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Anyone in the US still on the Starlink wait list?

Not sure how you do that on a 1-5 mb link.
At least you said it was no different.
Teams or zoom won’t work well at that speed.
Jira or Service now definitely won’t like it.

I get 100+ down and 12-15 up (sometimes up to 20). Worse in heavy rain but that's pretty rare and still doesn't impact me noticeably. It is for sure faster than my DSL was.

I started with a Commodore 64 and a 300 baud modem in high school, so maybe my standards aren't as high as yours :)

But seriously, nobody has noticed (that they mentioned anyway), and all the dev tools I use over the VPN work fine - git, remote VMware desktops, etc... I use Zoom several hours a day, Teams a few times a weeks, and occasionally Skype. And personal video calls over Facetime and Signal work fine.
 
I get 100+ down and 12-15 up (sometimes up to 20). Worse in heavy rain but that's pretty rare and still doesn't impact me noticeably. It is for sure faster than my DSL was.

I started with a Commodore 64 and a 300 baud modem in high school, so maybe my standards aren't as high as yours :)

But seriously, nobody has noticed (that they mentioned anyway), and all the dev tools I use over the VPN work fine - git, remote VMware desktops, etc... I use Zoom several hours a day, Teams a few times a weeks, and occasionally Skype. And personal video calls over Facetime and Signal work fine.
Ah you are using VM apps.
That makes a difference.

Wasn’t aware of that..
 
So I have been on the wait list for well over 2 years. When I used to go to my account, it would give an estimate as to when it would be available. Then about a year ago, they decided to open things up to RVers (no more geolock) and offered "best effort" service. Ok, I get that, but on my account page it now says:

"CONFIRM YOUR ORDER - BEST EFFORT
By confirming your order, you agree to a deprioritized “Best Effort” service behind Residential users, resulting in slower speeds, particularly at times of peak usage.

With Best Effort you will keep your spot in line and will be notified again when your Residential spot is available. Choosing Cancel below will cause you to lose your place in line."

I am a bit confused by this as there is no longer a date listed for when it would be available. If I do nothing will I still eventually get it? It looks like they want you to agree to the best effort (and pay and wait). Any insight would be appreciated.
The best effort was still pretty fast speeds. We got the same message and went for it. After 2-3 months of best effort we got merged into the full speed. I’m in Willis,TX.
 
Got our Gen3 and setup for the RV - in a word, just outstanding. It's so simple and works so good, all tech companies should strive for this level of service and performance. Not only is the hardware excellent and easy to configure, the internet access, app and supporting service is nothing short of fantastic.

Bonus Option
You can now order a refurbished package in many mid-west and outlying areas as an option for $399 instead of the usual $599. Just find a location and request service and place your order - you can designate any shipping address so you can have it delivered to your actual location. When you get the package and hook it up it will tell you to use it at your registered location, so then just log onto starlink and change the service location to your actual location, or change the service to ROAM. I chose the latter as we'll use it when we travel. They don't have a way to back-bill for the discounted refurb package, and it's the exact same hardware and warranties as their regular package. Yep - saves you $200!!

I was trying to decide how to connect and power the setup with the RV. I have an outside outlet on my house bank inverter, but it's the outside radio so not really weather proof when camp-side. Then I got to thinking the ideal way to power it off-grid is with my Eco-flow Delta Mini - both router and battery unit can sit in a basement compartment - the wifi works just like you were sitting in front of it. The floor even has a solid sheet of aluminum which is the ceiling in the cargo bay, but in no way inhibits the wifi signal. Plus I have a "solar suitcase" pair of folding 80W panels and they put out about 3-times what the Starlink uses, so as long as there's sunlight it can go on indefinitely. Even with no charging input, the 880Wh of power will keep starlink going for about 12 hours. It is a pretty steady 50W of consumption, give or take a bit - uses a little more first powering up, then less when not active. And it's easy to just turn it off, takes just a minute or two to power it on and it reconnects to the satellites.

In really inclement weather I could run the dishy cable in and plug the whole thing in on one of my inside receptacles.

