas. couldn't happier. Metal working content: welded up the mounting mast Christmas day.

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    • #3
      That's like my fiber at home, at least the ping and download speeds. I need to move out to the country and have that.

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      • #4
        That’s fantastic, starlink is starting to be available in the U.K., city speeds are really fast over here but in rural areas can be awful, musky sorted deputy dawg out on this one
        mark

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        • #5
          added a wirless access point at the house - (the starlink dish is on the shop roof.) A cat 5e cable run between the starlink router and house. After running for a bit we lost internet. Took a reboot of the starlink router to bring everything back up. Sounds like a normal issue with starlink and adding a WAP...

          Still amazing...

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          • #6
            I checked the website and they do not service my area, curious why satellite is not good in all places? I am in the high desert in So. California
            Ed
            Agua Dulce, So.California
            1950 F1 street rod
            1949 F1 stock V8 flathead
            1948 F6 350 chevy/rest stock, no dump bed
            1953 chevy 3100 AD for 85 S10 frame have a 4BT cummins motor, NV4500
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            • #7
              I think they only have around 1000 of the 40000 satellites they want to get up there.. I am honestly surprised it works so well currently.

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              • #8
                Wow, I'd love those #'s. I can't wait till I can get starlink. Currently I'm about half a mile too far south of the coverage zone to participate in the beta. Our options here our pretty limited and pricey. The past few months my internet bill has been over $300, with both kids home doing online schooling......The overage fees are very $$$$ as we're on 4g.

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                • #9
                  I had hughes net back in the 2000's - Starlink is about 1000 times better. Even in its current state.

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                  • #10
                    A note about those numbers... Keep in mind that the sattelite downlinks are very lightly used right now.

                    When the local cable company started to offer broadband in the very early 1990s we were part of the beta test group. 10 Mbps down AND up. It was wonderful. A year later they rolled it out and the throughput dropped to around 2 Mbps. When a kid in the neighborhood started a porn (picture) hosting site the throughput dropped to levels close to 56K modems. I reported the little pirate and he was off line in less than 30 minutes.

                    The moral of the story is that once they load the starlink infrastructure to the max you may see the speeds drop quite a bit, but will probably still be better than what you had before.

                    Dan
                    At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and left over parts.

                    Location: SF East Bay.

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                    • #11
                      It is what it is... I can't predict the future. My parents live about 5 miles out of a smallish town.. They had decent dsl for a while (10MbsX1Mbs) but it kept getting slower and slower as they over sold the area. Finally telling them that they could only guarantee 1.5MbsX256Kbs. It has been this way for years now. That is why dad decided to try starlink. You only live once. He now has speeds 100X what he had last week. (and it is cheaper)

                      sam

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                      • #12
                        I really need to get starlink!
                        But I'd happily settle for DSL, anything is better than the satellite I currently have.

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                        • #13
                          Can you post some pricing?
                          How is it with weather?
                          Post speeds?

                          Thanks, I am the last house on a DSL line and I am sick of the ATT not diging deep enough so the farmers don't cut it every year.

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                          • #14
                            IIRC - $500 for hardware and $99 a month. We have not had it long enough for 'weather' but it doesn't seem to be effected by it compared to Hughes...

                            sam

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                            • #15
                              I sent them an email on our DSL- they should it by day after tomorrow...

                              heh.

                              t
                              rusting in Seattle

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