Back to Starlink... what are the current upfront and monthly costs for the RV version?
I'm super curious about your experiences.I could have sworn the web page said that the first month's service was included in the initial charge. But it wasn't. A $50 shipping and handling charge was added.
So it's $649 to get started and two weeks after it ships, they start dinging you for the monthly fee. So I'd better drag it out of the quarterberth and start using it!
It seems like using a Peplink cellular router and a relatively light data plan with Peplink WAN as its backbone would be ideal - the cell network would fill in any temporary disconnections in service if available, and you could shut down Starlink during months where you were off the boat, relying on cellular data to keep some basic connectivity going if you wanted.
I wonder if Starlink is going to get better or worse - a race between launching satellites vs adding new subscribers
Yeah with Starlink now integrating the WiFi router it seems like it'd be easy for them to boost system performance in populated areas at low cost and take load off the sats by integrating a cellular antenna/modem & cheap data plan into their platform rather than forcing users to do it in a less efficient manner.I've always thought I'd have to have some sort of integrated router that could route traffic and data over the three-way of local Cell service, local Wifi, and something like Starlink. The router would fall down in roughly that order and then cascade back up if a faster link became robust again.
Having said that, I think the secret weapon of Starlink *is to become a cell phone network*. So in time, I suspect the availability of a fast signal with lots of subscribers will get solved. In the mean time? lower speeds and less reliable connections. We are guinea pigs out here on the fringe, after all.
Is there an official opinion on whether the performance issues are dependent on load or dependent on sat visibility? I would think visibility is the bigger issue (trees, terrain, buildings) as there are nowhere near the number of sats necessary for good overhead coverage. The laser links are also lacking.I wonder if Starlink is going to get better or worse - a race between launching satellites vs adding new subscribers
I belive that at least the longer dropouts that I experienced were due to satellite moving behind an obstruction. A red bar flashes on the screen (of the app) that says "obstruction detected."
All flavors of internet slooow waaay dooowwwwn when skool lets out and all the brats log onto their... whatever it is that they do.