There's a lot of internet banter about creating a DC power supply for it, but really, a 300W inverter will do it, and if you already have an inverter system it is easily powered by that - right about 50W as I mention. That's about 5Ah at 12V, very easy to manage, even through an inverter.

So the ROAM service is 'best use' connectivity, it can be downgraded in a busy traffic area. Still, sitting at my house in Yakima we get consistently about 200mbs down, about 7-10 up. More than enough to run anything we have, YT streaming, vid calls, etc. At this time I'm not investing in any kind of mounting system, preferring to be able to just place it on the ground at camp where it can get access to the northern sky. Setting up with the app is super easy - it tells you where obstructions are and what direction to point it.

Some images and performance details:

The app has a really cool wifi router signal tester - you activate it and walk around your house or area, in my case the motorhome, and it tells you how well you're recieving the signal. We did this throughout the house too and it reaches everything but the back bedrooms at the opposite end of the house some 75-80 feet away. In a word, it works just KILLER.



Here's the speed test in the app - tests router speed as well as modem to satellite. In this test I was still getting enough throughput for excellent service. Other times I test it download speeds exceed 200mbs. As you can see, the router is really fast.





Here's my Delta Mini solar generator running it in a cargo bay on a cloudy day. Even so I'm getting enough solar gain to more than power the starlink - it's using right about 51Wh here, panels are outputting 86W. When the sun is full I get about 155W - not bad for a pair of 80W solar panels.



The dish - 'dishy' as they call it (I know, kinda lame LOL) is sitting on the drive just to the right here, facing the northern sky. It gets full unobstructed view to the satellites. On the obstruction mapping you can see the top edge of the roof of the RV as a blocked area. As long as it can see enough of the sky to pickup satellite transmissions it gives you internet access. It's actually more reliable than our cable-service thru spectrum, a 300Mbs internet service. I dunno, we may just switch and use the starlink. But Spectrum is $50 a month, starlink is $150. But a fixed location residential plan with starlink is $120. The mobile service has the option to turn it off by the month.

 
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I'm in Pinal County AZ. We were on the wait list for about 5 months when our stuff showed up. We got our Starlink early 2023.
Considering the only (3) total options for me were Hughes Net, ViaSat and Starlink. For me it was a no brainer.
I've been very impressed with the service Starlink has provided. Up time is near 100%. The fact that weather has no effect on Starlink is added bonus. Speeds are pretty impressive as well.
I'm able to remote into my computer at the office and it's like I'm sitting at that computer. Lag time is not noticeable most of the time.
I wish the service were just a bit cheaper than $120 per month, but it's still less than half of what we used to shovel out every month. That makes it palatable.
 
I'm in Pinal County AZ. We were on the wait list for about 5 months when our stuff showed up. We got our Starlink early 2023.
Considering the only (3) total options for me were Hughes Net, ViaSat and Starlink. For me it was a no brainer.
I've been very impressed with the service Starlink has provided. Up time is near 100%. The fact that weather has no effect on Starlink is added bonus. Speeds are pretty impressive as well.
I'm able to remote into my computer at the office and it's like I'm sitting at that computer. Lag time is not noticeable most of the time.
I wish the service were just a bit cheaper than $120 per month, but it's still less than half of what we used to shovel out every month. That makes it palatable.

Yeah, the $150 a month is keeping us from just switching over from our cable internet service which is $55/mo with the equipment rental. I think it's $5 is for the modem. Probly should just buy one.

Anyway, $120 for the fixed residential service isn't cheap, but a lot of people pay that or more for faster wired systems. We don't do online gaming, or have a lot of high-volume data needs. We both work remote, computer-centric, and the basic 300mbs from Spectrum service is plenty fast for both of us. Starlink would do it as well - it puts thru about 300mbs for the fixed residential service - it gets priority over the roaming service.

One of the mobile users on a user forum has the fixed residential starling service, and when he travels, he tends to stay in one place for a time, so he just dials up a change of location. There are so many satellites up there now there doesn't seem to be a problem with switching locations. I suppose you could get caught out on a change, but then you could just go with the roaming service.

