Starlink

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
Any one signed up and using Starlink?


Good or bad experience?
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
Have you seen the cost? Last I looked it was something like £90/month and a further £500 for the hardware. Until they halve those costs and then halve them again they can stick it.

Yes true but monthly cost but much different to what I pay for a fairly complex hi use system.

Current system supplies bandwidth to house, holiday cottages, security system, caravan site and wide area network around the farm.

And I only get about 10mb download which causes a few issues.

Mobile systems not a good solution either as we are in a bit of a black hole at the house for mobile reception even with an external antenna.
 

Bob c

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
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Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
Had satellite broadband at work and it was crap,,,,, why is this going to be so much better

i think their network of satellites should result in much better resilience but that’s one reason I’m asking for first hand experience
 

rollestonpark

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Burton on trent
Any one signed up and using Starlink?


Good or bad experience?
If you can get fibre installed that should be your target.
Starlink is aimed at locations that will: 'probably never get fibre'

Sat broadband of old (still available) was very expensive and high latency, about 1 sec latency. making it not the best and downloads were highly restricted.
Starlink is low orbit sats, so latency is about 40msec, which is pretty goood for sat broadband, and about 300mb download speeds are achieve able at times.
Currently unrestricted download amounts/month.

However, currently there is long waiting times due to chip shortage, maybe 1 year approx.

I signed up about a year ago and still waiting, in the meantime am hoping to try and get fibre installed (since grants currently available etc)
If I manage to get on the list for fibre, I'll cancel the starlink in a blink of an eye...

4G is also next to useless around my parts... so starlink or a fibre install is the only options....
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
If you can get fibre installed that should be your target.
Starlink is aimed at locations that will: 'probably never get fibre'

Sat broadband of old (still available) was very expensive and high latency, about 1 sec latency. making it not the best and downloads were highly restricted.
Starlink is low orbit sats, so latency is about 40msec, which is pretty goood for sat broadband, and about 300mb download speeds are achieve able at times.
Currently unrestricted download amounts/month.

However, currently there is long waiting times due to chip shortage, maybe 1 year approx.

I signed up about a year ago and still waiting, in the meantime am hoping to try and get fibre installed (since grants currently available etc)
If I manage to get on the list for fibre, I'll cancel the starlink in a blink of an eye...

4G is also next to useless around my parts... so starlink or a fibre install is the only options....

Late update.

Have ordered Starlink and it’s due within 2 to 3 weeks. Fibre will never get here i suspect.

Some one 10 miles away had it installed and it’s doing over 150mb now.
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
If you can get fibre installed that should be your target.
Starlink is aimed at locations that will: 'probably never get fibre'

Sat broadband of old (still available) was very expensive and high latency, about 1 sec latency. making it not the best and downloads were highly restricted.
Starlink is low orbit sats, so latency is about 40msec, which is pretty goood for sat broadband, and about 300mb download speeds are achieve able at times.
Currently unrestricted download amounts/month.

However, currently there is long waiting times due to chip shortage, maybe 1 year approx.

I signed up about a year ago and still waiting, in the meantime am hoping to try and get fibre installed (since grants currently available etc)
If I manage to get on the list for fibre, I'll cancel the starlink in a blink of an eye...

4G is also next to useless around my parts... so starlink or a fibre install is the only options....

Just had text, delivery is 4th of March
 

rollestonpark

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Burton on trent
Just had text, delivery is 4th of March
Yes had ours now for about 2 weeks, but waiting for the ethernet adapter to use my own routing kit.
Seems good speed, but varies wildly between 100mb and 300mb.
just need to route it to the house and office/yard to make the best use of it due to monthly price.
Still hoping to get fibre at some point though.
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
Yes had ours now for about 2 weeks, but waiting for the ethernet adapter to use my own routing kit.
Seems good speed, but varies wildly between 100mb and 300mb.
just need to route it to the house and office/yard to make the best use of it due to monthly price.
Still hoping to get fibre at some point though.

Just putting finishing touches to design of the layout. It will then cover both my yards, caravan site, very large holiday home and my office. Will be up to 40 users so hopefully it can cope. Current 10mg struggles 😂😂😂
 

rollestonpark

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Burton on trent
Just putting finishing touches to design of the layout. It will then cover both my yards, caravan site, very large holiday home and my office. Will be up to 40 users so hopefully it can cope. Current 10mg struggles 😂😂😂
Sounds like you'd be better with a fibre connection, you know there is grants currently?
for us in staffs £5500 per business , if you can get together with neighbours you can pool the grant money.
Then you can have upto 900mb with 9ms latency.
 

rollestonpark

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Burton on trent
Looked into grant and fibre but its just not going to happen here. No neighbours on same routing either.
I think 2025 BT are switching off the copper completely. (they don't want to run 2 systems side by side)
So if you don't let on you have the starlink, when that happens, ask them what they going to do about your internet connection.
Cause I think eventually they'll be force to do fibre for all.
Even the old school phone lines will get replaced.
 

Turnip

Member
Looked into Starlink and cost stopped me from using them. Am now on direct radio link as 4G connection suffered in the evening when our neighbours got home. Have a good reliable connection, paying for 40Mbs symmetrical with an option to up to 80Mbs on the existing kit. All got installed on a voucher scheme as BT could only promise up to 1Mbs where we are.

Company is Scot-Tel-Gould and they handle broadband for most Aberdeenshire council locations apparently. As long as you can see one of their radio masts here you can get connected. If you can't you can work with local people to get them host a relay station but I'm not sure what that will do for speed and latency.
 

MCook

Member
Trade
Location
Kent
It's pretty incredible what technology allows these days.

My parents are currently looking into Starlink, as their connection speed is regularly <1mbs in The Lakes. It's certainly not cheap, but a stable internet connection is essential for many these days.
 

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