Starlink Dish High Performance: Internet virtually anywhere, including moving vehicles
Starlink’s new Flat High Performance hardware is designed to be permanently mounted to any ground vehicle. Results? Internet on the go.
Digital nomads, maybe it’s time to upgrade. just starlink announced a new technology designed for high-speed, low-latency internet access while on the go. The hardware is called Flat High Performance Starlink and uses the Starlink for RV service.
It interfaces with new Starlink equipment called Flat High Performance. The new hardware is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a flatter, sturdier version of the Standard Starlink Satellite Antena. The new design allows for permanent mounting to a vehicle and is specifically designed for on-the-move use.
Enjoy high-speed, low-latency internet access on the go! Now Accepting Orders for the High-Performance Flat Starlink, which Delivers On-the-Go Connectivity on Land → https://t.co/tWDPs3JDWK pic.twitter.com/z2HNxaizdW
—SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 25, 2022
High Performance Flat Starlink
Here is the breakdown.
According to Starlink, Flat High Performance offers a wider field of view and improved GPS capabilities compared to the standard model. It’s also bomber enough to withstand the kind of environments you’re likely to drag your van or camper trailer through. The new technology comes with a mounting kit that users must use or risk voiding their warranty.
Flat High Performance Starlink hardware will set you back $2,500 plus $50 shipping and handling. That’s considerably more than the standard Starlink for VR gear, which costs $599.
Starlink for RV users will be familiar with the internet connection fee of $135 per month. But, Flat High Performance Starlink will offer the possibility of pause and reactivate the service as needed – a practical feature for those who are not travel full time.
The downside: Starlink will use something it calls “Best Effort Service” to prioritize who gets the fastest internet and when.
According to the company, “Network resources are always deprioritized for Starlink for VR users compared to other Starlink services, resulting in degraded service and slower speeds in congested areas and during peak hours.”
Service will be slowest during peak hours in “wait-list” areas of Starlink coverage. Potential users can view a coverage map on Starlink website. For now, the Flat High Performance Starlink service is limited to users residing in the United States.
This service prioritization mimics how Starlink Residential Service + Portability currently works, with users receiving priority service at home but degraded service in waiting list areas when traveling.
internet in motion
The result of all this? The internet in motion has the potential to be a game-changer for digital nomads, especially for couples or other teams where one person works while the other drives. But you will have to be careful where and when you move.
You might not expect to upload huge video files to the cloud while navigating the highway.
Flat High Performance Starlink hardware is available for purchase now, with shipments expected in December.