If you have a fixed mount on your house you would have to take the dish down to take it with you. I checked on getting a spare dish, but that is actually the licensed piece that connects to the service - it's all wrapped up in the dish - the modem/router unit powers it with the 75' connecting cable. There is an optional 150' cable - it's expensive. LOL Some people leave the cable routed on the house and just move the dish. The modem/router unit is $$ to, they run $250.

We'll keep the fixed internet at the house for now at $55. If they raise the price to $95 (one year promotional discount) then we may seriously consider just dumping it and use Starlink. We have a perfect north facing roof, could just take the dish with us when we go motor-homing. Either keep the roam service, or just switch it back and forth. Being able to turn off starlink means we probly only need it for half the year.
 
I was trying to decide how to connect and power the setup with the RV
We just returned from a week @ the beach, first time w/ Starlink, great!
I put the WIFI and PS in the side compartment of the RV that has a power receptacle and a
small opening in the floor to run the Ethernet cable through.
Put the antenna on top of the RV.
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starlink_gamble-rogers.jpg
App showed me the best alignment, over 400mb down, outstanding!
PS: we were able to watch a launch of more Starlink satellites from our campground, while watching Youtube live for Starlink launch status....over Starlink.......crazy....
 
We just returned from a week @ the beach, first time w/ Starlink, great!
I put the WIFI and PS in the side compartment of the RV that has a power receptacle and a
small opening in the floor to run the Ethernet cable through.
Put the antenna on top of the RV.
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App showed me the best alignment, over 400mb down, outstanding!
PS: we were able to watch a launch of more Starlink satellites from our campground, while watching Youtube live for Starlink launch status....over Starlink.......crazy....
Is that Mercedes class motor home?

Looks nice.

Plenty of room for 2 people looks like.

Diesel?
 
We were paying upwards near $300 a month between cable, internet, and 2 streaming services Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Now the only thing we have to worry about is Starlink and Prime. My wife says the Prime is $130 per year so between Starlink and Prime that's $138 per month. I can live with that.
Over the last year we went 100% off-grid and now the only reoccurring monthly bills I have are Starlink, Mint mobile for the cell phones.
The amount of money we are saving in a year is mind boggling.
 
My Starlink satellite receiver is sitting on the ground right next to my solar panel array. :)
Makes easy to clean the 1/4" of dust off it every month.
 
My Starlink satellite receiver is sitting on the ground right next to my solar panel array. :)
Makes easy to clean the 1/4" of dust off it every month.
As long as it has a clear view of the north sky, I guess it doesn’t matter really where it sits.
 
As long as it has a clear view of the north sky, I guess it doesn’t matter really where it sits.
Oh yeah, there's absolutely nothing around it.
The only thing that might obstruct the path is some curious sort of wildlife sniffing around.
Who knows what runs, crawls and slithers around down here at night.
 
During our monsoon season here the Starlink was unfazed by the amount rain that came down.
Even the sandstorm we had down here last year, never missed a beat.
 
You guys must not get the same type of storms as here. It does not happen often, but it does happen.
 
Maybe lightning/electromagnetic related and not the precipitation?

Just heavy clouds, because it can drop out before it even starts actually raining.
Perhaps also due to the number of sats in my area. Because when I first got it, there were only 3 at any given time. I have not looked recently.
 
I get dropouts during very heavy thunderstorms (I assume mostly from signal attenuation because of the volume of water). Other than that, it's great. I've got the standard Gen 2 dish, with the included base, mounted on my roof. I bought a kit from amazon that included 4 magnet pucks to place on the mount, and I'm just using them to mount to my steel roof.
 
We were in the very first beta test shipments, with a gen 1 dish. I think I've seen our Starlink go down three times: Once when it snowed and sleeted so hard the snow melt function couldn't keep up. That lasted about an hour as I recall, and then it corrected itself. Then twice more during very, very hard downpours. Each of those outages lasted under 5 minutes. Much more reliable than our old cable internet in the previous house in Hellburbia. Fiber will be here in the next two years and we'll sign up and use it, with a cellular backup, as the cost is much lower and the speed much faster. But Starlink has been fantastic for our rule lives, and I'd recommend it to anyone in search of a good connection in a rural area that doesn't have fiber.
 
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